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      13.03.2013 12:54
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      Excellent value but will need extra conditioner

      Boots permanent hair colour rich dark brown 3.4.

      I have been using hair colorants for years due to going grey in my early 20's. I have naturally dark brown hair , it is very dark almost black so when buying hair dye i always go for the darkest brown shade there is, usually it's 1 shade under black . I have to do it every 3-4 weeks to keep the roots at bay and have probably tried every dye on the market in this time. I have no brand loyalty when it comes to buying and buy whichever has the right colour in stock in my local boots or superdrug and if it's on offer then ever better .

      The boots permanent hair colour was on offer at 2 for £5 a bargain , normal price is £3.36 which is still very good value . The box contains 45ml tube of conditioning hair colour, 45ml bottle of developing lotion, 30ml tube of colour lock conditioner, instruction leaflet and gloves.

      Firstly every home hair dye will tell you to do a strand test 24-48 hours before use and boots is no exception and advises that hair colourants can cause severe allergic reactions. A skin test must be preformed 48 hours before use . I have to be honest and say i have never done one . 2 reasons why ,the 1st is how can you ? if you mix a small amount of the dye together to use for a skin or strand test , you are then told to throw any unused mixture away , as it should be used as soon as you open it. That has never made sense to me and i'm not buying another box just for a tiny bit . And the 2nd is i take a crazy amount of antihistamines on a daily basis so i figure if i was suddenly to become allergic i'd probably be ok .
      Obviously if it is your 1st time using any hair colourant i would recommend you do a test .

      To start wear an old t-shirt [ i have a t-shirt and towel just for hair dyeing ] remove any bath mats from the bathroom and tuck your shower curtain out of the way , take of any jewellery and you are ready to begin.

      The Gloves.
      Great pair of gloves that come with this dye these are the silicon style gloves [ like the ones nurses wear] as opposed to the plastic papery ones that come with some , great fit and strong enough that my nails didn't break through the end .

      Hair Colour and Developing Lotion.
      Once you have the gloves on you start by mixing the hair colour tube with the developing lotion, the tube is easy to open you just burst the seal with the lid of the tube, and easy to push the whole contents of the tube into the lotion. This now needs to be mixed together a shake for 15 seconds , I find it better to swirl then shake for a better mix as sometimes the unmixed colour can end up stuck in the spout and leave you with streaky dye . Once mixed together simply unscrew the tip and you are ready to go .

      Applying.
      The dye is a nice consistency and thick enough so it doesn't drip. I apply it all round the root areas taking small sections and squeezing the dye into the roots before smoothing it along the hair with my fingers. Once the top and sides of my hair are done , i lean over the bath to do the underneath around the neckline . This usually uses up the whole bottle if there is any left over i tend to just apply more to the roots at the front to use it all up .

      The Wait.
      Now you have finished applying the dye [ wipe of any on your skin] it's time to wait , the instructions tell you if you are blending in grey to wait the full 20 mins [ i tend to wait 20-30 mins just to be sure]

      The Rinse.
      Put the gloves back on and apply enough water so you hair is wet and work into a lather , now rinse hair until the water runs clear [ 5-10 mins] Warning your hair will feel horrible at this point , very dry like straw.

      The Conditioner.
      Very disappointed with the conditioner i had to use the whole 30ml tube , left it on for 5 mins and after rinsing, my hair wasn't as soft as it should of been and has been using other dyes . To combat this i then used some extra conditioner [ left over from a superdrug hair dye] wrapped in a towel and left for 10 mins , once rinsed again my hair was lovely and soft .

      The Effect.
      I was really pleased with the colour , i often find dark brown hair dye is never dark enough for me , but this was a very good colour an added bonus is it hasn't dyed my scalp and hairline a dark brown which has happened with other brands , and was easy to remove from the skin .
      The grey coverage is very good and has blended in well with my natural dark brown hair.

      Overall
      I give is a 4 out of 5 due to the inadequate conditioner. I would certainly buy again , but would purchase some heavy duty conditioner at the same time .

