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The 3 Supermarket Products that have SAVED My Blonde Hair!

10 September, 2021 - 05:34pm by - First Lady | 5 Comments

By BR Merilyn

It’s hard to run an independent beauty site and rave about products - at the back of the reader’s mind is…”but they’ve been paid to love it”, right?  So our team almost NEVER talk about our beauty experiences - if we want an opinion on a product we get you, our readers and members to tell us what's what.

But these are extraordinary times.  And as a salon blonde in the middle of a global pandemic I’ve had to resort to post-apocalyptic survival methods.  AKA.  Reading reviews then raiding the Supermarket Hair Colour Aisle.  It was here, in this unknown, un-Merilyned territory that I unearthed 3 products that have saved my blonde hair from the otherwise inevitable Hair-pocalypse.

And to quote the youth of today.  I am shook.  Or to quote BR Natalie; I hath been shooketh. So much so,  it only seemed right to share the experience and let other salon blondes know it's ok to take the plunge.  So let's see what I found.


1. Elvive Purple Shampoo & Conditioner. 


About $20 for the pair.  Compared to Salon brands this seems very reasonable. But does it measure up?  Well...the shampoo is one of the most hydrating shampoos I’ve ever used and the conditioner leaves hair super-silky, but not fluffy.  But the most important thing - it toned my brassy, yellowed blonde back down to the silvery blonde look I love - so BIG tick here.

Need convincing more?  Check out reviews here!


2. Schwarzkopf Nordic Blonde Anti Yellow Refresher Mousse 


I was nervous about this one.  I don't know what would be worse; messing up my desperately-in-need-of-toning hair, or 'fessing up to my hairdresser that I'd toned myself.

You apply it in the shower - it's basically a lilac mousse.  The pack comes with gloves, but as I'm now Merilyn the Wild, Forager of Supermarkets, I forwent the PPE.   There was no staining and it was easy to use and it perfectly toned the brass and blended the grey hairs. I felt myself breathe again...   

I bumped into two familiar faces on a supply run the day after using this and both complimented how good my hair was looking. Seriously?  Who doesn't love a DIY hair compliment?

Not convinced? I'm not alone.  Check out what other Kiwis think by reading reviews HERE!



3.  L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch in Blonde

Finally colour in a can.  I've seen the infomercials for hair in a can, and really what good could ever come from spray on hair?  However...thankfully, it turns out spraying your roots is a much better idea than spraying your bald scalp.

This is really easy to use, the nozzle lets you be very targeted and the shade range means you're likely to find a match for your root-situation. 

This is great if you don't want to mess around with toning or colouring your hair, but rather want to disguise the obvious banding from regrowth.  It does go a little bit crusty like you've used hairspray, but not unbearably or noticably so. Oh, and don't just spray on the top, liift your hair up from the front and spray the roots underneath.

Want to know more? Check out what other users think by reading reviews HERE!


So, there we have it.  3 products that worked for me you can easily pick up with your groceries to save you from the Blonde Hairpocalypse.  Have you tried any of these before?  What did you think? 

Get chatting below!


**DISCLAIMER: No Merliyns were paid for this article or for DIY'ing her salon hair.  All experiences are real and opinions her own.  


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27th September, 2021

I’ve tried the top two out but have found John Frieda to have better products for rescuing blonde hair. Though if I can’t get my hands on John frieda then these are my solid backups

26th September, 2021

I couldn’t look after blonde hair too much work for me .

22nd September, 2021

I use the L'Oreal Magic Retouch its great!

18th September, 2021

The purple shampoo and the hair mousse are great for getting rid of yellow/orange tones but i'm not entirely convinced of the magic retouch in the blonde colours to cover dark roots.I have tried expensive hair powders which did nothing to disguise dark roots on blonde hair.

13th September, 2021

I have tried Elvive and the Nordic Blonde refresher. Both are good. I still swear by the Brilliant Silver White hair toner as well.

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