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Botanics Permanent 20 Minute Colour

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Brand: Boots / Type: Hair Colour

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      10.03.2010 11:25
      Very helpful



      I would not buy Botanics Permanent 20 Minute Colour again.

      Last December I wondered around a Boots store in London and came across a promotion of Boots Botanics hair dye products for a box of which its original price was £3.79, but if you buy 2 boxes you just needed to pay £7. It was at least £1 less than other big brands' offers. Although I didn't know Boots products very well, but for the low price I decided to try one.

      What is it?

      The one I bought, to give it a full name, is Boots Botanics Permanent 20 Minute Colour. The colour is described as bitter chocolate, as known as dark brown. According to the statements on the package this product will give users a natural-looking and long-lasting colour full of vitality. You just need 20 minutes then get the best colour results.

      Inside the box there are a conditioning hair colour tube (45ml), a bottle of developing lotion (45ml), an enriching after colour conditioner (75ml), a pair of plastic gloves and an instruction leaflet on how to use the dye.

      How to use it?

      Similar with many dye products first you should do sensitivity and strand tests 48 hours before you use Botanics Permanent 20 Minute Colour. If there is no problem then you can apply it full head.

      Step 1----preparing the colorant mixture

      You need squeeze all the contents of the conditioning hair colour tube into the bottle of developing lotion then shake well for 15 seconds.

      Step 2----applying the Hair Colour

      Part your hair into sections and apply the Hair Colour evenly through your hair from roots to ends.

      Step 3----Developing your colour

      Gently message the colour into the hair to give a rich foam then leave to develop for your personal development time up to 20 minutes.

      Step 4----rinse and protect

      Using warm water, rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear; apply the Enriching After Colour Conditioner into your hair for 3 to 5 minutes then rinse your hair again.

      Personal experiences

      I had a big hope of using Boots Botanics Permanent 20 Minute Colour because I believed the reputation of Boots brands. However the results were a bit disappointing. First time I left the Hair Colour on my hair about 30 minutes as I thought my black hair might need a little longer than other colours' hair. After I found it totally didn't cover the grey and didn't give me the bitter chocolate colour. My hair did look natural, but black natural. Two months later I tried again and left the Hair colour over 1 hour. Luckily I finally got the bitter chocolate colour and the grey did disappear. I was very happy until two weeks later I found my hair was back to black and grey.

      Overall I would not buy Botanics Permanent 20 Minute Colour again. It doesn't cover grey and doesn't last.


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        26.08.2009 11:23
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        Good for a quick fix

        This review is based on the Bitter Chocolate shade.

        45ml conditioning hair colour
        45ml developing lotion
        75ml enriching after colour conditioner

        The application process is fairly similar to most other hair dyes. Pour hair colour into the developing lotion, shake it up and your ready to go! (I have briefed this down for the purpose of the review - please read the instructions if you do use this product).

        The product is fairly easy to apply, although you have to be careful about it dripping as it is quite runny.

        I have long hair and the first time I used this I was dyeing over reddish hair, so I used two boxes to get a better result. Since then I have only used 1 box, and that gets a satisfactory result, although I think the colour would be more even overall if I used two boxes. The only reason why I can get away with one is because I am dyeing brown hair brown, so if you have a different colour hair I would recommend using two boxes to get even coverage.

        The colour:
        The colour is very nice, a chocolately brown. At first it is very dark, but within a couple of washes it will look more lilke the colour on the box. Obviously, everybody will get different results depending on their original hair colour, but I'd say the shade panel on the box is fairly acccurate so you can get a good idea from that.

        Although this is a permanent hair dye, it did fade after several washes.

        The conditioner:
        They give you a much larger tube of conditioner than I am used to with other dyes, and it is designed to last a few washes. This will depend on how much conditioner you use per wash, but usually you only get enough to use immediately after dyeing your hair. The conditioner contains grapeseed oil, which I'd said is the dominant smells, and it left my hair feeling very soft.

        Price and availibility:
        Botanics is a Boots brand, so is only available at Boots. It costs £4.29, but they frequently do 2 for 1 offers, so look out for those.

        Overall Recommendation:
        I was actually going to give a good recommendation, but now that I have written the review, I realise this dye is not as good as I thought. Firstly, a dye with a non-drip formula would be easier to use. Secondly, the colour does fade more quickly than other dyes.

        However, it being a Boots brand, it is cheaper than some other brands, and it gives a very nice colour. I would recommend it if your hair really needs dyeing, and you just want to buy something cheaper to tide you over until you can afford to spend more money!

        I would use it again because I liked the colour, but think I might try and few different ones first.


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