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The product I am reviewing is Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde by John Frieda. This product is a colour preserving conditioner that helps to keep your blonde colour fresher and looking new for longer. The conditioner contains safflower oil and bergamot extract which helps to prevent your blonde colour from fading as well as leaving hair feeling soft. This product is safe for colour-treated and chemically treated hair. I colour my hair every 3-4 months all over with a very light blonde colour so I am always looking for hair products that will help keep my hair looking bright and vibrant until it needs colouring again. Although I have tried many brands such as Aussie, L'Oreal and Dove, after reading a review about this range I thought I would give it a go as it sounded brilliant. Although some of the other colour shampoo's I use are good, I like to change my shampoo every now and again and use something different on my hair. The conditioner comes in a light yellow tube which has a slight pearlescent look to it. The bottom of the tube is a redder colour. The tube itself stands on its flip top lid and it clearly states on the tube what the product is. It also states at the top of the tube that this product is new. The John Frieda logo is on the top of the tube so you can clearly tell who makes this conditioner. On the back of the tube you can find usage instructions as well as a little information about the conditioner and a list of ingredients. You get 250ml of conditioner in the tube and they advise using this after the Everlasting Blonde shampoo for best results.
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I purchased this from my local Boots store for £5.99 which is for a 250ml tube of the Conditioner. You can also purchase this from Superdrug and from other stores and shops including supermarkets such as Sainsburys. They sometimes have the John Frieda products on offer so it's best to take advantage of the offer even if you haven't run out of this product yet.
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Using the Product
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I washed my hair using the Everlasting Blonde Shampoo in this range and after squeezing out as much water as possible I then got ready to apply the conditioner. The lid to the conditioner was easy to open, even with wet hands. I squeezed the tube gently to dispense some of the conditioner into my hand. The conditioner is much thicker than the shampoo and is white in colour. I flipped the lid back again to ensure that it was closed and applied the conditioner to my hair ensuring the lengths and ends were covered. The conditioner had a lovely light, fresh smell to it which was very pleasant. After applying the product, I then rinsed it out. I found the conditioner easy to rinse out with the help of running my fingers through my wet hair. As I rinsed the product out the smell of it got slightly stronger but then faded after all the product had been rinsed out of my hair. I couldn't really tell if the conditioner had made any difference to my hair, although it did feel slightly smoother when using my hands to help rinse the conditioner out.
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After squeezing any excess moisture from my hair and stepping out the shower, I wrapped my hair in a towel so that it wasn't dripping wet when it cam to blow drying it. I kept my hair up in a towel for a good 5mins, before using a wide toothed comb to brush through my hair. My hair wasn't knotty and the comb glided through my hair really easily, although I can't put this down to the product alone as I recently had my hair cut 2 weeks ago. I could still smell the slight scent from the product which was nice and it made my hair feel fresh and clean. I styled my hair as normal using a hair-dryer. I didn't put any hair products in my hair such as mousse of leave in conditioner as I wanted to assess the results to see how good the shampoo and conditioner work together. As I dried my hair I kept getting wafts of the scent of the product which was nice. After I had finished drying my hair I looked in the mirror at the results. My hair looked really bright and vibrant and more so than what it had done using the shampoo alone. My hair also felt really soft and smooth, which I didn't really experience after using the shampoo. My hair looked and felt in really good condition and it helped to make me feel confident. There wasn't any build up or residue left in my hair which was great. I sometimes find that some colour shampoo's and conditioners can make my hair greasy after one day, how-ever with this product it wasn't the case and I was able to wash my hair on the 3rd day after I had used the products. The day after washing my hair, it still looked bright and vibrant and felt really soft. The scent of the product doesn't really last as I couldn't smell this at all on the 2nd day.
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I wasn't really sure what to expect from this product, although after reading some good reviews about it I did expect some good results. The conditioner is a lot more expensive than other brands such as Dove and Aussie, how-ever I do think this product is worth the money as it left my hair looking bright and vibrant which is what I always look for in hair products. My hair was also noticeably softer and smoother as well which I don't always get when using hair products for coloured hair. You definitely need to use this after using the Everlasting Blonde shampoo as this will produce the best results. The conditioner has been kind to my hair and I haven't experienced any reactions with it such as an itchy scalp. Although this isn't my top product for using on coloured hair it does come second and is more affordable than the other brand of shampoo I use which I buy from hair salons. If you have blonde hair, then I would highly recommend this product as it does everything it claims to. This is a product I will definitely continue to use.
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I have to be very careful with shampoos, conditioners and other general hair products as I suffer from a skin condition on my scalp, making it important that I regularly use a medicated shampoo.
I am however rather vain sometimes and get caught up in temptation and like to try some of the posh, salon type hair products! If my scalp is not suffering an outbreak and I only use something different once or twice then it generally isn't a problem.
I have highlighted hair, so when (on Facebook) a week or so ago I saw a promotion by John Frieda giving away samples of blonde shampoo and conditioner, my little fingers could not resist click-clicking and filling in the form.
I was very happy to receive in the post a week or so later two sachets of shampoo and two of conditioner for the John Frieda Everlasting blonde range.
If I am truthful, I was not expecting anything special from these products in the slightest, but I have to say I am totally impressed.
The shampoo lathered well and felt very luxurious, it rinsed well too and this is something that is very important to me.
The conditioner, much the shame, I did think that the sachets were a little stingy, maybe about two fifty pence sized blobs on the palm of my hand - but maybe that just goes to show that I usually use too much conditioner on my hair!
After use, my hair felt soft and quite manageable - often I have quite a challenge putting the comb/brush through my hair after it has been towel dried, but after using these products the challenge was considerably less than usual.
Now this is the part where I have to admit my daftness! This review is about the shampoo - not the conditioner - and there is a very good reason for this.
As I stated earlier, I received two samples of each. However when I used the first sachet and lathered it into my hair, I have to say I was highly disappointed - it didn't lather in the slightest and it felt wrong. That was when I realised that I had actually conditioned my hair and not shampooed it - so after a quick rinse I tried again, I shampooed and then conditioned - obviously though this only left one sachet to use the next time.
The next day I used the shampoo again, with a normal mild conditioner afterwards and I have to say that I also have the same positive thoughts about just using the shampoo alone.
I was still able to brush my hair without too much of a challenge.
Now the important thing to mention here about this product is how my hair felt and looked a couple hours after drying. The colour was actually different! Somehow, this shampoo - obviously aimed at blonde hair, managed to pick up the blonde highlights and emphasise them, and this was noticeable to others as well as to myself.
My hair stayed feeling soft and smelling nice throughout the day - on both days of using the products.
This shampoo is most definitely worth having. I have checked it out on the Boots web site and at the moment it is £5.89 for 250ml, but on a special offer where you buy one and get another half price. This is still quite expensive, so well worth shopping around. I am tempted to buy a bottle/tube just to use every now and again. I dare not use it regularly, but that I know is now fault of this product, just a fault of me!