Product Type: Lee Stafford hair care products
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Banish Canary Tones with Lee Stafford
Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Shampoo
Member Name: dahlin
Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Shampoo
Advantages: Removes yellow tones, leaves hair soft shiny and healthy
Disadvantages: Stains light surfaces
Lee Stafford products are available exclusively in Boots. The Bleach Blondes Shampoo is part of a range of products designed specifically for bleached hair, and costs £5.49 for 250ml.
Why I Bought It
When I decided to go for the white-blonde look back in February last year I was well aware of how hard this colour can be to achieve, and the likelihood of ending up with a shade more akin to canary yellow than icy blonde, so I did a bit of research online before buying a few products to help make the inevitable canary phase shorter and sweeter. The first, and most effective of these products, was this shampoo.
The shampoo comes in a large squeezy plastic tube, with a flip-top lid upon which it stands. The flip-top is convenient for use in the shower, is easy to open and fastens securely, though the hinge is not as rigid as it could be and could be fairly easily broken. The tube looks purple on first inspection, but it is actually transparent allowing you to see the gorgeous deep purple hue of the shampoo inside.
There is a whole host of information on both the front and back of the tube, including general product information, directions, ingredients and 'Lee's top tips'.
Lee Stafford claims that this shampoo, "With Pro-Blonde complex of panthenol, chamomile and moringa seed extract, otherwise known as Miracle Tree, a multi-tasking ingredient that helps keep hair squeaky clean, whilst encouraging natural shine to truly grow", knocks out brassy, canary yellow tones "to lightly tone, refresh and restore your blonde hair to salon beautiful colour", and "contains 21st century colour protection, that helps to stop that annoying fade caused by styling, sunlight and the damage caused by UV."
Suitability & Warnings
This shampoo is suitable for all bleached blonde hair, including partly bleached or highlighted hair.
As it is a toning shampoo it should not be used every day or left on the hair for too long, as this may cause over-toning (in other words you may end up with purple-tinged hair!).
Do not apply to damaged or irritated scalps, and stop use if irritation occurs.
Apply to wet hair, massage gently into a lather and rinse well. For best results follow with Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Conditioner.
The shampoo itself is pretty thick as shampoos go, and has a slightly odd 'gloopy' texture. It's a lovely deep purple in colour, and completely opaque, which perhaps would scare some people a little and put them off using it, as it is very odd for a shampoo to be so heavily coloured.
I'm still in two minds about whether or not I like the scent; on the one hand I find it quite a soft, flowery, chamomile scent, but on the other it has a strong chemical after-bite which offends my nose.
The shampoo lathers really well, creating a thick, soft, lilac foam which is easy to massage through the hair. I find only a relatively small amount sufficient to thoroughly clean all of my shoulder-length locks, using about a 10p sized amount each time. It then rinses out just as easily as any other shampoo I've used.
One important point to mention is that both the shampoo and the lather it creates do stain, so you need to make sure you wipe it off any light surfaces it may come into contact with as soon as possible to avoid staining.
Once my hair is dry after using this shampoo it feels really soft and silky without being weighed down. My hair has always been in good condition anyway, but I do feel this moisturises well and keeps it in as perfect condition as possible, and replaces the shine that was slightly lost through bleaching.
When I first used the shampoo after dying my hair for the first time I noticed a difference to the colour straight away, but it was only very slight. After 3 or 4 uses it had taken away most of the yellow tones and my colour was looking great. I chose to ignore the warnings about over-toning and used it every day (sometimes even twice a day!) until I was happy with my colour, then decreased use to about 2-3 times a week to maintain the colour. With regular use it keeps my hair icy white with absolutely no signs of yellowness, and looking healthy and shiny. The soft flowery scent stays in my hair all day without any of those awful chemical undertones.
I now also use this as a kind of hair mask every time I do my roots, smoothing it onto the freshly dyed areas without massaging it in and leaving it on for 10 minutes, and I find this takes away the yellow tones very effectively and negates the few bad hair days I would otherwise have every time I touched up my roots. I'm able to get a colour result much closer to the rest of my hair straight away, rather than having yellow roots and white ends for the few days that it takes for the shampoo to work when used in the normal way.
I would like to point out that my hair is in extremely good condition, and I would not generally advise anyone else to overuse the product as I do as if your hair is quite porous (which bleached hair generally is) it will be very susceptible to over-toning. It is only the fact that my hair is in such a good , non-porous condition, that allows me to get away with using it so much without turning my hair a very strange colour.
All things considered I think this is an essential product for anyone who bleaches their hair but doesn't want that awful yellow look. At first glance the price may seem quite steep to some people, but the tube really does last ages so I think it's fantastic value for money and I'll continue to happily use it for as long as I continue to bleach my hair.
Summary: An excellent toning product to keep bleached blonde hair blonde, not yellow