John Frieda: Root Awakening system
OVERALL SCORE: ;rate_four
You know how in the morning, after your shower, the first thing you notice as you go to dry and comb your hair is the horrible, horrible split ends? For women like me who have thick, curly hair, split ends can just ruin the whole day for you. (of course, all you babes out there with different hair types can still testify to split ends being the end of all ends) ;348 And, if you’re anything like me, you hate to see your bathroom counter, your shower caddy and your cabinets just chock full of products that you’ve wasted $100’s of dollars on( $$$ could have gone to that new pair of shoes) just rotting away because THEY DIDN’T WORK.
Well, it’s safe to say, you can trash ’em. It’s ok, no one’s watching. Go for it! ;131 Because I’d like to introduce you to a guy who hangs out in my shower caddy, and also on my counter top.; John Frieda.
The Good: This particular product doesn’t have as many harsh chemicals as some other brands of hair care (-cough pantene,suave, dove & tresemme cough-). It only has one or two harsh cleaners in it as opposed to the three or four you usually see listed on the rear of your bottles. (These are: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate and Sodium benzoate* ) * Sodium Benzoate is also a preservative so it has some redeeming qualities like removing bacteria, fungus and yeasts.
Secondly, the products come in a well-designed bottle that packages a very sweet smelling product. It says it’s made from Eucalyptus and if anything goes for Eucalyptus (other than that Koalas love the stuff), it stinks like cat piss when wet. ;334 Gross. Not John Frieda though. It smells refreshingly minty and quite floral as opposed to leafy and catty. ;100
Another thing John Frieda does not have is SUPER HEAVY WAX SOLVENTS. Such as straight silicon oil or dimethicone variants which just coat the hair and make it look like it’s being healed and re-constructed. Instead it has something John Frieda has come up with that is a compound which therefore uses less plastic, rubber and latex type polymers and mixes it with something else so that it creates a more residue-free shine and smoother for your hair; it’s called Silicone Quaternium-18. (Of course, I’m not here to teach you chemistry. I failed chemistry.) ???????? ;308 No, in fact, it uses a lot of natural products like peppermint leaves, oil and eucalyptus leaf extracts. ;32
As I used the system (Shampoo, conditioner, and hair relax spray), I noticed right off the bat that my hair looked and felt better. I was having a lot of breakage due to recently dying my hair and that I straighten and doll-curl it almost every day. I mean, my hair was just snapping like tiny little twigs all day. I was actually losing some of my length. ;243 Which is a bummer because I’m trying to grow it back out. I miss my long locks. ;264
Anyways, I’ve been using the product for just about a month now and there is absolutely no way I could deny that my hair is in better health. ;251 ;206 It’s shinier, longer, and most importantly of all, the breakage is coming to a halt and my split ends aren’t as apparent anymore. Which makes me a happy camper. ;80 ;56
The Bad: Unfortunately,I’m not really seeing any bad in this other than tat the hair relax spray sometimes gives me the impression that it’s just the extract oils and water just mixed together. ;58 It’s ok, it helps me comb my gnarly hair anyways. ;1