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John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Luminous Color Glaze for Chestnut to Espresso

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This is one of my favorite product of all time! SERIOUSLY! It gives my hair a great shine and adds depth to my hair that is not there when I have not used this hair glaze in a while. I have very dark, but not black, brown hair that can be lackluster at times. The first time I saw this product, I was a bit skeptical, but decided to give it a try anyways. All I can say is WOW! Effectiveness Although I would not say that it is salon quality, it is definitely the best product I have found at this price point and that I can buy in any store. After using this product, my hair immediately smelled like I had just come from the salon, looked very nice and shiny (without looking greasy), and felt softer. Ease of Application There was nothing hard about using this glaze. I just combed it into my hair after shampooing and let it sit for the required amount of time. Super easy! After rinsing it out, just towel dry and style as usual. I could see results that first time!



Brilliant Brunette Color Glaze is great between hair colorings


John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Luminous Color Glaze Color Glosser and Shine Booster is a great way to add a little color to your hair without doing a complete hair coloring.  I have a few gray hairs that I like to darken, but I hate coloring my entire head of hair.  I want my color to look natural with some strands lighter and some strands darker (I just don't want any to be white!). The Brilliant Brunette Luminous Color Glaze darkens my white hairs and makes all of my hair look a little warmer in color and shinier.  It is simple to use, but it can be a little bit messy (no messier than regular hair color plus it washes off of skin easier!). Brilliant Brunette Luminous Color Glaze is also great to use in between hair colorings to help cover up the roots growing out. It is a huge plus that you don't need to worry about matching with your natural hair color.  It only comes in one shade which works on any shade of brunette hair.  It doesn't lighten hair and just adds a hint of color (which make my grays look like light brown highlights). Great product at a reasonable price.  A little bit goes a long way and a bottle lasts me about two months.  Although it provides only temporary color, I still don't need to use it every day to get the results that I want.

South San Francisco, CA


Use it if you have healthy hair to begin with!


First of all the bad reviews of this product make it sound so horrid, when in fact it is not so at all. It just takes a little knack to figure out how to best apply it and from there on it's awesome.  That said, I bought the glaze after thinking about it for a few months as I don't color my hair. Naturally my hair is a black-brown so I was skeptical of the results. I've been using it about once a week. My hair is really long(about waist-length) so I use about two quarter sized amounts and spread it through evenly. The other reviewers mentioned it left a waxy feel, well I think they may have used much more than they needed. I've noticed a nice brown tint to my hair since I started using the product and love the way the sun reflects off my hair! Best of all I feel it is significantly less damaging than actually coloring my hair. One point I did want to make is that if you have sun or color damaged  hair you probably should stay away because it may just make your hair dryer. Luckily I don't have problems with coloring so I think my results with the glaze were better than most. 

Arlington, VA


If you want dull, waxy hair, here you go!


I got this product because it was highly approved by the Oprah magazine.  It was a huge disappointment.You use it in the shower after you've shampooed and conditioned.  The dye is strong, so if you don't wash your hands quickly, they'll be dyed too.  You let it sit for 2-3 minutes.  Then, when you rinse...and pull your fingers through your hair...your hair feels...gross!  Waxy, heavy, just gross.  You have to do this process every time you shower, and you start seeing results towards the middle of the second week, or depending on how often you shower.  The color becomes more visible with continual use.  But as your hair color is slowly changing, so is the smooth texture of your hair...It dries out hair too.  More frizz and flyaways.  But maybe all this is worth it if you get awesome color.  Right?Maybe...but it doesn't give awesome color.  My hair just became duller and darker.  It definitely wasn't like in the commercials.The only reason I give this two stars instead of one is because if you want darker brown hair, but don't want to use anything permanent, and want something easy to use - then maybe you'll like this.  It might be worth it for you.

Palatine, IL


Great name, stinky product


Let me preface this with the fact that I have fine straight dark brown hair.  Perhaps this product is better suited to other hair types, but there's no notice of it on the manufacturer's package.  With that said, here's my review of this product. As summer fades into winter, the reddish highlights from the summer sun loose their appeal and at my age a few grays are sneaking in around the hairline. So as my late September wedding approached and I sought out all the perfect products to make me feel and look as beautiful as possible, I purchased the John Freida Brilliant Brunette Luminous Color Glaze. What a great name. Geez, what else do they need to say to make a 40-something brunette want to buy their product?Application of the product is as easy as it comes. Wash and condition hair as usual, then apply product and leave in hair for 2 to 3 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. For me, this is all done in the shower and was simple to add to my normal routine.Once out of the shower, I comb and dry my hair as usual - and it definitely looks darker. All the gray isn't covered, so it could potentially look natural - but it looks dull and lifeless. And it doesn't stop there. My hair felt very waxy and hung as if there was a heavy coating on it. When I touched my hair during the day, my fingers and hands were slippery and shiny from whatever was coating my hair. Yuck! Not to mention the strong odor. And none of this went away until i shampooed my hair the following day. As a matter of fact, it took two shampoos to get the odor and the waxy build up out of my hair. So by Day 3 or 4, my hair was back to its natural odor and feel and looking good, still darker. This is a temporary color, so the color fades with each shampoo as well. For me the color effect is gone by Day 6 or 7.I bought the full bottle, so I've tried using this product several times. Each time switching things up a bit trying to make it work properly for my hair - tried it with conditioner, without conditioner, before shampooing, after shampooing, letting my hair dry naturally, completely drying with hair dryer. The results are always the same.For me, this product was a total waste of my money and I can not recommend that anyone else use it.Here's a hint for other brunettes out there tempted to try a product with a luscious name like this one. If you're looking to temporarily deepen the darkness of your tresses, use coffee. The application isn't as easy as the one above, but it scores higher in every other aspect. First of all, if it is leftovers from the morning brew, the cost is zero - so if the hair color doesn't please you, at least your wallet isn't lighter. So here's exactly what I've done in the past. First, take the morning's leftover coffee and pour it over your hair, completely soaking your hair. Then put on a shower cap (the freebie from your last hotel stay) or some sort of equivalent. Then go sit in the sun and let the sun bake the color in. I guess the heat of a hair dryer would have the same result, but I haven't tried that. Then dry and style your hair as usual. This treatment is temporary and the color begins to fade as soon as you begin washing your hair. Don't expect the deep color to last more than a few days. And before the first wash, it does have the fragrance of coffee - but it is not as strong or offensive as the John Freida product. While the coffee version doesn't have the great name and zero marketing appeal, it works better on my hair.  So don't be fooled like I was into trying this, unless someone like me offers you their leftover bottle to try.  By the way, I've got plenty left if you want to show me that it works better for your hair type.

Sacramento, CA


John Frieda Color Glaze is Awesome!


I can't even begin to tell you what a difference this has made on my forty-six year old hair!  It has quite a bit of gray but the worst thing is that it has gotten quite dry-looking and a little brittle.  John Frieda's color glaze to the rescue!  I bought it thinking it might be a good solution to a full color job at the salon and I was not disappointed!  I followed the directions on the bottle, left it in for the minimum amount of time (3 minutes) and rinsed.  I could tell a difference in that my hair was very soft and silky.  The best part is is that you can use it right in the shower after shampooing.  There's kind of a funny scent but I'm pretty "scent" sensitive so it may not bother anyone else.  The product says to use it a minimum of three times a week but I usually only use it once or twice and I'm just as happy with the results.  Anyone who wants to put off hair color for a while, use this product!

Washington, DC


John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Luminous Color Glaze for Chestnut to Espresso

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