After reviewing the John Frieda Go Curlier spray, I really wanted to write about the 3-day straightening spray. Not because I think its also a product that really delivers, but because I wanted to compare it to its Umberto Giannini counterpart to show you how bad the latter is!
First up, my hair is naturally wavy and thick, so straightening it is a royal pain in the behind for me. I actually prefer curling it as I can be less precise about grabbing sections of hair - straightening takes me FOREVER so I really want it to last once I've done it.
Lets start with the John Frieda offering. The full name of this is Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray and retails for £6.99 for 100ml. I picked this up on 3 for £10 with the Umberto Gianni spray and a conditioner so you never need pay full whack for either.
What it claims
- Transform curly, frizzy hair into a straight, smooth style that lasts up to 3 days or until your next shampoo if less than 3 days
- Designed to work with your hair straighteners, this weightless spray with heat protection blocks out frizz as you straighten. A revolutionary blend of polymers with keratin protein wraps each strand, sealing in straight style for up to 3 days. Keeps hair glossy, smooth and swinging with body.
- Safe for colour-treated and chemically-treated hair.
Spray throughout damp or wet hair. Use about 7-15 sprays, more or less depending on amount of curl, hair length and thickness. Comb to distribute evenly and blow-dry hair straight. Finish by using hair straighteners as normal.
Again as with most John Frieda products, this really did what it promised for me. I didn't feel like my hair was overloaded with product, yet it really did straighten a lot easier and was more manageable - I could tell this just from the blow dry before I used the straighteners. My hair didn't kink and I didn't wake up the next day looking like a member of the Croods either, which is what normally happens no matter how I style my hair! I actually used this spray religiously when my hair was shorter (less than mid length) as it was more 'life and death' if my hair kinked - now I'm more relaxed about whether my hair is poker straight or not. While my hair wasn't overloaded as such I wouldn't recommend you use this every time you wash your hair, or at least if you do - use a good clarifying shampoo as to avoid product build up. (I recommend cheap and cheerful Timote Pure Shampoo)
Either way, if you really want a lasting product, this is for you. It doesn't promise to make the hair resistant to moisture as the Umberto Giannini one does - but as its in the 'Frizz-Ease' range, you'll find this is a smaller side effect anyway. Let's face it, nothing is going to stop the rain ruining your hair short of an old ladies plastic rain bonnet.
Moving on to Umberto Giannini. This one is called in FULL Umberto Gianni Frizzi 3 Day Frizz Free Hair Extreme Taming Spray with Weather Proof Formula and breeeathe. Retails at £6.00 at Boots also for 100ml.
What it claims
No longer do you need to dodge the drizzle to preserve your blow dry or flat iron look, this revolutionary Umberto Giannini Frizzi 3 Day Frizz Free Hair Extreme Taming Spray acts like an invisible shower cap to repel moisture and humidity.
Spritz evenly through damp hair and blow dry as usual. If using straightening irons then apply another layer before straightening. Don't worry if it feels sticky on the hair during application as this will disappear when heat activated and is the de-frizzing polymers at work!
Oh. Em. Gee. Well it does promise to 'act like an invisible shower cap', and it really comes through with that - you get about the same feel to you hair as if you had taken your shower cap and IRONED it onto your head. Ok maybe I'm exaggerating. It's not often I really hate a hair product, I either like or am indifferent and will use it up but not buy again. This was awful awful awful never again shall I let it near my locks.
I applied to my hair while wet as instructed, all fine. When it came to dry my hair, then we had problems. It was as if I had ran super-glue through my wet hair then tried to style it. It kept tangling in the brush and I was really struggling to even get the brush through some parts - I hadn't even been over generous with the spray! Once hair was dry, I again tried to brush the knots out which was an endless task as the brush just kept getting caught up. I told myself, it's fine - ITS THE DE-FRIZZING POLYMERS FOOL. Assuming they would disappear once the straighteners hit it, I carried on trying to style my hair. Once the hair was straight, admittedly there was less of a sticky feel - but my hair easily knotted and pretty much all day if I ran a hand through it I'd get stuck and be left wondering whether to call for assistance (garden shears).
Needless to say I was desperate to wash my hair, I had to use clarifying shampoo and use it twice to really get this stuff out. I would say that yes it does fight the frizz but at the cost of your hair feeling awful and it's just not worth it.
Both products fight frizz but Umberto also seems to want to fight your hair - John Frieda is the winner of this one!