“ Brand: Boots / Type: Hair Colour „
I've been using the Boots semi-permanent hair dyes for absolutely years now. For me these give the best results at an absolutely bargain price. The full price is £3.00 each, however they are normally on offer for 2 for £5.00, just recently I've picked them up for 3 for £7.00 though - even better!
The biggest drawback to these though is the limited range of colours, there's no red in the the range at all. They have; golden blonde, light brown, medium brown, mahogany, dark brown and ebony black. My natural hair colour is a medium brown with auburn highlights, I always buy the dark brown in the Boots semi-permanent dye and this leaves my hair a gorgeous natural looking mid to dark brown. I wouldn't say that it's a dark brown, but it definitely a bit darker than mid brown.
Although these are only semi-permanent hair dyes I find that on my hair they work as well as a permanent dye, and I find that they last much longer than the stated 'up to 24 washes'. Obviously I will get regrowth, but the hair that has actually been coloured doesn't fade or discolour at all. I don't even use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for coloured hair, I normally just buy whichever shampoo and conditioner is the best value at the time.
I find that these cover my few grey hairs completely, and that they give a very even and natural looking colour result. They leave my hair looking very natural and incredibly healthy, and my hair is always lovely and soft and shiny after colouring it. They enhance my own hair colour, and they do still allow any highlights in my hair to show through, these don't dye my hair a 'solid' colour.
I find that for me these work best on dirty hair rather than freshly washed hair, I find that I actually get a deeper colour when I use them on dirty hair. I don't mean hair that hasn't been washed for weeks, I just mean hair that is due to be washed anyway.
This is a very easy hair dye to use, as with all hair dyes you are advised to do a skin test 24 hours beforehand, even if you've used the hair dye before as you can suddenly become allergic to any of the ingredients in the hair dye. I have to admit that I don't do a skin test, I know that I should especially as I have a friend who did have an allergic reaction to a hair dye. You get everything that you need in the box; plastic gloves, hair colour, developing lotion, colour lock conditioner, and instructions.
First of all put the plastic gloves on! You then need to mix the hair colour with the developing lotion and shake the 2 to mix, this creates a purple coloured mixture for the dark brown hair dye. I then apply this all over my hair, concentrating on my roots and my regrowth. It's easy to apply as the bottle has a nozzle on the end which parts and separates your hair making it easy to reach all sections. I massage the hair dye into my hair (and scalp I suppose) and right through to the ends. One bottle is just enough to dye my hair which is a bit longer than shoulder length. I pin my hair up on my head with a bulldog clip and leave it for 20 minutes, the instructions state to leave for 10 minutes however I don't find that this is long enough to cover my grey hairs completely. 20 minutes is though. If I've got any drips or smudges on my skin then they are easy to wipe off at this point with a just face wipe. After the 20 minutes are up I rinse it off over the bath with the shower head, it does take a while to rinse all of the hair dye out completely as it seems like the water will never run clear. Sometimes I do just give up and figure that I'll rinse the remainder out later as I rinse the conditioner out, this does actually work well enough doing it this way as well.
The box of hair dye also contains a tube of colour lock conditioner which apparently contains up to 3 applications, I've never been able to get 3 applications out of this, at most it gives me 2 stingy applications. So I normally just use the whole tube after dying my hair, and then leave this on for an hour or so and then rinse it off. I don't think that the conditioner works any better than any other conditioner at locking in the colour, however you get it in the box so I do use it.
I think that the Boots semi-permanent range is a brilliant range for enhancing your own hair colour, and for giving very natural looking results. It certainly isn't a range for people who want to experiment with weird and wacky colours. I do use these all the time, occasionally I will swap to a wild and wacky permanent colour occasionally for a few months, but I do always end up coming back to these again as they are so good.
This product is a "does what it says on the tin" sort of product. No frills, just get on with it!
It is a semi permanent hair dye, lasting up to 24 washes. It blends in grey naturaly.
The product comes in quite a large number of colours to suit and shows on the back of the packet what colour result to expect depending on your original hair colour. I like this as often hair dyes will give you a colour on the back only, but this one shows what the colour difference will look like, using pictures of hair, rather than just a block of colour.
The colour takes about 10 minutes to dye your hair and if you are "topping up" your colour because you have used the product before it can take as litle as 5 minutes. It depends on your individual hair type but I have found that it takes very little time to work on mine.
The pack comes complete with gloves (the good latex-style ones, not the rubblish ones that feel like a sandwich bag on your hands - you could re-use these ones quite easily for other things if you needed to), and a tube of hair conditioner to use on your hair afterwards (contains more than one application too).
The product is one of the cheapest one you'll find on the shelf in boots and it is definitely effective. I don't feel the need to buy any other as this does the job perfectly well and leaves my hair shiny and bouncy too.
I have been using 1.0 Ebony Black for about 3 years now and it has never done me wrong. It leaves my naturaly blonde shiny and a lovely blue black colour.
It does not have a massive amout of fading, it has always gone to a brown-black in about 5-6 washings, but like most black dyes it will not come out of hair and it will remain quite a dark colour espeicaly over naturaly light hair.
Mixing is easy though can take a little time to ensure an even mix; so is application, shaking the bottle is usualy required to get the dregs out.
