John Frieda Luminous Glaze Clear Shine Gloss

image{The lineup of usual suspects in my shower: FOREO Luna Mini, Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo & Conditioner, & John Frieda gloss}

Winter has done a number on my hair. Parched is the kindest way to describe the dull, dry tangle currently sitting on my head. Because my next salon appointment is still a good 3+ weeks away, I picked up John Freida’s Clear GlazeĀ John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Glaze ($8) and hoped for a miracle.

Unfortunately, I didn’t experience any divine intervention. In fact, I barely experienced anything. But before I get into that, this product’s claims are important. It promises, among other things, abundant shine. Shiny, smooth, shampoo-commercial-worthy hair. You can use it as a daily addition to your haircare routine, or as a weekly treatment (which is what I did).

Following the directions, I saturated my dry, unwashed hair with the glaze. I really worked it in from root to tip. Then I kicked back and read a magazine for 20 minutes while it worked its magic…or so I thought. As I was hopping in the shower, I noticed that it had a little bit of a funky smell, almost like haircolor does while it’s processing on your head (but to be clear, this product does not contain any color). After I shampooed and conditioned, and my hair felt really soft. I couldn’t wait to see the results after a blowdry.

After detangling, I applied my normal heat protectant before blowing out my hair. And then came…nothing. My hair wasn’t any shinier than it was before I applied this treatment. It looked the same, but it did have more volume and the slightest bit of bounce (sadly, my hair is normally totally devoid of any sort of sexy movement). So I will give it that. The volume lasted for a few days after using this glaze. But if more volume was what I was going for, I could just use mousse or a different product that doesn’t require me sitting around for 20 minutes. A bit more volume isn’t reason enough for me to continue using this product. Needless to say, I was underwhelmed with the results.

To be fair, the product description does say that the results intensify over time. I’ve used this three times over the course of as many weeks, so I think by now I would have seen some sort of difference. But I’m not exaggerating when I say that this did nothing to improve the appearance of my locks.

If you’ve tried this glaze before, did it do anything for you? I’d love to hear if you are die-hard for this product.

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