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      12.12.2012 09:31
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      A great shampoo for blonde hair.

      I'm always looking for hair care products which will enable me to keep my blonde hair blonde for longer. The less I have to colour it, the less damage I do to it! When I saw John Frieda's Highlight Activating Shampoo it seemed like the ideal product so I picked a bottle up along with the matching conditioner to give it a try.

      This moisturising shampoo promises to 'brighten the full spectrum of blonde tones' as well as 'gently remove darkening and dulling build-up'. It sounded ideal and as John Frieda hair care products were on a two for £7 offer in Superdrug at the time I decided to purchase this and the coordinating conditioner. Typically this 250ml bottle of shampoo will cost around £5 and is available from the likes of Superdrug and Boots along with larger supermarkets. I often find these products are on offer a lot of the time in various places though so it's worth keeping an eye out. As I mentioned, the first lot I bought I got on a two for £7 offer from Superdrug and I've since stocked up from Tesco where they were on a price cut costing £3.33 each. Boots usually have three for two or similar offers on hair care so it's pretty much always possible to get this at a cheaper price!

      The shampoo comes in a light yellow bottle which stands upside down on its plastic flip top lid. All the usual information can be found on the bottle such as product name, John Frieda's logo and description of the product. The back of the bottle is where you can find an ingredients list and directions for use if for some strange reason you should require them.

      The shampoo is easy to squeeze out of the bottle in controllable amounts so you don't waste any of the product and I find I only need an olive sized blob to cover my shoulder length hair. The shampoo itself is a pearly white colour with no real scent; whilst a nice scent is a bonus I don't find it an necessity so that doesn't bother me too much. The product lathers up really well too and it quickly covers all of my hair giving it a good wash.

      I find it is easy to rinse out of my hair with little effort required to do. The shampoo comes out completely so my hair isn't left feeling heavy or full of residue. After washing my hair does feel very clean and I find I can go my usual two or three days between washes using this shampoo, my hair is also left feeling soft, looking shiny and very manageable.

      Best of all this does seem to make my blonde shade stay brighter and blonder for longer. When using this along with the matching conditioner my shade never looks dull or yellow rather than blonde. In fact the only time I feel the need to recolour my hair is when my natural roots start to get a bit too long.

      I'm very happy with this shampoo and have found it work brilliantly. It keeps my blonde blonde and my hair shiny, manageable, clean, soft and in all an all around good condition really. Five stars from me!

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      17.11.2012 17:55
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      Not for me!

      I have had blonde highlights in my hair for years, and when I recently spotted a promotional pack with travel sizes of the John Frieda highlight activating shampoo, conditioner and a hairspray, I jumped at the chance to try it. I am always keen to make my highlights stay bright and blonde for as long as possible.

      John Frieda recommends that this shampoo is for platinum to champagne coloured blonde hair. They claim that it will instantly brighten and refresh hair to prevent any dulling or darkening of blonde tone. It is meant to be suitable for any kind of blonde hair - natural, colour treated or highlighted.

      The shampoo usually comes in a 250ml package, however as I mentioned I tried this in a mini travel size pack. The shampoo tube is different to most in that it reminds me more of a toothpaste/ hand cream tube than a shampoo bottle. It has a lid at the bottom which flips open/closed. I like the design of the tube because it stands with the lid at the bottom, meaning it is easy to get the product out.

      When you squeeze the shampoo out of the tube you will see that it is thick and pearly yellow in colour. It smells like camomile and I think the smell is not unlike that of Johnson's baby shampoo. When I applied this shampoo to my wet hair I found that it lathered up well and was easy to rub through all of my hair. Not too much of it was needed to cover my whole head of medium length thick hair.

      So what were the results? Immediately after using this shampoo and following with the conditioner, I noticed that my hair was far more tangled and tatty than usual. I found that my hair was difficult to brush out. After drying my hair I found that it felt sticky and slightly greasy and that it was difficult to run my fingers through. The first time I used this shampoo and conditioner I thought perhaps I had not rinsed it out properly and that was what was causing the problems. However I gave it another go and took extra care to rinse well, and still found the same results.

      In terms of making my highlights brighter, I did not find that there was any noticeable effect. Admittedly I did only use the shampoo/conditioner 3 times over the course of one week so perhaps if I had persevered with it for longer I would have noticed a difference, but I simply couldn't stand how sticky it left my hair. However John Frieda do say this will "instantly brighten and refresh" so if it lived up to their claims, I would have noticed a difference straight away.

