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John Frieda Frizz Ease Wind Down Relaxing Creme

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Brand: John Frieda / Type: Hair Cream / Suitable for: curly hair / What it does: Smoothes, destresses

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      18.08.2010 22:43
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      disappointing

      This is the third of five (!) John Frieda products that I'm intending to review, and sadly the one with which I was most disappointed. It says it relaxes and straightens curls for soft, sleek styling results, and I bought it because although I prefer my hair its natural wavy, I also like variety and wanted an effortless way to turn my frizzy wavy mess into conditioned, shiny straight hair.

      Packaging: Comes in a 100ml bottle with a pump dispenser top and clear plastic lid. Product information is in black and light purple characteristic of John Frieda's products. It's not particularly attractive; but neither is it especially ugly.

      Price: it is not available in Boots at the moment, but cost me about £5. This is quite expensive for only 100ml when a reasonable amount is necessary for every use. It recommends 1-2 pumps, which dispenses about a 50p-piece sized amount.

      The creme: is surprisingly liquid, but doesn't smell bad or feel especially greasy.

      My opinion: this may well be a great product, but it totally failed on my hair. It made the mid-lengths straighter and sleeker, but the ends remained frizzy despite several attempts at getting it distributed properly there. It also made my hair difficult to comb, and my roots felt very greasy afterwards, despite having tried not to put very much product there. Despite this, my hair did feel soft to touch, which was nice, but not worth the greasiness.

      Perhaps I was using it wrong, but I followed directions to the letter, and although it was no disaster, sadly it just didn't really do anything good for my hair. I wouldn't recommend it, and certainly wouldn't buy it again.

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      11.03.2007 15:27
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      No more relaxers! John Frieda has love for the black girls, too. So you should definitely try it!

      I'm not sure about about the exact hair texture of the people who wrote these other reviews but I'll come out and say it: I'm African-American and I have nappy hair. It's not "curly", "wavy", or "kinky". It's NAPPY, which means extremely tight curls that are prone to dryness and frizz. It's also very fine and thin and with those super tight curls combing it out without alerting the proper authorities (that is a detangler or lots of conditioner) means breakage central. Poor me, I know! But there is hope and this little bottle has it.

      When I was younger I had longer hair but I chemically relaxed it and it became so dry, it just broke off. So sad... I vowed to never relax it again, but over the years I did and I never really felt right about it because it's not good for my hair (maybe for other folks, but not me or my busy lifestyle) I noticed that every time I shampoo and condition my hair that these super cute soft curls form but they disappear as soon as the conditioner goes down the drain. I tried mousse, leave-in conditioners, you name it to recapture that oh so ethnic curl, but my hair would just frizz out and end up looking like an afro, which is not the desired style. I could just let it dry naturally with no work if that's what I wanted, right?

      So, after taking my hair out of braids and luxuriously deep conditioning my hair those pretty little curls popped up and I said, "you guys are going to stay for awhile!" I decided NEVER again will I wear a relaxer and I will one day have those cute little curls outside of the shower. I bought this product and followed the directions (which are posted on every other review so I won't bother) and it took my nappy dry hair and softened and smoothed it right up. The curls were so cute and manageable, you'd think I had "some Indian in me" (Black folks know what I am talking about. I actually do, but that's neither here nor there because my hair is still napp-o-licious). It was so easy to just run my fingers through it without break or tangling my hair. So, I'm not sure about the other review where someone said that it left their hair tangled. Hey, everyone's different. I say just use more product. It's only 5.99 USD.

      THANK YOU, JOHN FRIEDA! I can wear my hair (more or less) natural without harsh chemical relaxers that thin my hair and keep it from growing. This will help me keep my hair moisturized and conditioned because I don't have to fight the naps with a perm, pressing comb, or an afro pick. I just dampen my hair (the product specifically requires that hair be damp, NOT wet) twist the curls around themselves at night, roll up my hair on bone (perm) rollers, and tie a scarf on at night and I have gorgeous, soft, healthy looking curls in the morning. Everyone loves my new look!

      My only criticism is that you don't make giant vats of it! The true test will be whether or not the curls air dry nicely. Will let you know!

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        21.06.2006 17:56

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        feling it gives to your hair

        I have long half straight half curly hair and this product along with the frizz ease shampoo and conditioner, makes my hair silky, shiny and less frizzy. God bless John Frieda!!! I have been using this just a few days and I use it on wet hair after shampooing and conditioning. Ive tried lots of other shampoos and products and none have been as good as this. Brilliant product. Will keep buying and I strongly recommend this to anyone.

