Worst Product Ever: Garnier Fructis Blow Dry Perfector 2 Step Kit

I was kind of ambivalent about trying the Garnier Fructis Blow Dry Perfector Kit and if you had the package in hand, you would be too.  It warns people with any kind of damaged hair not to use the kit – pretty much everyone I know has a split end or 2, so I wasn’t sure how serious I was supposed to take the warning.  If everyone followed it, then nobody would be using the kit, right?

In any case, my hair wasn’t significantly damaged, so I decided to go ahead and use the kit.  I have really curly hair and taking care of it can be time consuming so I wanted something that would make it less frizzy and easier to take care of.

I should have known that any kit you use at home to do something so major isn’t going to be very effective or easy to use.

The kit has 2 steps: a product you use in the shower after soaking your hair with water, and then a serum you apply afterwards before blow-drying and straightening your hair.  It was the shower product that I really had a problem with.  It smelled horrendously bad!  It smelled kind of like garbage on a hot sunny day, and I had a hard time leaving it in my hair for the required 20 minutes.  The worst part was that once I washed my hair, I could still smell the product there, and it wasn’t until the next time I shampooed that I was really rid of the product’s horrible smell.

Finally, I was done step 1 and I went on to step 2.  I put the serum into my hair and brushed my hair out.  It was super tangled and stiff thanks to the smelly product I had just used for step 1.  After brushing it out, I proceeded to blow dry my hair which was a difficult feat because I could barely comb through my hair with my round brush.  It took me way longer than usual to blow dry my hair and even then it didn’t look great.  The kit does recommend then using a flat iron, which I did.

Overall, yes, the kit works and your hair is less frizzy.  It still got curly every time I washed it, but I found that my curls just dried more quickly and were less frizzy when they were done drying.  The results weren’t the time spend blow-drying my hair, and I never wanted to use the kit again because the product smelled so vile.  I would suggest using this kit if you really have a lot of frizz that can’t be tamed with a simple blowout.  If you think that you can stand the smell, or maybe if you don’t have a great sense of smell to begin with, you won’t mind using the kit, but I would never use it again or recommend it to anyone else.

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7 Responses to Worst Product Ever: Garnier Fructis Blow Dry Perfector 2 Step Kit

  1. Tracy S. says:

    I agree completely with you about this product. I bought it in the States and tried it last month and it completely dried my hair right out. My hair is so dry and damaged after using this-I’ve been using the Ojon Restorative Treatment, and Terax conditioner and they are slowly repairing the damage done.

  2. ImageMatters says:

    I looked at this product the other day because I am so pleased with the Garnier 2-in-1 shampoo for daily use. Sounds like you had an awful time, but thanks for testing it and warning us!

  3. I agree – it stinks for the first 36 hours; but I LOVE it! It did smell like perm solution[= vile] – which, I think it is essentially a mild form of as it restructures the hair shaft. I am on day 3 from when I did it (and blogged it). Day 3 I am happier than my immediate reaction and I was pretty happy then too. I started with virgin hair. so another thing to consider…

    Love your take on it.

  4. Henna says:

    You know, I’m glad to hear that you liked it, and I wish that there had been a warning about how awful this smells so that at least it wasn’t a complete surprise.

    But now that I know what the smell is, I definitely wouldn’t use it again.

  5. Treena says:

    I just used the product last night. And started reading people’s comments about it today. I’m surprised by all the negative comments.

    No it didn’t smell wonderful but after I washed it out it was fine. I didn’t use all of either bottle of product. I just used enough to coat my hair. I combed my hair before putting the first solution in so I found my hair wasn’t that tangled when I washed it out. And then I really took the time to wash the stuff out. I would say for 6 minutes. Then I used the 2nd bottle and again didn’t use it all.

    I blow dry my hair for a couple of minutes without a brush before I start going in with my round brush so from a blow drying stand point that didn’t take me anymore time then usual. It was the flat iron bit that took longer but only because I don’t always flat iron my hair.

    The test for me is going to be tomorrow when I go to hot yoga. I’m curious to see how it holds up in the humidity. The reason I wanted to try the product is because I’m going to Mexico for a wedding at the end of March and I would like to style my hair as usual without worrying about the humidity. I have long curly hair but it isn’t overly thick and I dye it more or less the same shade of dark brown so my hair isn’t that treated.

    I’ll use it again in Mexico and again when I go to New Orleans 8 weeks later. I don’t think I’ll use it all the time as I live in a dry climate and am happy with the results I get when I blow dry.

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  7. ThaliaM2 says:

    I have gotten blowouts, colored my hair, keratin for several decades – What a disaster! My hair had never been so dry, brittle, and breakable as it was. I tried several of the different brands. In desperation, I decided to try Shielo.com, figuring that if the Shielo Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner was as good as my colorist recommended, then it would be worth it. Your hair is EVERYTHING!

    My hair is finally getting healthy again, and noticing a BIG difference, as the Shielo shampoo is noticeably returning my hair to a soft, healthy-looking state once again. I highly recommend this product and wish that Shielo would let it return to the chain stores

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