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        04.07.2010 01:55
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        wouldn't buy this again personally.

        Okayyy so i bought this product after reading the reviews here on dooyoo, they were overall very positive and i figured at such a small price, undr £4 in fact, it would be worth a try. I went down to my local boots and bought this in dark chocolate.

        I have to say that I do not share the enthusiasm for this product that the other reviews seem to portray. The colour did come out as it was on the box, however i didnt think it would go quite as dark as it did, and really hated the colour it came out as. My main problem with the product though was that it really dried out my hair and there was a strong aroma of the ammonia that this product contains. The conditioner says its good for two or three treatments, however my hair was so dry from the dye i used the whole tube, and still my hair didnt feel in good condition, bearing in mind it was fine before applying the dye.

        The colour does seem as though it will stay in well as i havent noticed any fading, but i wont be using this product again as, as well as drying out my hair, it doesnt make it shiny like other brands of hairdye do, therefore i would not recommend it personally however it does stay in better than some other hair dyes and is available for a good price.

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          15.04.2010 14:55
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          Fab Hair Dye from Boots!!!

          As my loving sister pointed out to me that yes my grey hairs were coming through thick and fast and it was about time that I bought myself some hair dye!! Cheek I know but she does tend to be right (darn it!!)
          Anywho she kindly decided to treat to me some dye which happened to be on special at Boots.
          It was 2 for £5.00 and she therefore bought the 2 but chose different shades of colours which I thought was very nice of her. It was a little like my early birthday pressie (maybe it was and I just didn't realize!!) I digress....
          So back to the colour. She chose Rich Burgundy and Dark Chocolate brown. My natural hair colour is light brown with a strong highlight of grey!!

          ******The product*****

          Boots Colour System includes a colour lock conditioner which is to ensure that you maintain the colour that you dye your hair and also leaves your hair shiny manageable and soft. It also states that it contains up to a bi weekly treatment so that your colour results looks and feels fantastic for longer- their words not mine!
          The product is a permanant colour and therefore they say you shouldn't need to worry about washing it and the results fading..
          It blends away the grey (result!) and is quick and simple to use with a no drip formula.

          *****The packaging and what you get inside****
          The outer box is glossy and full of information along with a shade panel which indicates the colour result you will achieve.
          There is a 45ml tube of conditioning hair co lour, a 45ml bottle of developing lotion and a 30ml tube of co lour lock conditioner an instruction leaflet and the standard gloves.

          ***My experience of Using this Dye ******

          I was impressed that the gloves were latex and not the usual plastic ones. They seemed a bit small (but I do have the longest fingers in the world) but after a bit of maneuvering they managed to fit snugly on.
          The application is described within the leaflet enclosed along with pictures and a clear step-by-step guide.
          When mixing the product normally you do get a strong pong of ammonia which this product does contain but strangely it didn't stink out my bathroom.
          Also it as stated didn't drip either. The only thing I would say is that in the instructions, once you have mixed the product you should apply it to your hair and it should give rich foam. I didn't say any foaming of any kind. It was a little like applying shampoo but only had a slight residual of lather.
          So 20 mins later....I found it a pain by the way as they said you should pile your hair on top of your head whilst it develops and mine was too long and without lather just kept dropping. I ended up having to put a big hair clip in it to hold. I was also pleased that after I took out said hairclip that I could actually wash it through and the dye didn't stain it!!
          Rinsing the dye out seemed to take forever and I did have a backache leaning over the bath to do so. I think it is just because my hair is so so long and that is the reason why.

          The conditioner said on it that you can get 3 bi weekly uses out of it. I couldn't do so because due to the length of my hair I ended up using the whole tube. Maybe I am just over enthusiastic when it comes to conditioner but I did apply it twice so maybe I didn't need to. This I think is down to personal preference. Even so, if I had only used it for one application I still only think it would have stretched to a second and not a third.