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        04.12.2003 09:50
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        For year's, I have been looking for a product that would help me comb out my thirteen year old daughter's hair,which is very dry, course and tight. I think I may have fianlly found it. Frizz Ease Wind Down creme worked instantly on her damp hair and helped me comb it through so much easier. I am so anxious to try other product's from Frizz Ease . Now, we need to find a moisturizer, that also works like it say's it do'es. Thanks, Tan. Canada.

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          14.10.2003 06:48
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          I have been feeling pretty run down lately worrying about my IVF treatment so I thought I would treat myself to something nice in Boots. They never fail to tempt me with something, and Sure enough as I was browsing through the shelves I came across the John Frieda Frizz Ease, wind down relaxing creme. WHY? I HEAR YOU ASK (I CAN HEAR YOU) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Well with all the different treatments I have been going through my hair felt pretty lack lustre so I reckoned this may be just what I was looking for. The only worry being that on the container it says step 4.LOL, I think I skipped a few there, but never mind. On closer inspection underneath that it says Style straight. Well that was for me all right as I have straight red hair but sometimes I get this kink in it that?s really annoying. Or I get out of bed and look like the wild woman of bornio LOL.(not funny) OKAY I CAN HEAR YOU (WAS IT EXPENSIVE?) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Surprisingly it was not as expensive as I thought it would be given that it was a John Frieda product, it did in fact cost me £3.99 IS IT WORTH A BURN'T HOLE THE MY POCKET? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Well according to the instructions it is prescribed for dry frizzy-prone hair. Apparently if you have curly hair this relaxing creme stretches curls smooth as you blow dry. Ultra softening conditioning formula adds a shine as it smooths and straightens. Never sticky, stiff or flaky. The results last until next shampoo, well they should, mine did, but then again we are all different. The instructions say to apply it to damp not wet hair. Dispense about 1-2 pumps of creme onto hands, Use more or less depending on hair length. Work product through hair from roots to ends, Comb to distribute evenly. Do not rinse out for super sleek straight hair, blow dry and use a flat brush to keep the hair taut whilst doing so. Well that described my hair just great so all
          I had to do was try it. I pressed the pump and dispensed a small blob of quite thick white creme into the palm of my hand and rubbed it into my scalp, it has a pleasant smell not an over powering one but gentle, just a nice perfumed soapy smell. It took two small blobs of creme to cover all my hair then I combed it through. At first it just looked damp, so I decided to blow dry it and the difference was remarkable. I had lovely shiny straight hair all traces of the annoying kink was gone. I should point out that if you wanted soft frizz free curls then dry it with a diffuser or let it dry naturally. Well I was well pleased with the creme and my only next worry was how to hide it from my sister, lol. The container sits nicely on any window sill it?s white with a pump action, and the bottom of the container has a small plastic cover which can be removed and when you think you are running short of the creme just push the bottom up similar to a lipstick action and the crème that?s left will come to the top. I happily recommend this, thanks for reading, Vicky.

