Guest blog by Briony Whitehouse
(B & I have diametrically opposed hair. I have naturally stick straight hair and covet her volume & body. She would probably demur. When John Frieda’s new 3 Day Straight fell into my hands at a recent beauty launch, I snorted and passed it to B for testing. Over to you Briony….)

Here at Team LLG, we are self-confessed beauty junkies who test a lot of products. So when something comes our way that really works, we see it as our duty to share it with you all.

As someone naturally endowed with a mane of wildly misbehaving hair that tends toward frizz at the mere mention of humidity, I’m forever in a vicious cycle of heated stylish torture, which renders industrial-strength conditioners, treatments and heat protectors essential. But the problem I’ve found with heat protectors (obligatory if you’re using straighteners, tongs, or prolonged blow-drying) is that while there are some very excellent versions at a high price point (Kerastase’s Ciment Thermique is fantastic), cheaper alternatives seem to go ‘crispy’, or not protect the hair as they should (the same applies to so called styling creams/sprays – where few seem to actually make a demonstrable difference).

Which is why John Frieda’s new 3-Day Straight semi-permanent styling spray (part of the cult-ish Frizz-Ease range) is so very welcome. It does exactly what it says on the tin – a miracle in itself for hair as stubborn as mine. Just spray it on to damp hair before heat styling (I’ve found that the hair doesn’t have to be styled straight for the product to be effective – light waves also work well) and it protects your hair from the heat, as well as holding the style for a full three days (the time you should wait between washes). I found I only needed to very quickly run over the very ends of my hair with a GHD on the second and third days – but this is me being a perfectionist, and could certainly be skipped.

My hair has only ever been this well behaved when I had a Brazillian Blowdry last year. Though at around £6.99 (from most pharmacies), this product is significantly more attainable. In short, if I could give every frizzy-haired woman in Britain a bottle of this product, I would.

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10 comments

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I’ve recently ‘found’ the Barzilian blowdry and am totally addicted so any product that will get me similar results withut bankrupting me sounds very interesting. I shall definitely give this a try.

Great post,

Helena xx

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Helena, I was enamoured with the Brazillian blowdry I had (at Taylor Taylor in London) too – but this is certainly a more attainable alternative for those of us on non-celebrity wages 😉

B xx

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Thanks for this, I’ve been intrigued by it as a lover of Frizz Ease but was sceptical of it’s 3 day claim – now I know it does work I can’t wait to buy it!

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I rarely rave about hair products (because so many make loft claims and don’t quite deliver, especially for the price), but this one really did work. The fact it’s such a bargain is a bonus!

B xx

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Thanks so much for the review! My hair changed texture when I had my daughter and went from pin straight to frizz ): I was using a supposed natural Brazilian Keratin Treatment which was then taken off the market because they found unacceptable levels of formaldehyde, boo! I can recommend the Organix brand at home treatment, which is indeed natural. Warning; it did pull all my lovely bright red hair colour out, but I can deal as long as I don’t have frizz! Says it lasts 30 days, but I’m going on almost 2 months and don’t have to repeat the treatment yet. (Gosh I guess I should finish that review I was working on!) This John Frieda treatment looks like the perfect solution for in between times when I don’t want to do a full on treatment but also don’t want frizz! Perfect for summer as we swim in pools nearly every day and who knows what the chlorine will do to the Keratin Treatment!
XXX
Suzanne

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These days I embrace my frizziness, I just don’t have the time to straighten but mainly because my hair was left in really bad condition but this product review has left me intrigued! X

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I loved this product too – if I’m honest, against expectations. It gave a really finished look to my hair with only the barest touch ups with hot irons for the full three days.

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I have to agree that I too had fairly low expectations (though this probably says more about having tried everything (especially prestige brands) with similar claims, to no great effect, than about John Frieda as a brand). But it really does work, even for a hot iron junkie like me!

B xx

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I have stick straight, flat hair. If I let it dry naturally, my hair will literally dry in a tent shape on my head without curving around my face! I have tried everything from mousse, gel, spray gel, hair tonic, pomade, you name it. The SHIELO BOUNCE STYLE CREME is the best product I’ve used for styling my hair and giving it body.

Yes, body! You wouldn’t expect body from a creme, seems too heavy. But a dime-size drop rubbed primarily through the roots gives me more fullness and manageability than I’ve had with most mousses and gels. I can also put a wave in my straight hair using a round brush that lasts until the next shampoo!

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