Once upon a time my hair was naturally light brown/ dark blonde before I decided to dye it a variety of shades. It has been every colour I can think of however there was a time that I preferred to natural emphasise the colour of my hair using John Frieda Beach Blonde Lemon Lights hair product.
The John Frieda Beach Blonde Lemon Lights product is described on the packaging as "fresh squeezed highlighter" which "naturally lightens hair in sunlight creating subtle highlights".
The product comes in a clear plastic tube with a bright yellow flash of colour at the top of the tube. The clear tube shows the bright yellow product inside of it which is great for judging how much of this product you have left. The John Frieda branding stands out as it is in large white font.
The lid of the product is in fact at the bottom of the tube meaning you have to ensure the lid is snapped closed in order to stand the tube up. The hole in the tube which dispenses the product is quite small which minimises too much product being dispensed in one go meaning that you do not waste the product.
The tube is 150ml.
For a 150ml tube from Boots this costs £6.99. This appears quite expensive but the product has lasted me a long time.
I used this on two separate two week holidays and used twice each day. I still have just under half of the tube left therefore the product goes quite a long way so is reasonably good value for money.... Providing that it is effective on your hair.
The claims on the packaging are that this a natural way to create subtle highlights in your hair. The description on the packaging reads
"Catch some rays: smooth on fresh fragrant Lemon Lights to naturally lighten hair while you have fun in the sun. Infused with pure lemon juice plus tiny bits of lemon, this luscious lemon aid to lighter hair accelerates solar lighting effects.
On the beach or on the street .... Lemon Lights heightens highlights anywhere under the sun. Perfect for blondes as well as lighter shades of brunette hair"
As I felt my hair fitted this description I was hopeful that this product would be effective on my hair.
Directions for use are to dispense gel liberally into hands and smooth over surface of dry or damp hair. Allow to dry in the sun for all over subtle lightening.
I found that the product is very easy to apply. I used this product on holiday and when sunbathing I applied the product to dry hair before I tied my hair up prior to sunbathing and it was as easy as that. I also applied after swimming in the afternoon when my hair was damp and allowed the product to dry into my hair.
I used about a 50p piece amount of gel into my hands each time I applied. The product is actually quite thin when it in your hands and quite watery which makes it very easy to spread into hair and a little amount of product goes a long way.
The product is not heavily scented. Because of the name I assumed it would have quite a strong lemon scent. A light lemon scent is apparent but the product actually does not have any real scent to it.
After around three days of use I noticed the natural highlights in my (natural) mousey hair appeared slightly lighter especially at the front of my hair but this was less apparent to others. After using for a week there was definitely a difference in the colour of my hair and there were some quite light blonde highlights appearing at the front of my hair which were apparent to those I was on holiday with. This continued and by the end of the holiday my hair was looking more dark blonde and a lot less light brown than it did previously. My hair actually looked like it had a lot more colours to it and less of a "flat colour" especially when I was out in the sunlight or sat under a light.
What I did not like about this product is that it left my hair very dry. After sunbathing and returning to the hotel room my hair felt very dry and straw like once the product had dried into my hair. It was necessary to wash my hair after sunbathing and I used a lot more conditioner than I usually would have done after sunbathing to get rid of this extremely dry feel.
My hair being dry was less of a problem when used on my hair when it was it's natural colour but I also used the product on a separate holiday when I had my hair highlighted at the hairdressers previously. On this occasion my hair was a mid/ dark blonde colour and after using the product it did infact make my hair look lighter however my hair became overly dry. In fact after using the Lemon Lights product my hair felt very straw like and actually I felt it was so dry even after conditioning that it was more susceptible to snapping and almost looked frizzy. The product does not say it is not suitable for colour treated hair however in my experience if your hair has been colour treated I would not use this product.
Overall once I returned from holiday people did comment that my hair looked brighter and lighter and asked if I had it highlighted. After a holiday my hair always looks lighter as the sunlight shows up my natural highlights but the product had definitely emphasised this effect. It looked lighter for around a month after returning from holiday, and then the natural highlights seemed to fade and be less apparent so the product was effective for me and lived up to the claims on the packaging.
