Recently I received a John Frieda VoxBox (via influenster) and enjoyed testing out all the products. If you don’t know what influenster is, it is an honest review website that focuses on real people giving real reviews of products – if you are active and have a social media impact score you are eligible to receive products for the purpose of reviewing (FOR FREE!). It’s a fun way to score some products, hear real reviews and ask questions so there is no buyers remorse.
(ABOVE L-R: my unboxing of the package, what all comes in the kit, my hair naturally, an obvious snapchat to emphasize my excitment)
I received the new Forever Smooth line which consists of a shampoo, conditioner and primer. We’ll start with the claims of this line, it’s slogan is that “True fizz immunity is here!”, it lists expectations of:
- penetrating the hair to form a protective seal that locks of humidity
- 3x smoother hair in just one use* (*with the whole collection being used)
- long lasting, smooth, uniform style** (**versus the non-conditioning shampoo)
It uses pure coconut oil to achieve this and states on the packing of every product that it “Works from the inside out, while eliminating frizz for smooth styles.” as well as stating that while it gives immediate frizz resistance it can provide smoother hair altogether with continued use.
The packaging is quite nice on these products, the shampoo and conditioner come in squeeze tubes that feel higher quality and sturdier than drugstore brands. The bottoms lids have a thick ridged bottom that provides stability but also has an indent all around the opening of the tube so it is easy to open and close in the shower. The colouring is quite nice with the majority of the packaging being a silver with pink, purple and white writing. The primer comes in a box, while the bottle itself is actually a cylindrical semi-cheap feeling plastic, only the pump is the silver of the tubes with the majority of the packaging being a sheened grey. My only major complaint about the packaging is that while the pump has a twist-style lock I would have preferred a cap for travelling purposes.
All these products have a light coconut scent paired with a floral perfume, overall the scent is not overwhelming and while it lingers slightly in your hair it doesn’t conflict with any scents you want to wear. The shampoo was nice as it seems to get deep into the scalp and hair follicles to remove all of the dirt and any dead skin build-up that is starting to concern, it doesn’t have a very prominent lather but is present. Easy to rinse out and doesn’t leave the scalp heavy or weighed down despite the use of oil. The conditioner is thick and creamy, it spreads through hair wonderfully and while I did see very little immediate hair care results (aside from the lack of frizz) – it did make my hair smoother once I saw the results after heat. The anti-frizz primer was a bummer at first because I usually let my hair air-dry, frizzy hair girl does not like what heat does to emphasize the poof. Once I put heat on it and styled my hair is when I saw the biggest difference by far. There were less fly-away hairs, my baby hairs didn’t look as horrible as the usually do and my hair didn’t look like a triangle (frizzy ends with flat roots)!
Overall the products are nice, I would not recommend using this system more than twice a week and skipping the primer if you’re not putting heat on your hair but still want to reduce frizz, be generous with the conditioner on your ends but light with the shampoo on the scalp (once bottle always goes faster than the other ladies and gentlemen).
Hope you’re having a great day wherever you are!