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John Frieda Luxurious Volume Review: Shampoo, Conditioner, Mousse, Hairspray

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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John Frieda, the well-established UK haircare brand known for its innovative solutions for all hair types, has officially launched in Singapore! And I am totally getting a sense of déjà vu just writing about John Freida again!

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!

John Frieda Luxuriuos Volume Range: Four awesome products for full hair!

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!

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner for Oily Hair Review!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Liz Earle's Botanical Shine Haircare range launches today at Liz Earle shops, and at John Lewis on 6 September. In light of this, I thought it would be timely to post my review on this much-awaited haircare range. The range consists of both a Shampoo for all hair types, as well as three Conditioners, for dry, normal, and oily hair.

I've written on the background to the Liz Earle haircare range before, so I won't go into more detail, but if you are interested to find out about epic journeys of finding the right ingredient to make the shampoos lather or the conditioners smooth your hair, feel free to check it out. It's inspiring to see a company be so passionate about their products, and regardless of whether you like the product or not, you can certainly appreciate the passion!

I have fine, straight hair that often suffers from a lack of volume and has problems with being weighed down by hair products, so I've been using the conditioner for oily hair. Both products are in convenient flip-top tubes. Both products are scented, and I really love the scent - it's not the usual artificial fruity scent that most drugstore shampoos have. This one has a smell that is perhaps best described as authentically herbal, and I really like it. It's not annoying or irritating or cloying.

The shampoo is a clear gel texture that lathers well. I'm told that natural shampoos tend to have trouble lathering, so I was impressed by how well this seemed to foam. It doesn't foam as well as your typical non-natural drugstore shampoo, but it comes close.

Liz Earle Shampoo

I didn't have any issues with the shampoo - it rinsed clean without leaving any obvious residue, it left my hair clean without stripping it excessively. I quite like it.

The conditioner for oily hair was an opaque white lotion. It has a slightly thinner texture than the conditioner for normal hair, or for dry hair. The conditioner for dry hair is a lot more like a cream than a lotion. I'm not sure if you can see the difference in the picture below, but it's a lot more apparent in real life.

Liz Earle Conditioner

I really love this conditioner. It's one of the lightest ones I've tried, so I'd really recommend it for oily, fine hair, and for hair that usually feels like it has too much product in it. It didn't feel like it left behind a lot of residue, either. I also liked that it did make my hair feel softer and smoother.

It isn't a volumizing moisturizer, so I didn't notice any additional volume, but it doesn't weigh down my hair either. I think this does a really good job of both moisturizing without adding weight to the hair. I really love this, and I'm currently trying to use less of it so it will last longer.

I'm actually a greater fan of the conditioner than the shampoo, as you can probably tell. I like the shampoo and think it's good, but I absolutely love the conditioner. I'm no fortune-teller, but I half suspect that if Liz Earle ever brought it to Singapore (or for that matter any really hot and humid country) it will sell well, because a lot of oily hair problems are made worse in weather like that. Hair becomes a lot limper in such weather, so finding a conditioner that moisturizes while still remaining light is a challenge in such climates (and that's me speaking from personal experience). But for those of who do have access to Liz Earle and do have oily hair, this is really one to check out.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Monday, April 12, 2010

My hair is really fine and annoyingly little. It has no volume, and it just tends to sit on my head like a dead dog. I often have trouble with styling my hair because it's really fine, very little, and has no body. I know people say layering is the key to giving fine hair body, but layering is tricky for me since I have very little hair. As a result, I don't actually do anything to my hair in the mornings, since I don't have a clue what to do with it, and because I'm just generally kind of lazy. I wake up, I comb it, and I leave. LOL.

Here's what I'm talking about. Yup, that's me. You can see why I have major, major hair envy whenever I see girls with lots of nice, thick hair:

So, one of my bathroom essentials is a volumizing shampoo for fine hair. Over the years I've tried a bunch of them, and some of them are better than others. The good ones give volume while still keeping hair soft and moisturized, while the crappy ones don't give any volume, AND leave your hair dry, tangled and damaged. And the middling ones often do one or the other - they may volumize your hair, but leave it dry, or they may give your hair softness but weigh it down.

One of the ones I've tried lately is John Frieda's Luxurious Volume range. The range seems to get raves from other people, and so I was excited to try the Thickening Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner. They have a range of products under the Luxurious Volume line, and if you're interested, you can view them HERE.

The packaging itself is in large blue tubes with fliptop caps. The shampoo comes in a clear tube while the conditioner has opaque packaging:

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

What about the product? The shampoo is a clear gel, while the conditioner is a milky, white gel with a slightly heavier texture. I particularly liked the shampoo, it lathers very well, so if you're one of those shampoo users who get a sense of satisfaction out of a good lather (I know I do!), this is definitely one to check out. The conditioner doesn't lather, but I like how it feels creamy without being too heavy. Both products have a very nice, light pleasant smell that I really liked, although I know smell is a matter of personal preference. It kind of reminds me of cucumbers or something. Another thing I liked about both the shampoo and the conditioner is that they rinsed off well - I didn't get product residue on my hair after a shower, and I didn't have to struggle to wash them off.

Here's a photo of a bit of the products on the back of my hand. As you can see, although they're both gel textured products, the shampoo is a little bit more runny, while the conditioner is more creamy:

After about 3 weeks of usage, I felt ready to give a review. I used the products as I do normally - shampoo, conditioner (every couple of days), and I just let my hair air dry. As you can see from my photo, my hair is REALLY limp, so I was skeptical about the effects it would have on my hair. But even with the first few days of usage, one of the first things I noticed is how the products really left my hair very soft, without leaving any residue or stickiness behind. I don't know why, but the John Frieda Luxurious Volume range really worked for me on this front. Even on days when I didn't use the conditioner, just using the Thickening Shampoo alone seemed to leave my hair soft. I was able to comb through my shoulder-length hair after a shower with no problems, whereas some other shampoos tend to leave my hair tangled and impossible to comb out after a shower. I really liked the softening effect these products had on my hair, and I think girls with hair that tends to dry out or get tangled easily will like the John Frieda Luxurious Volume range.

I also liked how both John Frieda products didn't irritate or dry out my scalp. Sometimes some really harsh shampoos tend to make my scalp flake, itch, or just generally get really irritated, but with both these products, I didn't have any problems on the irritation front.

Volume-wise, I felt that these products were also generally good. They gave my hair some volume, but not a whole ton. Then again, I wasn't expecting anything more than that, since it's hard to add volume to your hair with just shampoo, conditioner, and air-drying, without any additional styling products (I really need to get around to trying those). So I'm going to say that these met my expectations. The good thing though, is that neither of the products weighed down my hair, which I was partially expecting to happen, because of how smooth they left my hair. The first couple of times I used it, when I stepped out of the shower and combed my hair, I was thinking, "Wow, my hair is so soft. I bet it's going to be really flat when I wake up tomorrow", but it wasn't. So I was quite happy with that.

To me, the major benefit of John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Shampoo and Conditioner is that the products really soften your hair, while ensuring that it doesn't lose it's volume. So if you're one of those girls with relatively fine hair that is dry or tangled, and you want something to soften and smoothen your hair without making it lose it's volume, this is definitely one to try. This one will also please girls who want a shampoo that lathers and rinses well, as both products are really lightweight, and don't leave much residue behind. You can find out more about John Frieda's Luxurious Volume range HERE.

This product was sent to me for review purposes. I am not affiliated with the company, nor do I benefit from the links posted. This review is my complete and honest opinion after an unbiased trial of the product.


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