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A review of John Masters Nourishing Defrizzer for Dry Hair

The Happy Sage purchased this product.

a bottle of John Masters nourishing defrizzer for dry hair

What does silicone free mean?

If you read my article is silicone bad for your hair?, you will know that silicones are a group of oils, rubbers or resins put in to haircare products. They help to smooth, detangle, protect the hair from heat damage and prevent the dreaded 'flyaway frizz' on the ends of hair when there is a lot of moisture in the air.

The problem is that there are lots of different types of silicones, some light and some heavy. Some are more water soluble than others but some can give you a build up of silicone on your hair which makes it flat, dull, lifeless, prone to breakage and difficult to style.

As most mainstream hair products on the market contain silicone, you can be adding silicone to your hair with your shampoo, conditioner, blow dry products, styling products and hairspray! It's no wonder our hair often looks lifeless! Luckily, you can easily remove silicone from your hair, and by using products that are silicone free, you can start to improve the condition and the health of your hair and prevent any future build up.

Some products make a point of not using silicone in their hair products and these are usually called 'silicone free'. I have been using silicone free products for years now and find that my hair has far more volume and is in much better condition. Once you've come off silicone and see how great your hair can be, you won't want to go back on it again!

Silicone hair oils

I have previously tried using various mainstream hair products with silicone in them on the ends of my hair to stop the flyaway ends (very important when you have to dog walk in the damp a lot!) and even though I have tried hair oils that are advertised as 'lightweight' they still have a heavy silicone in them (although usually mixed half and half with a lightweight one) and I just didn't get on with them. They made my hair heavy and flat and didn't wash out properly. They also didn't stop the flyaway ends, just made my hair look lank and greasy.

Silicone based hair oils don't really touch the skin but I was also not overly happy with a lot of the added synthetic ingredients in the products either, so prefer to stick to more natural hair products for my hair. There is also a concern that some silicones don't break down in the environment and are potentially a threat to wildlife.

Silicone free hair oils

Initially I made by own hair oil but then I found John Masters Organics Nourishing Defrizzer for Dry Hair. If I'm honest I think their marketing department could have come up with a better name but never mind!

John Masters hair oil is certified organic, is 100% pure plant based with essential oils and is designed to moisturise and protect dry and frizzy hair, give shine and calm fly-away ends.

It's a leave in product, can be used on wet and dry hair and is safe for colour treated hair. It is also cruelty free and vegan.

John Masters hair oil comes in a small brown glass bottle (8 fl oz/23ml) with a dropper top. It has a mild herby smell which comes from the rosemary, cedarwood and lavender oils that it contains but the scent does not transfer on to the hair.

How to use John Masters silicone free hair oil

How to use silicone free hair oil on dry hair

Simply put a drop of oil into the end of a fingertip. Touch with a fingertip from the other hand then rub the fingers on each hand together so that the ends of the fingers are very lightly coated in the hair oil.

I have short hair and only use a tiny drop of the oil but if your hair is longer you may need a drop or two more, however I would advise repeated light applications rather than one large one to avoid over applying.

Apply the hair oil to the ends of dry hair. Try 'pinching and pulling' the very ends of your hair with your finger ends to stop the fly-aways without adding oil to the rest of your hair, or pull through the hair from mid lengths downwards if you have long hair, curls or movement you want to enhance.

How to use silicone free hair oil on wet hair

John Masters silicone free hair oil can be used on wet hair as well. I have tried it just on the ends of my wet hair before blow drying and it works well but I think it tends to get on the rest of my hair from the blow dry brush. This may not be a problem if you have thick, dry or curly hair but for my short hair, I prefer to use it just on the ends of my blow dried hair.

What I like about the product is that it conditions the hair well, gives it a shine and makes the colour more luminous (probably because the cuticle is smoother). It helps prevent hair breakage and also helps frizzy ends if you have any.

John Masters hair oil review

The really great thing about this product for me is that being silicone free it washes out of the hair easily at the next wash, but it also conditions the hair every time you use it. The hair oil contains a blend of rich oils plus essential oils and botanical extracts.

John Masters hair oil ingredients

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil (Cedarwood)*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Linalool†, Limonene†, Geraniol†

The main oils used (avocado, olive and coconut) are quite heavy oils and therefore a light touch is required when applying it, particularly if you have fine hair. It smells really nice although you can't smell anything once it is applied to the hair. I have also tried applying this hair oil at bedtime (on the ends of my hair) as an overnight conditioning treatment and it works really well, washing out completely in the morning with a silicone free shampoo.

I'm really happy with this oil as a frizz fighter on dry hair. I imagine that if you have thicker, heavier hair it would be really good to put on wet hair before styling.

John Masters silicone free hair oil costs £21 for 23ml/0.8 fl oz but a bottle should last for absolutely ages due to the absolutely tiny amount required.

If you like silicone free hair products, take a look at some of my other reviews:

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