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In the past few months there seems to be a lot of products coming to market which promise to help blondes banish brassy, yellow colours and get them back to their former golden glory. Blonde hair, because of its lightness has a tendency to slowly turn yellow as daily impurities and deposits show up easier over time despite washing and conditioning. As purple is on the opposite side of the colour wheel from yellow, purple or blue pigments are used to counteract and neutralise the offending tones. This is how the John Frieda colour renew shampoo was intended to work and I was interested to see the effects as I love some of John Frieda's other products!
In the past I have had white blonde hair (which is a pain to care for) and in order for it to not stray into yellow territory I used touch of silver purple shampoo which was harsh yet effective. Even though my hair is much darker now it is still decidedly blonde so even though I knew touch of silver worked I wanted to try out a higher end product which would hopefully be more moisturising and gentle.
The product comes in an easy to dispense tube which sits with its opening down so there is no wasted time waiting for the product to reach the opening. The product itself is naturally a deep purple and smells really artificial and a touch floral but it doesn't linger and is rather inoffensive. The directions suggest simply using it as a normal shampoo - simply apply, lather and rise - before applying conditioner. The instructions also note that you should use it 3x a week for the best results.
I have used this product every time I have washed my hair which is normally every other day or three days. I have given it so many chances but it just does not work on my hair. The difference in the tonality of my hair is minimal and it leaves it oh so dry! I use coconut oil and intensive masks regularly on my hair which is coarse and thick but even these products were unable to rescue my hair and inject moisture sufficiently! As my silver lights purple shampoos instructions were to leave the product on the hair for up to 5 minutes so it can penetrate the hair I decided to try this technique with John Frieda's product. However, even this was to no avail and my hair was dryer than ever.
--Availability and Conclusion--
You can buy this in any good Boots, Supermarket or Superdrug. I purchased mine on offer in Boots which is why I don't feel too short changed otherwise this product retails at £5.89 (at time of writing according to Boots website). I will not be purchasing this again as it does not work for me. My hair is really coarse so perhaps hair type has something to do with it. In any case I just feel there are products out there which may be slightly drying but they also work to renew my blonde. I'm sad to say I am not impressed with this John Frieda product!
My hair is naturally dark blonde and I have lighter highlights. It has a natural tendency towards the yellowy gold end of the spectrum, whereas I much prefer an ashy blonde colour, so for a long time I've used various purple-toned shampoos and conditioners to try and counteract the yellow tones.
I've been using this particular shampoo for a while now, mostly because it is often on offer in Boots which makes it pretty good value compared with some others. From experience I would say that if you want to correct brassy tones in your hair ou need to go for a purple shampoo - these regular-coloured shampoos that are marketed as being for blonde hair really make no difference at all to the colour. As for how much difference it makes which purple shampoo you use I'm not sure - I haven't noticed a big difference in results and I've tried several different brands.
One thing I do like about this shampoo is the smell - talcy and slightly herbal. The John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Conditioner is equally pleasant. The main disadvantage of any purple shampoo is that it can make a horrible mess in your shower - it's very easy to splatter purple all over your white tiles and although it washes away fine with just water it's annoying to have to rinse down the walls after shampooing!
This shampoo is for people with coloured blonde hair. It promises to colour-correct your hair with UV Filters to get rid of brassiness and give you brighter silkier blonde hair using optical brighteners and basically give you salon fresh hair. According to the product information you will see a noticeable difference in just three washes.
It comes in a 250ml bottle which can be bought from Boots, Superdrug and many supermarkets for around £5.69. At the moment there is a three for two offer on John Frieda products in Boots.
The shampoo itself is rich purple, this is because the opposite of yellow is purple/violet and using a purple shampoo/conditioner will neutralise all the yellow tones in the hair.
It has a lavender fragrance which smells really nice. It lathers up well so you don't need a huge amount and you just apply like you would a normal shampoo.
Two or three weeks after getting my highlights done, my hair goes from bright white blonde to looking yellow and dull but after using this my hair looks brighter, whiter and there are less yellow tones. Not only that but it doesn't dry out hair like many toning shampoos do. This actually made my hair feel softer and look shinier. It doesn't make your hair look purple in anyway either!
I only use it once a week because i don't think it is meant to replace your normal shampoo. A conditioner of the same name is also available.
A word of warning though- in a white bathroom, it can be messy. Make sure you clean it up straightaway if any is spilt.
I'm always on the lookout for white toners, shampoos, conditioners for light hair. It's been a long journey, and I'm still not entirely loyal to any particular product.
I tried this after having no luck with Toni & Guy's lovely-smelling shampoo and conditioner for whiter shades of hair. The only thing about this John Frieda product that doesn't match up is the smell. It smells bland, or rather like many other ordinary shampoos out there.
The best thing about this product, however, is that it doesn't affect the actual quality of your hair. There's enough in the bottle to last you the same amount of time as your normal conditioner (unlike Toni & Guy's ridiculous bottles) and your hair will still probably be shiny and clean. Pretty much the same things a regular shampoo promises.
