Bye Bye Brassy Highlights: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo and Conditioner Review

I did something crazy a month ago: I started using a line of hair products for blondes. No, I haven’t gone cray cray. Yes, I know that I’m still a brunette. Thing is, my new highlights were looking orange, so I looked for solutions to lift the brassiness.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo and Conditioner

Enter John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo and Conditioner. The entire Sheer Blonde line by John Frieda is really popular with blondes, garnering many rave reviews all over the blogosphere. As a brunette, I can’t help but get curious if it will work on my light brown highlights. I wanted to ditch the coppery orange highlights and achieve a nice golden “bronde.”

There are many different products in the Sheer Blonde line, so here’s a guide on how to pick the right products for you.

  • For colour-treated blondes: Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving line.
  • For highlighted or natural blondes: Highlight Activating line.
  • For achieving a lighter blonde: Go Blonder Lightening line.
  • For neutralizing brassy tones: Colour Renew Tone Correcting line.

Oh yeah, the shampoo and conditioner are blue-purple! Blue-purple is on the opposite end of the colour wheel as yellow-orange. These are the yellow-orange tones that the Colour Renew line is meant to cancel out with regular use.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo and Conditioner Swatches
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo and Conditioner

When using the Colour Renew Tone Correcting duo, results are supposed to be apparent in as little as 3 washes. For me, I saw results 2 weeks after I used it regularly. After two weeks, I’ve been alternating the shampoo with the Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving Shampoo, because I find the Colour Renew shampoo can be quite drying to my hair.

This wouldn’t be a real review without a before and after, would it? I had a hard time finding accurate before and afters on the Internet and I made it my mission to give it to ya. 🙂 The before is from this post, and the after is from here.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Before and AfterBefore vs. after 4 weeks of using John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew

Besides the apparent colour results, as a shampoo and conditioner, I think the Sheer Blonde Colour Renew duo is just okay. The scent of the shampoo is lemony, and the conditioner’s scent is pretty standard for a drugstore conditioner. Nothing groundbreaking. I also noticed that my roots feel a tad bit greasier than usual, so I wouldn’t use them everyday. Now that I have my desired colour, I think I’ll continue to use Sheer Blonde after every 3 washes.

This duo has saved me a trip back to the salon to tone my highlights. Saving money is always a plus in my book. 🙂

Have you tried the John Frieda Sheer Blonde line before? What was your experience with the line?

  • You nailed that before/after placement. Haha!

    • Hahaha I knew that you of all people would appreciate this! Took a good half hour to find the right match, then to colour balance the two. 😀

  • I have very light blonde hair and this is my go to shampoo, I switch it up every now and then because it makes my hair super dry if I use it every time but it really does tone brassy hair

    • What other shampoos do you use and like?

  • I have been using this set on and off. I enjoy them especially during the summer time!
    I don’t even have highlights and my hair is super dark, though. It still works great for me giving me the silky feels and bounciness(?). ;D
    Plus gotta love the purple color!

    • Ooh interesting use Lena. Thanks for sharing!

  • Vanessa

    Thank you for providing the before and after! I agree with your assessment in that area — it’s so hard to read a review without actually seeing the results.

    • You’re welcome! Glad it’s helpful.

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  • Deanna

    This was exactly what I was looking for. I could only find reviews about this product for blonds but I similarly have natural dark hair with ash brown highlights that turn brassy way too quickly. THANK YOU!!!!

  • Theresa

    Thank you for this post I am in the same situation. Did you notice your base color become purplish or stay a nice Brown? I don’t want to tone my highlights only to end up purple lol

    • Theresa

      Also, do you have to use both? I wonder if just the conditioner Would do the trick? What are your thoughts?

  • lisa

    will this turn the brassy color blonde? because i have dark brown hair with some brassy color to it and i dont want it to turn blonde, i want it to be brown