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            16.09.2002 15:27
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            As is the case with most of my better discoveries, I cam across this product quite by accident. I had about 3 hours to buy everything I would need for the next year and a half (working on the, quite correct, assumption, that Menorcan and German shops might not quite live up to the standards of Mancunian ones) and after checking my list, I saw I had all bar one of the items on it. The missing link? Frizz Ease. Quick dives into first Superdrug and then Boots left me empty handed. A recent re-branding, re-naming and re-packaging frenzy in the John Frieda offices meant I had a choice of a dozen or so products, but none the one I was used to. Oh my golly gosh, I was going to have to try a new product. Now the Frizz Ease range is quite extensive, and so although I was pushed for time, I was going to have to have a proper look. Each bottle or tube had a number on, the assumption being, I think, that you’re supposed to buy a 1, a 2, a 3, a 4 and a 5 to, ahem, “get the look” and achieve the results. I didn’t want the shampoos and conditioners though, nor really the serums, and so I took a wild guess at what might suit my hair and went for the creme, incidentally a number 4. I took the bottle with me to Menorca, and first tried it there, in a grotty little bathroom of our staff apartment in Calan Forcat. Being one of the few girls who hadn’t brought a hair dryer with them, I decided to do as I always do, and ignore the directions on the label. If you’re a good little girl or boy though, who likes to follow rules, then here’s what they say you should do. Wash your hair (naturally using their shampoos and conditioners), and towel dry. Plop a small (very, very small in fact) blob of the crème on your fingers and work through your hair from root to tip. For straight here, dry with a hair dryer, and for frizz-free curls, leave to dry loose. But, as I said, I’m not a good girl, and I don’
            t follow instructions. The first time I wanted ringlets, so after using my own shampoo, I added some crème and went out in the sun to let my hair dry. Ringlets formed as ringlets do, but they were softer than normal which was kinda nice. The second time, I wanted straight hair, but without a hair dryer. So, I worked in the crème and then tied my hair back. 3 or 4 hours later in our lunch break, I let it down to find not only had it dried thoroughly, but it was completely and utterly straight, and frizz free and shiny to boot. Impressed? You betcha. It normally takes 2 hours in a hairdressers and the best part of 30 quid for me to get hair like that. I’ve been using this ever since and the bottle still seems relatively full unless it’s got some clever packaging like Olay Total Effects where you think there’s loads left but actually it’s just the colour of the bottle. The curls don’t stay all that long in my hair (no more than a day and a half normally) so I wouldn’t agree with the claim that it “lasts until the next shampoo”. But, normally, I want straight hair anyway, and just want to dry it without tying it back so I end up with curls for a day. The next day when I get up, a quick brush is all it takes to straighten them out. Unlike with some products, this lets my hair go from super curly to super straight without having to wash it again – usually if I dry it curly it’s curls, curls, curls until I wash again. I would give you the science behind it all, but I haven’t a clue how anything like this works – it’s a bit too far removed from the Bunsen burners and conical flasks of my school days. It works, but I don’t know how or why. The bottle promises that the creme will never be “sticky, stiff or flaky” and so far it hasn’t been (apart from one unfortunate incident at the start when the pump was a bit over excited and deposited 10 times too much on
            my hand – not wanting to waste it, I combed it into my hair but soon wished I hadn’t when the solid lacquered hair of my gym comp days came back to haunt me). Let this be a warning – you really do only need a teeny weeny amount. You can always add more, but using too much to start with is just asking to have to wash your hair again. The crème is a cloudy white colour which turns clear the minute it touches your hair, and has a nice if undefinable smell. The bottle is plainish (which although not all that stylish, is better than being garish, ish, ish). At 3.95 for a standard 100ml bottle (Boots website price as of, erm, 5 mins ago), this will hardly break the bank, so if you want straighter hair, get hold of a bottle and give it ago. I have straight hair now, and you can too << cue cheesy grin and toss of the super straight hair >> For more info head to www.johnfrieda.com

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              16.03.2002 19:14
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              Frizz Ease Wind-Down relaxing creme is a temporary relaxer that you can use in two ways. You can either use it to straighten out your hair, or to create softer, frizz-free curls or waves. The relaxing creme comes in a 100ml see-through plastic container, which has a pump dispenser. Although the packaging is basic, it is very practical, and I like the fact that you are able to see exactly how much product you have left. The creme is white and has what I can only describe as a chemical smell to it. You apply 1-2 pumps of the creme to damp hair, and work it through from roots to ends. You then comb your hair to make sure the product is distributed evenly. If you want straight hair, you have to blow-dry section by section using a large flat brush to pull sections taught. Your hair should stay straight until the next time you wash it. If, on the other hand, you want softer curls or waves, you use a diffuser, or let your hair dry naturally. I have long, naturally curly hair, and wanted to use the relaxing creme to make my hair straight. The creme was easy to apply, but made my hair go really knotty. I found it difficult to get a comb through, but eventually managed to do it. I followed the instructions, and sectioned off my hair, but found that as I was blow-drying each section, it just was not getting my hair completely straight. The ends were frizzing up, but I persisted. I was not at all happy with the final result. My hair did not look sleek and straight, as promised. The middle section was straighter, but the ends were frizzy. My hair looked puffy, and felt and looked quite greasy. The creme also seemed to make it extra knotty. I could not wait to wash it out. As I had spent so much money on a product that seemed useless for making my hair straight, I thought I would try using it to make my curls softer and looser. I applied the creme in the same way as before, but this time I used a diffuser a
              ttachment. I wish I had not bothered. My hair was neither curly, nor straight. It just looked lank and frizzy. Not a good look! As you have probably guessed, I would not recommend Frizz Ease Wind-Down relaxing creme. In my opinion, it is a completely useless product, and a real let down to the John Frieda range.