          *** The final Outcome****

          Easy to use and without a strong ammonia smell I would have to say I was impressed with Boots brand of permanent hair dye.
          I also liked the fact that at the top of the box there is a section that you can snip off in order to remind yourself should you wish to buy this again.
          The co lour itself matches the box which for me is a personal first. I don't think I have ever bought a dye and it has matched the box so this really impressed me.
          I have now after writing this review washed my hair since the first dye application and was impressed that it didn't start fading out as I rinsed. I was very impressed with the co lour.
          My hair does now look in very good condition which is a bonus as I can't afford to get it cut!! And it has covered up every ounce of grey!!!

          **Overall***

          I would highly recommend this product and would award it a very worthy 5 stars
          I am going to try the dark chocolate brown later on when this one does eventually wear out but I have to say that may not be for a while as the co lour seems very rich still...

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            16.03.2010 21:16
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            As explained within review.

            I have used a lot of hair dyes, mostly permanent. I do worry sometimes that with semi- permanent hair dyes they tend to fade straight away, however I haven't noticed this so far with this. I have washed my hair a few times since and normally with semi- hair colourants I always tend to see the colour being washed away, yet I haven't noticed this at the moment which is good. The hair dye contains the usual things you get with these types of products: gloves, conditioner, two bottles of product (which you pour one into the other then shake to mix).


            In my past experience like I have said I have tried a whole host of brands and often use the permanent boots hair dyes. All hair dyes do the same job I feel, and these Boots branded ones always tend to be on some kind of promotional offer. With this review being on their semi-permanent colour I will say that they tend not to have a lot of variety here, maybe this just depends on the store you go to and the size of availability in which they stock, but I have found all brands of semi-permanent colourants tend to have limited choice.



            *** Lasting of colour

            Over all the colour was semi-permanent and when I look at my hair in the mirror I can see were their colour has faded, yet I don't know were it has faded, as I haven't seen this running out when I wash my hair. I can only assume this must be very subtle and in very small none noticable amounts upon each wash, which is good as the colour fades a lot more naturally.



            *** Overall Opinion

            Basically it's a good product, depending on how long you wash your hair for and the condition of your hair the colour may not last as long as you want. I love the condition of my after I have used a home dye kit and thus I would recommend you use this non-permenant product maybe if you was going somewhere fancy and needed a boost for your hair. On initial application it gives your natural hair a lovely rich colour to it, but then you are safe in the knowledge that it will eventually wash out.


            *** Hope this helps :)

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            04.10.2009 16:22
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            worth every penny

            This is now my ultimate all time favourite hair dye, it gives fab coverage and i always receive loads of compliments on my colour when i use it, would now never be disloyal and use another brand. In addition to the colour there is also a small tube of conditioner which leaves my hair looking really healthy and comes in a handy travel size perfect for taking on short trips, it also is great to use after you have straightened your hair - put a small pea size onto your hands and rub together then use to smooth down your hair - levaes it looking fabulous!

            The range of colours are great my favourite is warm medium brown - it is also a bargain at just over £3 a pack although boots regularly do offers on 2 for £5 - well worth watching our for as it makes hair care even cheaper. Great value for money cannot receommend enough.

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            15.07.2009 22:51
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            Good value for money and comparable to other brands

            I have been using this product for a couple of years now, I first used it because it was cheaper than the dye I had been using. I have used a few different shades of brown and dark brown, but for the past year I have settled on the 'Rich Burgundy' shade. I find that this doesn't leave my hair looking all that red, but that in the sun it can have quite a reddish hue to it. This is ideal for me as I like shades with red in them but I wouldn't want to have red hair!

            I find the dye incredibly easy to apply and I have no worries about getting full and even coverage as after the dye is applied you simply massage it in as if it were shampoo until a mousse forms, it does take a bit of work, but it provides reassurance that there won't be a big patch you've missed.

            The pack contains a small tube of conditioner for use after you have washed out the hair dye. I find that I use all of this in one go, although there is supposed to be enough for 3 separate uses. My hair is very thick and dry but its usually around shoulder length.

            I find that however long I spend rinsing out the dye, it still doesn't all wash out and I quite often notice it the next few times I wash my hair.

