John Freida Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Spray Review

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Anyone who’s ever tried bleaching or using peroxide on their hair for lighter shades, knows the troubles this method can cause. This is especially true if you’re trying to do it in the comfort of your own home. It’s messy and difficult, not to mention dangerous, as it can leave far more than just your hair bleached. Until recently, I never really worried about these kinds of issues, as I always left my hair it’s natural color. Recently though, I decided to add slightly blonder highlights. My entire hair care routine had to change in order for me to accommodate the lighter color. I stopped using traditional shampoos and conditioners and opted for herbal treatments. 

In doing my research, I stumbled upon the John Freida Blonde Go Blonder range and really liked what I found. The product is for lighter shades, but it’s also quite effective on darker shades too. As long as you don’t overuse them, that is. In this case, I’d like to talk about the Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray. I found it to be the easiest method of safely getting, and maintaining, lighter hair without the risk of using strong bleaches or breaking the bank.

The John Freida Company Review

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The John Freida company is well-known in the hair care industry and their salon’s are frequented by the rich and famous regularly. I don’t like to use that as my sole reason to buy into a particular brand, but it definitely gives them some reputability when it comes to quality. 

That being said, the John Freida brand is not entirely exclusive to the rich and famous. Their hair products are affordable and effective. You’ll be getting the same product as the wealthy, for the price of your shelf shampoo or hair spray. Deal of the century! The brand has been active in shaping the hair industry for over three decades and has won numerous awards and accolades for their products. This creates a strong sense of loyalty with their consumers. So, let’s take a closer look at their lightening spray to see what the fuss is about.

John Freida Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray Review

Bottle of John Freida Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray.

John Freida Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray.

This hair spray is designed to help control and lighten lighter shades of hair, but works just as well on darker hair types. Obviously, the results will take a bit more time to show when using the spray on a naturally darker hair tone.  It’s carefully formulated to leave your hair in the best condition possible, without the fuss of aerosol cans that contain additional harmful chemicals. It’s something we all want to avoid. The spray is rich in citrus and chamomile extract to naturally lighten and degrease your hair over time. All you have to do is apply the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening spray and let the sun naturally do the rest. But be careful about getting too much sun. It should come as no surprise that this can damage your skin and hair in the long run!

The oil is designed to be thermo-protectant which means that (within reason) it can help to alleviate the damage caused by direct sunlight. The oil also helps to contain hydrogen-peroxide in your hair if you’ve added in highlights or color. It does so with the use of fixative and conditioners polymers. This means that you’ll be able to maintain your color for a longer period of time, as well as increasing your hair’s overall lightness and sheen.

John Freida Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray Before and After Results

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Woman with highlighted hair.

I’m normally a skeptical person. I’m quite specific when it comes to expecting the results I’ve been promised. Especially when you consider how much money we spend on all manners of products. You can never be too casual about things like this these days. But that was until I saw the John Freida Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray before and after results for myself. The lightening effects of the Controlled Lightening Spray work very well, and quickly too. After 5 days of using the spray each morning after my normal washing routine, I noticed that my hair had become lighter. Better yet, my highlights were looking particularly vivid and healthy.

I was surprised because it’s such an easy treatment to use -- just spray it on after washing, and you’re done! Couldn’t be easier. The oil also smells lovely, and gave my hair a really pleasant floral fragrance that lasted right through the day. However, I would advise that you use the spray in regulated amounts and definitely stay away from hair straighteners and blow dryers. This is because the spray can dry your hair out if applied too liberally. Also, using it whilst blow drying or straightening your hair could lead to damaged or brittle hair. To counter any drying that may occur during your use of the oil, I would recommend applying 2-3 drops of orange, lemon or argan oil to your hands. Work it into your hair before applying the spray. 

DIY Lightening Spray Recipe

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Girl lying in natural flowers.

I, for one, am always up for a little DIY project, especially when it comes to my beauty routine. So without further a-do, let’s dive straight into this DIY lightening spray recipe. The first step is quite simple. All you have to do is add 40 drops of chamomile oil to a cup of freshly boiled water. The water has to have literally just boiled for this to be really effective. Then cover the pan or pot with a lid and let it steep for 30 minutes. Once the time has elapsed, add 30 drops of lemon oil, cinnamon oil and tea tree oil respectively to the pot and stir well for roughly 2-5 minutes. The oils should blend well with the water.  Then add the teaspoon of lemon juice and stir again for roughly a minute.

To use the spray, simply spray your hair. Just enough to feel like you’ve reached all the places you need to. Once this is done, expose your hair to sunlight -- but not for more than an hour or two at a time, as you can damage your skin and hair with too much sun-exposure.  And voila! Your own DIY lightening hair spray is complete. It works on darker shades, but will really be most effective on lighter shades of hair. Enjoy!


I’ve definitely found a place in my bathroom cabinet for the John Freida line -- and this hair spray in particular. It’s affordable, effective and really great for my hair. For once I feel like I can treat my hair color easily and by myself. I’m all for affordable, nourishing hair care options. 

It’s also one of the few times I’ve recommended a product like this to one of my close friends who has never had any interest in dyeing their hair -- just because it’s so simple and effective. It’s definitely something that every blonde or light-haired person should have in their home. Right next to the John Freida Blonde Shampoo!

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