I wanted to try John Frieda Sheer Blonde, Go Blonder Hair Lightening Shampoo because I missed the blond hair of my youth. As I got older my hair darkened. For years I got highlights done at the salon but as I aged (I am 54) my hair did not do so well with the harsh chemicals. Besides that I was getting grey hair that came in thicker and sort of looking like crinkled tinsel. My other hair is thick but fine in texture. The grey was very resistant to the hair color so they ended up leaving it on longer than they had previously to try to cover the grey. This resulted in damage to my other fine textured hair leaving me with a combination of broken fine hairs and the crinkly tinsel and I was not liking the effect at all. A few years ago I quit getting my hair colored in the salon and figured I would live with the gray. The problem with that was that my hair became extremely dull and dingy looking. I missed the brightness of the highlights.
First I tried loving care colors. They are just color and no lighting and if I used a blond shade. The result was nice and brightened my hair but it washes out over time and can stain your towels as you lose a little with each washing. I quit doing that some months ago. I discovered that I could just spray a little peroxide on my hair before washing and I was getting a little bit of lightening. The Sheer Blond Go Blonder Shampoo does not contain any peroxide or ammonia so I thought I would try the shampoo and see if it would brighten up my hair a little more. At the same time I purchased the shampoo, I also got the conditioner to use together. I read that using both together will intensify the effect and also some people said that the shampoo when used alone was somewhat drying.
The Container: The shampoo comes in an 8.45oz tube that sits in the shower on the cap. I like that the cap is a flip top so I do not have to worry about unscrewing it and forgetting about it.
The Look: The shampoo is a creamy lemon yellow color and lathers up ok.
Lather: I felt that I had to really work at it to lather but it did seem to do the job and get my hair clean.
Scent: The scent is nothing to write home about but it is not overly strong. It just smells like a typical soap
How Well it worked
My Experience: I did not mind this shampoo. While it was not one of my favorite scents it was not bad either. I sort of liked the yellow color as it was different from other shampoo. It was sort of bright and reminded me of lemon frosting in color. It seemed to lather well enough and rinsed out without incident.
How Well it Cleaned: After using the shampoo, my hair was clean and did not show any issues with residue. I would give this shampoo good marks for cleaning
Was it Damaging: I did use this together with the matched Conditioner and I felt my hair was not damaged at all. After five uses my hair seems the same as it was before using the combo.
Did it lighten my hair: Sadly this did not lighten my hair at all. I wanted to believe it was working and at first thought maybe it was brightened a little but I used both the Shampoo and Conditioner five times and my husband and I agree that while my hair looks fine, it does not appear to have lightened at all.
Will I buy it again: Since the John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo works well enough I will definitely finish it. I will not buy it again since it did not lighten my hair . At $5 a tube it’s just not worth it when I know I can get another shampoo for less than half that.