You see, back when my blog was still relatively new and when I was still a student in the UK getting my Masters degree, I had done a review on John Frieda's haircare products, namely the Luxurious Volume range, and I really liked it. Well guess what, it looks like this range is coming to Singapore now, and reviewing this range (or rather, re-reviewing this range) feels like seeing an old friend again!
The best part? This time, I don't just have the shampoo and conditioner only - instead I can bring you a bigger, better review with two more products! This time, I have the Touchably Full Shampoo, Touchably Full Conditioner, Building Mousse and All-Day Hold Hairspray. So if you want to know how they hold up to my fond memories of the product, do read on!
It seems like the Luxurious Volume range has been revamped a little since I last used it. The packaging is different, the product names are a tad fancier, but the products still have the same scent and feel that I loved. The Touchably Full Shampoo, for example, is still the same old clear gel that washes my hair pretty clean.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume: Touchably Full Shampoo
I feel like it has stronger washing power than I recall. Either that, or the move from London to Singapore meant that the shampoo functioned differently in hard versus soft water. Either way, it's not a problem for me - I do get greasy, limp, and flat hair, so I definitely appreciate a shampoo that is effective at washing away the oilies. But if you already have dry to begin with, then you might want to look at another more moisturizing shampoo.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo: A clear gel that cleanses well.
The next product that also seemed to remain very much the same for me is the Touchably Full Conditioner. Like the Touchably Full Shampoo, the product is now in a sleek teal tube (did I tell you guys, teal, along with purple, is one of my favourite colours?):
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Conditioner
The conditioner inside is pretty much the same as I remember it - a white, creamy product. I really liked the conditioner - I felt like it struck a nice balance between being moisturizing, but not being too heavy. I think this is probably my favourite product from the range - just because my limp hair means that I'm always searching for good conditioners that don't weigh down my hair too much.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Conditioner: A white cream that glides on your hair and helps to protect it
Next, the hairstyling products! I'm not all that into hairstyling products, but my mum is, so I got herto pitch in with their products! The Volume Building Mousse in particular was a favourite of my mum's - she's officially taken over my bottle of Mousse!
My mum thought the Volume Building Mousse had a nice soft hold that was fairly lasting. It doesn't last all day, but has fairly good holding power if you're just going out for half a day or so. But the best part about it is, it doesn't weight down hair, feel sticky, or leave any residue. Given that my mum's hair is just like mine (I inherited her thin, sparse hair!), that's probably a good sign.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume: The Volume Building Mousse is an excellent mousse for a soft hold that doesn't weigh hair down.
The All-Day Hold Hairspray was also another favourite. My mum stole it from me along with the Volume Building Mousse, and she had excellent results with both product. She also liked the All-Day Hold Hairspray for similar reasons as the Mousse, namely, because it didn't leave her hair feeling hard or crispy. It had a fairly natural finish, and a good hold that lasted about half a day or so. I don't think we managed to get an "all-day hold" out of it, but given how flat and limp our hair is, I have a suspicion that it's going to be hard to find hairspray that really lasts.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray: A Hairspray that isn't heavy feeling, and leaves hair looking natural
So what do I think of the John Frieda Luxurious Volume range? Well I'm pretty happy to say that the range I knew and loved (in the form of the shampoo and conditioner) doesn't seem to have changed too much. I actually used up my previous tubes of John Frieda haircare, and I'm confident these will be in my shower until they're all gone. And of course, I'm glad to test out the styling products - these are a welcome addition to our hair arsenal! If you're looking for a good haircare line, or if you're curious to see what the hype has been surrounding John Frieda (after all, the brand is pretty darn popular in the UK), I'd say the brand is definitely worth checking out!
(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)