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Aug. 07.

Tested Thursday: Schwarzkopf Blonde Ultime Lightening Spray

tt-schwarzkopf-thI’ve had a number of products sitting around on my desk for quite some time. Some I just haven’t gotten around to. Some I’m not quite sure what to do with. This particular one came with my U Magazine prize, and was largely ignored for a while, as being brown haired, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be much use to me. However, after getting my hair done at the end of June I decided to revisit it and put it through its paces. So for Tested Thursday I’m looking at the Blonde Ultime Lightening Spray by Schwarzkopf.

front

First thing we see is that woohoo, there is a celebrity endorsement to go with this. In this case, it was developed with Claudia Schiffer. Immediately though the cynic in me shouts about her probably never going near the stuff. I always take celebrity endorsements with a grain of salt though. In a lot of cases it is just a financial transaction as opposed to something the celebrity actually cares about. But moving along. The front of the box also tells me that it has pearl essence and citrus oil, gives up to 2 levels of gradual lift, and is for natural looking blonde (not on my hair!)

back

The back of the box gives a bit more detail, including that it was developed with Claudia Schiffer’s “beauty insights from catwalk shows and fashion shoots” That it’s for “natural blonde results with subtle gloss” and extols the virtues of pearl essence and citrus oil. It also has the obligatory shade result pictures.

Inside the box is a navy blue bottle marked with instructions, warnings (contains hydrogen peroxide, patch test, don’t drink, spray in eyes and so forth) It also says to use gloves, but doesn’t include any. That’s kinda understandable as it is a multi use product, but for the cost of a few cents, I think they could have at least included a pair.

The instructions tell me that for all over lightening or refreshing, to spray on damp hair, making sure to cover surface and under sections. Fair enough. So, when using this, I took my normal shower, washed my hair and rinsed thoroughly to make sure it was perfectly clean, and got to work. I sprayed it in, working around my hair, and used an old comb to thoroughly work it through my hair, once that was done, I used my hairdryer to add some heat to my hair, which they say intensifies the results. It then says to leave it 2-5 days before reapplying, and that you can reapply 3-5 times.

From the bottle (100ml) I got 3 applications, but my hair is quite thick, and I was being generous to make sure I properly coated my hair. Your results may vary depending on length, thickness etc. You can ignore the claim on the box that it is sufficient for 15-20 applications. That’s way off.

And finally, we have to look at the results. I have a before and after photo. The before was when I got my hair done at the end of June, and after is from today, after 3 applications.

 

before

after

You can actually notice the difference. It is, of course, not blonde, and was never going to be with my original colour, but it has lifted the colour a little, and has made the few really blonde highlights I have more vibrant. I am happy with the results, as it is not extreme, looks tidy and doesn’t make my hair feel like a disaster. It may inspire me to go a bit further next time I am at the hairdressers to, but we’ll have to wait and see there.

Robyn

N.B. For those of you wondering also, how I get my hair to curl like that. I don’t. It is all natural. The effort comes from getting it to not curl too much!

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