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Having had white blonde hair on and off for five years now, it sometimes feels like I've tried all of the blonding products on the market. But after a really bad dye job at my local hairdressers made my roots looking canary yellow, I was left my persuing the hair section of my local Boots store in a blind panic for something to correct it. It was then that I noticed that Lee Stafford now stock a range of blonding products and treatments (which until recently could only be found in a salon or in trade beauty shop, such as Sally). But with my local Sally closed and with some brassy roots and white ends, I bought the Lee Stafford Hot Shots for Blondes as a short term solution until I could buy a semi-permanent toner which would even out the colour.
Priced at just over £7 for a packet of 3 x 15ml shots, I did think that the product was quite expensive for the amount that you get but I didn't have much choice at the time so went ahead and bought it anyway. Each shot is packaged in a small plastic bottle, with a flat cap which sounds and looks fiddly but which can be very easily twisted and opened in the shower. After wetting my hair thoroughly, I applied the liquid to my scalp and started to massage, ensuring that all of the product was evenly distributed through my scalp, working my way through to the ends of my hair. Like other similar blonding products, this is a dark purple colour with oily streaks of silver running through the liquid and in terms of its density, it is quite thin as it comes out of the packet but lathers up quite thickly - just like a thick shampoo, I suppose. The lather also had a really rich smell, which while some might find sickly, I really liked. While it smelt really sweet, it also had quite a musky smell which I think, must be attributed to the ginger in the product.
The instructions state that you need to leave the product on for 2 minutes, so as it was the first time that I had used the Hot Shots, I thought it best to follow the instructions quite carefully. I continued to massage the product into my scalp for the whole 2 minutes in order to ensure even coverage throughout my scalp and noticed a very slight heat which also ensures good coverage. After the 2 minutes were up, I found the product extremely easy to wash out of my hair, although it did leave the ends feeling a bit delicate when wet so I made sure that I fully conditioned my hair from root to tip afterwards. After getting out of the shower, I combed my hair and then expected my roots. Although my roots looked slightly less brassy, I decided to try again but this time opted to leave the product on my hair for slightly longer so that I could achieve the desired results. I followed the previous step again and after 4 minutes, washed the product out of my hair and the effects this time were much more noticable- although my roots still had a bit of a yellowish tinge but that would only be truly rectified with a proper toner. A few days later, I used a Directions platinum toner and my hair was back to normal - an even white blonde all over. But like all good things, my hair colour always starts to fade after a few weeks so about three weeks after I initially used the Hot Shots, I decided to use the final shot to spruce up my hair before a party. As I didn't want to overtone my hair and end up with purple streaks, I only left the product on for two minutes as directed and although the immediate effect was good - my hair was white with absolutely no yellow bits, my hair quickly returned to it a faded brassy-ish colour 24 hours later. I must say as well that on this occasion, the product made my hair quite dry and static - which in turn made it look crispy and was hard to style in a up-do.
All in all, I would say that this product is fine if you need a quick fix top-me-up of your blonde colour before you go on a night out for example, but at the price for a packet of 3 shots, I would just recommend using a good quality blonding/silver shampoo which, if lathered and left on for 2/3 minutes will give you the same effect at a fraction of the price.
I had several pounds on my Boots advantage card and fancied treating myself to some new hair products. I have tried a few Lee Stafford products in an attempt to save money. I normally like to use salon products. These treatments were also on 3 for 2 so I got a double bargain. In the packet you get four 'shots' and they cost £7.
The box states that they are self warming treatments that will target brassy or yellow tones in blonde hair and replace them with bright and icy white blonde tones. I decided to give these a go as a few weeks after highlights my hair can go slightly yellowy. For best results it advises you to use them with the shampoo and conditioner from the blondes range. You simply wash your hair as normal to remove all dirt and residue, then in before conditioning you apply a 'shot' of this product. Each individual shot contains 15ml of the treatment it is a purpley colour. You have to massage into your scalp and then leave on for two minutes before rinsing and using the blonde conditioner in the range.
The first point I would like to make is that I did not feel it warm at all, it does say on the box that it only warms 'slightly' I was quite disappointed with this, as I was expecting it to be like VO5 hot oil. I also noticed that when drying my hair it was impossible to manage and felt very straw like. I can't say I noticed any difference in the colour when using this, my hair still had a yellowy tinge.
I have since tried the shampoo and conditioner alone to see if it was the treatment and once again I noticed that there was no colour change. Over all I was very disappointed. This product is very expensive and it recommends you use it every other wash. I would not recommend buying this, instead stick to John Freida's blonde shampoo it has far better results.
