John Frieda Luxurious Volume Haircare Range: The Review

23 October 2013

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Hair Care Range
The John Frieda Luxurious Volume Haircare Range
Good evening, you lovely lot!

Today I've got a review for you (oooooohhh!). The lovely Olivia at The Communications Store contacted me recently asking if I'd like to try out John Frieda haircare products*. After a quick question about my hair type (lacking volume, fine but lots of it), she swiftly sent out - what I assumed to be - a product. Then, a whole range turned up on my doorstep. Suffice to say I was pretty pleased, considering I am absolutely useless with hair care..

Until recently, I was using the Pantene Pro V shampoo (mainly because of an offer in Tesco.. ahem..).
Before that, I exclusively used L'Oréal Triple Resist shampoo because I lost about half my hair 3 years ago after using Aussie shampoo(!) and it was the only product that didn't make the situation worse. It really made me cautious about products and ingredients. It's perhaps why I'm so ingredient-focused even in my skin-care now.

Anyway, one day I was complaining to Iona that my hair felt brittle, dry and coated, and my scalp was starting to get irritated - cue terror in me. She informed me that they use plasticisers in their shampoo (check out that shiny mane on the tv! ...plasticisers) and recommended I try out John Frieda. So, talk about timing when Olivia piped up!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Haircare Range
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
As soon as I got back home that day, I had a definite "I'm washing my hair" excuse in order.. sorry world! As I lathered in my first blob of shampoo, it really ticked the lather box. I really can't stand shampoo which doesn't give me that satisfying amount of foaminess.. maybe I'm alone here?! Makes you feel like you're really cleaning your hair. On the second wash (yes, I do the two-step wash. 1st is merely about cleaning, 2nd is about working the product into your hair. Do it!), I could feel the shampoo adding a bit of thickness to my otherwise fine, brittle hair.

On to the conditioner! Now, as with most hair-care ranges, a gratuitous themed conditioner is usually a filler product. And, I suppose this still stands with the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Conditioner. I normally use a Moroccan Argan Oil extract conditioner on this step, so I do expect a lot. I'd recommend going for the John Frieda Full Repair conditioner instead if, like me, you're prone to a wee bit too much heat styling (naughty!). However, adequate enough conditioner, nothing to complain about here particularly.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Blow Dry Lotion
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Blow Dry Lotion
After getting out of the shower and prepping my hair with a wide-tooth comb and some of my favourite nourishing TRESemmé Liquid Gold Argan Oil through the ends (I wanna try out the L'Oréal one next.. anyone got a comparison to make?), I whipped out this little beauty. The Luxurious Volume Blow Dry Lotion is one of those products I tend to skip. I am, by all accounts, a skincare fiend. So, all my extra pennies go to my skin and not my hair. I hold my hands up and apologise to the hair Gods!!
But it was time to give my hair some extra clout.. You just spray this into roots, concentrating on the under-sections of your hair and voila! Simple.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Blow-Out Spray
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Blow-Out Spray
Next on the hair-care menu was this little dude. The Blow-Out Spray is, again, another one of those products I pass up on. This one is used nearer the end of your blow-dry, once your hair is about 70% dry. John Frieda say that:

"The Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray creates natural volume by plumping fine hair from root to tip for the body and shape of a salon-quality blow dry."
I'm not sure I'm convinced on this product. I do think I need to persevere and perhaps add a little more product sprayed into my hair, as it didn't add much to the volume. However, I am a bit apprehensive about putting too many products on my mane & near my scalp incase of build-up. A clarifying shampoo (a la Phyto Clarifying Detox Shampoo) is on my shopping list to get rid of that issue. If you're feeling experimental, this is one of those hit & miss products..

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Hairspray
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Hairspray
Finally, after drying my hair upside down using a round barreled brush for optimal volume (as I do normally), the grand finale - a quick spritz of "all-day hold" hairspray. I quite like this hairspray. My usual hairspray smells of "raspberry liqueur" (words of Gillian, folks!) - the Got2B Sexy hairspray - so I really only have it for that haha! This isn't as strong-holding but it does the job as a normal hairspray. If it's on offer, give it a whirl!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume - the results
John Frieda Luxurious Volume - the results
John Frieda Luxurious Volume - the results!
Swishy hair! Sorry for the rubbish fact that I need a hair cut and colour, PRONTO! But you get the jist. A wee bit of lift. My hair felt a lot thicker, which I would say was my favourite result of the range, as my hair is naturally thin. The result lasted quite well, but I'd recommend giving the final product a go to keep it feeling textured and full:
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Dry Shampoo
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Dry Shampoo
This isn't Batiste by no means, but it's a good 'un for keeping the lift in your hair after using the range. I've also never bothered to use any other dry shampoos before (since Batiste was my saviour at many a festival..) so it was interesting to try something new! No complaints again.

The range is priced at between £5.89-£8.99 at Boots.

What do you think of the John Frieda Luxurious Volume range? Have you had a go with any of the products - or will you be giving them a wee look over in your next Boots haul?

*Products were kindly gifted by The Communications Store on behalf of John Frieda



  1. Must get myself some new hair products after reading this!


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