            I can't compare it to a salon dye, as I've always dyed my hair at home. But it works for me and covers my grey hairs!

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              13.06.2009 14:30
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              Why pay more?

              Much as I love the whole salon experience - flicking through magazines for ideas, having someone massage my scalp as they shampoo and condition my hair, having expert colourists make my dull brown hair look full of life and shine, whilst being offered a coffee and being asked about my hols....(ok, so I don't love that bit, I wish they would just shut up and let me read Vogue for an hour or so, uninterrupted!)......- much as I love it, I just can't justify the cost. There is always something else that needs doing or paying for, and it is years since I had more than a cheap cut.

              I am fairly lucky that despite my advancing years (I am 38), the grey hair that made itself known to my mother and sister at a very early age, has taken pity on me, and only the odd one or two peep through my dark brown hair.

              But I still like to have a bit of life to my brown locks, and to cover those cheeky greys that sneak in, so I have been colouring my own hair for a few years now.

              Having tried numerous brands, I now return time after time to Boots own brand of permanent hair colour. Opting for the chocolate brown, as this is the closest in colour to my natural colour, so the roots don't appear obvious after a couple of weeks!

              This box of colour is just £3 and I usually pick up a couple when they are on 2 for £5.......eat your heart out toni and guy.......!

              Like all colours, you should take precautions. This is strong stuff, and it is always advised, whether you have used the product before or not, to do a skin sensitivity test and a strand test on your own hair. You don't want to end up with sore skin, an itchy scalp or worse.....especially if you have sensitive skin, or are under the weather for any reason.

              The strand test is necessary so you know what the colour comes out like - there is no point in you bunging a whole load of colour on your hair, waiting 20 mins and then finding that the colour is way off what you thought it would be. Much better to do a test on a hidden strand of hair first, so that you can avoid a potential colour disaster. This is especially important if the colour you are aiming for is very different to your natural colour, or the one you are used to using.

              So, once you're happy with the strand and skin tests, find yourself an old towel, read the instructions on the packet and the enclosed leaflet, and away you go - this is a really simple colour kit to use. It is one colour only - you are not aiming for highlights, or multi layer colours, so it is not complicated.

              There are three tubes in this box - one is the dye, one is the developing lotion and one is a conditioner for when you wash your hair afterwards.

              Simply squeeze the tube of colour into the developing lotion. Put the lid on, and shake it for about 15 seconds.

              Now, with the plastic gloves on, that are provided for you, start applying the colour to your hair, starting at the roots and working to the ends, section by section. It is useful to have a friend do this for you if possible, but if not, just position yourself in front of the mirror and get working, trying to keep the application even, and making sure that all hair is covered.

              The smell from the lotion is, as you might expect, a little chemical, so you may want to have a window opened in the room where you are working. The smell is not overpowering though, so don't get too worried if you can't do this.

              It is important to pay attention to what you are doing - this colour gets everywhere if you are not careful, so don't be tempted to try and answer your phone part way through.......

              I have an old towel dedicated to colouring - don't use your best John Lewis towels, because they will get stained and look horrid. The older the better in this instance! The towel stays round my shoulders until the job is done!

              Once your hair is covered in the colour, massage it in to your hair. You may notice it becomes a bit foamy, and the colour of the foam may be terrifying - fear not, though, as the colour of the foam is NOT what you will end up looking like!

              Then, once your hair is all covered, and keeping the towel round your shoulders to catch any stray drips or runs, go and make yourself a cup of coffee or pour a glass of wine.....

              20 minutes later, put the bottle of wine away, and rinse your hair with warm water, until the water runs clear. There will be a lot of excess dye to rinse out, so don't rush this, and if your hair is long and thick, then make sure that you aim the shower right into the thickest part of your hair, otherwise you will only end up rinsing the outer layers.

              When the water runs clear, you then reach for the third tube that came in the box - the conditioner. This smells divine and says that there is enough for 3 applications - athough I am generous with my conditioner as I have thick and reasonably long hair, so I reckon I get two decent applications out of a tube.