      This shampoo currently costs £5.59 at Boots which in my opinion is expensive for a 250ml tube of shampoo. I am glad that I tried the travel size when on offer and did not waste my money on the full size tube! I definitely would not recommend this shampoo and will not be using it again.

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      03.10.2011 19:20
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      A great shampoo but doesn't work fully without the matching conditioner

      I've had highlights in my hair for years now, but generally have never bought haircare products specifically aimed at highlighted hair. This changed last time I got highlights and went a little blonder than usual. I wanted to ensure the blonde didn't turn brassy and ensure the highlights would look good for as long as possible.

      It just so happened that Superdrug had an offer on John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating shampoo and conditioner, enabling me to buy two products for £6.99 which represented a decent saving when you consider one tube of product costs £5.09 in the store.

      ~~The Product & The Claims~~

      The John Frieda products are packaged in tubes as opposed to bottles and I must admit I am not a huge fan of haircare products packaged this way - especially premium haircare products. It looks a bit cheap in my opinion. Each tube contains 250 ml of product and this being the Sheer Blonde range, the tube is gold in colour.

      According to the packaging, the shampoo will "brighten the full spectrum of blonde tones". The shampoo contains honey and oatmeal and the tube claims that this will "gently remove darkening, dulling build-up".

      ~~My Experience & Thoughts~~

      When I opened the tube for the first time to dispense the shampoo I was pleasantly surprised by the delicate, but detectable, sweet scent of honey. The shampoo itself is of a fairly thick consistency with a pearlescent golden yellow hue.

      I am a bit of a tightwad when it comes to toiletries - perhaps to offset the wanton waste my daughter indulges in with shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste and the like despite my complaining - so I was pleased to note you really do not need a lot of shampoo to get a good lather. I placed a dollop little more than the size of a 10p piece in my hand and when I added it to my wet hair was really pleased at how quickly the shampoo brought up a creamy lather on my hair. Don't be fooled by this lather however - I have been pleased at how quickly and easily this rinses from my hair.

      So far so good - but it's once the shampoo has been rinsed from my hair that perhaps it's biggest drawback is noticed and that is the condition it leaves my hair in. This clearly isn't a shampoo designed to be used on its own - it merely acts as a device to clean your hair and if you don't want your hair to feel like straw - and I certainly don't like that - then you do need to use it with the matching conditioner. To be fair to John Frieda, the tube does tell you once you have rinsed the shampoo off to "follow with Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Conditioner".

      I have only used this once without adding the conditioner after I had rinsed it off and the results on the texture of my hair were very poor, particularly in the blonde parts of my hair. Although the shampoo definitely helps prolong the life of highlights - more of which in a minute - if you don't use it with conditioner it really doesn't make your mane feel soft and sleek at all.

      Using the shampoo in conjunction with the conditioner is the only way to go with this product and having got over that quickly I have to say I have been delighted with the results. Usually I find my highlights tend to look a bit faded after about six weeks or so but since I have been using the Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating products I have been delighted at how well the colour has remained on my hair. It's been two months now since I got the highlights and started to use this product and while I inevitably have roots showing through now, the blonde in my hair is still the same shade I got when my hairdresser originally did my foils, but more to the point the brown lowlights are equally as strong and vibrant.

      ~~Conclusion~~

      I really like this shampoo but must add the caveat that you will only get the desired results if you combine it with the conditioner from the same line. I also wish the packaging was better - in addition to the tube looking a bit cheap I sometimes find it hard to grip on to in the shower if it's wet. It's also a pain to get the last remnants of product out of, especially as the cap doesn't easily screw off either.

      I've also got to factor in the price when it comes to considering my star rating and while John Frieda haircare products seem to be permanently on multi buy offer if you shop around, there's no denying that over £5 for a tube of shampoo is expensive.

      This review is purely for the shampoo and as such I would award it three stars but if you use it in conjunction with the conditioner it goes up to four stars with that elusive fifth star taken off due to packaging design and the price.

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        01.08.2011 22:23
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        Another great John Frieda product

        I have been using John Frieda 'Go Blonder' but on a recent trip to Asda they only had the conditioner so I decided to try a different shampoo in the range. This particular shampoo comes in two varieties one for lighter shades of clonde and one for darker shades of blonde. It is suitable for natural and colour treated blondes. A bottle of this shampoo costs around £5.80 and contains 250ml. There are normally offers on where you can get 3 for 2.

        The shampoo for lighter hair contains extracts of sunflower and white tea. It is designed to gently remove build up and residues that can make your hair appear dark and dull.

        To use the shampoo you simply wet hair, apply a small amount lather and rinse. You can repeat if required. The shampoo has a lovely citrusy smell. To get a decent lather I needed to use an amount the size of a 50p. The shampoo lathered really well and also rinsed out really easily. For best results it is recommended you use the highlight activating conditioner.

