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I have long naturally blonde hair which I dye the roots brown to give myself an ombre look. Occasionally my natural blonde looks a little tired against freshly dyed brown hair. I did use to dye my blonde hair, a light blonde because naturally I'm quite a grey blonde (if that makes sense!) Anyway, I've heard about Touch of Silver shampoo and conditioner and that it's great for making blonde hair (natural or dyed) look less brassy and more of an ash blonde. I use the Weekly Brightening shampoo on the ends of my hair once a fortnight in order to just give my blonde a bit of a touch up and it really does work! I did have my doubts at first, but after one use I've noticed such a change in my hair colour, its unbelievable! Must be careful with this product in a lovely white bathroom, this IS purple shampoo, and it DOES stain woodwork, so just make sure you leave it somewhere ceramic and you'll be fine! Word of warning though, yes this product works, however it can be quite drying to your hair. I do have the full set but I didn't feel that the Touch of Silver conditioner quite gave me enough moisture back in my hair to make it feel silky smooth, so I do use this as a treatment with my normal conditioner just to try and reduce the dryness.
My hairdresser had recommended Pro:vokes Touch of Silver Twice a week brightening shampoo to me during my last cut, she was convinced it would be perfect for my dyed blonde hair, so I made a mental note to give it a try. Whilst shopping in my local poundland a few weeks later I noticed a small 50ml bottle of it, I thought it would be a good idea to buy this tester to try out before purchasing the 150ml bottle priced at £2.06 (Johnlewis.com) My bottle is exactly the same as the full sized one, except of course it is smaller. The bottle itself is purple with a screw on purple lid, there is a silver sticker around the middle which shows the brand and product name along with the claim that this is a professional shampoo for Blonde, grey and white hair. General information is given on the back including ingredients, cautions and usage directions. Once opened the product has a 12 month shelf life. The shampoo itself is bright purple in colour, it is quite thick and stringy in consistency. I must admit to being a little apprehensive about putting the product in my hair due to its colour, but there was no problems doing so and thankfully it didn't give my hair a purple tint as I had feared. I found that a small blob was sufficient for my long hair, the shampoo lathered up well creating lots of foamy bubbles. I massaged the shampoo well into my hair, left for five minutes as advised on the bottle, then rinsed thoroughly, it took a while to get the product completely out of my hair. I followed with my regular conditioner from a different brand. My hair is dyed light blonde and I tend to find the colour fades over time, whilst using the shampoo my hair seemed to stay blonde and brighter for longer. It didn't give my hair any added shine, strengthen it or protect from breakages, but then it never promised it would. This is a twice a week shampoo and I personally wouldn't recommend using it more frequently than this, after use my hair felt quite heavy and weighed down, it was also a lot more tangled and difficult to comb. I found the shampoos fragrance to be rather chemically, it is difficult to describe really, anyways its not particularly nice but thankfully it didn't linger too long on the hair and I found it easy enough to cover up by using a fruity conditioner. This is a decent enough shampoo but probably not one I would purchase on a regular basis, I am quite glad that I bought the 50ml bottle before investing in the larger one and would certainly advise others to do this too. I have found that other cheaper brands do the same job of brightening my blonde locks but also have the added benefit of leaving my hair soft, shiny and strong.
I've been highlighting my naturally brown hair blonde for years. Every now and again it is prone to becoming a little brassy. One of the best ways to combat this is to use a blue/purple shampoo and conditioner as this helps to neutralize the brassy tones. Several companies produce these products - John Freida is one. However they do tend to be pricey at around £5 a bottle. I found Pro:voke Touch of Silver Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo in SemiChem for £1.99 and decided to give it ago. The bottle advises leaving the shampoo in for 5 minutes, but to be honest I don't think I left it in that long because when I'm having my shower in the morning I'm always in a rush. Anyway I rinsed it out and used the Touch of silver conditioner with it. When I was drying my hair I thought if felt really dry and tuggy. When it was dried and straightened I looked in the mirror and I have to say I was impressed with the colour. The brassy tones had been totally lifted and it was a lovely shade. The condition of my hair however still felt really dry. So to get the best of both worlds I use the Touch of Silver a couple of times a week and a moisturising shampoo and conditioner in between. This seems to work quite well.
