Color Wow Cocktails And The Best Ever Blow Dry At John Freida
Color Wow’s Cocktail range is one of the best set of treatment products I’ve come across recently. They’ve been so popular that they sold out after their initial launch, so I’ve waited until they’re back in stock to tell you about them.
The Cocktails are targeted at coloured hair and it’s specific needs, however they will also work really well on any hair type that needs a bit of TLC or repair. Colouring your hair can damage even the healthiest of hair, corrupting the internal and external bonds that keep it looking soft, supple and strong. The Cocktail range contains a host of different ingredients that help give hair a boost and depending on which one you choose, will strengthen, thicken and add elasticity and suppleness back into the hair.
There are three Cocktails in the range to choose from:
Coconut – contains coconut oil and lots of essential fatty acids to rehydrate hair all the way to its inner cortex, adding back suppleness and shine. It mimics the natural lubrication that often gets stripped away when you colour your hair. Smells A-mazing.
Kale – full of amino acids (for protein building) and B vitamins, this is the one to choose if your hair is feeling weak and is in desperate need of added strength. Clinically shown to reduce breakage by over 50% in just one use.
Carb – thickens hair strands using a precision mix of corn starch, cellulose and oat bran, while conditioning with quinoa and keratin proteins. If your hair lacks volume or density, this is the one to pick. It also doesn’t feel sticky or stiff, despite what the name might suggest.
All three Cocktails work best when applied to damp hair before you do any styling. Depending on hair length, you’ll need around a 1-2p coin sized amount. Massage it all the way through the mid-lengths to ends and then carry on styling/blow drying in your normal routine. They need a bit of heat to get working properly, so although you can use on dry hair for a finishing treatment, you’ll get the best results when used during styling.
My favourite of the three is the Coconut Cocktail, and this is the one that I think will really suit any hair type, coloured or not. It makes my hair feel unbelievable soft and silky, but without any kind of product residue. I often skip leave in products as I find they normally give me flat or sticky feeling hair, but once I’d blow dried this in, you’d never have known it was there (aside from better looking hair that is!).
Color Wow recommend using the Cocktails after every shampoo and conditioner session, but I think it will depend on how much you feel your hair needs and what other products you’re using at the time. I tend to go with every other shampoo as that seems about right for me, but if you have very damaged hair, you might want to step it up a bit.
One thing I should point out is that these are quite runny in texture, so do be careful when pouring out! The first time I used mine I ended up with loads, so I spent a few minutes decanting it back into the bottle! They’d benefit from some sort of nozzle or pump to help prevent this, but other than that, I have literally no negatives on these at all.
The Cocktails cost £22 each (so not much more than an actual cocktail in Central London, ha ha) and can be found at John Frieda salons, Space NK and Look Fantastic. If you’re placing an order, I’d also highly recommend their shampoos and conditioners which are a regular part of my regime and soooo good for colour treated hair, or for anyone who likes a gentle, but effective sulphate-free shampoo.
I initially tried the Cocktails at a launch event at John Frieda in Mayfair, where creative director Kevin Moss gave me the mother of all blow dries using the new Coconut Cocktail. That man has seriously magic hands as I felt like I should be going to a red carpet event somewhere, so if you’re ever in need of a blow dry (or cut for that matter), you need to go see him. It’s pricey given that it’s Mayfair and John Frieda but oh my days is it worth it! Kevin – you have ruined me for all other blow dries.
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