The thing that makes this product not worth buying over other shampoos, is that I noticed little to no difference regarding the actual tones of my hair. It seemed to stay pretty much the same, except now I had thrown away a few more pounds for something that didn't provide what I needed.
I purchased this as I have noticed as i'm sure many blondes have that in between colours my blonde can go a little 'yellowy'. The shampoo and conditioner were two for £7 in Boots. They normally have offers on so keep a look out.
The shampoo promises to rid you of the 'brassiness' and enhance your blonde tones with it's 'optical enhancers'.
The product itself is bright purple, don't let this put you off! You need to massage it into your hair and scalp for a minute. It does take quite a large amount to get a decent lather. You need to be really careful not to get the shampoo on your bath/shower particularly if it is white or on any towels or clothing as it can stain! I found this out the hard way although there is a clear warning on the back.
It has a pleasant smell I can't really describe it but it smells clean.
I can't really say I noticed any change after the first use, it did however leave my hair in fantastic condition and it was easy to manage. I started seeing results after about 3 or 4 uses. I noticed my highlights were brighter and it looked like I hadn't long stepped out of the salon. For best results I would recommend that you use it from the day you have your highlights to maintain the 'just coloured' look.
This is a good product from the highstreet. When compared to salon products it is a lot cheaper and does the same thing. You need to use it with the conditioner for the best results.
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo
This is a shampoo which promises to lighten hair with highlights. Well that is me and I am trying to reduce the amount of times I go to the hairdresser to have these renewed (unfortunately as anyone with blond highlights will tell you, these do have to be redone fairly regularly to avoid roots being too obvious). Because I am conscious that too much coloring leaves your hair dry, I am trying to have it done as little as possible. Also, let's face it, it is expensive and there is a credit crunch going on!
So, I saw the adverts for this shampoo and the matching conditioner and decided to try it. I must admit I almost changed my mind when I saw the price (around £5 per bottle from Boots) but convinced myself to give it a shot, and I am really glad that I did,
The colour is a deep shiny purple and you just wash as you would with any shampoo. From the first time I used these products, my hair felt brighter and it is also a fresh and pleasant smell leaving hair feeling clean and soft.
After using it for a couple of weeks, I definitely feel that there is a notable difference. In fact, 4 different people have asked me if I have just had my hair done, when it was actually almost 3 months ago. I am so confident in the effects of this product that I am going to try and wait another month before going to Saks again too, so the initial expense has actually saved me cash in the long run!
Would I recommend this? In a heartbeat!!
There seems to be a new blonding shampoo out every few months and each time they all claim to offer amazing results and transform those dull brassy tones into lovely blonde tresses. I was dubious about this shampoo as I was wondering if this was the new one, did that mean the previous John Frieda blonding shampoos were never that good?
I have blonde hair so I am always on the lookout for good blonding shampoos that keep the colour in check, without being overly drying on the hair. This is something that I had found with the other Freida shampoos. They do usually enhance the blonde tones, but leave the hair a little dry afterwards.
This one comes in a smart looking purple bottle, so easy to spot in the range. It has a flip-top lid which means you can open it quickly and also stand it on the side of the bath without having to spend ages balancing it.
How to use:
I always over do it when in the bath, you really only need a small blob, about a ten pence piece size should suffice. It lathers up well in wet hair and there is a subtle smell, though maybe the Freida range should invest in slightly fruiter fragrances?
The shampoo rinses out pretty well, but make sure you work through from root to tip to ensure the shampoo gets to all hairs well. I followed the rinse with a blow-dry and examined the results.
The shampoo had certainly helped refresh blonde tones. Not a drastic difference, but used over time or on a daily basis, I would imagine this would help keep it in check. The hair felt light and very clean so no faults there, my only criticism is that again the shampoo made the hair feel a little dry later on in the day. I guess this can be counteracted by using a deep nourishing conditioner. The price tag is about a fiver, so that could also put people off, but otherwise it delivers good results, though not sure whether it is that different from the other Frieda blonding shampoos.
Having naturally mousy hair, I opted for a range of different toned highlights as well as low lights to brighten things up a bit.
We've all been there right? Bored, no harm in spicing things up!
I opted for John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew as a close friend (who also has highlights) recommended it to me, because I was worried about the colour fading in my hair after a few washes and this is how I found it.
The key is don't use too much at once, I've got quite long thick hair and I found a portion about the size of a £2 coin is enough to suffice one wash.
Anyway, lather, leave in for 2-3 minutes, rinse and then follow up with any conditioner (You can use the conditioner of the same brand if you're wanting it to be even more effective but for purposes of testing the shampoo I decided to use a basic brand of conditioner).
Once out of the shower I dried and straightened my hair and there was definitely a small difference, my hair looked brighter than it had before (it being about 4 weeks since I'd had my highlights done) and felt much softer.
I felt pretty again!
Now that is just the effect after one use, after using it every day for a week I noticed a bigger difference, now remember ladies, it is only a shampoo, not salon highlights so you can't expect miracles, but if you are looking for something to give you a little lift in between salon visits then this is a product I would definitely recommend.
