I’ve always been proud of my hair and think that my curls are one of my defining features. Of course, there will be days where I wish I had hair that required no effort to tame, but now that I’ve taken the time to learn what my hair loves and loathes it’s become a whole lot easier to control. Being so proud of my hair made it even more difficult to come to terms with my alopecia diagnosis, and for months I was convinced that my hair just looked awful no matter what I did. Now that I’ve realised that wasn’t always the case, I’ve finally been able to regain some confidence surrounding my hair. Obviously, it helps that it’s now growing back in again, but part of it is down to figuring out the best routine for my hair too.
I’ve loved John Frieda haircare since my early teens and it’s been my go-to brand for frizz fighting products ever since I first discovered their Frizz Ease range. It’s been featured on my blog many times, such as my tips for fighting frizz, my haircare heroes and my bulk beauty buys (old post alert!), so when I was invited to be part of their Curl Collective and try out some more from the newly revamped range with super sleek packaging I was very keen to get involved.
Let’s start with the basics: the Dream Curls Shampoo and Dream Curls Conditioner. The basis of any good haircare routine is your shampoo and conditioner – particularly if you’re the owner of curls! You need the perfect duo that both hydrate and cleanse without adding any extra weight to your hair, and these guys are the real deal. When used together they deliver the perfect dose of hydration and nourishment to create defined curls whilst also helping to smooth down any flyaway frizz. They don’t strip my colour, and the scent wouldn’t be out of place in a fancy salon either.
I was a little bit dubious about the Unwind Curls Calming Creme, simply because it’s not the kind of product I’d typically reach for. In the past I’ve found cream products like this far too sticky to use in my hair and adding way too much weight for any sort of curl to form, but this one is different. Usually, if I fall asleep with wet hair I’ll wake up resembling a poodle, but using this after washing leaves me with soft, defined curls that need minimal effort to tame. It’s much lighter than it used to be, with a thinner consistency that makes it easier to work with.
I’ve raved about the Daily Styling Spray to anyone who will listen for the best part of five years now and that’s not going to change any time soon. Nothing works better on my hair than this spray, which revives lacklustre curls, smooths frizz and leaves my hair looking silky and shiny. The formula is alcohol-free, so it won’t dry out hair or leave it feeling that horrible crispy way that some styling products can. I use this on damp hair then leave it to dry naturally, and you can barely tell I’ve used any product at all. There’s no residue and it doesn’t weigh down my hair. My curls are big and bouncy with lots of movement, and that’s exactly how I like them! If you buy one product from the range, it’s this.
Much like the curl creme, I was a little bit cautious about using both the Air Dry Waves Styling Foam and the Curl Reviving Mousse as I’ve not had great experiences with foam or mousse products in the past, finding them far too sticky and drying for my hair. These two are interchangeable in my routine, with the foam being the one I reach for if I’ve got time to leave my hair to air dry, and the mousse being my product of choice if I’m making the effort to blow dry. I don’t use these on a daily basis, instead saving them for when I want some long-lasting styling, but I have to say that a tiny amount of these goes a long way. Their lightweight formulas help to add shine and definition to my hair, whilst also ensuring that my curls stay in formation all day long.
If that isn’t enough to convince you that you need this range in your life, I don’t think anything will be. I’ve been a huge fan of the Frizz Ease range, and all of John Frieda’s haircare, for as long as I can remember now and they’re always my fail safe option when I need to restock my stash! If you’re not a curly haired gal like me then why not try out some of their volume or repair ranges? They also have collections for blondes, brunettes and redheads too!