Oh my lordy I have miraculous beauty product news to share.
It’s not often I discover a product that I am genuinely wowed by, but when I walked out of a hair salon recently with highlights that were a whole lot more golden than the ‘cool, ash blonde’ colours I had asked for, I needed to find one quickly.
Luckily a bit of internet research (cheers Mumsnet) brought me to Provoke Touch of Silver Shampoo and Conditioner – and BLIMEY did they do the job.
The products are pretty cheap given how well they work, and can be picked up in bigger Boots stores (normally loitering on a bottom shelf somewhere – look out for the purple packaging).
I get the impression it’s designed for older ladies to keep their greys a nice cool tone, but I knew it was exactly what I was looking for when I read loads of raving reviews online about how it can neutralise yellow/golden tones in highlighted hair.
Anyway, the first thing to mention is that you should leave the shampoo on your hair for the FULL 10 MINUTES specified. When I first tried these products I thought ‘ah screw that’ when I read the instructions – but obviously they are on there for a reason. Results: negligible.
So time for round two, and this time I decided to turn the pace down *cue cheesy RnB music* and try out the products alongside a relaxing bath and last week’s Stylist magazine (my Kindle isn’t allowed anywhere near the bath, sadly).
I even put a clock on the edge of the sink so I couldn’t cheat on timings. Let me tell you, it’s amazing how slowly 10 minutes goes when you’re in the bath, and yet when you’re rushing to get ready for work, it’s flies by quicker than you can say ‘Seriously where the f**k is my Oyster card?’
So there I lay – 10 minutes for the shampoo, and a further five for the conditioner. Be careful not to get the purple liquid all over the grouting in your bathroom tiles, otherwise your boyfriend will tell you off (can you tell I’m speaking from experience, ladies?)
After rinsing my hair, I could immediately tell there was a difference. That gentle orange sheen that had been glinting from my locks was gone, replaced by a much cooler tone. When I dried my hair it genuinely looked like a new dye job. Gone was the ‘strawberry blonde’ that my darling bf had pointed out when I first had it done – instead I had a lovely ash blonde, just as I’d wanted in the first place.
For less than a tenner for both products, you just can’t go wrong.