For me this was effective for creating natural highlights and I felt that my hair was a lot lighter using this product returning from holiday than it would have been if I had not used the product and my light brown/ dark blonde hair looked lighter due to my natural highlights being emphasised. The product is reasonably expensive but does last for quite a while and is very easy to use. A downside of the product is that it is not suited to dyed hair in my opinion as although it helps to brighten up highlights it does leave hair feeling quite dry and straw like. Which is never a good thing for those who have dyed blonde hair!
The product is not effective on every ones hair though. My friend who also used this product found that this made no difference to her (natural) hair colour and in fact she has blonder hair than I do. This product should probably carry a warning "Inconsistent , just like the British Summer"!
~~~Also posted on ciao 2011~~~
This is a big shame, this product is really going to be missed by a few people. This product is gel like, you add it to dry hair and you only need a to use a little. Use sun streaks for a natural colour in the sun or by using the heat from a hairdryer. The result is a lovely golden blonde without having to pay a fortune for it. Sun streaks seems to have been discontinued forever but I have able to buy it on a well known auction site. This product will be sorely missed by a few blondes when it finally runs out!
I have been using the beach blonde sun streaks for past few years......and its worked wonders. Absolutly transformed my hair from murkey brown with natural but odd highlights to shiny blonde. Butttttt....they have discontinued sale of it!. Does anyone know why?. Or know of a good alternative?.
Let me know.xx.
Its extremly easy to apply, i used a toothbrush!. and i miss it very much. Would love to find a good alternative or even better the product itself.
Much reccommended, john friedas products although expensive are great.
When I was little, my hair was a wonderful platinum blonde, but then I started to notice that it was getting darker and darker, duller and duller. Even though I had never died or highlighted my hair, the roots were quite dark and all of my hair was a boring shade of blonde. I saw the movie "Blue Crush" and absolutely loved it. I then noticed the bright, brilliant blonde hair that one of the actresses had. I wanted my hair to be like that. I wanted that "sun-kissed" blonde! But how on earth would I get the same sunny bright blonde hair as someone who was in Hawaii for a long time spending hours out in the sun? I went to the Blue Crush website where they give you styling tips on how to get the latest look with fashion and hair. They recommended the "John Frieda Beach Blonde Gold Rush" shimmer gel for sun-kissed highlights. But since it was just a shimmer gel, I assumed the results would not be permanent. I wanted permanent highlights, so I started to explore the different products in the "John Frieda Beach Blonde" line. I found two other highlighting products - one is "Lemon Lights" and the other is "Sun Streaks." The Lemon Lights product is like lemon juice except more like a gel with chunks of lemon. I've heard that lemon highlights your hair when it is exposed to the sun, but I never actually went to the trouble of squeezing out lemon and pulling it through my hair. Besides, it's drippy. So I bought a bottle of "Lemon Lights." First of all, the packaging is very appealing. A clear bottle with white writing. When you open the bottle, you smell a sweet, tingly smell of lemon. Very nice. But does it work? Does it do what it's supposed to? The bottle claims to give you "subtle hightlights," and, yes, it does just that! Being a gel, it is very easy to apply. You're supposed to put it all over the surface of your hair for "al
l over lightening," but I just wanted some sunny streaks, so I applied it to strands of hair, some chunky, some skinny. I then spent the day out in the sun, as instructed, and when I came back inside, I noticed very subtle highlights all across my head. It was a bit difficult to comb out, but I was pleased with the results; it did just as it promised. Next, I tried the "Sun Streaks." It's a peroxyde-based gel, also very easy to apply. Although the smell isn't as nice as "Lemon Lights," the product works well. The highlights given by this gel are more noticable, and you start to notice them right away. The day that I tried this gel, it wasnt very sunny out. But since it's heat-accelerated, I was able to use a blow-dryer. It didn't take very long, perhaps 10-15 minutes, and it looked very good. My hair is blonde, and the range of hair color that is appropriate for use of these two gels is blonde to medium-brown hair. Before, my hair was dull, boring, darkening blonde. Now, after using numerous products from the John Frieda "Beach Blonde" and Sheer Blonde" lines, my hair no longer has dark roots and dullness. It is bright and sun-kissed, just like I wanted. In conclusion, the "John Frieda Beach Blonde" products that I tried ("Sun-Streaks" and "Lemon Lights") were very effective for me and I thought they were well worth the money that I paid for them.
