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John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Conditioner for Fine Hair Review

Effie XuReviewed By: Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5) Updated On: Oct 27, 2014

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Conditioner is a popular drugstore conditioner for those with fine or thin hair textures. It is also a favorite among those who have lost a bit of hair thickness or volume owing to advanced age. The conditioner whips up a rich, creamy lather and leaves your scalp nourished and a fresh-smelling hair after it is rinsed off. Unlike most competing brands, John Freida conditioner plumps up your hair, leaving it soft, fluffy and giving an impression of thickness and volume.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Conditioner for Fine Hair Review

Price

$5.99 to $6.59 – 8.4 oz, $9.99 – 16.0oz
With a price tag which is under $10 for small and medium packages, the John Frieda luxurious volume thickening conditioner is a steal. While it isn’t as curated a product as some of the high-end drugstore cosmetic lines, it serves the purpose nevertheless. The target users will find it handy to purchase both online and from brick-n-mortar locations.

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Packaging

The signature ocean blue squeezable tube gels well with the ‘fresh’ brand positioning of John Freida volume thickening conditioner. At the same time, the lack of a big bottle or package makes it pouch-friendly, and conveys the minimal use of harmful chemical additives in the product composition.

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Smell

The fragrance on this is synthetic, but they smell pretty good. The almond oil adds a dash of nutty scent to the conditioner while you will smell the vanilla and nutmeg after you are done washing. The smell lingers on even after blow-drying without being too strong, which speaks for the intensity of the essence.

Texture

The conditioner has a creamy consistency. It forms a rich, creamy lather when applied to wet or moist hair. For those with oily hair, make sure you only apply a nickel-sized amount initially. It could be a little greasy and need more-than-usual rinsing for those who have fuller hair.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Conditioner for Fine Hair Review

Effectiveness

For the harsh winters, or those who are exposed to extreme temperatures as part of their profession – this is a great, bargain buy of a drugstore hair conditioner. Not only does the product quickly restore the hair volume and thickness, it also comes with a distinctly affordable price tag.

The rich lather is offset by the tendency to get your roots a little greasy, especially if your hair type doesn’t need a lot of hydrating. The biogdegradable hydrating and smoothening ingredients help in locking in the natural texture and restoring the hair health by filling out the pores and damages caused in hair. It also keeps away microbial agents, ensuring that your scalp doesn’t get flaky or too dry after the regular washing and shampooing.

The John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Conditioner for Fine Hair also works favorably with deep cleansing shampoos from other brands like Tresemme, Redken, Aveeno or Pure-o-logy since it can supplant the slightly drying nature of these shampoos. You can also follow up with thickening mousse or hairsprays without any issues.

As promised, this conditioner does not affect the hair colors and keeps the word about being ‘color-safe’. In fact, the synthetic ingredients have also delivered on counts of preventing sun damage. Several consumers have reported no noticeable change in their hair color despite regular usage of this product, and with heat treatment or blow drying as well. It does tend to sometimes cause some snarls for those with very long hair, since the damage repairing ingredients counteract the hair straightening ones.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Conditioner for Fine Hair Review

 

Ingredients

The Propylene Glycol and Isopropyl Palmitate are used as FDA approved synthetic ingredients for improving hair moisture. Both are excellent humectants which restore the moisture levels of your hair. They also help in arresting dandruff or flakiness due to their anti-microbial properties.

A proprietary formula uses Silicone Quaternium-18, Stearalkonium Chloride and Glycine to help fill out the pores of damaged hair, restore volume of thin hair, adding fluff and plumping your hair texture. They also capture the inherent moisture at the roots of the hair.

Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine is a brilliant ingredient. Unlike other cationic surfactants which are not very water soluble, this one is. To add to the goodness, it is biodegradable, non-toxic and helps reduce the combing force and static charge accumulation in dry hair. In short, it makes your hair silky, smooth and easy to comb and manage. Lactic acid helps in hair straightening and smoothness as well.

A word of caution however, for Diazolidinyl Urea, marked out by American Academy of Dermatology as a dermatitis causing synthetic ingredient – those with prior skin conditions may want to check with their physician regarding this conditioner. Other standard ingredients include Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate and Fragrance which are essential for the creaminess, lather formation, and volume enhancing properties of the conditioner.

Review Overall

Highly Recommended
Summary: Overall though, for the price point this must be regarded as one of the best purchases in the product category.
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