        After using this my hair felt clean and smelt really nice. I dried my hair and straightened as normal. After the first use I can't say I noticed any difference in the brightness of my highlights, However after a week or so of use I noticed that my hair looked a lot brighter. I normally find that a few weeks after having my hair coloured it looks a little dull, this shampoo refreshed and renewed my colour. My hair was soft and shiny after use.

        I would definately buy this shampoo again, it really makes a difference to the colour of my hair.

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        22.02.2011 02:58
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        An indispensable product for blonde hair.

        I have had a few transformations from blonde to brunette to redhead... I love how hair colour can completely change the way you look, dress and wear make-up. One thing always stayed the same for me though. I always bought John Frieda customised products to look after my locks and they haven't let me down so far!

        I have been a blonde for quite some time now and am really enjoying the Highlight Activating Shampoo. As my hair is a very light colour, I picked the one for "Platinum to Champagne" blondes, but there is also a shampoo made for people with darker shades of blonde- "Honey to Caramel". Both varieties claim to gently cleanse the hair, ridding it of darkening and dulling build-up. The shampoos work on natural, colour-treated and highlighted blonde hair.

        This shampoo comes in an attractive tube and, because it stands upside down, you don't get to that annoying phase of trying to squeeze the last bit of product out. I do have a slight problem with the flimsy lid. It usually snaps off pretty easily. I guess I'm just too impatient and forceful!

        I love how this product smells. It is such a pleasant, clean fragrance. I always look forward to washing my hair as I am already hooked on the scent. I think it is both floral and citrusy, with a hint of almonds? Delicious! The scent stays in my hair for ages afterwards, although I do use the accompanying John Frieda conditioner and treatment, so that probably makes it even more noticeable.

        The consistency of the shampoo is quite thick. It appears to be white in colour and slightly shimmery too. Lathers up a treat, so you only need a small amount, even for long hair. I wash my hair just the one time as it always feels sufficiently clean after that. It is a very moisturising shampoo and leaves hair soft and smooth. I do think, however, if you have very fine or greasy hair, this product is probably a bit too heavy and can make your locks look dirty. My hair is thick and quite dry, so the shampoo works well for me, but I have to be careful to wash it out thoroughly. On a couple of occasions it left me with dull and lifeless tresses as there was still some residue remaining.

        The most exciting thing about this shampoo is the brightening effect it has on highlights and colour in general. I feel it lightens my hair by half a shade every time I use it! I'm sure that's not the case, but this product definitely keeps highlights looking fresh for longer. I have never been able to achieve such great results with other shampoos. This little gem of a product prolongs my hair colour and makes it sparkle. The other thing I've noticed is the way the product keeps brassiness at bay. It doesn't claim to do that but actually does a great job of ridding my hair of any unwanted yellow tones.

        I think the shampoo is an excellent buy at around £5. I don't wash my hair every day so for me it really is good value for money. If you do then I can imagine you may find it rather expensive. There are plenty of offers on at Boots and leading supermarkets, so it is possible to purchase John Frieda products at a more affordable price. I feel this shampoo saves me a fortune in the long run as it not only brightens up my blonde colour, but also helps keep my hair in good condition.

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          19.12.2010 22:01
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          Highly recommended!

          After a disastrous few home dye experiences which resulted me in going back to my natural light brown colour and several pounds of hard earned cash I'm now back to my blond high lighted locks again.
          My hairdresser recommended that after the battering my hair has been through I should use a good shampoo and conditioner on it and she suggested I try the John Frieda range for blonde hair. I had tried a few products from this range ages ago but hadn't used them lately.
          I bought shampoo and conditioner, this review is about Sheer Blonde Highlight activating shampoo. My tube has a different design to the one shown in the picture above.

          I get mine from Superdrug, it costs £4.79 for a 250ml tube. Much more than I would usually pay for shampoo.
          The shampoo, as I said, is in a tube rather than a bottle. The plastic is a creamy colour but you can still see the shampoo inside which enables you to keep a check on how much is left. There is a black band across the top with the words John Frieda Collection written in it. The front of the tube has Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Moisturising Shampoo with Light Enhancers written on it. It also tells you that it is for shades Platinum to Champagne.
          This shampoo promises to " purify blonde streaks to bring out glistening highlights". The back of the tube has the directions for use, pretty standard, and a huge list of ingredients. I found these hard to read as they are written in gold letters against a cream background and very tiny.
          The lid is a simple screw top but I never stand the tube up using this as a base because I find the shampoo leaks out.

