Today we are going to talk about the best-known shampoos for lightening hair.
Do they really work or are they a waste of time?
I will tell you a crazy story about how I got to write this article.
The other day we went to see some apartments with my husband.
We’re looking for a new place to live.
The kids are growing much faster than expected and where we live now it’s getting smaller every day.
One apartment we went to see was very ugly.
It was actually a very nice and spacious apartment located in a comfortable area of the city.
But it was very dark. There were almost no windows.
It was so dark it was scary.
What does this have to do with shampoo for lightening hair?
When we saw that dark and scary apartment, I thought, ‘How is it possible that someone lives here? There must be some way to lighten this apartment.’
At that moment hair came to my mind.
Like I’ve always said, I’m passionate about my profession.
I take it everywhere I go.
How could you light up such a dark apartment?
How could you lighten hair without using dye?
I thought that lightening a windowless apartment like this was the same as lightening hair without dye. Maybe lightening hair is even easier.
The next day, while cutting a client’s hair, she asked me this question.
“Carina, do hair-lightening shampoos really work?”
I started to laugh, remembering the apartment we had seen the day before.
In today’s article, I will tell you the truth about these shampoos for lightening hair.
Do they really work or are they an invention of advertising to play with our desires and money?
What are the best lightening shampoos?
And much more.
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The whole truth about hair-lightening shampoos, do they really work?
Carina, do hair-lightening shampoos really work?
Yes and no.
Carina, are you crazy?
How can they work and not work at the same time?
That’s right, my friend.
First, I’ll explain in which cases these lightening shampoos do not work. Then I’ll explain in which cases they do work.
In what cases do lightening shampoos not work?
When someone dyes her hair in a beauty salon, the change is instantaneous and clearly visible. Maybe when you get back home your partner will tell you something nice about the color of your hair.
Something like “You look cuter than ever” or “Your hair looks outstanding” or something similar. What your partner tells you will depend on how many years you have been a couple.
If you have been in a relationship for a long time, he may not notice your hair change. On the other hand, if you are in the first stages of a relationship, he may tell you that you look wonderful and take the opportunity to play the gallant role.
When you dye your hair, the color change is instantaneous.
One day you wake up brunette and go to sleep blonde.
That’s how dyeing works.
But lightening shampoos don’t work like that.
Shampoos have no immediate effects, like hair dye does.
When using these shampoos, you need patience and constancy to see color change.
Most people don’t have that nowadays.
Most people have lost, at some time in their life, that little thing called judgment.
Because they lost their judgment, they thought they could change their hair color with one or two washes using a simple shampoo.
Do you think it’s logical to change your hair color in one or two washes?
I’ll help you with the answer.
If you expect to buy one of these lightening shampoos and change your hair color immediately after the second use, don’t waste your precious time (and money).
Better go to the nearest beauty salon and dye your hair.
Yes, I said several months.
If you really want lighter hair, you need to wash your hair with these shampoos for a long time.
Do you understand now why I said that these shampoos could or couldn’t work?
That’s why some people complain about them and others say these shampoos are a miracle.
Those who complain are the ones who used the shampoo for three washes at most. The others used it for a long time and lightened their hair.
One more thing before I forget about it.
Don’t expect a color change as sharp as one you’d get from dyeing. Shampoo lightens hair subtly. The luckiest may expect to lighten their hair as much as two or three tones.
Now you know that these shampoos work, but only if you use them continuously for several months.
Are you willing to make the effort?
If your answer is yes, you should continue reading because I’m going to reveal the best lightening shampoos.
What are the best shampoos to lighten the hair? What’s the key ingredient they should have?
What’s the key ingredient for a good lightening shampoo?
With that in mind, the three shampoos I will recommend today contain chamomile.
Chamomile has multiple health benefits. We will not name them all in this article. What matters to us is that chamomile will help us lighten our hair.
The three shampoos I’m going to name are relatively easy to get and are affordable.
What color will your hair be after using the shampoo?
Many people ask me what color their hair will be after using a lightening shampoo.
There are several factors that come into play when evaluating the results of these shampoos.
I’m going to name just two factors that I think are the most important and that have the most effect on the hair.
The natural color of hair
Imagine the following situation.
Suppose you and a friend start using a lightening shampoo.
You both use the same shampoo. Both are applied and constant in use.
Your hair is dark brown, closer to black.
Your friend’s hair is blonde.
Which hair will see more noticeable changes?
You or your friend?
(Do not look at the answer, do not cheat.)
The answer is your friend’s hair. The blond.
There are many hair colors: blonde, brown, black.
It’s easier to lighten light-toned hair than darker hair.
That would be the first factor that will affect the shampoo results. There is a second important factor.
Now suppose you have another friend who has the same hair color that you do.
The two decide to start using the same shampoo to lighten your hair.
Your friend has a job opportunity in another country. Luckily, she can continue using the shampoo to lighten her hair.
One day you are talking to your friend by Skype and notice that her hair is much clearer than yours.
How is it possible that your friend’s hair is clearer than yours if you are both using the same shampoo?
Why did the shampoo behave differently?
That’s why your friend’s hair looks lighter than yours.
Your friend moved to a city where the sun is stronger than usual. On the other hand, you live in a city where the sun appears only occasionally.
Conclusions and the actual results of shampoo
Marina is an old client of the salon.
I won’t say her age because it would be disrespectful. A woman’s age shouldn’t be stated, especially if she’s past her 30s. Oops. There, I gave you a clue.
Marina had been dyeing her hair from a very young age. She dyed her hair every month with no exception.
Until one day she surprised me.
She asked me the best way to lighten her hair without dyeing it. After so many years, she was ready to stop dyeing her hair every month.
Certain circumstances had caused her to live more healthily – to begin eating better, avoiding fats, salts, sugars, etc.
In this new way of healthier living, she decided to start being more careful about the products she used to take care of her body and her hair. This includes, for example, soap, shampoo and, of course, hair dyes.
That’s why she decided stop using hair dye.
I explained that there were several methods to lighten the hair without dyeing it. What I always recommended was lightening shampoo because it works.
She told me that she was willing to start using one of these shampoos. If the shampoo worked, she wouldn’t use hair dye anymore.
After a few months, she came back to the salon for a haircut. She had been using a lightening shampoo for almost 90 days.
When I saw her hair, I couldn’t believe it.
Want to know what results she had with the lightening shampoo?
It’s better that she tell us herself.
I asked Marina if she could write a few words about her experience with the shampoo.
So, now it’s Marina’s turn.
Are you looking to lighten your hair?
Have you ever used a lightening shampoo?