Ombré might be 'over' but I still love the look of slightly lightened ends, it's just so summery and my hair always feels a bit dull when it is a solid colour. But I generally can't be faffed to buy an entire box dye, don my gloves and wait 30 minutes just to lighten one part of my hair. Lee Stafford SunKissed Lightening Spray* is basically that whole process in a bottle, with a little bit of lemon-on-hair-sitting-in-the-sun DIY nostalgia thrown in for good measure.
I like this spray - it's super easy to use and, as promised, lightened the ends of my hair - but do not, under any circumstances, follow the directions on the bottle! 'Lee's Top Tips' are to spray onto towel dried hair, comb through and blow dry. I tried this the first time and struggled to get a brush through my hair. The formula contains hydrogen peroxide and citric acid - both lightening but extremely drying ingredients which made my hair a little rough and brittle at the ends. Used before shampooing, however, I didn't have any problems. Spritz it on to dry hair before you want to wash it, wait about 15 minutes, wash as normal and follow with a conditioning mask for a few minutes. It took about 2-3 uses to bring my hair colour up to a noticeably lighter shade which I didn't mind, as it offers more control and a more natural finish.
You can use the spray to lighten all over, to ombré, to highlight or to touch up roots - so this is probably worth a try for naturally dark blondes who like to add subtle highlights or not so natural blondes to squeeze an extra week or two between colouring.
n.b. My hairdresser dyed my hair during my last appointment (pretty much through boredom - but he didn't dye it blue so it's all ok) a week or so after trialling this...so if you see me and my hair doesn't look lighter at the ends that would be why!