Note: I received these items for free through Influenster (referral link – I get 5 points if you sign up using it), but all opinions are my own!
I was really excited when Influenster sent me a box of John Frieda’s newest goodies for blonde hair: firstly, because it’s the first time I’ve qualified for an Influenster campaign, and secondly, because I’ve been using John Frieda blonde products for quite some time now. I’ve tried various tone-correcting shampoos and conditioners, but I return to good ol’ John most frequently because the prices are reasonable and the products are good.
Influenster sent along three items from the new launch, all from the Sheer Blonde Hi-Impact line: the Restoring Shampoo, Restoring Conditioner, and Restoring Oil Elixir. All of the copy about these products talks about how they “Repair and restore a healthy look and feel to distressed blonde hair” – however, I don’t believe they’re supposed to particularly colour correct, unlike the Go Blonder, which I love, or the Colour Renew, which is a true purple shampoo.
Although my hair is (very) damaged and I’m actively attempting to bring it back to life, generally when I’m looking to buy a product marketed specifically for blonde hair I want something that is tone-correcting. Very light blonde hair is a pain to maintain, and absolutely requires specialty products!
The Hi-Impact Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner are decent products. They leave my hair feeling fairly healthy and soft. However, my hair is really damaged at this point, and with these products I still don’t feel totally comfortable going without a deep conditioner. For someone with dry or moderately damaged hair, the shampoo and conditioner might do. For me, they don’t quite cut it – though I’ll admit that I’m a more extreme case than the average person. However, when paired with my usual Ice Cream hair mask my hair does feel softer than when I use the regular Go Blonder or the L’Oreal EverPure purple shampoo. I’ll use these guys up, but I’ll probably go back to my Go Blonder when they’re gone. I will say, though, that I haven’t found my colour has become significantly more brassy since I started using these products about a month ago. I just prefer to have something that does some heavy duty tone correction.
These products aren’t bad by any means; they’re just not quite right for my damaged blonde hair’s needs. I imagine they’d work quite well for other people – and probably not only blondes. (I guess they’re marketed towards blondes because it’s assumed that blonde = bleach = damage, which is certainly true in my case.)
The Hi-Impact Restoring Oil Elixir is very much for me. It’s a lightweight, thin oil which can be used on wet or dry hair. I try to avoid heat on my hair, but once in awhile I really don’t have a choice but to blow dry my hair so I won’t show up to work soaking wet. (I have a lot of hair; it takes a minimum of four hours of air drying before it looks at all socially acceptable.) Two pumps of the Restoring Oil Elixir leaves my blown-dry hair soft, smooth, and shiny. I’ll also use a pump of it mainly through the ends of dry hair if I notice that it’s feeling a bit crunchy. It doesn’t feel like oil on the hair and doesn’t make my hair greasy any faster – although, it should be noted, I have naturally dry hair made drier by bleach, so it doesn’t tend to get greasy very fast anyway.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with this Sheer Blonde Hi-Impact collection. In general I’ve been pretty impressed with the John Frieda products I’ve tried; while the shampoo and conditioner didn’t suit my needs, I think they’re nice moisturizing products, and the price point is pretty reasonable. And, of course, I love the oil. A little goes a long way so I don’t see myself running out of it too soon, but I would absolutely consider repurchasing it.
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