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As a busy mom, I rarely have the time or the money to go to the hairdressers, so haircare for me has to be quick and simple. Some mornings I have to hit the ground running, so simply don't have ages to spend making my hair look good, so any product that helps me achieve a good result with minimal fuss is a bonus.
My hair was platinum blonde as a child, but in the last few years it has really darkened off to the stage where it is almost brown. My friend put some "stripes" in a while back, by using a home highlight kit, and I loved the results, but as the streaks grew out, I wanted a quick and easy way to get the same look.
Then I saw Avon advance techniques summer rescue, in one of their brochures. It claims to add natural looking highlights to the hair. It was only about £4 for a bottle, and looked easy to use, so i bought a bottle.
Summer rescue comes in a 100ml tube with a flip lid on the bottom. It comes with a toothed plastic applicator and an instruction leaflet.
The product itself is a cloudy white cream, with a similar look and consistency to hair conditioner. It has a slight smell to it, which is very pleasant, slightly floral and slightly citrus, and although the product itself contains hydrogen peroxide, it doesn't smell of bleach or chemicals.
You basically apply the product to the applicator, which has a groove down the middle as a reservoir for the cream, and comb the applicator down the sections of hair that you wish to highlight. You can make thick sections or thin strands, it is up to you.
The next day, the hair that has been highlighted will appear slightly golden, not noticeably lighter, just a subtle change. You can then reapply more product in the same area if you wish to lighten it further. Usually I do about three applications, after which there is a noticeable change in the colour of the streaks, but the colour is a natural blonde rather than a bleach blonde look.
This is a really fantastic product which produces a beautiful result with minimum effort. if you have time to comb your hair in the morning, you have time to apply this! The effect is permanent and has to grow out, so a certain amount of cautions is needed, but basically, you can't go wrong.
I'm a natural blonde but over the years my hair went darker to a non descript mousey colour. I used to have highlights every so often put in at the hairdressers but this was becoming very pricey so when I saw this new product in avon I thought I'd give it a go. It's a cream formula that comes in a non offensive looking tube and has a comb with it, so you can either have large chunky blocks of colour, or a smaller bit on the other side so you can give yourself a sunkissed look with a few strands. You can apply this to either wet or dry hair- I opted for dry hair- and you simply just comb through the strands you want coloured. I applied it whilst it was the summer(we had one?) and left my hair to dry naturally in the sun.I was happy with the colour it gave me-not obvious, but nice and natural which was just what I was after. Although I think the thing that stood out the most for me was actually the smell- there was no strong bleachy type smell that you get with other brands of colourants, just a very pleasant aroma. I'm not sure of the actual catalogue price at present as I got this whilst I was an avon rep(that didn't last long I spent all my commision in the catalogue so gave it up!) as a freebie, but once this tube has run out I will be ordering another for sure
I used to use John Freida's Sun Streaks heat -accelerated highlighter but, as many of you will know, this was discontinued a number of years ago and has continued to fetch premium prices on e-bay ever since.
Since that product was discontinued I've been on the look out for a good replacement. This is it. It would appear from the review above that there is a specific technique for optimum results...
The product can be applied to both damp or dry hair so I apply it to dry hair, normally before I go to bed and blast it with a hair dryer to activate. The product does come with an applicator but, as I want fairly specific bits of hair highlighted, I tend to apply it with my fingers, almost like a gel. Ensure that you wash your hands though afterwards as it does contain hydrogen peroxide. This night time application gives the product optimum time to work (overnight) and makes the "greasy" side effect irrelevant as you wash the product out in the morning. I agree that this should be used 3+ times for optimum effect.
Because I don't want to let my Avon representative down, I think she has began to rely on me that I buy something everytime, I sometimes buy products that I don't really need or just because they are new and to test the water.
I have always used the Straight N Sleek Advanced Techniques hair care range and have been very happy with majority of the products that I have tried and I do continue to buy them. There are one or two products that let the range down, but I guess that can't come out trumps with everything.
In my last Avon catalogue, I noticed that they had introduced a new range, Summer Rescue, which is basically products that have been designed to protect your hair from the sun and to be better for it. There were only two products and this one did jump out to me, the Sun Dimension Highlight Builder.
Its terribly expensive these days to have your hair coloured. I am a natural blond to start with however regularly have caramel and ash blond foils in it, which when my hair grows so quick it turns into a costly exercise, however, very vain, as some people say, I just believe that I take pride in my appearance, I have to have it done.
The Sun Dimension HIgh Ligh Buildefr promises to add colour to you hair without using the chemicals that normally go on your hair and using a cream that will protect rather than damage.
This was on offer in the catalogue at an introductory price of £3, which to me is a bargain and when I received the product I though it looked great, the packaging was great, it was presented in a box rather than just a tube and followed the usual Advanced Techniques branding however using a yellow theme to make a difference to the range.
Inside the box is a tube of cream, a brush for application and instructions of how to apply the cream. I was quite excited and wanted to get started straight away. In the instructions it advised that you should continue to use the product at least three times to start seeing the results... bonus.. I wash my hair every day so I was looking forward to cos effective high lights.
To apply the cream, you need to wash your hair and the product has to be applied to towel dried hair. The brush applicator has two different sized brushes and depending on how much you want the highlights to stand out, depends on the brush that you use, small one for subtle, large one for more definition, I decided to go with the small one. You squirt the cream into the middle of the brush and vertically slide the brush down your wet hair from the root to the end and you apply wherever you want to. You leave it in your hair, don't wash it out and style hair as normal.
I think I was expecting something miraculously, however my hair didn't look any different on the first application, but it did say use it three times or more to get the best results. I have been using it for a week now and my hair looks no different than what it did before I started. In fact... yes it does look different, it seems to make my hair look greasy which is one of my pet hates.
The model in catalogue, who supposedly used this, her highlights looked great and her hair was blond to start with, so you cannot say that it doesn't work on blond hair or she just hadn't used this product.
I was quite disapointed with this, however will keep adding a bot to see if it does go lighter and will update my review if it does, however in the mean time... its not like Ronseal...and doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin.
A light cream designed to gradually builds up the look of beautiful, natural looking highlights /