Sulfate free shampoo – fade fighter?


Leo Bancroft Sulfate Free Shampoo and Beautifully Radiant Conditioner by Tesco.

Since my change to bright red hair, I have been plagued by the dreaded fade… I go from pillarbox red to candy floss pink within two weeks. Which is ok if I fancied being pretty in pink. But I really don’t. I mean, I don’t even own a pastel pink polish, so I can’t co-ordinate hair, nails & lips (which if you read my previous post, you would know I am really hot on at the moment!). Not to mention the fact that weekly re-dying is costly and uber time consuming.  Oh, and sitting with a plastic developer cap on my head in my scruffy ‘hair dyeing’ t-shirt, isn’t my most attractive look…

So, what to do…

I follow all the advice on minimising fade, but have been reading quite a few articles that attribute at least some colour fade to the sulfates in shampoos. Sulfates are in most shampoos and many household cleaning products. That’s the stuff that makes all the lathery suds. Alarm bells rang when I read that these are found in household cleaning products – yeah, really. Their cleaning properties can also strip hair of its natural oils, as well as colour, leaving hair feeling dry, damaged and frizzy.

A quick internet search of sulfate free shampoos made me realise that most come with a fancy price tag, which if you don’t mind paying, is totally cool, but I like to save my pennies. Tesco came to my purse’s rescue though! They have introduced a new range of hair products, endorsed by celebrity stylist, Leo Bancroft, which are all very competitively proced. And the packaging is purple. Squeeeeee!

I picked up Leo Bancroft SulfateFree Shampoo (£2.00 for 250ml) and Leo Bancroft Beautifully Radiant Conditioner for Coloured Hair (£2.66 for 250ml). Available from Tesco Direct (free next day delivery to your local Tesco store)

Putting it into action…

The very first thing I noticed about the shampoo was its lack of fragrance. Yes, it has a slight scent, but not particularly ‘perfume-y’. This may well be down to the fact this product is marketed as gentle. It isn’t unpleasant however, so I shrugged and got on with it.

I have to be honest; this shampoo really does not lather up like I am used to. I know that is due to the lack of sulfates, but man, it did feel really weird washing my hair in this way. It felt like I wasn’t getting my hair squeaky clean.

I followed this with the conditioner, which has a lovely, long-lasting fragrance. It also left my dry hair (because yes, it is bleached and heat treated on an all too regular basis) feeling silky and soft.


The shampoo didn’t leave my hair feeling quite as clean as the sulfate variety. That said, my hair looked perfectly clean, so I think it was more a psychological reaction to the lack of suds. I also tried the shampoo out on my bfs hair last night and it lathered up just fine on him! So maybe the fact that my hair is coloured does stop that somewhat, I’m not sure! Fade wise, it definitely does stop some fade. I get a few extra days before I need to reapply colour, which equates to about three extra washes.

 I think I will stick with this shampoo. Whilst it only gives me a few extra days of colour, I like the fact that I am not putting the same stuff found in washing up liquid on my hair. And did I mention it comes in purple packaging?!? 😉

My hair colour after two washes with sulfate free shampoo.

My hair colour after two washes with sulfate free shampoo.

If you have any other recommendations for sulfate free shampoo, or on ways to fight the dreaded fade, please let me know!

Today’s post was written to a soundtrack provided by Before the Dawn. I recommend checking these guys out 🙂

Coordinating Hair, Nails And Lips With The Help Of Avon

Avon Nailwear Pro & Extralasting Lipstick

Avon’s Nailwear Pro in Real Red & Extralasting Lipstick in Fiery Red

Having just changed my hair colour from magenta to bright red, I decided I needed a beauty refresh, so I could continue to match my nails & lips to my hair. Every girl should do this….. Shouldn’t they?!? Plus, in my opinion, you can never have too many shades of red in your make up bag 😉

I don’t know if it is just me, but I still get excited flicking through the latest Avon ( brochure. It takes me back to my teenage years when pocket money would be spent on the latest Colour Trend lippy! Anyhow, whilst excitedly perusing, I noticed that the Nailwear Pro Polish in Real Red (RRP £6.00) seemed to exactly match my newly dyed hair. So really, it would be rude not to buy it, right? And of course, every polish needs a matching lipstick, which I found in the Extralasting Lipstick in Fiery Red (RRP £7.50) and the lippy had £2 off. Result!

After a weekend road test, I can confirm that I am really happy with both products. The nail polish went on smoothly and dried quickly. I am a terrible fidget and have ruined countless manicures with my inability to stay still, so it really is a mark of how quick drying this polish is that I didn’t smudge it at all. Four days later, the polish is still in pretty good shape too, with only a couple of very small chips.

The lipstick is a creamy, satin-like one, which I found didn’t dry my lips (sometimes a problem with long lasting lipsticks), whilst providing a strong, vibrant colour. Although it claims to be extra lasting, it didn’t withstand a Sunday dinner. However, I am not going to hold that against it, as I really love the colour & it comes in a cute red tube, so even that matches the hair!

The verdict? I will definitely be buying both products again and my enthusiasm & excitement for Avon has not diminished! 

I can’t write a thing without good music and today’s post was written to a soundtrack provided by Cloudscape:

I’m on Bloglovin!!

You can now follow my blog with Bloglovin! Yeah! 😀

The Bloglovin site allows you to follow all your favourite blogs, all in one place, so you never miss a new post.

I am now on there, and I would be uber grateful if you would follow me, but I do seriously recommend you check out some of the other fantastic blogs while you are there.

Uh Oh…. Not another blog……

Well, um, yeah…. I know, the world is saturated with blogs right? But I want my own little piece of the internet too!!

So, I’ve decided to create this lifestyle blog so I can document my journey. Trust me, it will be bumpy, but hopefully we will have some fun along the way.

I’m going to share with you all my little adventures, triumphs and disasters. These will be accompanied by lots of eye liner, a metal soundtrack, horror movies, copious amounts of coffee and of course, all my alternative beauty and fashion buys.

Oh, if there is anything in particular you would like to see here – let me know!

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” – Oscar Wilde