I'm a natural blonde but as I got older my hair started getting darker and it was a kind of "strawberry blonde" colour. From about 14 I started getting highlights and the highlights grew bigger and I began to get more until I was about 18 when I took the plunge and got my hair bleached. Now whenever I visit the hairdressers I get my regrowth done with a toner. I haven't a clue about the exact colour but it's basically bleached.
This requires a considerable amount of care as it is easily dry and brittle and also can become brassy and yellow.To overcome the second problem - of brassiness or yellowness- I tend to turn to purple shampoos, however, you cannot use these everyday as they can turn your hair purple or grey!
Since trying Lee Stafford's Hot Shots 4 Blondes I've been converted from purple shampoos to this one off treatment every so often. This gives me the opportunity to concentrate on hydration with shampoos and conditioners.
They come in small tubes, and there is 3 tubes to a pack. A pack costs around £7 which is expensive, but I typically pick them up when their on 2 for £8 or 3 for 2 offers.
The instructions suggest using them every other wash but this is definitely excessive and I do not advice this. These shots are much more powerful and concentrated than a purple shampoo meaning if you were to use these every other wash your hair may become whitey/silvery/purple.
I use them every couple of weeks and only use half a shot each time. This makes the product slightly more affordable while still achieving the same results as a full shot would achieve.
Just as purple shampoo is purple (DUH?!) so is this. The product is a bright vibrant colour and I wouldn't blame you if you were scared when you first set eyes on it.
This product is used between the shampoo and conditioner. It is massaged in and lathers up quite similarly to a shampoo and left in like a conditioner. The instructions say leave it for 3 minutes. If it is left longer than 3 minutes it becomes whiter and whiter and verges on turning purple. I advise to NOT leave it longer than 5 minutes, TOPS!
As the name "Hot Shots" suggest the treatment is a heated treatment meaning your head does feel like its heating up slightly, which can feel strange but isn't uncomfortable. I'd definitely recommend not getting the gel onto your forehead/face as this can heat up and might be quite sore.
After rising, drying and styling my hair looks fresh and brighter with no brassiness in sight. It's a great way to revitalise my hair and add some shine.
I would highly recommend this product to ANYONE who has bleached hair, or blonde highlights.