I've recently gone from bright red hair to pale blonde (not to mention all the OTHER colours i've had in the past.lol). So i didnt want to pay loads for the hairdresser to do it, but i wanted it to look good and not be horrendously damaging (hard i know).
So i bleached my hair.... ARGGGHHH! Hair like elastic cotton wool, and a HORRIBLE orange/yellow/pinky colour, almost neon actually.
So i had a look on some review sites about effective toners and this was one of the ones that had got great reviews. So off i went to boots and brought some (not cheap i will tell you that).
It says to wash your hair in this purple goo after shampooing. It feels lovely and tingly when it is working, quite nice :)
I styled my hair after washing the toner out and deep conditioning...
Hmmmmm, yea okay some of the orange had gone, definitely the roots were white! But....i was not blown away. Also, the condition of my hair was pretty horrible after. Dry and static.
So nah, i wasnt that impressed with this toner. If you have heavy orange/yellow tones in your hair, i would reccommend a shampoo by RUSK called Chamomille and Lavendar Bright Shampoo. Which after a couple of applications, is fantastic.
Sorry Lee Stafford, but this is the second product i've not been overly impressed with from you :(
For: Ridding blonde hair of yellow, brassy tones, to leave it bright and baby blonde again
Inside the outer cardboard pack, which is a bright metallic pink colour, are 3 individual doses of the shampoo treatment. These are packaged in plastic, with perforations between each 'shot' so you just snap each one off when you need to use it. To open the shot you then twist off the tip.
The treatment is a very deep purple metallic looking colour which does look quite scary and as though it would stain easily. The texture is fairly thick and gel-like, and it has a pleasant gingery scent which is not too strong or overpowering.
There is a large amount of the treatment in one dose so if you have short hair you could easily just use half a dose at a time (thought you would then be left with the dilemma of how to store the left over half as they are not resealable), but on my shoulder-length hair I use the whole lot for really thorough coverage.
It smooths easily over the hair and lathers up really well, giving a thick, luxurious lather to work with. As soon as you start to massage it in you can feel the effect of the 'self-heating' ginger, which actually has more of a cooling effect, feeling like a cleaning, freshening, menthol type effect on the scalp. It doesn't irritate or sting my scalp at all, but it does feel quite uncomfortable if I let it get on the skin of my forehead.
After leaving it on for the required 2 minutes it rinses out fairly easily and leaves my hair and scalp feeling very clean and fresh. Once dried my hair feels soft and smooth, but it is left feeling quite static, so I now make sure to follow the treatment with an intensive conditioner which takes the static away.
Instantly after using it the effect is easily visible, all the yellow tones are removed from my hair (which does look really yellow when I dye it) and instead I am left with a lovely white baby blonde shade with a beautiful shine. My hair looks and feels happy and healthy and I couldn't be more pleased with the results.
All in all I think this a fantastic treatment for blondes.
Thumbs up from me.
Having mentioned in my review on Lee Stafford's Poker Straight Treatment that the reason I had chose this is because I'd used one of Lee Stafford's treatments before and it was excellent, I thought I'd better let you all know about it.
For those of you that haven't read that review, I mentioned about a hairdresser that I used a few times who wasn't afraid to do slightly different things with my hair. I wanted something modern and choppy; after having long blonde hair most of my life, I wanted something a bit different.
Firstly I decided to have some brown foils put under the new layers she had cut in but kept my lovely blonde hair. After a while I got fed up and wanted something a bit more different. I saw a couple of girls with stunning hair. Platinum blonde with dark brown foiled sections, and decided that this was the style I wanted to go for. This meant bleach as no colour would get even my hair as blonde as I wanted it!
Obviously having chunky dark brown sections of hair under my layers and my fringe, these would mostly need to be bleached out as the colour I was having in this time would be under my fringe and just down one side, then around the back (it looked nice in the end trust me!). I was a bit worried about the bleach not taking out the whole colour but was reassured and went ahead.
Colour done, I looked in the mirror. Oh.my.God!! My hair had YELLOW patches right the way through it!! So much for the gorgeous platinum blonde effect I was after!! And my beautiful conditioned hair, that I spent so much time (and money) on was now a mass of horrible frizz that resembled something like straw. Nice. I went home... and cried (as looking in the mirror in natural light, I realised it was much worse than I at first thought!).
