Wednesday, March 30, 2011

John Frieda Luminous Colour Glaze

John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Color Glaze 6.5 fl oz (192 ml)As promised a new review and it’s on something good: John Frieda Luminous Colour Glaze.

In the past, I haven’t had the greatest success with at-home glazes and I think that’s largely because I’m a blonde and glazing products simply don’t “show” as well on light hair. So because of those past experiences, I’m extra-impressed with Luminous Colour Glaze.

Good for all hair shades and types, this goopy cream claims to “intensify glossy shine and dramatically smooth texture.” It’s language that I’ll admit is a bit strong but not by much. In fact, I have a feeling that if I was a brunette, I’d be saying that this claim is bang on.

There are two different ways to use this glaze. The “weekly treatment” involves saturating dry, unwashed hair with the glaze and then washing it out after 20 minutes. I tried this treatment first and it made by hair noticeably shiner and softer. How noticeable? Well, even my husband commented on it.

Unfortunately, after about a week, the shine began to fade so I decided to try out the other way to use this glaze. That way basically involves treating this product like a mask, leaving it on for three minutes after washing and conditioning hair.

Initially I wasn’t wowed by this approach. Not surprisingly, leaving the glaze on for only three minutes, verses 20, didn’t make the same impact. But, as per the instructions, I used the glaze for three minutes, three times a week and, after my hair dried after that third time, it was back to being noticeably shinier and silkier.

That was about a week ago and since then, my hair has only gotten shinier and softer.

While a quick Google search couldn’t turn up the ingredient list for this product, I suspect that the reason this product actually works is that it’s packed with various forms of silicone. So that means that in about a week or two, the shininess will dull and my hair will become heavy with product.

But that’s the downside to using a silicone-heavy product. Thankfully, a couple good washes with a clarifying shampoos and a short a break from the glaze will literally clean things up. &

I picked up John Frieda Luminous Colour Glaze for $15.99 at Shoppers (so you can probably get it cheaper at Walmart). Because you’re supposed to saturate your hair with this product, you will go through a bottle pretty quickly if you have long hair like me but since it works, and since you need to take a break from it every now and then, I think that price is completely reasonable.

Would I buy this again: Yes
Should you buy it: Yes

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