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                10.10.2001 21:34
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                The jury is still out on this one for me, as there are definite plus points, but also several minuses too....I'll explain. This stuff comes in a pump action bottle, and is very clean to dispense, and doesn't particularly have a massively attractive smell, although it's not horrible. If it smelly gorgeous I might prefer it, who knows. You apply it to damp (not wet hair), it specifies that on the bottle, and rub in 1-2 blobs before you blow dry it straight, well that's the idea. So I followed the instructions one day, and although my hair's only really curly at the bottom of the hair shaft, I covered my head in product. True, it blow-dried very easily, and my hair was definitely less mad and flyaway at the tips, but the curls did reappear throughout the day, but they were definitely nicer, less mad and looking good. Downpoints though are that my hair really didn't feel very smooth to feel, and my fingers felt manky after i'd run them through my hair, which was really annoying. Also, my scalp became very greasy, which is unusual for me. Hence, I've taken to just using it on the tips now, which are curly. But if you do have curly hair from root to tip, you may find that this makes your hair greasy. Also, if i'm gonna use it, I don't tend to condition my hair, as the creme seems to do a good job of that too, and it's really easy to comb when wet, and it decreases the chances of my hair being greasy. All in all... Plus points... It tames curls. It's easy to apply. It can be used instead of conditioner. Down points... It can make your hair feel greasy. It doesn't make your hair poker-straight and curls tend to reappear especially in damp conditions. But, for 4 quid a go, what do you expect! I'd buy it again.

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                08.10.2001 20:17
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                Well, I've done it again and bought something that seems to be completely useless for my dry, extremely curly hair! I normally use the leave-in conditioner from Frizz Ease as it's excellent, but having been blinded by science and adverts I thought that maybe this product would be more useful as it helps to straighten out hair etc etc. To 'straighten' hair you must blow dry in sections with a flat brush, but you can also leave it to dry naturally which is what I prefer doing. I've been trying it for the last two weeks now, and no matter how much of the stuff I put in my hair, the bottom section which needs it the most, comes out like a frizz ball every time. I've ended up having to revert back to my old Frizz Ease product as at least I know it does the job! The product comes in a small pump dispenser, so it's easy to use and handbag size (should you need to put it in there!). The cream itself isn't gooey, and goes into your hair easily and without too much gunge or fuss, and there's no residue even when you put in loads which I had to do. Unfortunately, it's not worked for my hair!

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                  06.06.2001 18:50
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                  For as long as I can remember I’ve been a bit kinky! – My hair that is, not me (although I've had my moments!). I’ve got long, fairly straight, blonde hair but it has a little bit of a kink in it. For more years than I care to think of I have washed my hair every morning just so I can blow-dry it dead straight. Obviously all these years of blow-drying have left it a bit frizzy at the ends sometimes too. A couple of weeks ago, whilst wandering around Boots I came across this great little product that has really impressed me (and, contrary to popular opinion, I’m not that easily to impress). It helps to straighten my hair while blow-drying and keeps it straighter until I wash it again (usually every other day now). It's called John Frieda Frizz Ease Wind Down Relaxing Crème. I think it is aimed more towards people with ‘Curly Hair’ but it works very well on wavy/kinky hair too. As the name implies it is a crème treatment that helps to ‘relax’ your hair as you blow dry. The label says it also “helps stretch curls straight as you blow dry” although I don't have curly hair I did try and get my husband, who does have curly hair, to test it out for me but I was met with the response "I'm not putting that on my hair, it's all slimy." As you can tell he's not one of those 'New Men'. John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Wind Down Relaxing Crème comes in a 100ml bottle with a pump dispenser that is easy to use and not messy. As the bottle is clear you can see exactly how much is left. It costs around £3.75, which although sounds quite expensive, is very good value for money as a little goes a long way. The crème is very simple to use. Basically you just wash your hair as normal and towel it dry. While you hair is still damp squirt 1-2 pumps of the crème into your hand and work it through your hair from roots to tips. (
                  I find 1 squirt is enough for my hair). Then just comb it through. You don’t need to rinse it off. Then you just need to blow dry your hair. I use a big, paddle-type hairbrush and use it to pull each section quite tight while drying. I have also found that the ends are not frizzy or flyaway. Unlike a lot of other products I have tried I have found that although my hair feels quite slimy when I put the crème on, after drying it doesn’t look or feel greasy or sticky at all (even the next day). So, to sum up I would recommend giving this product a try if you have curly or wavy hair that you want to straighten out a bit, although I don’t think it could perform miracles? I’m not sure it would work for everybody but I have been really impressed with this product.

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                  styling products / temporary relaxer / 100mL / This revolutionary, temporary relaxing creme Âstretches¸ curls smooth as you blow-dry / The breakthrough formula instantly unwinds curls and ultra-softening, conditioning formula adds shine as it smoothes and straightens / Never sticky, stiff or flaky, the effects lasts until your next shampoo / The result: smooth, straight looks which lasts all day /