I seriously have the world’s flattest hair. It is thin, fine and limp which means that I really struggle to get volume and body in my hair. Needless to say, I was super excited to receive the John Freida Luxurious Volume Core Restore collection from Glamsense. I feel as though I’ve tried most volumizing products from the drugstore with little luck but I had a good experience with John Freida products in the past (sadly, it doesn’t look like they make the Dream Curls line anymore).
|The clear, gel-like conditioner – so strange!|
First of all, I love the packaging of this shampoo and conditioner! The turquoise blue bottles look super pretty in your shower and the flip-top squeeze-tube makes it easy to use. Both the shampoo and conditioner are clear with a gel-like consistency. The shampoo smells amazing. It’s definitely a strong scent that is sweet, fruity and perfumey but it isn’t overbearing. The conditioner doesn’t smell quite as good but is similar to the shampoo. I found that the scent stayed on my hair after it dried, but not to the point where it was bothersome. I feel like the shampoo and conditioner leave my hair with the “squeaky” clean feeling while wet. Once dry, my hair felt thicker and coarser, but also more volumized from root to end.
The collection also includes an Advanced Protein Volumizer which you apply to towel-dried hair, then use a blow dryer to activate the product. This definitely worked to give me volume at my root but at the end of the day, my hair felt heavy and weighed down with product when I used this. Thankfully, I did not experience that feeling with the shampoo and conditioner alone. I think it would be good to use for a night out or special event but I’m not personally a fan of everyday use.
Overall, I am really impressed with this line, especially considering that it is from the drugstore! Prior to this, my favourite volumizing shampoo and conditioner was the Paul Mitchell Extra Body line. However, this is equally effective at a fraction of the price!
This is not a sponsored post. These products were provided in exchange for a review through the Topbox Glamsense program. All opinions are honest and based on my personal experience.