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.

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  • Good to know it doesn’t do a thing! My hair is just like yours and I’m always looking for a “miracle” product but I just don’t think anything exists! Even my hair stylist has a hard time giving my hair body!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  • Pamela

    Good to know it doesn't do a thing! My hair is just like yours and I'm always looking for a "miracle" product but I just don't think anything exists! Even my hair stylist has a hard time giving my hair body!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  • Product fails are no fun, thanks for letting us know it was a flop!

  • Product fails are no fun, thanks for letting us know it was a flop!

  • Biana Perez

    Great review girl – you’re right there was no difference at all!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

    • Thanks, girl! I felt so silly posting two pictures of my head with no difference, but that was the only way I knew how to prove that the product didn’t do anything!

  • Biana Perez

    Great review girl – you're right there was no difference at all!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Jenn

    That stinks that it didn’t work–I hate getting my hopes up that something’s gonna be awesome and it falls flat (pun intended 🙂 Thanks for letting us know!

  • Jenn

    That stinks that it didn't work–I hate getting my hopes up that something's gonna be awesome and it falls flat (pun intended 🙂 Thanks for letting us know!

  • Bummer! I have similar hair to you and the only thing that’s worked for me is having my hairstylist add volume into my cut with this weird blade thing she takes to the under layers of my hair. haha

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

    • I think one of my past stylists did the same thing to my hair, but I still didn’t have any luck – figures!

  • Bummer! I have similar hair to you and the only thing that's worked for me is having my hairstylist add volume into my cut with this weird blade thing she takes to the under layers of my hair. haha

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

  • Loving this product review. So informative. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • that blow out spray i mentioned yesterday gave me crazy volume–from living proof. i love your honesty!!

  • ElleSees.blogspot.com

    that blow out spray i mentioned yesterday gave me crazy volume–from living proof. i love your honesty!!

  • I feel ya on the lack of volume… my hair can be the same way. I actually use the Southern Belle mouse from DryBar (can get at Sephora) and love it!

  • I feel ya on the lack of volume… my hair can be the same way. I actually use the Southern Belle mouse from DryBar (can get at Sephora) and love it!

  • Alissa

    Girl preach! One of my friends had something similar from him and she was all…womp womp.

    The Adored Life

  • Alissa

    Girl preach! One of my friends had something similar from him and she was all…womp womp.

    The Adored Life

  • Boo to that product! Sorry that it didn’t do anything. :-/ Your hair looks great though regardless!! 🙂

  • Boo to that product! Sorry that it didn't do anything. :-/ Your hair looks great though regardless!! 🙂

  • Such a bummer! I definitely won’t waste my money on this one. I actually have a disappointment product post coming tomorrow – great minds must think alike 😉

  • What a bummer! I hear you on looking for that extra volume, and I can’t say I’ve come across anything that has done the trick, but I’m glad to know not to give this one a try!

  • What a bummer! I hear you on looking for that extra volume, and I can't say I've come across anything that has done the trick, but I'm glad to know not to give this one a try!

  • Christina Sotherden

    I hate getting my hopes up for something new just to be let down – what a bummer! But lady, that before picture – you’ve got some fabulous locks!

    • You are too nice, thank you! Like I said, most days I’m totally okay with my hair – it would just be nice to have some extra oomph now and again. 🙂

  • Debra Stachelski

    So glad you told us about this, I was thinking of trying it! Our endless search continues for the perfect products for our hair type!

  • Debra Stachelski

    So glad you told us about this, I was thinking of trying it! Our endless search continues for the perfect products for our hair type!

  • I'm right there with ya!

  • Absolutely – I always feel the need to share experiences like this!

  • Thanks, girl! I felt so silly posting two pictures of my head with no difference, but that was the only way I knew how to prove that the product didn't do anything!

  • Ha! I love the pun. 🙂

  • I think one of my past stylists did the same thing to my hair, but I still didn't have any luck – figures!

  • Thanks, girl!

  • I already made note of that Living Proof spray – I'm definitely going to try it out!

  • Oh, good to know – thanks for the product recommendation!

  • Volume treatments are just so hit or miss!

  • You're so sweet, thanks. 🙂

  • Yes! It seems a lot of us have been on the same page lately with our posts. 🙂

  • Yes, absolutely don't waste your money on this one!

  • You are too nice, thank you! Like I said, most days I'm totally okay with my hair – it would just be nice to have some extra oomph now and again. 🙂

  • Got that right!

  • I was thinking about trying this product out but then I read multiple similar reviews and decided it wasn’t worth the risk – what a bummer! I never understand how companies decide to release products that do absolutely nothing. Hair products are always such a gamble!

  • I was thinking about trying this product out but then I read multiple similar reviews and decided it wasn't worth the risk – what a bummer! I never understand how companies decide to release products that do absolutely nothing. Hair products are always such a gamble!

  • One of my favorite volume products is the abba volume shampoo it makes your hair thick and great volume! You know I love the bigger the better when it comes to hair 😉

  • One of my favorite volume products is the abba volume shampoo it makes your hair thick and great volume! You know I love the bigger the better when it comes to hair 😉

  • That’s so frustrating! But on the upside, I love your hair even without it. Do you ever tease yours?

  • That's so frustrating! But on the upside, I love your hair even without it. Do you ever tease yours?

  • I just discovered your blog and it’s super cute! I also got this Influenster box and was disappointed with the results of the 7 Day Volume. I loved the Beach Blonde shampoo/conditioner though! 🙂

    http://meganjoy.ca

  • I just discovered your blog and it's super cute! I also got this Influenster box and was disappointed with the results of the 7 Day Volume. I loved the Beach Blonde shampoo/conditioner though! 🙂

    http://meganjoy.ca

  • Loving this product review. So informative. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Such a bummer! I definitely won't waste my money on this one. I actually have a disappointment product post coming tomorrow – great minds must think alike 😉

  • Christina Sotherden

    I hate getting my hopes up for something new just to be let down – what a bummer! But lady, that before picture – you've got some fabulous locks!