This month’s beauty pick of the month from HEB was the line of John Frieda Styling brushes. There was a porcupine round brush, a Thermal Round brush, a Paddle brush, and a Cushion brush. I also received an amazing new hair-dryer, the John Frieda Full Volume Dryer but I will get to that in a minute.
The first thing you have to consider when testing the effectiveness of a brush is hair type. My hair is extremely dry and highly wavy so, any kind of brushing with brushes like the rounded porcupine brush or the thermal round brush just fluff up my hair to a static infused, kinky mess. Therefore, I will not spend to much time on these except to say that they are both high quality brushes and should work wonderfully on the right hair types.
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With that said, the Paddle brush and the Cushion brush are amazing! They have silicone bristles scattered throughout the brush in addition to the regular bristles which help to smooth out hair like mine- especially when hit with a dryer. It didn’t make my hair look anywhere near like the model’s hair on the packaging however, I did notice a more tame outcome that when I used my normal plastic bristled paddle brush.
I used the brushes and dryer to style my hair for a recent Rimmel London challenge where I had to recreate a look from a photo of my mother. While I was quite happy with the look overall, it does prove that no brush and dryer can replace some hard core hair rollers and some hairspray (which is what mom used to get that kick-ass hairdo 40 years back)!
The dryer is an awesome piece of equipment and by far, the most heavy duty hair styling tool I have ever used. If you’re like me and have never used a professional grade dryer before, it makes a huge difference. I’m talking 20-30 minutes of drying time with my $10 dryer is knocked down to 5-10 minutes with the Frieda Full Volume Dryer. It is POWERFUL and versatile with 3 different attachments for more focused styling and diffusing.
There are a couple of downsides to it though. Firstly, it is heavy. When you are twirling a brush in one hand and holding the dryer in the other, your arm and wrist will get tired. If you are not use to a tool of this heft, it will be uncomfortable at first. As well, the setting buttons on the dryer are in switch form and on the handle so you might inadvertently change settings from hot to cold, on and off. For what I use a dryer for (which is basically just drying my hair when wet) it is a great addition to my low maintenance hair routine for the simple fact that it cut my drying time in half and then some.
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