Beach Blonde Sun Streaks is a hair care product that supposedly lightens your hair or give streaks. The bottle is bright yellow, with blue lettering. It reads: 'Heat-accelerated highlighter. Mild peroxide based gel...for sexy summer hair year-round" It tells you to apply to hair and expose to direct sunlight or apply blow-dryer heat. I chose to go outside, I applyed it to my hair and was outside for around 30 min then went in and applyed dryer heat (it was to hot to sit out there) after about 45 min of that stuff i found that nothing had happened so I decided to wash it out. I got out and found that it did not give me blonde streaks, but red. This may have come from the fact that my hair is slightly darker that recommended, but I decided to try it on my younger sister who is a blonde and it also gave her hair slightly red/pinkish streaks, not very noticable but we see it and it bothers us a great deal. So not only did it not work on me, but it also did not work on my very blonde sister. The packaging is very attractive but the smell is horrible, and it dries out your hair after a few minutes and is hard to wash out. I payed $6 for this small tube, and i was VERY dissapointed in the results, and I will not be buying any more of the beach blonde line. However it did leave my hair very soft AFTER i got it all out, which took a lot of scrubbing.
The idea behind Beach Blonde Lemon Lights is that, instead of trying to lighten your hair on the cheap with lemon juice, you can buy a pretty expensive tube of hair gel containing lemon juice that will do the job instead. I’m now about half-way through my tube of the stuff, and I thought I’d report in on what I think… So, first of all, does it work? Has it made my hair any lighter? Well, maybe. In a certain light, if you’re squinting. You get the idea. In all fairness though, it does say it creates subtle effects, and I haven’t exactly been following the instructions. You’re supposed to slather it on and go and sit in the sunshine to let it dry, and I’ve really just been using it as a hair gel and doing, well, whatever in it. My hair is also at the extreme end of their recommended spectrum, as it’s a sort of light to mid brown, so I wasn’t expecting to go platinum blonde. Result as a highlighting product – not wonderful for me, but it may be better with lighter hair and if you actually do as you’re supposed to and sit in the sun with it! Secondly, as I said earlier, I’d really just been using it as a hair gel and hoping for a few highlights on the side. So, is it any good as a hair gel? In a word, yes. It’s absolutely blinding! First impressions when I squeezed some out were less than favourable, it looked like runny lemon curd with little bits of lemon rind dotted in it, in short like the sort of thing you wouldn’t want anywhere near your hair! It went on well though, and I was very impressed with how it felt. Once dry, it wasn’t greasy or sticky (I’ve tried the lemon juice thing and it was horrible). It smells really nice – my girlfriend always comments on how lovely my hair smells when I’m wearing it, so bear this in mind, guys! And it gives a really powerful hold to my hair that lasts all day, but washes out cleanly and easily. T
his could be a potential downside for the ladies though. I’ve got pretty short hair (if it’s two inches long then I’m overdue at the barbers), and I like a very firm hold with my hair gel. If you’ve got longer hair I can imagine this stuff would feel horrible though, as it pretty much dries solid. So be warned. From my (blokes) perspective though, it’s an absolutely brilliant hair gel that I would recommend to anyone, and it’s worth the price for that alone. If it actually lightens my hair in the sun, well, so much the better.
There are two products in the beach blonde range - Sun Streaks and Lemon Lights. The first is for dramatic results so I tried Lemon Lights - the subtler one of the two (to be on the safe side). Lemon Lights is a semi transparent yellow gel, packaged in a sexy clear, wide tube. It contains real lemons and claims to accelerate the highlighting effects of the sun. Lemons have been known for this sun lightening for some time - so I presumed this gel would produce even better results without that nasty crunchy wet look. Sadly not. Unsurprisingly the gel smelt of lemons, if slightly sweeter which was nice. I decided to apply it in sections to give a streaked look and touch up my roots from grown out salon highlights. I thought that repeated application of a subtle effect would give me better control of when to stop the lightening process as well as giving me the option of several shades by using the product in different, overlapping places each time. The gel went on OK and wasn't too sticky but did make my hair look greasy until it dried. I followed the instructions to the letter. I was on holiday in Malta in hot sunshine all day so I can't imagine a better place to get results. As it dried, it went hard and crusty - just like lemon juice would and made my hair quite tangled - particularly coupled with the sea air. I had been quite sparing on the first day as I didn't want a shock after a day out in the bright sun. After day one there was absolutely no change, so day two I was much more generous and slathered in on in thick streaks. My hair looks doubly greasy and dried in solid clumps. Still no change. I persisted with it for the entire 11 days of my holiday - determined to get some return for my investment. I hoped it would save me a trip to the hairdressers on my return. At the end of my trip, I can honestly say - I can't see any noticable cha
nge at all. Bearing in mind I expected to see some lightening anyway without the product - I am really disappointed. I know it was meant to be subtle but after 11 days of solid sun and 30 degree heat you'd think I'd notice some variation? If this is what I get for £5.50 - I think I would have been better off sticking to lemons. That would have been a whole lot cheaper! Perhaps if I'd stayed out for the whole season and burnt the rest of my body to a crisp in round the clock sun exposure - I might have achieved the results promised - but frankly that's not for me. Sorry John Frieda - but that's a big thumbs down for Lemon Lights.