Any spills/drips will wash off most surfaces with water.I did have a small issue with it marking a plastic counter top that took acetone nail varnish to remove. Comes out of towels on a normal washing cycle.
The tube of conditioner norlay lasts about 3-4 washes depending on the amout of use, but I haven't noticed any diffrence in condition in my haor after use compared to other conditoners for coloured hair.
Overall, for a low priced semi-permenant dye, it very worthwhile.
I do have completely natural hair, so im always using semi-permanent colours as i really don't want to damage my hair. I have also tried the Superdrug home make of semi-permanent hair dye but found this Boots one to be just that little bit better and especially at such a cheap price of two for £5 im gettin dye and advantage card points! :)
The only fault i can honestly think of with this product is the colour range as most of the shades of brown are the same, theres only one blonde shade and theres not much of a red variety going on. However, since i only wanted to go abit darker it was perfect for me so i selected the 'dark brown' shade.
In the box came excellent instructions, handy gloves and a great conditioner which i was very pleased with. It was easy enough to mix together and for a change the smell wasn't as strong as some of the other brands ive tried, pleasing my dad as he hates the smell! It mixed really quick too which was a suprise as i thought it wouldn't take too well due to its cheap price and that it was only a home brand item. Once applying it spreaded out very evenly, giving me a great coverage and took to me hair great. I could already see the darkness coming through so i was so pleased already.
After washing it out and drying down my hair, i was shocked to see the texture of my hair was so soft even after dying it, it smelt divine too. I could easily run my hands through without any knots. The colour was just like the box but had such a natural shine and tint to it. With my hair having natural highlights, my hair looked more natural than before! The colour didnt go patchy at all, no matter where you looked on my head the colour was of the same shade which was fantastic. The roots didnt look darker than the bottom either, all the same :)
Now im writing this 6 weeks after i dyed it and the colour is just as effective and vibrant. Still has a natural tint and shine all over, its only slightly or if any got any lighter which is great news for the price! Its still just as smooth as before and i will definetly be buying this colour again, i just love it. Best semi ive used yet. The conditioner (great smell!) also lasted for about two weeks with frequent use, and was really an added bonus it was included as its kept my hair and the colour in prestigue condition. Well done boots!
This, to me, is one the simplest, yet best home color products on the market. So easy to use, just empty the tube into the bottle, shake, apply, 20 minute wait, rinse. Comes with gloves, leaflet and conditioner in the box also. Personally, I don't think you can go wrong.
I mostly use 1.0 Ebony Black, as I just love having dark, shiny hair.
Most home colorants I have used leave my hair is quite a dry condition, but this colorant leaves me with soft, silky, shiny hair and dosen't leave me with that awful chemical smell after rinsing, its never nice to smell like you washed in ammonia!
The color looks so natural too, that in most cases you would never know I have dyed my hair unless you saw the color before hand.
There is approx 20 different colors and shades in the boots home colorant range, so you are bound to find one that works for you, and they sell at bargain prices, and a lot of the time are on offer too.
I usually buy a box for £3.22 but have bought them on three for two before, and for those with thick hair, two boxes would be ideal. I usually have to use two, and when my hair was quite long as well as thick, I needed three.
No matter what color you are, or what color you are aiming to be, use boots own colors for soft, shiny hair with natural looking color.
Product: Boots Semi Permanent Hair Colour - Mid Brown
Price: Currently on offer as 2 for £5.00
What's in the box: The hair colour; developer (in an applicator bottle;
Colour lock conditioning tube; gloves
Lasts for: 24 washes
I purchased this product a couple of weeks ago as I wanted to try and blend in my grey in between salon visits. My hair is naturally a medium brown colour and at the salon I have a permanent tint put on to blend in the grey and then a few highlights. The reason I purchased this particular product was that it stated that it was suitable for use on pre coloured/highlighted hair.
I decided to go for the medium brown semi permanent colour as it matched my own very well. The box includes the colour, the developer (in an applicator bottle), a small tube of conditioner and a pair of gloves. You are advised to do a patch test 48 hours before colouring your hair totally. This test is also used to decide how long you need to leave the colour on for. The box also states that if you have very thick or very long hair you may need to use two boxes (which I did).
The colour needs to be applied to clean dry hair or alternatively hair that has been shampooed and towel dried (but not conditioned). After squeezing the colour into the developer bottle and shaking it for 30 seconds, you apply the colour to the roots of your hair and when you have done this apply to the lengths of your hair and then massage so that it foams. You then leave the colour on for as long as you needed in the patch test, or alternative for the maximum time of 10 minutes.
You then rinse the colour from the hair until the water runs clear, and apply some of the conditioner from the tube. There is supposedly enough conditioner for 3 biweekly treatments, but as I have longer hair I used about one third of the tube on the first go. You then dry and style your hair as normal.
The colour was actually quite close to that shown on the swatch on the box. It also matched my hair colour well and left it in a soft and shiny condition. However, I did find that after the first wash a lot of the colour came out and my grey reappeared almost immediately at the roots. The colour has stayed well on the lengths of my hair (which was already coloured), but my roots are almost back to their original dogy grey/brown colour after six washes.
I am a little disappointed with the product, although I am pleased with the colour itself. It may work better on someone with a little less grey than me (I do have one big streak across the top layer of my hair) and therefore I would probably buy the permanent version next time.
Semi permanent colour with conditioner /