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Product Fail: John Frieda 7-Day Volume Treatment

Over the years, I’ve come to accept the fact that I always will have stick-straight hair with minimal volume. Those of you who have a similar hair type know that this is both a blessing and, at times, a curse.

So, even though I’m (mostly) at peace with my hair, I still at times can’t resist trying products that claim to give lift and volume to otherwise lifeless hair – especially when it’s as easy as lathering a shampoo-like product all over my head and letting it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out toward the end of a shower.

Enter the John Frieda 7-Day Volume In-Shower Treatment. I had high hopes for this product since I’m generally a fan of this drugstore brand, but wow – this was such a disappointment that delivered zero results.

The product claims to “texturally transform fine hair, leaving it full even after multiple washes.” The directions state to squeeze out any excess water from your hair and to apply a liberal amount to your entire head, including the root area and under sections of your hair – you may have to use more/less depending on the thickness and length of your hair. You then leave the treatment in for three to five minutes before rinsing it out. One treatment is good for seven days or two to three washes.

Well, after putting that theory to the test, following the directions to a T, and discovering the results, I didn’t even bother photographing my head for the full seven days. I think this photo will speak for itself.

The before shot is what my hair looks like on a daily basis – I didn’t use any product besides some heat protectant spray, and I blow dried my hair upside down with a round brush. So, you can imagine much to my dismay that I was hoping the after shot would show some pretty dramatic results … can you even spot a difference? I sure can’t.  Even after this first application of the treatment, my hair remained straight with zero volume or body.

The only (minimal) benefits that I experienced from this product was extra soft and smooth strands, and my hair did feel slightly thicker after that first application and blow dry. But, that could have been in my head since I desperately was trying to believe that this treatment could work. Plus, I wasn’t looking for thicker hair – I need some volume!

My recommendation is to definitely skip over this product on your next shopping trip – it’s a complete waste of money, and you will just be left with another half-used bottle in your shower or under your sink.

Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product in a recent Influenster VoxBox. As always, all opinions are my own.