I took it to cornwall with me, and after a few days in the sun coupled with use of this shampoo with every wash I noticed a significant difference, I was asked if I'd had my hair done recently!
I will also be taking it on holiday with me to Turkey come October to see how my hair fares there.
I would recommend this to anyone with blonde highlights for definite, it's quite good value for money as well if not overused, don't plonk too much on your hair and then whinge because it's all gone in a week!
Happy highlighting ladies :).
My hair is blonde, I'd probably say it was honey blonde but there are a lot of cool tones throughout it. I wanted to highlight the lighter, cooler tones and also bring out the warmer shade's, and brighten them. I bought this shampoo from Boots, it was three for two on john frieda products at the time so I can't remember exactly how much it cost but the website list's it as costing £5.37, (www.boots.com).
I had already read alot about purple shampoo's, and how they work, and the results they should/could give, but my hair had a few different shades, so I was prepared for any result! The shampoo smell's great, its quite subtle, and the packaging is attractive too.
I used the shampoo for around 2 or 3 weeks. I used a 10p peice size blob, as my hair is quite short, and i did not use it on my extensions because they already look bright and you can see the highlights (I wish my normal hair was like this!)
The results were very good. The shampoo really did it's job. My hair was noticably brighter, and the honey tones looked slightly cooler, which made my hair look really healthy. It made my hair appear as though I had just been to my salon for a touch up, and it smelled fab!
I even recieved comments from friend's asking if my hair was brighter, which was great!
My hair after i blow-dryed it also felt soft and sleek. Often if this happens I think 'oh no!' because it goes really flat and I can't style it, however it still had volume, much to my relief!
The only critizism I had for this product is that my hair was very hard to brush after using the shampoo, I even used the same products conditioner and I still had trouble. And while it was soft and sleek after drying, this was after blowing it semi straight, so if i had been in a rush (luckily, i rarely am!) then i think it might have still been a little dry. Once blow-dryed though, it was fine.
I would deffinitly get this shampoo again. It lasted so much longer than i expected, so it's value for money. It did what it said it would, and even though it isn't cheap, I felt like I hadn't wasted my money!
Do you have coloured blonde hair? Then this review is DEFINITELY for you!
Being a coloured platinum blonde my hair requires quite a bit of maintenance. Mostly this means regular touch ups to the roots so I don't get that nasty grown-out look, and also searching for products that keep my rather abused hair looking healthy. One particular problem with going for a real platinum blonde look is that it is really hard to find dyes that don't leave you looking brassy or yellow-ish, and even if you get your hair professionally coloured, it can yellow over time. So I needed a product that was going to keep my hair a fresh, cool, platinum blonde.
I had heard that violet or purple shampoos can help to keep coloured blonde hair looking fresh. I picked up the John Frieda Sheer Blonde for around £5.50 at Debenhams to give it a try. Of course this is quite a lot to pay for a shampoo, but it isn't as extravagant as some of the salon lines, and trust me, it's worth it!
The shampoo itself is a very vivid indigo colour, and at first I was a little worried that putting something this intensely coloured on my almost-white hair was going to leave me with purple hair!! I needn't have worried though. When lathered the shampoo is fades to a light lavender colour and of course leaves absolutely no colour in your hair.
The consistency is like a standard, liquidy shampoo, and it lathers really easily, so you don't need much at all. I tend to apply the shampoo, lather it well all over my head, and then leave it in for a minute or two while I soap myself, and then wash it out well. I then either use a different (cheaper) brand conditioner or a leave-in conditioning treatment. I haven't trieed the conditioner from the same John Frieda range so can't comment on whether it improves the results, but I can say that if you're concerned about the expenditure of an expensive shampoo like this, then don't worry, just the shampoo has had really good effects on my hair!
So what does it do? Well, the shampoo is designed to lighten the hair, refreshing the colour, and also neutralising any yellow-ish tinges in your blonde hair that can make it look cheap and brassy. This is not a bleach, so it isn't going to leave you suddenly two shades lighter, in fact I wouldn't say that my hair is lighter for using this shampoo, but it definitely looks fresher. Also the dreaded brassiness is gone and the platinum tones shine through.
The shampoo is also good for the condition of my hair. Obviously with the amount of dye my poor hair has to suffer through it's never going to be perfectly silky but I do feel like this shampoo stops it from being at all straw-like and keeps it at least smooth, manageable, and reasonably shiny. There are other shampoos that do leave my hair shinier, but they don't take care of my colour as well as this shampoo.
Since you don't need to use a lot each time the shampoo will also last you a long time. I have had mine for over 3 months, although I have relatively short hair, and there's still probably about a quarter, or a fifth left in the bottle. Also, being shaped to stand on with the nozzle at the bottom, and with a convenient squeeze spout, you don't lose any shampoo and you're able to easily use it up to the last drop. This also contributes to the shampoo's good value for money.
I can't comment on how this shampoo is for natural blondes, but I can imagine that it would freshen your tone and give it a little extra oomph. Give it a try and let us know. If you're a bottle blonde though, this is definitely a product you'll want to try!
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