Regular readers will know that I have a perm at the moment and so have been looking everywhere for curl products. I have acquired quite a few (which I will review shortly!) but I recently went down to Boots and bought 2 Umberto Giannini products (2 for £7.50 at the moment!) to try.
I quite like the Umberto Giannini’s slightly phallic range even though I am a posh shampoo kinda gal to be honest.
But we’re talking styling products here! I bought Smoothy Curls Anti Frizz Serum (use on damp hair) and Silky Curls Smoothing Balm (for when the hair is dry).
They also had a shampoo, conditioner, spray and intensive conditioner in this ‘Curl Friends’ (geddit?!) range. I stuck to 2 because that was the offer!
So how did these cheapy products fare in my super frizzy sideshow bob hair?
Erm. They’re pretty damn good!
I used the serum (which is like pure silicone or something!!!) and applied a ton of it into my damp hair, thinking, it’ll be SO greasy when it dries. But it wasn’t. Far from it, my curls were defined and frizz was at a minimum.
I then applied the silky curls balm to my hair – once again quite a lot because since my perm, my hair seems to soak up product – and my hair looked soft and glossy.
I went away for 2 nights after styling my hair with this stuff (I did NOT wash it whilst away, are you mad? No way am I dealing with a frizz bomb without my army of products) and it looked rather good all weekend.
The next time I used these two products the result was good but not as good as the first time, so I concur, these products are only good if you use them with a decent shampoo and conditioner too (I am using Tigi Dumb Blonde conditioner every time I wash my hair now and it works a treat).
Also I found mixing the serum and balm together and applying it when wet helps.
The balm can also be reapplied if your hair gets frizzy during the day.
Verdict: Great products, good price, mustn’t grumble.