          The shampoo itself is white and quite runny, it smells lovely though very fruity and fresh. I found I didn't need to use too much to get a really thick, rich and creamy lather on my hair. It felt very silky. The shampoo claims to moisturise your hair and the lather certainly did feel like it was doing just that.

          I rinsed my hair and the lather washed from my hair easily leaving it feeling clean and fresh. When my hair was dried I was really impressed. My hair not only looked clean but it also had a healthy shine, but most importantly my highlights looked great.
          The smell of the shampoo faded almost straight away but this is not a problem for me. My hair felt really clean and that's what counts.

          I've used the shampoo for nearly 3 weeks now and my highlights look just as shiny as blond as they did when I first had them done. I'm totally won over by this product. I've had dyed hair for more years than I can remember, often blonde highlights, and this is the only shampoo I've used that has kept them looking like new.

          I would recommend the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Shampoo, whether you have dyed or natural blond hair it will keep dyed highlights looking fresh and shiny and if your hair is naturally blonde it will bring your natural highlights out.

          Although its on the expensive side I think its definitely worth the money.

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          13.09.2009 17:29

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          This is a product I could not be without

          I have been using The John Frieda Sheer Blonde range for years. I began using it when a hair dresser told me that the cheaper products on the market were not good for your hair and to use a salon recommended product. I love this product because its a cheaper version of salon products but with the salon quality and got my hair dressers approval! The shampoos and conditioners not only smell gorgeous, they make my hair easier to manage because i'm not a natural blonde and its bleached and coloured. I use the highlight activating moisturising range which takes away the courseness of bleached hair. It also smells really good and fresh. People have commented on how great it smells on nights out when you have to get close to chat! I would recommend this product to all blonde bombshells out there whether natural or fake! Boots often have offers on this product which is when i tend to buy in bulk. The bottle looks glamourous and appears to be more expensive than it is - the conditioner i use is £4.66 per bottle and it usually lasts me a few weeks. You only need to use a little too so it goes a long way. I will continue to use this product because from shopping around there isn't anything as good in the market at the moment in terms of price, quality, quantity and soft manageable hair. Plus the bottle looks as attractive as my hair!

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          05.03.2009 20:52
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          Very good

          This is my absolute favourite shampoo to use. the packaging is very attractive, they have obviously put a lot of effort into making it look nice.
          The bottle is also very easy to open with the cap at the bottom of the bottle, which doesn't leave you faffing around trying to shake the shampoo to one end.

          The shampoo lathers really well, you don't need to use as much as you would with certain other shampoo's as it has very good coverage. It doesn't smell fantastic, although it's no where near a bad smell. It's quite subtle, they have obviously concentrated on the cleanliness of the shampoo.

          The shampoo also washes out well, you're not left with greasy feeling hair by shampoo that refuses to come out. After drying my hair, I could notice a difference straight away. (Used in conjunction with the conditioner for best results). My hair seemed definately more highlighted and toned, although I could only really notice this if I washed my hair in the morning, and seemed to settle down by the next day, It also left my hair feeling smooth and shiny and felt very clean.

          It didn't make my hair greasy quickly, either. It's a really good product to use for people that would like temporary subtle highlighting effects.

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          12.02.2009 13:39
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          A great shampoo to prevent blonde hair becoming dull as quickly!

          I bought this shampoo when it was on offer shortly after having my highlights put in. I only bought the brand as it was on offer in Superdrug and I got the shampoo and conditioner for £4. I had heard good things about it previously but had refused to pay extortionate amounts for a shampoo!!

          The colour of the packaging depends on what type of the shampoo you chose. I purchased the lightest 'Platinum to Champagne Blondes', which is in a very pale, almost golden tube. The tube has a snap close lid, which is easy to use with wet hands.

          The packaging claims to 'Optimise the effect of light for truly glistening blonde,' 'bring out highlights and shine' and 'gently cleanse hair by ridding it of darkening and dulling build-up from tap water and typical conditioning and styling products.' Sounds great on paper!

          The shampoo is very thick and pale yellow in colour when you squeeze it onto your hand and smells wonderful. It has a very fresh, clean scent, which is almost citrus-like. I have quite long hair and a lot of it but a 10p-sized blob on my hand was more than enough to wash my hair as it lathered up extremely well.

          My hair had that 'just washed' feeling for the next two days and it smelled great with that fresh citrus scent which also lasted the two days so I was very pleased.