I immediately emailed my friend, a hairdresser for Toni & Guy, who told me to go out and buy a purple treatment and recommended one that you could only buy in salons. Me being me, I thought if you can get it in a salon, they'll be something similar in Boots and to be honest I didn't want to go into a salon looking like I did! I'd have died with the shame!
In Boots I scoured the shelves looking for something in the Toni & Guy section. Nothing. Great!! So I looked along the other ranges and found Lee Stafford's Hot Shots 4 Blondes. The writing on the packaging shot out at me "Self warming ash shampoo treatment. Knocks out brassy, canary yellow tones, replacing them with a cool icy white shade!!!" and then... "For natural, colour treated or highlighted hair". Absolutely flaming perfect!! I was so glad I decided against going to a salon.
At the time Lee Stafford was on 3 for 2 so I picked up this treatment, and a couple of other things at the same time. Well, it
was saving money wasn't it?!
The Hot Shot's 4 Blondes is not currently available on the Lee Stafford website for some reason but can be purchased in your local Boots store or online for £6.99 (at the time of writing this review the products are on 3 for 2 again so do look out for them being on offer). For your money you get 3 individual treatments, all a wacking big 15ml which is really enough for 2 treatments each, even if you have as much hair as me!
I got the treatment home and read the box (I know I should have done it in store but hey I'm impulsive and I wanted to get my yellow hair out of there before I saw someone I knew!). This is what it says:
"A purple treatment shampoo that literally gets to the root of the problem by targeting brassy, canary yellow tones in blonde hair... IN A SHOT!!! Stops brassiness dead in its tracks, making hair bright and baby blonde once more.
Containing warming ginger this shot stimulates and increases circulation due to its spicy ingredients. The heat and massage improves the microcirculation around the hair folicle to increase it's uptake of nutrients which can improve the growth rate and health of hair.
This self heating powerhouse is packed with pro-blonde complex sunflower extract, purple anti-brass pigment and extra moisturising conditioners"
Each different shot in the Lee Stafford range carries a "hot dog guide". A kind of 3 star rating for heat. This shot rates 1 (nice warming tingling sensation).
Having now read the box and what it was supposed to do, I took it upstairs and set about treating my hair. Following the instructions I shampoo'd my hair first to remove any build up of dirt or product. Then I applied a full tube of the treatment, and waited for a carefully watched 2 minutes. When I applied the treatment, I was shocked to see my hair go BRIGHT PURPLE!! I was a bit worried so was careful to make sure it didnt stay on my hair for any longer than recommended but then again, I wanted to make sure that it worked. At the end of the day, my hair couldn't look any worse than it already did!!
Washing the treatment out with just water my hair still looked slightly purple. I gave it another rinse and it seemed to fade a bit more but I could still see the colour there. I was starting to panic a bit but my husband tried to reassure me by saying he was sure it wouldn't be viseable when my hair was dry. He had a point but my hair was so porous having just been bleached that I thought perhaps it had took in more colour than it should have done.
When the treatment was applied, I didn't notice the warming effect that was mentioned on the box but then again this shot is only rated 1 star.
I conditioned my hair then dried it and styled as normal. I had another thorough look in the mirror and was shocked to see that indeed, the purple had disappeared and so had the yellow!! The parts of my hair that before had looked like I'd coloured them with toilet bleach were now the most gorgeous white ash blonde colour. I went out that night for a drink and was proud to show off my new colour. It looked fab!!
After using this treatment I came across a Toni & Guy colour depositing shampoo for blondes (a blue coloured shampoo) which I then used until I next had a colour on my hair (which by the way does not work like this treatment and I would only recommend to use to keep your bloonde looking bright when it's already a nice colour). I didn't need to use another treatment. I did notice the yellow tones starting to come back after a few shampoos though but it is recommended that you use the hotshots every other time you shampoo. I was, personally, going to the hairdressers to have a darker colour put in as soon as I could!
I would highly recommend this product to anyone that has had a similar experience to me. It did exactly what it said on the box and my hair looked the way it should have done after being treated. I would advise you to only use half the tube on each application though unless you have very long hair. My hair at the time was quite long and I have LOADS of it and I could have got away with just using half the amount I did which makes this product a lot better value for money. And if you do need to use this product at any time, I also recommend you do what I did and find a new hairdresser!!
Written by me and also posted on Ciao under my user name lizngaz
A purple treatment shampoo with Pro-Blonde complex, targets brassy, yellow tones in blonde hair making hair bright and natural blonde again / This shampoo treatment can be used on natural, coloured or highlighted hair /