Wednesday, 15 September 2010

John Frieda Root Awakening Shampoo & Conditioner

I bought this new range of shampoo and conditioner from John Frieda as I have been variably impressed by the rest of the John Frieda stable (Well, I didn't try the Blonde range obviously!) and I'm always searching for the new next big thing! I'm a bit of a hair slut to be honest, I rarely repurchase the same products twice in a row.

This claims to 'improve hair health from root to tip. Containing Eucalyptus, it invigorates for bouncy, shiny and strong hair'.
Now, I have very thick black hair. I haven't noticed it being especially weak but as I'm trying to grow it longer I want it to be in peak condition. Being so dark, it usually is quite shiny and I find that its shininess level depends more on my physical and mental well-being, such as being run-down and having a cold or times of stress, rather than whatever hair products I use. 

This shampoo and conditioner fairly impressed me. They have a fresh, sweet minty smell, rather like mint aeros and the eucalyptus extracts give the scalp a wonderful tingly feeling that is great for waking you up first thing in the morning. The shampoo lathers up well and leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean and the conditioner is creamy and rinses out without too much fuss.
This leaves my hair very shiny and I find that it is much easier to style and that it stays straight and smooth all day. (I do not use any styling products.) I haven't noticed my hair being any 'stronger' but it feels in very good condition and much healthier (well, as healthy as something that is dead can be anyway!). In line with the other John Frieda products, I don't notice any build up of silicones.

The only downside of this product is the price. I think that they are about £6 each in Boots which is a lot compared to other drugstore brands. I got this in Tescos in a '2 for £7' deal which they have quite frequently and makes it much more reasonable.
When you compare the results of this, however, with the results and price of high-end products such as Keratasé and MorrocanOil (which I will be reviewing soon), it really is quite worth it. Although many other brands attempt it, John Frieda is the best range for achieving high-end results from a mid-market price.

Have you been impressed with any drugstore/supermarket haircare brands lately? Despite my fear and hatred of all Pantene products, I've heard their new Aqua range is quite good. I think I might give it a go next as I haven't heard any horror stories yet!

xx polkadot

1 comment:

  1. I am a huge fan of John Frieda products. I use the 'Go Blonder' shampoo and conditioner, and believe it or not, I do notice a very subtle difference. I would put it down to the sun ... but we don't have any, so I'm gonna give the shampoo the benefit of the doubt.. ;-)