          Having very fine hair that I have to treat with a smoothing serum, then a thermal protective serum before straightening and finally a shot of hairspray to hold it all in place, there is a lot of product in my hair when it comes to getting it clean, throw in the usual dirt and grime that is picked up on a day to day basis and a mucky pup of a nephew, well it's a challenge for any shampoo. After using it two or three times my hair felt fantastic and VERY clean compared to other shampoos I have used. It must just have taken a few washes to clear the build up and now it's a case of maintaining.

          Despite using the product for 5 months now, I can't say that it has made any difference to my highlights, but it has helped keep my colour brighter for longer. My hair does feel healthier than it has with previous shampoos and I would definitely recommend this brand.

          As much as I love this shampoo, I will only buy it when it is on offer. At £4.69 (250ml bottle) each for the shampoo and conditioner from Boots, it is a rather steep price tag. I try to buy it from Boots to make sure that I get the advantage points for it.

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            04.11.2008 17:08
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            A really lovely shampoo

            John Frieda Sheer Blonde Shampoo has been a keen favourite of mine for years. I have very light blonde/platinum blonde hair, and this shampoo keeps your hair looking "salon" blonde until you can afford your next trip to the hair salon! It is approx 4.95 (uk) per bottle, which lasts for a good few months as only a coin sized amount is needed to get a really good lather. It has a lovely fresh smell and contains natural ingrediants of lemon peel, chamomile and sunflower seed, all of which are natural hair lighteners. It comes in a variety of different shades for different blonde hair ranging from dark blonde all the way up to platinum, which obviously vary in ingrediant intensity. I have noticed this shampoo makes my hair look lovely shiny and healthy, as I think this is important with blonde hair, because all too often bleach and other high lift colours can damage the hair shaft causing hair to look "straw" like. This replenishes the hair with extra moisture and makes hair feel softer as well. John Freida also do the Sheer Blonde Conditioners, and although this may seem quite expensive (roughly 10.00 (uk) for the two, it is really worth while spending a little extra on your shampoo and conditioner if you have colour treated hair, as it needs the extra love!
            I really will never change my shampoo and conditioner as long as I have blonde hair, as the others do not have the same results :)

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            11.10.2008 14:47
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            A Good Shampoo worth trying if you can find it on offer.

            This is a lovely shampoo which I first tried earlier this year on a Boots offer when I received a voucher for £2 off this product.
            I wouldn't normally buy the more professional ranges as they can work out expensive but with the voucher I decided to give it a go.

            I have long coloured blonde hair which is a darker blonde than bleached and I have weaved highlights as well. I am actually dark brown with grey streaks but haven't seen that for decades!

            The shampoo is a lovely creamy texture and it smells beautiful.

            I took it on holiday to the windiest place in the UK to try it out. I often visit the Outer Hebrides where I go to the island Of North Uist. A friend who also goes there told me about the shampoo so I was looking forward to seeing if it would keep my hair soft and shiny. Usually when I go there no shampoo works well as the wind can be relentless and I end up with a wild look in 5 minutes!

            I tried this shampoo and it was brilliant. I actually had lovely soft hair and it didn't need as much time with the straighteners! Even after a walk in the hills it was still reasonably in shape.

            It has light enhancers in the shampoo designed to bring out the glistening highlights. It also says on the website that it gently cleanses by ridding hair of darkening and dulling build-up from tap water and typical conditioning and styling products.
            I can't say I noticed the glistening highlights particularly-no one commented on it either but the condition was improved overall and it felt soft and smooth. It also contains brightening extracts of natural caramel, honey and wheat germ and if you have lighter more bleached blonde shades there are other products in the range to suit you.

            Having tried this at a price which was reduced, I have been looking out to buy more during the year and have been really pleased to find it on offer in many places. Superdrug have had it recently for buy one get one half price and a similar offer has been at Waitrose and at Boots at different times.

            RRP is £4.49 for 250ml

            If you go to www.johnfreida.co.uk you can have a good look at the claims made for the shampoo and there is a lot of good detail there about the other products in the range.

            In conclusion I would say if you can get the shampoo on offer give it a go. I don't think I would pay full price though as with the conditioner you would be looking at almost £9.
            I have only given it a moderate rating as I wasn't able to notice the light enhancing effects it claims, but it is a great conditioning shampoo especially good for dry coloured blonde hair.

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            shampoo / for blonde hair / available in a range of blonde shades / 250mL / Brings out glistening blonde highlights and shimmering shine for maximum blonde impact / Refreshes and perfects golden tones to play up your purest, brightest blonde, without adding or depositing colour / Gently removes dulling build-up and residues that can make blonde look dark and dull / Features natural caramel, honey and wheat germ extracts / For natural, colour-treated or highlighted blondes /