It’s been a while since my last beauty review, but I’m well and truly into the parenting groove these days. I pretty much live without make up on, dry shampooing my hair for about a week while wearing leggings and oversized t-shirts or sweaters on a daily basis. Now I have the daily school run at 8:25 each day looking half decent is right out the window. Especially since LM isn’t the most motivated of children in the morning.
Fear not, I have a review of a fab range from John Frieda today that has basically finally solved a hair problem that’s been plaguing me for the last year.
In June it’ll be a year since I was persuaded into the bad decision of dying my hair blonde. It was a painful process of stripping my hair twice followed by an expensive hair appointment and I never liked it. It never looked like the photos on Instagram and was more the colour of animation Rapunzel’s than of any real hair. So mere weeks after having my ass dumped I dyed it back red and to be honest, I’ve never looked back.
HOWEVER, there was an issue.. since the bleaching and stripping my hair has become so thin and lifeless. I hope this would have been solved dying it back to red but no, it’s still constantly flat. My once chunky brains now look like rat tails. My once messy bun looks like a cupcake perched on the top of my head and worst of all, it no longer falls into beautiful beachy waves. I felt my hair was ruined forever. Thankfully though John Frieda’s 7 Day Luxurious Volume range has breathed some thickness back into my now limp hair.
I’m no stranger to John Frieda products, when I was a brunette I swore by their Brilliant Brunette range and to this day I use the Frizz Ease serum especially while on holiday. But I am a stranger to volumising products due to never having need to use them in the past and I have to say the Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume range was a good place to start.
Apparently this is why my hair is now flat and lifeless after all it went through last year and it makes total sense!
Damage caused by styling and daily environmental stress creates ‘pores’ inside the hair, reducing its density.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume range contains a patented formula that penetrates all hair types and fills in these pores along with the damaged areas. The result is restored fullness that starts at the root giving your hair a healthy lift. APPARENTLY ANYWAY. So here are my thoughts.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume Shampoo* & Conditioner* RRP £5.99 each
A little bit goes a long way with the shampoo, it lathers up well and you can cover even long hair with a small amount. they both smell great something that is so important to me when it comes to anything I’m putting on my hair. At first I don’t see much difference but after using them both for almost two weeks my hair feels different although it doesn’t photograph well. For a while I’ve felt like I’ve had less on my head and this was obvious whenever I tried to style it but now it definitely feels like it has more density to it. As usual the conditioner ran out a lot faster than the shampoo as I like to layer it on thick then leave it for a good half an hour to really sink into each strand. I do think this has been vital to the changes in my hair being noticeable.
What I have found incredibly surprising is that neither of these were specially formulated for coloured hair but I don’t think the red has faded any quicker than it would had I been using specialist shampoo for coloured hair. This causes me to give this range a big thumbs up as I can have both volume and a vibrate colour.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In Shower Treatment* £9.99
Now this stuff is the kicker. I know you expect something amazing when it comes in a box rather than just the bottle up on the shelf, but this stuff really did what it said on the tin (or bottle). I can say I have tried this stuff with the shampoo & condition from the range, and on its own with my usual coloured hair shampoo & condition and both times I could feel the difference. Despite being a product you put on your hair in the shower like a shampoo, this is actually a styling product. For my long hair I applied after washing and conditioning my hair, concentrating from the roots to mid-length. Then I left it for 3-5 minutes before washing out. I then blow dry my hair using a brush to lift from the roots. The result is finally some body and texture I’ve been craving ever since I bleached out my hair. Despite being slightly more than the shampoo if I could only afford one product I would go with this one.
Over all, I’m impressed with the range. It does what it says it’ll do, even if I can’t see it yet I can definitely feel the difference in my hair, it’s a great mid-range price and it smells great. All the things that are important to me when it comes to hair care.