Review: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion

I picked this up in a hurry not long after receiving my new haircut. It’s the only product I could find in those quick 2 minutes that suited my needs. Developed by the John Frieda Experts the Luxurious Volume range incorporates the latest thickening technology to help transform hair into beautiful, full bodied styles. Sounded promising enough for me, and at £5.79 from Boots, it’s a bargain.

The clear product is meant to be sprayed on damp hair before you blow dry. There no alcohol included on the ingredients list, which means this thickening lotion isn’t going to dry your hair out and instead leave it smooth and shiny. Hair feels like it has a little bit of texture to it, not soft, which increases the volume. This product really does work, and my hair feels much thicker.

I’m not fond of the smell at all, but for a product that works it’s a price I’ll have to pay.

Review: Tigi Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo

First of all let me be clear in that I’ve had no problems with my can leaking or only getting 3 or 4 uses. Alot of people seemed to have had problems with faulty cans in the past but TiGi has fixed this.

The packaging is pretty, black with a bright lime green green cap. It smells like lemons which is refreshing, however it doesn’t linger on your hair. Be careful not to apply it too close to your scalp if you have dark hair because it can leave a little whiteness. It’s a very light product, and unlike the famous Batiste dry shampoo, doesn’t blast out from the nozzle like a gale force hurricane.

I liked this product, I found no fault with it. It worked wonderfully on my greasy hair whilst adding some extra texture and oomph. However it is pricey. Even when it’s discounted. It retails at £11.25, which is a hefty price tag for a dry shampoo. However you can buy it for £6.85 from CheapSmells.com for 300ml. Batiste usually costs £4.99 for 400ml.

Review: Redken All Soft Argan 6 Oil

I’m a fan of Redken products, there’s no denying that.  I’ve really liked their All Soft range in the past, Guts volume mousse and Smooth Down Heat Glide is my heat defence of choice when it comes to straightening. So when this 90ml bottle made it’s way through my letterbox I was extremely excited and hopeful.

There are 6 different ways of using this product;

– Moisturise: Pre-shampoo treatment
– Protect: Pre blow-dry shield
– Smooth: Post blow-dry perfector
– Illuminate : Styling shine booster
– Soften: Treatment booster
– Recondition: Overnight treatment

And I’ve tried most of these, with some pretty good success, but I mainly use it to protect or smooth post blow-dry.  It makes my hair look and feel so touchably soft. The downside is that this product is a little too heavy for my hair. I find that my hair gets oilier quicker so that I need to wash a day earlier than planned or go all in guns (cans?) blazing with the dry shampoo. I’ve adjusted how much I use, barely one pump and feel that this is sufficient for my fine hair.

I still really adore this product, it blows V05’s Miracle Concentrate out of the water. It does however have a hefty price tag. £16.95 at lookfantastic.com, but retails at around £24.95, I’m glad I only need to use one pump. Now my hair is healthy, shiny, frizz-free and soft.

Review: Naked Shine Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner

Let me start by saying I’ve really enjoyed using these products. I was pleasantly surprised as they are completely free from petrochemicals, sulfates, silicones and are 97% natural. How was my hair supposed to cope without silicones?

The pair promise to deliever shine through hydration and my hair has never been softer or shinier. They both smell gorgeous and are a cheap alternative to the more expensive sls-free salon branded hair products.

The shampoo is quite runny, and doesn’t lather very well (although much better second time around) and actually left my hair feeling dry and tangled in the shower. At first this really worried me, and I applied plenty of the condtioner to try and untangle the mess. I have since discovered that I needen’t have stressed about it. The conditioner is also a little runny, but there’s no need to slather your hair in the stuff. Your usual amount will do the job.

Once rinsed out my hair returned to normal, and no longer felt tangled. I’ve left my hair to dry naturally and I get beautiful soft, frizz-free waves after using this duo. I also have no problems styling afterwards using hair straighteners, hair is still soft and shiny.

I’m really excited to try the rest of the range. You can purchase online from the Naked website, or in-store from Boots. Prices start from £3.99.