When I was a child I had very blond hair. As I have gotten older I have gradually darkened. Now that I am 54 I have also gotten a crop of thick silver hair that is evenly distributed in my fine mousy dark blond hair. I saw a review of John Frieda Sheer Blond Go Blonder Hair Lightening Shampoo and thought I would give it a try. I found the pair on sale so I picked up the Shampoo and the Conditioner to try. They are supposed to work best when used together so I figured I would get both. The sale price was $5 each. I noticed another product in the line that was a spray on lightener. This was essentially a peroxide solution in a bottle and I already spray a little peroxide to gently lighten my hair, and I only pay 59 cents as opposed to the $7 of this bottle. So I just bought the Shampoo and Conditioner to use in conjunction with my peroxide spray that I have already been using for months.
You may ask why I do not just go to the salon and get highlights. The reason is that I used to do that, and as I got more grey hair they were having to leave the chemicals on longer to color the grey. I really could care less if I have grey hair and I could not seem to convince my stylist to back off on the time. The result was that I was getting more breakage and damage and it made my hair look frizzier than it already is. I never used to have frizzy hair but my normal hair is so fine combined with my greys coming in thick and sort of crinkled…well let’s just say it’s a challenge!
Container: The conditioner 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.
Look: This conditioner looks almost exactly like the shampoo. Except for reading the bottle you could not tell if you picked up the shampoo or the conditioner. They are both a lemon yellow color and about the same creamy consistency.
Feel: The Go Blonder Condition did a nice job smoothing out my hair and getting rid of tangles. It is creamy but not oily or greasy feeling. It did seem to need a little more rinsing that some other conditioners I have used.
Scent: The conditioner had a normal scent while I was massaging it into my hair but a weird thing happens when I rinse it out, it gives off a weird scent that smells sort of like bug spray. At first I thought I was just smelling things, but I used it five times and each time while rinsing I smelled the bug spray. Very weird.
How well it worked
My experience: Since I was using this to lighten my hair I made sure to leave it on for a few minutes after shampooing my hair with the Go Blonder Shampoo. It was thick enough that I could apply it to my hair and then shave my legs or whatever, and it would not be dripping all over the place.
Ease of Rinsing: The conditioner seemed to stick to my hair and I felt I had to keep rinsing longer to get a completely rinsed feel from my hair. As I mentioned above the Conditioner seems to let off a weird bug spray scent while rinsing which was very weird and not something I have ever experienced with any other Conditioner.
How my Hair Felt after using: The conditioner did a fine job of detangling my long hair. I did not notice that it helped as much with fly always as some other conditioners have but generally I was pleased with how well it conditioned my hair.
Did it Lighten my hair: I used both the Go Blonder Shampoo and the Conditioner five times in a row. I did not notice any Lightening at all. I really wanted this to work but was disappointed that it did not lighten my hair.
Will I Purchase Again: While I will finish using this conditioner, because it did nothing to lighten my hair, I will not spend the extra money to purchase it again. As a conditioner it was ok, but I just do not see how they can claim it is a hair lightener.