I have frizzy
hair. Charitable people describe it as "curly" or "full of volume," but it takes a fair amount of planning to keep my 'do from resembling a poorly groomed topiary hedge. And I'm willing to do the planning. What I'm not willing to do is spend more than ten minutes on my hair, unless I'm getting married or receiving an award.
For this reason, I'm obsessed with the John Frieda line of Frizz-Ease products. I've already reviewed their regular and extra-strength products. This review is of their Sheer Solution line, which is for fine or medium hair.
Does It Work?
You really can't go wrong with any of the products from this line, but I was fascinated to discover that this product worked even better for my complicated hair than the regular or extra-strength products. I have what my hair dresser once described as "fine hair, and a lot of it." As a result, I'm constantly stuck trying to figure out which products work for my hair. It's a balancing act. I'm trying to treat both the volume problem and the skinny hair shaft problem simultaneously, with varying results: depending on the product line, something that works well for fine hair might leave me looking bushy, while another product designed for coarse hair will leave my locks weighed down.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Sheer Solution was the perfect compromise for my particular hair type. Light-weight and easy to apply, it added the perfect touch of shine while taming all those little curlycues that like to pop out along my hair line.
The only reason I'm not marking this product down as a five-star review is because it might not be ideal for super-fine hair. After surveying a few friends with very fine hair and reading other reviews around the interwebs, I've concluded that people with thin and fine hair might be better off with a non-silicone-based product. The consensus appears to be that there's no light enough formula to keep skinny-locked folks from looking weighed down and greasy.
Texture, Feel, and Smell:
Like all silicone-based products, John Frieda Frizz-Ease Sheer Solution feels slippery out of the bottle, but goes on smooth. You can use a touch more of this than you would the regular product, because it's so light-weight, but don't start off with more than a quarter-sized dollop, lest you overload your hair. (There's nothing sadder than having to re-shampoo because you overdid it with the styling products.) The scent is very light and unobtrusive and fades quickly after application, so it won't clash with any of your other products or with your perfume.
How to Use:
After shampooing and conditioning your hair, rinse with cold water to seal the cuticle. Then apply John Frieda Frizz-Ease Sheer Solution to damp hair before blow-drying or allowing to air dry. You can also use a bit of product to tame fly-aways once your hair is dry. I don't go anywhere without this product in the humid weather.
Water, dimethicone (silicone, basically), trisiloxane, lactic acid, cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, alcohol denat., benzyl alcohol, malic acid, sodium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, steartrimonim chloride, fragrance, hydroxyethylcellulose, peg-7 glyceryl cocoate, disodium edta, ext. violet 2, red 40.
Bang for Your Buck:
I went through the sheer formula faster than the regular or extra-strength, but it's still a great deal: one bottle lasted me about two months, albeit not during the high-frizz season. (Summer, to you lucky folks with low-frizz hair.) For fifty or sixty bucks a year, and about thirty seconds of application time per day, this product will keep you frizz-free.
Price: $10 and under.
Is It Worth It?
Absolutely. If you have curly (but not coarse) hair, this product might be the solution to all your frizz-related problems.