Hi there! Today’s post is about John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo, Conditioner & Anti-Frizz Primer. I received these products as samples (2 x 8ml shampoo, 2 x 8ml conditioner and 2 x 3ml anti-frizz primer) some time ago, but I’ve only tried them now. That’s because, just like every other person, I hate having to cut open sachets while I’m in the shower…
But I wanted to see if these John Frieda products were any good. So I tried the shampoo and the conditioner (and nothing else) on day 1, and I used the anti-frizz primer (after a different shampoo and conditioner combo) on day 2. Yes, I wash my hair every morning! But now, let’s get to the actual product reviews!
I found the Frizz Ease Forever Smooth shampoo OK. It lathered up well, but it didn’t feel very clarifying. I guess it’s OK if you wash your hair very frequently (like my husband who showers and washes his hair first thing in the morning – and he showers and washes his hair again in the evening when he comes back from the gym).
The Frizz Ease Forever Smooth conditioner was disappointing. It wasn’t very conditioning, and because of this it took me quite a while to detangle my hair in the shower. I used both sachets, but I think I would have needed at least another two sachets (that would be 32ml for a single use!) to get any conditioning ‘benefits’ from this product.
Whilst the Frizz Ease Forever Smooth conditioner isn’t as bad as Naked’s Colour Conditioner or Naturtint’s ‘Protective’ Cream, it’s definitely the worst conditioner I’ve had in quite a while. I’m pretty sure that if I had a full-size bottle or tube of this Frizz Ease Forever Smooth conditioner, I’d complain about having to double-condition!
What else? I also didn’t like how my hair felt and looked. My scalp started to grease up after less than 12 hours (Yuck!) whilst my ends felt and looked ratty. Forever Smooth? Absolutely not! I even wore my hair up for the evening because I didn’t want to scare my husband!
Now onto the anti-frizz primer! My initial review (which I rewrote a few times – and then I deleted it) contained many words – many words of disbelief, anger and disgust. But in the spirit of keeping things positive and funny, I’ve decided to share a few “highlights” only. 🙂
First of all, the anti-frizz primer feels gross and sticky. After I had blow-dried my hair, I had to wash my hands twice – because the tacky anti-frizz primer residue wouldn’t budge! And right after that I had to wipe down my hair-dryer. The handle was covered with icky anti-frizz primer residue and it bothered me that much that I couldn’t even leave it for later.
Once the hair-dryer was taken care of, I went back to the bathroom to check my hair. Since I knew that my hair felt very greasy, I knew it wouldn’t look great. However, when I actually looked at my hair, I was shocked. It looked… sensationally greasy and sweaty, dull, flat and lifeless. I’d describe the look of my post-anti-frizz primer hair as that of a tennis player after a three-hour match in sweltering conditions.
I was lucky that it was a home-working day, and that I didn’t have to leave the house. So I spent the first few hours wearing my hair up and trying not to think about it. However, the next time I looked in the mirror, I decided to take action. What did I do? I had another shower and I washed my hair again! And then I threw the (unused) 2nd anti-frizz primer sample in the bin. Life was good again! 🙂
John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner are available as 250ml for £7.99 each. The Anti-Frizz Primer is available as 100ml for £9.99. I think these products are completely useless and I wouldn’t use them again – not even if you paid me. And I wouldn’t recommend them either.