Each week, we try out viral or completely unique products so you can decide if they’re worth your hard-earned cash.
And there’s probably no product out there that has been more hyped up over the years than John Frieda’s Go Blonder spray.
Natural and dyed blondies alike extol its virtues for lightening their hair. But with some people advocating lemon juice or over-bleaching, it’s hard to know whether their opinions are legit.
So first thing’s first, we do not advocate drying your hair out with lemon juice or anything so astringent.
We’re looking at this spray as a safer alternative to peroxide or homemade remedies that’ll get your hair lighter without it frazzling off.
What is John Frieda Go Blonder?
This spray, which costs £6.99 at Superdrug, is part of a range by John Frieda to help your blonde get lighter.
It’s a gradual lighter designed to be used up to five times to get your hair to its optimum blonde, and is more effective when used with heat tools.
The spray contains hydrogen peroxide, although in much smaller quantities than your standard hair bleach would have. For that reason, you’re not supposed to use Go Blonder spray on damaged hair or hair that’s been dyed more than five shades lighter.
You should also avoid using it more than ten times between salon visits.
It’s worth noting that my hair has been dyed from mid-brown to blonde by way of highlights, so I was using this product with caution. As us bleachees know, once you’ve got yourself to chewing gum hair there’s know going back.
I’ve used the product twice now, following instructions to spray onto damp hair. I then blow-dried my hair after one of the applications, and used a straightener after another application (once the hair had naturally dried of course).
If you’ve ever used a box dye or toner before you’ll know that this is extremely faff-free in the grand scheme of things.
In terms of lightening up, the spray definitely made my hair look brighter. This worked best on the hair that had already been lightened rather than the brown roots (although I’ll be getting these sorted soon, so no problems).
It isn’t a dramatic change, but I’d use it a couple more time before heading to the hairdresser next.
There are concerns about a couple of things; the first being that it makes your hair smell like a chip shop. The vinegary scent of hydrogen peroxide is unmistakable, so I’d advise using this when you know you’ll be in the house – or at least not having a hot date – until your next wash.
There’s also the question of hair damage. I noticed that, when I let my hair dry naturally after using the spray, it took a long time to dry. Like, four hours long. That’s generally a bad sign when it comes to bleaching.
I don’t think the damage would be noticeable if you didn’t use this regularly and followed up with bond-strengthening products, toning shampoo, and regular hair masks.
But you do still need to be careful with anything like this, so use with caution and if you want dramatic results go to a salon.
Is John Frieda Go Blonder spray worth the faff?
For the price and ease of use, you can absolutely see why this spray has stood the test of time.
With any hair product, you’re susceptible to it damaging or not working on your specific hair type.
But even then, I’d say that – if done safely – this is a great way to get ‘summer’ hair without a full blown dye job.
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