4 September 2012

Review: John Frieda Thickening Blow Dry Lotion

When I look at photos of the 80's or the 90's, I think - what on earth kind of trends were going on?! But I suppose in 20 or 30 years time, young people will look back and think -  "volume is just so old school."

But seeing as we only have 20 or 30 more years, I say we embrace it. I'm constantly on a hunt to make my flat hair bigger - but I'm also very lazy so it has to be easy, and I hate product build-up with a passion. So anything that promises big hair with ease is worth trying in my books. This time I tried the..



How does it work?

When my hair is damp, I spray this onto the roots of my hair, massage it in, and the blowdryer goes on. I do find that while it’s wet, my scalp kind of itches but that goes away as it dries. I also noticed that my fingers weren’t sticky even after all that, so I was quite impressed.

I think the point that really made me want to try it was that it's also a heat protectant - I never use heat protectant for blow drying so I thought this may protect my hair when I do!

Does it work?

To a certain extent, it does. I find that the word “volume” is a slight exaggeration, and I would describe it something more of a “lift”. So if you want going-out, Cheryl Cole, va-va voom beehive hair - this isn’t it. If you want a natural, everyday “enhancement” - this is a good shout. 

I know, I know, I don’t sound completely sold.

It’s because I’m not. As a person with really thick, fat hair, I found that the lift didn’t last very long. It lasted an hour or so, and it was back to being flat. Which is why for me, I think it’ll be better for use on days when my hair is especially flat, or before doing some sort of hair-do - it gives you that initial lift so you can shape it and keep it in a styled way.

My biggest sticking point, however, was the build-up. The build-up in my hair was unbearable for me. I found my hair getting really sticky after about two days. If you’re used to washing your hair every other day, I can’t see it being too big of a problem. But I personally try not to wash my hair that often because my shampoos dry my scalp out, so once every 3 days, and this made that pattern quite horrendous to maintain.

Who would it work for?

Again, I have very thick hair that is generally very stubborn and weighed down. So to get anything to give me volume is a task and a half. Anyone with this kind of hair, I wouldn't recommend this product to. People with normal, thinner or finer hair may find that it works, and that it gives an enhanced lift that lasts - but that's of course speculation. And again, people who have a more constant cycle of washing hair than myself may find this easier to work with.

Overall..

In theory, this stuff is fantastic - volume, heat protectant - it's perfect, so it's worth a shot if you're interested in that kinda stuff. But it didn't work for me. I think this is something I’ll keep for especially flat hair days and for days where I have “hair dos”, as for me, it’s much too subtle and high maintenance for everyday use. Definitely a no purchase, sadly!

You can get the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion in Boots and other stockists for £5.89. You can see the rest of the Luxurious Volume range on their site.

Have you tried this Blow Dry Lotion?
What's your favourite way of getting volume?

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10 comments:

  1. I didn't rate this either! I have really fine hair and am still swearing by umberto Gianni backcomb in a bottle for volume x

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    1. Oh that's interesting! Hmm maybe it's just not a good product all around, I find it hard to judge products cuz my hair is just really stubborn! Thanks for the info :)

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  2. My hair is thick but falls flat too, it's so frustrating! I hate the feeling of product in my hair though so I usually turn to backcombing every so often if I have the patience (rare...lol). Great post xx

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  3. I quite like the other products in the John Frieda volume range! Esp the dray shampoo, and the shampoo and conditioner xo

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    1. Ahh maybe those are safer bets! Thanks for the feedback :)

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  4. It's too bad you didn't like it. I probably would skip as well because my hair has too much volume and it's just crazy =/ At least it's a good heat protectant :D

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    1. Haha that's crazy! Yeah, it definitely did work for that :)

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  5. It's irritating your scalp and there's build up? I wash my hair everyday but I don't think I'll be trying this. I find just blow drying your roots after the shows already gives your hair a little boost, so I don't like products that you have to apply then blow dry ... it's misleading imo.

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    1. Yeah if I got the volume I wanted without a product then I'd totally opt for that but some of us aren't as lucky like that! :)

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