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My hair is naturally dark blonde, but I have had bleach blonde strips dyed for as long as I can remember. Whilst my hair retains the blonde colour for a long time, I begin to notice my roots after only a few weeks. This product is the best on the market for combatting this problem, I use it every few days, a few sprays onto my roots and I really notice the difference. I have also used it at the end of summer to keep the lighter colour that I get from the sun. The small bottle lasts surprisingly longer than I thought it would, even when I use it to spray all over my hair, it can last me anywhere between 1-4 months when using regularly. Definitely leads to lighter hair - my hairdresser noticed that my hair was lighter 6 months after dying it, and this was over winter when the sun hadn't lightened it! My only problem with the product is the smell, it's not overly strong but it is noticeable, and I notice it on my hair throughout the day when I've used the product. Nothing a spritz of perfume wouldn't cover though! Overall I am very pleased with this product and I don't know what I'd do if they discontinued it - my bank balance has got used to the fewer visits to the hairdresser!!
Over the years my hair has been a variety of colours yet I tend to favour being blonde the most! My natural hair colour dark blonde with lighter shades running through it but in order to get my hair any lighter realistically I have to reach for the peroxide. Even though my hair is thick dying it constantly takes its toll and I would much rather have healthy darker hair than it being super blonde but dry and brittle! I had used highlighting kits and even used the old fashioned lemon juice and sunshine to achieve a lighter colour but both of these were rather time consuming and results varied. So when I was shopping at boots and saw the John Frieda Lightening Spray I had to try it. I love John Frieda products and normally purchase when Boots have their regular 3 for 2 offer on haircare as it can be a little pricey. However, it takes a lot to make me loyal to a product and use it exclusively so I often rotate this brand with others. I always come back to John Frieda though because the products can normally deliver on their promises. The product comes in a bright yellow spray bottle which you simply spray onto your towel dried hair where you want the hair to be lightened - for example if you want to touch up your roots target it there or spray all over and brush through for all over lightness. Then simply blow dry and style your hair as normal. The product admittedly has a chemical smell but this does not claim to be a natural product so that's to be expected, it is not exactly unpleasant. The lightening effect builds every time you use the product so at first use you will notice that your hair is lighter but not shockingly so! I would recommend using either a really conditioning conditioner before applying the product or a heat protection spray/serum on towel dried hair as the lightening spray will draw moisture out of the hair. The spray is a part of the go blonder range which you can use in conjunction with the spray or separately. The shampoo is also designed to visibly lighten hair whilst the conditioner will mitigate any damage/dryness caused by the lightening process. This product is intended for those who already have blonde tones in their hair and will not work on brown or darker hair due to it not being a strong colourant. I really like this product as it is easy to use there is no mess or mixing hair dye. I see it normally priced in shops at around £6.99 which is a mid-range for a hair care product but as Ive said it is included in some store offers (which is when I purchase it!). I feel this is a fair price considering that women spend A LOT on going to the hairdressers and hair dye and this product can be used when you want a touch up on colour but don't want to fork out for the hairdressers! I try to be low maintenance as possible and this is definitely a go to product when you want to boost your fading hair colour or a slight change. It does exactly what it promises to do you just have to be careful and especially look after your hair by conditioning it so it does not dry out.
I was a great fan of John Frieda's Beach Blonde gel which they discontinued a few years back, it gave great highlights and was really quick and easy to use. Can't believe they stopped making it. I have tried some alternatives but none have produced such good results. They have just bought out John Frieda Lightening Spray in 100ml spray bottles, priced at £6.99 in Boots but it is available in most larger supermarkets and Superdrug. I was anxious to try it and see if would deliver the same results and provide 'cheap' and effective highlights. I have thick, short, dark blonde hair which highlights easily if I was to spend a month in the Caribbean! Since I'm not going to the Caribbean anytime soon I have to resort to something else. The directions are on the box, and also written really small on the bottle. I would recommend either keeping the box or making sure you have read it properly as the directions on the bottle are brief. The box also shows photos of before and after, and different ways the spray can be used to achieve highlights e.g all over, or strands, or touching up roots. You need to spray on to towel dried hair, and apply heat in the form of a hairdryer, tongs, straighteners etc. The more heat you apply the better the results. Results show in 3-5 uses. So it's not going to be a quick fix, but I guess it is more natural if you were to gradually get highlights. The first time I used it I washed my hair, towel dried and sprayed all over, and dried I couldn't really see much of a result. I was hoping for a quickish result, and although I usual wash my hair every 2-3 days, the following evening I just conditioned it - (not wanting to dry it out too much either with the peroxide!), applied the spray and blow dried, again still not really noticeable. I am now on my third application, and there isn't a dramatic difference, but the colour has slightly lightened up a bit but it is subtle. I have only used a hairdryer though and not yet used straighteners, which would get the hair hotter. I am slightly concerned about frazzling my hair with heat and peroxide, although apparently the product does contain thermoprotectant. My hair feels fine after using it, but I am conscious to use more conditioner than I normally would and leave it to soak in for longer. The spray nossle is a standard spray nossle, so if you wanted to achieve specific strands of highlights it would be tricky to achieve this neatly without applying to a gloved hand and applying directly to the strands. Likewise I'm not sure how easily roots could be touched up.The bottle is quite small, and if you have long hair I don't think the product would go very far. So far I haven't found John Frieda Lightening Spray to be as good as the previous Beach Blonde Gel, but I will perserve and see if the result gets any better.