              Condition your hair as normal, leaving it to work for 2 minutes before rinsing out. No shampoo is needed.

              And voila - you're done! Dry and style your hair as normal.......and enjoy your new look!

              This is a permanent hair colour, so make sure you read the instructions carefully and do the necessary preliminary checks. Make sure you are happy with the colour before you start. Mistakes could be costly to rectify, depending on what colour you are trying to become!

              There are a number of precautions on the box - these include, but are not exclusive to:

              - contains hydrogen peroxide and ammoina, can cause an allergic reaction.
              - do not use if you have an itchy or sensitive scalp,
              - do not use to dye eyelashes or eyebrows
              - avoid contact with eyes. Remove contact lenses before using.
              - wear suitable gloves
              etc - common sense stuff really.

              The box says you can use this over other colourants except metallic dyes, colour restorers and henna compounds.

              You can use this colour on bleached or highlighted hair as long as your hair is in suitable condition.

              If your hair is very long and thick, you may want to use two boxes of this to ensure coverage.

              My verdict - well, I don't want to try and be clever with my hair colour, I just want to look natural, and to cover those cheeky greys. Boots colour doesn't dry my hair out, doesn't irritate my skin, and holds its colour well. This does it for me - cheaply, easily and without having to listen to "Tales from Ibiza 2009" or to leave a tip.......

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                23.09.2008 19:28
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                A cheap hair dye for people with little money!

                Having recently found out I am expecting again I can't carry on bleaching my hair so needed a quick solution to get me back to my natural dark colour because my roots were getting bad. I decided to try Boots Permanent Rich Dark Chocolate colour, I bought two boxes today from boots, priced at £3.29 each they were on 3 for 2 (my 3rd item I didn't get dye with but leave in conditioner thankfully - more about that later!)

                I have really thick hair and I am glad that I purchased two of these although to be honest I probably could've done with a third box too. The bottle of dye which you use to apply the colour is a lot smaller than brand named dye which I was quite surprised with but never the less I continued on. The instructions were simple to follow and advised how to do a strand test, once that was complete you were ready to go.

                There's two tubes of cream in the box as well as the application bottle, one tube is the conditioner and the other is the actual dye, you squeeze the actual dye into the application bottle (once you're wearing your gloves which are of a high quality and fit really nicely considering I have tiny hands!) and shake until all of the mixture is one colour. Then you put it on your hair (or get someone else for you so you don't miss any.)

                Once the application bottle/s empty you lather your hair into a foam, it mentions on the instructions not to be alarmed if the foam is a different colour to the one you are wanting your hair to be, my foam was purple and I most definitely did not want purple hair. You then pile your hair on top of your head and leave on for 20 minutes or the time indicated by your strand test.

                The smell of the dye isn't as bad as others I have smelt, it still doesn't have a pleasant smell but is slightly sweeter than most, I would still advise to dye your hair in a ventilated place and cover anything you don't want dying, including your face, ears and neck with vaseline!

                Once the 20 minutes is up you can start to rinse off the dye from your hair, this took me ages but at least I knew it was all out, then you put on the conditioner. The conditioner is very poor, the tube is tiny and yet expected to do more than one application, I used two full tubes out of both of my boxes and my hair still felt like straw so had to use some of my normal conditioner also to make my hair feel just a bit better.

                Having washed it all off I then towel dried it before spraying leave in conditioner on to try to repair the damage done. I then let it dry naturally.

                A couple of hours after I dyed it I decided to remove my headband and have a good look, to me it looked quite grey so I decided to blow dry the rest and straighten it. To be honest the finished look isn't as bad as I first thought and the extra conditioner has made it really soft. Even my husband commented how nice it is.

                In all honesty I probably wouldn't recommend this hair dye due to how it made my hair feel after dying it, I have dyed my hair for many years and this other than when bleaching it was probably the worst it has felt. If somebody desperately wanted to dye their hair and didn't have much money then I guess this would be the only option.