Have you ever bought a product 'on spec', used it, and had a sudden dawning realisation that it's so good that you are probably going to use it regularly for the rest of your life? Having tried John Frieda Beach Blonde Sun Streaks, I can now understand exactly how Victor Kiam felt when he said his oft quoted line "I was so impressed I bought the company!" Let me tell you about my hair. If you were being exceptionally kind to me, you might probably describe it as "fair" or "dark blonde". If you were telling the truth, then "mousy" might be the word used. However, at the first touch of the sun in the summer, it goes a real "Baby Spice Blonde". I look better with blonde hair. I FEEL better with blonde hair. But there's a problem. With the 'fair' hair goes a 'fair' skin which doesn't like the sun at all. So, while the sun may turn me into a ravishing blonde (!), it turns my skin into a lumpy,itching, puce mess. It also gives me headaches and brings forth an uncanny ability to projectile vomit for England.I'm prone to sunstroke, heatstroke and any other stroke you can think of. If I told you the things I had done over the years to turn blonde, it would probably make your hair curl. I've been down the "pay a fortune to stick your head in a tight plastic helmet and have your scalp attacked with a crochet hook" route. I've plastered my hair in everything from lemon juice to salt water to mayonnaise and fried my brain in the sun in the name of beauty. I've tried sprays, lotions - in fact there isn't much I haven't tried. So, when I noticed a three for two offer on John Frieda products in Boots, I was at the till waving my Advantage card before you could say "Blondes have more fun". "Beach Blonde Sun Streaks" is a thick, clear gel which comes in a bright yellow tube. It is a "heat accele
rated highlighter" with a "mild peroxide" formula, which, according to the tube, gives the user "sexy summer hair year round". It is reccommended for use only on blonde to medium brown hair. The word "peroxide" above should immediately strike a warning bell since it means 'permanent' - in other words this is not a temporary colour,so should be used with caution. It should also be kept away from clothes, soft furnishings, eyes etc and you should do a strand test first to guard against the possibility of skin irritation. The first good news (for me, anyway) is that it works just as well with a hairdryer - you don't need to fry to get that sun-kissed blondeness. Using it is simplicity itself. You apply the gel onto dried hair where you want it to be highlighted, then expose it to heat or sun. You don't even need to wash it out, although you should wash your hands after use. I did 'brush' it out though - I found very hot sun dried the product too quickly and made me look as though I had a severe case of dandruff - Gary Rhodes, as I live and breathe! The more times you use the product, the greater the lightening effects. Hence, my advice would be to do it gradually - you can always repeat the applications - but you can't change your mind afterwards. You can apply the gel selectively to create skinny or chunky streaks and even use it to touch up roots. I got the best results by 'tousling' my hair with gel coated fingers. So, having used this product for two weeks, how would I rate it? Well, after several applications, my hair is looking great - even Mr Nikkisly has noticed, which probably says more for the product's effectiveness than any opinion I can write. My hair is soft and shiny and not in the least 'straw like". The blonde colour looks natural and there is no hint of brassiness. The gel is light,practically odourless and thick enough to s
tay put rather than run or drip when applied. In fact, my only criticism of this product would be a slightly facetious one - the packaging is very, VERY similar to my "Boots Hair Removing Cream" - a disaster waiting to happen, maybe? The price quoted below applies to a 125 ml tube which I think will probably last me the whole summer. And, as an added bonus, you can buy any three John Frieda "Blonde" products for the price of two at Boots at the moment. So - do ya think I'm sexy? At my age, I need all the help I can get!
A heat accelerated gel for blonde highlights