Budget vs Splurge: Clarifying Shampoos

Bleach Washing Out Liquid vs Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo Since my latest craze of achieving lighter hair color, ive started to look into clarifying shampoos that strip off dark pigments and make the transition to blonde supremacy a lot easier. Although i have considered the Fairy liquid, im not sure my sensitive scalp could handle the shock.

I have the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo since last summer and after using it once a week, i still have aprox. 90% of the bottle left. It foams up like a dream, smells delicious and it doesn’t feel like is drying out the hair or scalp, whilst cleaning thoroughly the product buildup. The only drawback (and its actually a positive) is that it hasn’t helped to strip out my color. Not even a dark molecule budged! Which is absolutely great for the majority of colored treated tresses, but not for the ones with blonde ambitions.

Enter stage the new to the irish market – Bleach London Washing Out Liquid. The brand is best known for their funky pinks, violets and peach semi permanent hair colors – so i figured a shampoo that is meant to strip out blue out of the hair in one go, must be good. And good it was.

The first time i used it, i could actually see that the foam was getting slightly colored when i was washing it out. Great sign! When my hair got blow dried, i could see a dramatic improvement in the color – at least a shade down. Week after week, my friends were noticing my hair color going from almost black to a light brown. Also it aloud me to get highlights for the first time in my life and they didnt turn out orange. Score!

Very affordable at €6 (available in Boots), make sure you use a deep conditioner/mask/oil to restore the moisture or you will be faced with a dry, frizzy, tangle mess. That said, my scalp felt fine with this weekley abuse, maybe because i always followed with a moisturizing treatment and didnt overdue it.

The verdict:

Both products are very good, but it depends what you are looking for. If you care about your color and just want a gentle lift of the weekley product buildup – go for the Sunday Shampoo.

If you need to remove unwanted color or a heavy duty buildup (think mega night out with half a can of hairspray and mousse in) – go for the Washing Out Liquid. It will strip everything. Just not your pocket.

Current Hair Color…

Im sporting an ombre due – covered my highlights on top with a honey warm brown and professionally bleached the ends to a caramel tone.

Andreea YourBeauty.ie A few inches off to create a blunt bob and add thickness, plus shock horror i decided not to touch my fringe and let it grow out. Valerie from Peter Mark nearly passed out with the shock. Will see how long it lasts, its currently so annoying that im forced to pin it back every day.

Has anybody done the transition from brunette to blonde? Very tempted to go lighter with the ombre with diy… Just don’t tell my colorist!

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  1. February 12, 2014 / 8:47 am

    Great comparison post and your new hair is lovely!

  2. February 12, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    I love your hair like this, such gorgeous tones you got there! I also miss my blonde tips and warm brown hair, will have to fix this soon!

  3. March 5, 2014 / 9:10 pm

    I’ve no need for clarifying shampoos, my hair just doesn’t produce oil, but your pix always sell the product to me. So pretty!

  4. Mary Ware
    June 28, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Personally I prefer the GKhair pH+ clarifying shampoo for my oily and greasy hair. The best I have ever used. Awesome for removing an excess styling products, dirt, residue, product build up and other impurities Absolutely fantastic stuff. 🙂 <3

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