Before I dyed my hair brown I used to have it highlighted. I am naturally dark blonde. Over time my highlights would become a little brassy looking between colours. I have in the past used John Freida's purple shampoo and Lee Stafford but both of these are very costly. I came across this in a pound shop for a £1 for 150ml. The bottle is see through and inside is a purple shampoo. The bottle has a silver label which tells me it is a weekly treatment. I also purchased the daily shampoo and conditioner at the same time. Purple shampoo is well known for neutralising brassiness and combating yellowness in blonde hair. It can also be used on white and grey hair which can also have similar problems with brassiness. The violet tones in the shampoo are designed to brighten hair and make it look as if it has just been freshly coloured. Among it's claims about brightening colour the shampoo also claims that it will make coarse hair feel supple again and provide moisture to dry and damaged locks. To use the shampoo you need to massage into wet hair leave for 5 minutes and rinse. The shampoo is bright purple in colour and it can stain your bath/shower so care needs to be taken when using it. I have in the past used purple shampoos and weekly treatments from different brands and the colour didn't put me off. The shampoo smelt nice and lathered into a purple foam which coated my hair easily. I lay back and relaxed in the bath taking care not to exceed the 5 minutes. After the time passed I rinsed my hair and followed with the conditioner in the same range. This shampoo left my hair feeling fairly soft and manageable. At first glance my hair looked nice until I turned my bathroom lights on, I have spotlights and they aren't very forgiving, immediately I could notice purple patches towards the ends of my hair where it was most damaged. I thought I was going mad and I asked my partner who also said my hair was looking purpley! I immediately washed it 2/3 times and I could still detect purple in my hair. It was lucky that I was going to the salon a couple of days later. I wouldn't recommend this shampoo, I followed the instructions as directed and ended up with slightly purple hair. This may work for other people but it certainly didn't for me and if I ever go back to blonde hair then I won't be using this again! 1 star from me. The best aspect of this shampoo was the smell.
I have naturally dark blonde hair, but I do dye it lighter. Depending on what dye I use, sometimes the colour can turn slightly brassy after a month or so, so I was intrigued when I saw this advertised on TV. I found this in Boots for £2.89 for 150ml. This is a twice a week toning shampoo. A Toning shampoo is like a temporary hair colour, but rather than it penetrating the hair shaft, it just sits on the hair shaft. I used to use the Wella toners when I was at school, and I guess this is something similar. This shampoo works on the principle that violet is the opposite of orange/yellow so using a violet toning shampoo should help balance those orange/yellow tones in your hair, to neutralise brassy tones in blonde hair, and it is also recommended for grey and silver hair to brighten the colour. It is recommended that you only use this about twice a week, and to use a clarifying shampoo occasionally to prevent build up (it does recommend one in the same range naturally!). There is a caution on the back of this product to not use everyday, and to avoid clothing and porous surfaces, and using it too often may result in a slight purple tinge to your hair. You also shouldn't use this until 2 weeks after colouring your hair This shampoo is a bright violet colour and has a slightly chemically, mediciney smell. You apply this to wet hair and leave for 5 minutes before rinsing. Again, they recommend using the conditioner in the range afterwards for maximum effect. I have used this a couple of times now, and I must admit, I'm not impressed. I find that when I use this shampoo, I have to use a deep conditioner, otherwise my hair feels very tangled and rough. I did notice though that my hair looks more golden blonde after using it, but not any shinier or lighter. I will probably finish the bottle, but same time, I wouldn't be in a hurry to buy this again. It is also slightly messy, I've found that some of the product has leaked out around the lid, so you need to be very careful when using it. This needs to be used within 12 months of opening. Other people may have better results, but it doesn't seem to suit my hair sadly.
