Before I went north for the summer there were a lot of reviews about lightening sprays in the blogosphere. I wasn’t sure what I thought, especially as some of the photographs accompanying these posts seemed pretty inconclusive as to whether there was a real lightening effect or if it was just the lighting – to my eyes anyway. Having tried so many lightening products when I was younger, I was dubious.
Then my boy was talking about wanting to lighten his hair and I thought we might as well buy one of these sprays and give it a go. Sure, they aren’t the cheapest product in the world but they are similar to the cost of a bottle of hair dye… So, I bought a spray, the only one Sainsbury’s had, the one I’m reviewing! As it turns out we never did try it on my boy’s hair but there we go. Maybe I will take it up next time I go to see him.
So, what does the bottle tell you? Firstly that it ‘creates natural looking blonde colour’ and that it is ‘for blondes only’. Being dark blonde / mousey brown I decided I fitted into this category. It uses hydrogen peroxide with chamomile and citrus and you are supposed to use it in combination with a heat tool. I never did actually use it with any heat tool and it worked just fine, though maybe I had to do more applications than I would have otherwise.
Supposedly it ‘Gradually lightens in 3-5 uses.’. For me it started lightening from the first use and rapidly took my hair to a completely different colour. I did go through a slight gingery phase till it settled down somehow but then my natural hair colour has a very small amount of orange in it to start with. Lets go in with some photos of the change it made!
The top four photos are before I started lightening my hair, the bottom 3 after I had. As you can see, the lighting and style my hair is in makes a big difference to the colour it looks. Also, in the ‘lightened’ photo where my hair is pinned back, I know I put a lot of product in my hair – as a result the hair seems to be darker. Quite interesting! However, hopefully you can also see there has been a change to the colour of my hair. (You are also getting a sneak preview of some FOTD’s to come!)