Now that we’ve taken the plunge and done the whole ombre afro hair thing, we’re having to give extra thought to how we deal with our newly coloured locks.
Everything we learned from our Hair Clinic with Philip Kingsley taught us that afro hair is fragile and that colour treated afro hair needs even more TLC and more importantly, moisture. If there’s one thing we took away from that series it’s that we can never have too much conditioner!
In the name of journalistic research (and because we don’t want our hair to turn to straw and fall out), we’re going to test a range of shampoos, conditioners et al until we find the perfect products for dealing with ombre afro hair.
First up (and because it was 3 for £10 at Boots) is the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette range. Our hair is naturally black and the ombre turned the ends a kind of red/brown hybrid but because it’s more brown than it is red, we figured a range that works on brunette hair would be better than using their Radiant Red range.
We started with the Multi-Tone Revealing Moisturising Shampoo (£5.59) which is non colour depositing (we’re not trying to add colour here) and smells lovely. It lathers very quickly so you don’t need a lot and it leaves the hair feeling soft and moisturised.
The first wash after the dye job was a little disconcerting as it appeared the colour was swirling down the bath hole with the first rinse but we’re imagining that’s something that happens with the first wash as subsequent washes have seen much less colour coming out with the shampoo.
We tried both conditioners in the range: Liquid Shine Illuminating Conditioner (£5.89) and the Multi-Tone Revealing Enhancing Conditioner (£5.29). Both are lovely but we’ve a preference for the Illuminating Conditioner as the dyed hair did seem that little bit brighter after using it.
We’ve been using the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette range for over a month now and are very happy with it: the ombre hasn’t faded at all and the products leave the hair smelling great and looking and feeling soft and silky.
We give it 4 out of 5.
Next wash we’ll be trying Sukin Organics Moisture Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner. Tune it later this week to see how we got on.