I bought this shampoo after a recommendation from a friend who also dyes her hair blonde. She told me that she uses this shampoo to combat brassiness and to eek out time between getting her hair coloured in the salon. I used to get my hair dyed every six weeks at the hair salon, but found after four weeks my hair began to look quite brassy, mainly because blonde isn't my natural hair colour! Not wanting to colour my hair any more frequently than that, I began to use this shampoo. I can't say I noticed a huge reduction in the brassiness of my colour, but what I did notice was that it faded less quickly, and this was only using the product twice a week as recommended. I was warned that the shampoo comes out purple but I was surprised at just how purple it really was! I was worried about putting it on my hair in case it coloured any of it purple, especially because you are supposed to keep it on for five minutes. Luckily it didn't turn my hair purple. When I dried my hair after washing and conditioning I noticed that the colour was much brighter and shinier. Since having my hair coloured recently, at home not at the salon, I have used this twice a week since then and I have to say my hair colour is definitely less brassy. Although this could be down to the different shade of dye used, I definitely think part of this has to do with the shampoo too. Overall, I'd really recommend this to anyone who dyes their hair blonde, especially if blonde isn't your natural hair colour.
I'm naturally very dark brown, and I mean VERY dark. I'm basically black, only for the odd lighter strands. My hairdresser looked at me in horror when I said I wanted to be really white blonde, and she managed to persuade me to go for more subtle highlights for a gradual blonding process. Naturally, I couldn't wait the MONTHS it was taking to get the results I wanted, and I couldn't stomach the £50 charge every four weeks for my full head highlights. I marched off to Sally's hair world to get some salon quality bleach and I chucked it all over my head, all over my already bleached highlights, and hoped for the best. Thankfully I also had the foresight to pick up a toner and this little beauty! I bought mine from TK Maxx for a mere £1.99, an absolute steal if you ask me. Once I rinsed the stinging acid off my head and thanked all seven hells I still had some hair, I got to work turning my yellowed mane into a less revolting ash blonde. Once I'd applied the professional toner I'd bought from Sally's, I realised that the colour was almost ok, I could almost get away with saying it was intentional. I then remembered I had this in my arsenal of products bought 'just in case' I had a major hair issue. THE BOTTLE The bottle has a handy dispenser on top just like shampoo, so no dodgy screw cap to fiddle with and drop in the sink. It's a lovely looking package and looks much more premium than it's actual price at £1.99. It is a little smaller than you'd imagine at 150ml, however, a little goes a long way! I even put a little in my every day conditioner to keep colour topped up between toning. THE PRODUCT When you pour out the product you'll feel it's basically the texture of shampoo, and it lathers just as you'd expect from shampoo. The colour is intense purple, which can look quite scary, but I promise it won't make your hair purple! The smell is pleasant, and not at all chemically, I find the scent hard to place but it's definitely a nice smell and your hair won't smell like a tyre factory after use which is always a plus. THE RESULTS Does exactly what it says on the tin, keeps your blonde looking awesome! You can see a real big difference when you use this product, it really gets to work on those yellow/brassy tones and neutralises them to within an inch of their lives, leaving you with gorgeous tones and not a sniff of carrot top. However, don't expect this to work wonders if your hair is orange or if you have 'hot roots', it is just a top up between toners, so if you have an issue with the aforementioned, you'd be best to head to Sally's or your local salon for a professional toner or another bleach session and then toner depending on the results you're after. MY OPINION This is a steal at the price in discount stores and an absolute must for any bottle blondes out there. You can grab similar premium products for more than quadruple the cost of this and they're no different, trust me, I've tried them!
ProVoke Touch of Silver Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo protects and treats yellowing fading and dullness of thehair / Formulated with Violet Pigment to actively neutralise bassiness of the hair and is suitable for grey platinum and white coloured hair /