Ever since I performed an at-home coloring, I've been looking for a color-safe shampoo and conditioner that will help me maintain my color and protect my hair from sun damage. I remember using John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette shampoo and conditioner a few years ago, and when I noticed their new moisturizing color-protect products, I figured I'd give it a try.

My experience with color-safe products have caused me to believe that there really isn't a completely color-safe product out there, it's just a matter of finding the products that aren't as harsh as others, and sticking to the six-week rule when it comes to coloring your hair. 

One thing that I definitely like about John Frieda's products are how they smell — the brunette shampoos and conditioners smell a bit like vanilla and nutmeg to me, although it's probably the almond oil that causes the treatment to smell a little nutty. The smell never seems to disappear as soon as I'm done drying my hair either, so if you're a fan of the smell, then I suppose that's a good thing. 

The shampoo lathers very well. It doesn't feel watery and has a creamy consistency. But maybe it's just me, but the shampoo never seems to rinse out of my hair very easily. It always feels like there's still more shampoo in my hair that I am missing. It takes me a bit longer than usual to rinse my hair out, but the conditioner seems to rinse out pretty easily. 

Once I got out of the shower, I began to comb my hair and noticed that the conditioner didn't do much to smooth my hair out. About three large knots later, I decided to give the combing a rest and popped a couple of Advil. Headache-inducing snarls are the worst. I wondered if this was an one-time occurrence, but unfortunately, I was met with knots and snarls every time I used the shampoo/conditioner set. 

When it comes to maintaining color, I didn't notice my color fading, so I suppose that the products held up well on its promise to maintain hair color. I was just to preoccupied by how dry and knotted my hair became to notice anything regarding my color. 

So, bottom line: It's good for color, but if you have longer hair and you're concerned about snarls and knots, I'd recommend using a leave-in conditioner from time-to-time or maybe just using the Brilliant Brunette shampoo, and opting for another color-safe conditioner instead. I had huge snarls in my hair, and my hair has felt very dry since I tried it.

Have you tried John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette Hydrating Shampoo/Conditioner, Lovelies? What did you think?

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