                There's around 8 different colours in this range ranging from light blonde to black, all priced at £3.29, they also do semi permanent dye too which I have used before and I must say out of the two it is better.

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                  16.03.2008 21:37
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                  a great dye to darken your hair

                  I have used quite a few different colour dyes in the boots own permanant dye range.

                  They are very good value for money at only £3 each and they quite often have them on offer of 2 for £5 which is even better if you have very long hair like mine and need 2 bottles to dye your hair once.

                  The dye is simple to use, you get a bottle and a tube like with most permenent dyes, you need to squeeze the tube into the bottle then shake to mix. It is very easy to apply to your hair as it is squeezed through a nozel and is quite thick in concistency.

                  My hair is naturaly a mousy brown which looks horrid and i havent had my hair a natural colour for 15 years now.

                  The brown and red dyes work brilliantly, giving a lovely rich colour and leave my hair shiny and in good condition but the blond dyes are not as good, they dont dry your hair out like most dyes and dont smell as bad as some i have tried but they dont seem to be as strong, they do lighten my hair slightly but not nearly as well as the box says they will, i tried to go from mousy brown to extra light ash blond, it lightened it slightly but no where near the colour i wanted.

                  These dyes realy are great if you want to darken your hair colour but are pritty much useless if you want to go lighter.

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                  21.01.2008 15:59
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                  A cheaper permanent hair colour

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                  I am unfortunate enough to have to colour my hair regularly to cover up my very grey roots. In the past I have spent money in the hairdressers to have this done, but more often than not to save money I reluctantly colour it at home myself.

                  The brand I previously used most often was Movida hair colour but I found that they tend to be one of the more expensive brands. So over the last few months I've sampled quite a few of the top brands, my choice determined by which was on offer in my supermarket at the time. I've found that they are all pretty much the same.

                  Recently, I had to buy a colour from Boots as I'd left it until the last minute before a night out and didn't have time to go to the supermarket. I went in to Boots expecting to buy Movida or one of the other big brands I'd used.

                  While scanning the shelves I spotted Boots Colour. I had seen it before but they were promting it and so had it on the top shelf. To be honest the packaging looked like something out of the seventies, but I was drawn to it as it was only £2.99 compared to the usual £5-£6 I would have expected to pay. I read the packaging and it seemed on a par to all the others so I thought I would give it a go. There was quite a choice available for shades and I chose Dark Chocolate Brown. As well as permanent they also had semi-permanent.

                  One of the drawbacks I find with some colours Ive used is that you have to wet your hair before hand. If not this then you can't use it on clean hair but you hair can't be too dirty. As I am usually disorganised about these kind of things I'm not very good at having my hair in the right condition on the day! The first plus point about Boots Colour is that you have a choice. If your hair is clean, you apply straight onto dry hair. If it could do with a wash, you do so and then apply to wet hair. Easy as that.

                  The colour comes with the usual two part mixture that you have to mix together using the gloves provided. I have found with colours that you usually get flimsy badly fitting gloves thrown in. These were proper thick latex type gloves. Also the container you use to dispense the colour onto your hair had a screw top to remove rather than a snap off bit that I often have problems with.

                  Once mixed you simply apply to the hair and then leave to develop. You are supposed to do a sensitivity test as with all colours and then a strand test to work out your individual development time. To be honest I've never bothered with the sensitivity test as I've never got 48 hours to wait! So I just guessed my development time based on other colours I've used and went for 20 minutes. It does also say approximate colouring time of 20 minutes on the box.

                  Using warm water you have to massage the colour in and then rinse off the dye. Once the water runs clear, add the Colour Lock Conditioner provided. This contains enough to apply again 3 times and it recommends you do this once a fortnight. I now have a stock of this in my bathroom cupboard!

                  When my hair was dry, the colour achieved was as good as any other I've had previously and all my roots were covered. Having to use dark colours on my hair, I usually find that my forehead gets quite a lot of colour on it which I then have to try to remove and usually end up washing my hair to get rid of it. With the Boots Colour there was no dye on my head. Brilliant! This is a definite plus point for this colour.

