Its funny how when it comes to beauty, you can be pretty darn reckless with one area of concern, but with another very particular and precise with what products you use and how often you change your routine. I wouldn't dream of drastically changing up my skincare routine over night, its a method i've come to fine tune and work well, making my skin balance in all the right areas. However, when it comes to the likes of hair care, i'll happily explore different hair care and styling ranges; be that the pricer likes of Kerestace to the cheap as chips Pantene. Over the past year and a half, I've been growing my stubborn fine locks, working it in to a somewhat pleaseable condition. Despite this, my lovely but somewhat blunt hair dresser still finds the time to give me disapproving looks and sigh when she studies my split ends every nine weeks i'm due for a trim. Queue the introduction to the John Frieda Repair Range..
I was kindly sent the entire John Frieda Repair Range to trial a month and a half ago, to which i have given a full gruelling, working it through it paces - in order to give you an insight to the gems of this collection. At a glance, the Repair Range is the first occasion John Frieda has produced a product line entirely for dry/damaged hair (weird right?) but boy they have been working hard. Its designed to offer a solution to our overheated styling obsession, from curling tongs, straighteners to blow-drying, with the Repair Range, you go ahead and abuse those heat tools, for the Repair Range will repair hair and prevent damage, in a lightweight formula.
Now i've used my fair whack of hear protection care and style products, they can sure chat the chat but walk the walk? Not so much. Promising to cure split ends - never going to happen, ever. Lightweight? Hardly, my hair feels it has drenched into a vat of thick conditioner that only gives the appearance of healthy hair, when in fact its coated in buckets of product, becoming lank and greasy, a no-no for fine haired ladies. So to see what all the fuss was about i gave the John Frieda line a good testing.
John Frieda Deep Conditioner - (£5.99) - Does what it says in the tin. Infused with Inca Inchi Oil (ooh how tropical!) it restores moisture and repairs the look and feel of over-styled hair. Does it do so? Yes. Proving to be very lightweight, leaving very hair soft and manageable after. My hair is left shiny and smelling pretty darn incredible. It's a strong rival for our much loved Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. Big bonus points for packaging, i can slather on enough product as i like, and can even scrape the last few drops (unlike pesky bottled formulas where i reach for the kitchen scissors, to find a fair whack of product left!).
John Frieda Perfect Ends Sheer Mist and Deep Infusion - (both £6.99) - As soon as i saw a leave in conditioner was included in the range, i was pretty impressed. I'm a stickler for a good leave in conditioner, and the options available on the high-street are to put it bluntly, naff. When i saw that there were two different types in the range, one catered to fine hair and another to thick hair, i was seriously impressed. The Sheer Mist works an absolute treat on my ends, i simply spray on after towel drying and it leaves the ends looking and feeling much healthier. Sure the split ends aren't gone, but you know that annoying fly-away whispy ends look after straightening? Bingo, they are gone and my hair feels a lot more nourished. The Deep Infusion is designed for thicker tresses, or i suppose finer hair with rather heavy damage, its formula is strange. Not an oil or a cream but a thick runny liquid that is massaged into the ends, however it works well as it prevents the product from being too thick or heavy, but still leaves the hair with sleek healthy ends.
John Frieda Root Lift Foam - (£5.99) - The true winner of the collection in my eyes. Leaving the 80's crackly dry moose formula behind, this foam when worked into the roots of wet hair can produce some serious volume and lift, on par with the likes of Bumble and Bumble Volume spray - yes that impressive. Blow dried with a large barrel brush, it creates a weightless lift that allows hair to be soft and easily managed. I often do this regime before i go to bed, and surprisingly the volume is still there come morning and not a greasy root in sight!
All in all i would recommend the John Frieda Repair Range, it's light weight yet impressive formula works surprisingly well for a high-street range. It smells rather divine, thanks to the secret powerful ingredient of Inchi Inca oil. The products i have reviewed above are the real gems of the collection and what i would personally repurchase. The range does however contain a shampoo and conditioner, and whilst i enjoyed using them and saw no fault, i wouldn't say they are a necessity. One product i did feel let down by was sadly the Heat Protection Spray, it did live up to its claims like the rest of the line, it was disappointing that you could only use the product on wet hair, where as sometimes i like to use on dry hair if i've left it to air dry the night before - boo!
So there we have it, anything you fancy trying? They seem to be on a handy offer in Boots, 2 for £7.50 here. I've now moved on to trying some Bumble and Bumble products, as well as a quick flirt with the salon brand Clynol. Watch this space!