John Frieda Go Blonder Review: Does It Work?

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I always find changing my hair color to be exhilarating. About once a year I either choose to go blonder or darker from my already dark blonde- brunette (bronde?)  ish hair color. After, I feel like a new person. 

Going to the hair salon for a color treatment is very expensive and time-consuming. I have tried at home dyes, but for many reasons I have never been satisfied with the results. The John Frieda Go Blonder line seems like a good alternative. Any blonde can make their hair lighter and shinier at home. 

John Frieda Go Blonder Line Explained

Go blonder shampoo, conditioner, and lightening spray on the beach.

Sheer blonde collection.

The John Frieda Go Blonder line enhances blonde hair. It is part of the Sheer Blonde product line and consists of the Go Blonder Shampoo, Conditioner, and Controlled Lightening Spray. If you’re looking to go lighter, the Go Blonder line gradually makes your hair blonder up to two shades.

After shampooing and conditioning your hair, spray strands of your hair with the Controlled Lightening Spray for highlights or all over your hair. Then style your hair by using a heated product to help brighten your hair quickly. According to John Frieda, using the Go Blonder product line will make your hair up to two shades lighter in 10 uses. 

John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo Ingredients Breakdown

John frieda go blonder shampoo.

John Frieda go blonder shampoo.

The John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo is both Ammonia and Peroxide free, but it does contain sulfates. I’m going to discuss some of the ingredients found in the shampoo. 

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is a detergent and surfactant found in personal care products. SLES acts as a foaming agent for its cleaning properties. Although it is safe to use, SLES can cause irritation in the eye or skin. Like other sulfates, SLES strips away natural oils and hair proteins and cell damage. 

The Go Blonder Shampoo also has Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. SLS is used in many personal care products. It acts as a good cleaning product, but it is a skin irritant and can cause damage to the outer layer of the skin. In shampoo, it increases scalp irritation, stinging eyes and tangled frizzy hair. SLS is safe for discontinuous and brief uses when followed with thorough rinsing from the surface of the skin. 

Another ingredient is Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a milder surfactants also found in many personal care products. It originates from coconut oil and is used as a foam booster. Because it is a surfactant, cocamidopropyl betaine can be irritating on your skin.

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract is one of the key ingredients in John Frieda’s Go Blonder Collection. Chamomile is a flower in the daisy family. The herbs and essential oils from the flowers are an important ingredient in many natural beauty products. When used in store bought hair products or added to natural at home hair products it enhances highlights in blonde or light colored hair. Chamomile essential oil has many benefits. It helps protect hair against the environment, treats dandruff, quickens hair growth, and strengthens hair roots. 

Another key ingredient is Citrus Medica Limonum (lemon) peel extract. Lemon peel extract can be used to lighten skin and hair. It is commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products. The peel extract can also be used as a skin conditioning agent. 

John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo Review

The pale yellow shampoo is soft and has a floral fragrance. It will leave your hair feeling soft and clean. After several uses, your hair will be noticeably blonder. Unlike other color treatments, it will not leave your hair a brassy color. If that is the kind of blonde color you are looking for, additional products may need to be used. 

The John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo works best when combined with the conditioner but can also be used alone if you can’t part ways with your conditioner. Although it is meant for everyday use, the product can leave your hair dry or add damage to your hair. 

John Frieda Go Blonder Conditioner Ingredients Breakdown

John frieda go blonder conditioner.

John Frieda go blonder conditioner.

The John Frieda Go Blonder Conditioner is ammonia and peroxide free. Ammonia is commonly used to color hair but it damages hair cuticles which can destroy your hair structure. Ammonia will result in dry, brittle, unhealthy looking hair.  Meanwhile, peroxide is commonly used to dye hair a lighter color. It strips your natural hair color, as well as its natural oils. Although it will damage your hair, using a natural conditioning treatment simultaneous to the peroxide can reverse the damage. 

The conditioner also has citrusmedica limonum (lemon) peel extract and chamomilla recutita flower extract

One of the conditioners key ingredients is Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed extract. This works to condition your hair. It is found in a variety of cosmetics and personal care products as an emollient. Other benefits include decreased inflammation, replenish skin barrier, and improving hair loss conditions. 

John Frieda Go Blonder Conditioner Review

It is very impressive that the John Frieda Go Blonder Conditioner is able to lighten blonde hair without ammonia and peroxide, ingredients commonly used in hair salons. Combined with the shampoo, the products can leave your hair dry. If this is the case for you, it is necessary to also use a moisturizing hair treatment at home when using this product. 

John Frieda Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray Ingredients Breakdown

John Frieda go blonder lightening spray.

John Frieda go blonder lightening spray.

The John Frieda Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray has similar ingredients as the shampoo and conditioner. It also contains chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, citrusmedica limonum (lemon) peel extract, and Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed extract. Although it has all those great natural ingredients, it also contains hydrogen peroxide, which can be very damaging to your hair. 

Hydrogen peroxide is harmful, but even more so if you already suffer from a sensitive scalp and flaky skin.

John Frieda Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray Review

The Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray is very effective in lightening your blonde hair. The key is to follow the directions. John Frieda recommends not to use this spray more than 10 times between colorings and to use once between hair washings. If you already suffer from dry and frizzy hair, it is probably best to use it less than 10 times and to do a natural deep conditioning to combat the damaged hair. If you are scared of harming your hair, try a natural, peroxide free ways to lighten your hair. 

Top 5 Tips For Naturally Lightening Blonde Hair

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How to get blonde hair naturally.

There exist many natural ways to lighten and highlight your hair without using chemicals. Here are 5 tips for naturally lightening blonde hair. 

1. Chamomile

Brew somestrong chamomile tea and let it cool (4 or 5 tea bags). Then add to your hair when you’re going to be outside or add to your conditioner for a more subtle color lightener.

2. Lemons

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Use lemons to lighten hair.

Mix lemon juice and distilled water on your hair when you plan to spend a day outdoors. The heat of the sun opens hair cuticles and the lemon juice will life the color, allowing the sun to naturally bleach your strands.

3. Cinnamon

For a more reddish tint, try using cinnamon to lighten your hair. Mix 3 tablespoons of cinnamon powder, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 3 tablespoons of honey. Then spread the mask on your hair and avoid the scalp region. Leave the mask on for two hours and wash it off. 

4. Baking Soda

We have all heard of using baking soda to whiten your teeth. It also works to make a great paste to lighten blonde hair. Start by mixing baking soda with a bit of water and massage on your scalp and hair. Keep on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. If you aren’t happy with the results, try keeping the paste on your hair longer. 

5. Honey

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Honey for blonde hair.

Although putting honey on your hair might sound silly, just hear me out. Combine honey with water and apply it to your hair. Then twist it into a bun and leave it in for an hour.  This mixture will not only leave your hair with subtly lighter locks, but also will soften it. Honey has amazing benefits for your hair. 


My curly, bronde hair tends to get dry and frizzy very easily. I have experienced dry hair from salon treatments as well as at home dye treatments. I even experienced dry and frizzy hair when I took a break from dying my hair.  For this reason, I always opt for a natural way of fighting the frizz. So personally, I would try natural ways of lightening blonde hair before trying the John Frieda Go Blonder products. If you are not satisfied with the results, or you have very healthy hair, then try the Go Blonder collection. 

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