Confessions of a blondaholic: If a product promises to make my hair lighter, I’ll probably abuse it. In the past, this constant quest for sun-kissed strands has had disastrous consequences. One lightening spray—which I admittedly used a bit too often—left me with a halo of broken baby hairs that took ages to grow out.
I guess I just don’t have the self-control required for at-home bleach. But what about a lightener without an ounce of hydrogen peroxide? Welcome to my life, Klorane Blond Highlights Sun Lightening Spray with Chamomile and Honey.
The French brand is all about using plant-based ingredients, so, to lighten locks, it relies on chamomile extract from Egyptian-grown petals. Klorane has a long history with the flower—the company’s very first product, launched in 1966, was a cult-loved chamomile shampoo designed specifically for blonds. The cleanser still exists today (Shampoo with Chamomile), along with the complementing Conditioner with Chamomile. Together, they promise to bring out highlights while also nourishing your mane.
Building on this legacy, the lightening spray (which is new to Canada but has been in the U.S. for about a year) contains two times more chamomile extract than the shampoo for more noticeable results. It also packs honey to help soften hair.
The spray is suitable for blonds—both natural and not—and light brunettes, and promises to lift by half to nearly a full shade after three weeks of use (two to three times a week). You can spray it on wet or dry hair, and don’t need to apply heat to activate it (though hot air or sunlight will help speed up the effect).
If you’re looking for all-over lightening, mist your whole head with the spray and brush it through to distribute. Or, create a subtle ombré effect by tying your hair into pigtails, with the elastics secured at the level where you want the blond to begin. Then, spritz from the band down, making sure to hit the strands on the inside of the ponytail too. Finally, you can also create highlights by targeting narrow sections around your face and working your way back. Check out this YouTube vid for instructions plus before-and-afters for each of these techniques.
If you’re worried about turning an unfortunate orange-y hue, don’t be: the spray is made without the culprit oxygenated water. The gentle formula has even proven to be safe for kids over the age of three—and for blondaholics like me.
Klorane Blond Highlights Sun Lightening Spray retails for $18 and is available online at sephora.com.