                  Overall, I was extremely impressed with this product, I have now been using it for about 6 months and have had tremedous results every time. The product is currently on offer in Boots at 2 for £5 making it even cheaper.

                  To sum up what I like about this product:

                  A) it was cheaper than all the rest
                  B) it was quick and easy to use with clear instructions
                  C) My head didn't get covered in dye
                  D) Better gloves and extra conditioner thrown in and
                  E) it coloured my hair as well as any other colour I've used in the past.

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                    02.10.2007 22:44
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                    Boots own brand hair dye

                    I got a coupon for a free box of Boots own brand hair dye from the Advantage point at Boots. I regularly dye my hair, but tend to use Garnier Nutrisse and L’Oreal casting, rather than own brands. As this was free though, I decided to give it a go.

                    ~About the product~

                    This is a home hair dye kit, which gives permanent colour and covers greys. There are 10 different shades available in the Boots Colour range, from blonde through to black. I bought Rich dark brown.

                    ~Packaging~

                    The kit comes packaged in the usual small cardboard box that most kits come in. I thought the design was quite nice, and although the product is cheaper than other ranges, it didn’t look particularly cheap. The only gripe I have is that the cardboard was quite thin, and the box appeared to be buckling a bit at the bottom.

                    ~What’s in the kit?~

                    The kit contains a 45ml tube of hair colour, 45ml bottle of developing lotion, a 30ml tube of colour lock conditioner, an instruction leaflet and a pair of gloves.
                    The instruction leaflet is clearly set out, easy to follow and includes diagrams. I was also quite surprised to find that the gloves were the high quality ones, rather than those ‘plastic bag’ style gloves that make your hands sweat!

                    ~Using the Kit~

                    48 hours before you use the kit you must perform a patch test to make sure you have no allergies to any of the ingredients. All being well you can then begin to apply the dye.

                    Firstly your hair must be clean and dry, and you must put on the gloves. The next step is mixing the colourant. To prepare, you simply squeeze the contents of the hair colour tube into the bottle of developing lotion and shake well. The main problem I found with this, was that the bottle of developing milk seemed so far, that when squeezing in the tube of colour it was overflowing. I managed to finally mix the two together and shook, but as soon as I unscrewed the tip from the spout of the bottle, the colour mixture started overflowing into the sink, and I seemed to lose half of it! I was beginning to see why they were giving this stuff away free!

                    Once the colourant had stopped spilling out, I started to apply it to my hair. They recommend parting your hair into four sections and then applying to one section at a time. This was quite easy to do as the bottle has a long nozzle which makes it easier to apply accurately. You then need to massage in and leave for 20 minutes.

                    Once this is done the next stage is to rinse until the water runs clear. I was quite shocked at how long it took to rinse all the dye out - about 10 minutes! I have never known it to take that long to rinse a dye out of my hair before, but however much I rinsed the water still appeared to be a murky brown colour.

                    When all the dye is finally rinsed out of your hair, the next step is to apply the colour lock conditioner. The 30ml tube supplied is supposedly enough for 3 treatments - my hair is quite long and there was no chance that I was going to get three treatments out of a tiny tube like that! I ended up using most of it in one go, and what was left in the tube wasn’t enough for a second application.

                    ~The result~

                    The result was quite good, it covered my roots and the colour was like the one on the box, but I did think it looked quite dull, and it didn’t really seem to improve until I washed it again and used my normal conditioner. I only used this around a week ago, but the colour doesn’t seem to have faded at all since then.

                    ~Price~

                    As mentioned I got this free, but if you were to buy it, it would set you back £2.99. Although the price is quite reasonable, I would rather pay a pound or two extra for one that didn’t overflow and take half an hour to clean off my bathroom sink!

                    ~Overall verdict~

                    As I said above, I don’t think I would use this again. The fact that the bottle overflowed and made such a mess annoyed me, it took too long to rinse out, and the pathetically tiny bottle of conditioner all put me off using it again.

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                  • Product Details

                    Excellent grey coverage that contains additional conditioning treatment /