Since the summer, I have been stressing out about my hair. I couldn’t work out why my natural curls were dropping out, leaving me with straggly, lifeless hair that made me honestly quite depressed. It sounds silly, but it really does make you feel out of sorts when your hair isn’t behaving the way it normally does. I was convinced it was because, as the curls got less defined, I was relying on using my straighteners to curl the straighter bits. This was probably partly true, but I went and got a haircut from someone who knows what they’re doing at Toni & Guy in Harrogate, and she cut my layers short enough that my curls bounced back just in time for New York! Whilst in the midst of my hair ‘mare, I bought the entire John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery range, which I’ve been using for 2 months now, and I’m going to share my thoughts on it with you.
Shampoo and Conditioner I’m really bad for buying odd shampoos and conditioners in the hope that I can keep my hair naturally blonde, frizz-free, curly, strong and shiny all at the same time by combining all different ranges. I have now realised that, if you really want results from a hair care range, you need to invest in both the shampoo and conditioner. These products have literally worked wonders for me in repairing my hair and making it SO soft and healthy-looking. My hair, despite being thick in quantity, is pretty fine individually. This means it goes quite fluffy-looking, but these products seem to have calmed it down noticeably. The shampoo gives a lovely rich lather, which means you don’t need a huge amount and it feels really creamy and luxurious.
The conditioner is great at keeping hair in check and taming frizz, but I sometimes feel it’s quite heavy on the hair and leaves a sort of residue (not a bad thing at all once hair is dry, as it keeps it really shiny, but there’s something quite artificial about this which makes me question how good it is for my hair in the long term). I therefore alternate between this, the conditioning mask, and Garnier’s Ultimate Blends The Nourishing Repairer conditioner which is slightly lighter and distributes through the hair nicely without feeling too heavy (I’ll be investing in this range next as a lower budget alternative for dry/damaged hair). I would really recommend the shampoo and conditioner if your hair feels very damaged, but not for long-term use. It’s not paraben-free, but it does boast an amino repair complex which is the central ingredient that helps to repair surface damage. If your hair is really worn out, I think natural products are the way to go long-term, because they don’t strip the hair or contain any artificial chemicals that only work while you’re using the product and don’t have any long-term benefits.
Intensive Masque I actually bought this before the shampoo, conditioner and creme serum, because I was desperate to breathe some life back into my limp locks! My friend dip-dyed her hair, and said she used this to get rid of the dryness in the ends, and it really works! If you’re just wanting a quick fix to make damaged hair look sleek and feel soft again for a day or so, then buy the masque first and leave it on overnight, or at least for an hour. I haven’t needed to use this since starting to use the shampoo and conditioner together, so it’s probably not worth buying all three together. My advice? Don’t buy the masque and conditioner together. Pick one depending on whether you’re more of a masque or quick conditioner person. Personally, I can rarely be bothered to leave a masque on for ages so the conditioner works for me when I wash my hair every other day.
Creme Serum I have used John Frieda Frizz Ease serums for a few years now. I used to use the more conventional serum for really frizzy hair, but after discovering this beauty I don’t think I’ll go back! I always used to use serum on dry hair, but this works really well if you put it on damp, towel-dried hair before styling or leaving to dry naturally. It kind of seals the hair in and adds to the silkiness from the conditioner, and my hair has never felt so soft before! It tames frizz so well, and even has heat protection so you don’t need a ton of products if you’re blow-drying. I always use a heat protection spray if I’m straightening my fringe after blow-drying it, because I don’t feel like any heat protection product would last through both- I don’t know if that’s necessary or not but it’s just what I do! Overall, this is a fantastic range, but I am always keen to try new things so I won’t be sticking with it as a lifelong companion! I still love Aussie hair products, and the Garnier Ultimate Blends are great and really affordable, but who knows what I’ll try next? I’ll keep you posted!
Have you tried John Frieda’s Miraculous Recovery range? Did it work for you? Do you have a hair care range you swear by for frizzy hair? I’d love any recommendations for what to try next!