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I'm a lover of dying my hair, I've had every colour you can possibly think of and tried so many different hair dye brands as I'm a firm believer in simply doing it yourself, it always turns out better and cheaper doing it yourself. It does take it's toll on the hair however so lots of deep conditioning treatments are needed and trims here and there. I've always just dyed my hair back to black when I've gone through a hair colour stage which when I do want my hair a different colour I've always had to bleach the black out of it. Lately I have discovered "Decolour" as an alternative way to removing hair colour in hope that I can go a lighter shade again.
There are several versions on this each are for something different, on the side of the box it has directions on which decolour box is best for you. This is the best one for me because it is for hair that has:
- Large colour build up (This is if hair has been repeatedly coloured)
- If you are trying to return to your natural shade
- If you have black colour on your hair.
With all these things in mind it is the perfect box for me as my hair was black at the time so it meant that it is stronger to remove it. The best things about "decolour" is it doesn't include any amonia or bleach which means it inflicts no damage upon the hair. wow.
The box contains a large set of instructions, I found these really helpful because it has a list of questions in it such as, can I use if I have bleach on my hair too, if my hair is fragile, can I dye my hair straight afterwards, etc. It also tells you have to mix and apply this for the best results, it is mixed in the same way any other dye is used but specifically it says to add heat for the first 5-10 minutes. This encourages the molecules to start their magic on the hair. "decolour" promises that this is kind to hair and will not damage the natural shade and will protect hair lipid levels to help hair to have a great condition afterwards.
So I mix the liquids together and get ready to apply this bad boy. Before doing so I thoroughly brushed my hair to make sure it wasn't knotty. My hair is really short anyway so I didn't feel the need to section this off I simply squeezed some on to my hair and began to rub this all over and did this until my hair was completely covered, I only used three quarters of the bottle and my hair is just below my chin so this seems to go really far, just to make sure though I applied the rest of the bottle just for extra to make sure everywhere was covered. Even though it had more than enough on my hair the product wasn't runny and didn't drip down, this was sticky and clung to my hair.
My next stage was to put cling film on my hair, this is because heat helps the remover work faster just like hair dye, so putting this on my hair and using the low setting of my hair dryer I began to go over all my hair for a good five minutes. As the instructions said for black tones to keep this on for 40- hour. so In fifteen minutes I kept reapplying the heat with my hair dryer to keep giving it boosts of heat to encourage it. I kept having sneaky peaks here and there just to see how it was coming on and I found at 40 minutes I wasn't happy with the development as of yet so I left it on for a little while longer.
At roughly 50 minutes I decided that that would be enough time. So I go to rinse this off, the instructions say that when we are sure it is completely rinsed, comb it thoroughly then rinse it again. After doing this apply the conditioning balm, wait a few minutes and continue to rinse, to doing all this took me around 15-20 minutes altogether. I then gently towel dried my hair to then look and see my hair from black to a straw/ginger colour. Of course this is not my natural hair colour at all but it meant my hair had been stripped from all the rubbish that has been applied to it, miracle.
I then dried my hair with a hair dryer on a low setting. After wards my hair was a little brighter still which was great. But feeling it to me was the real result. My hair has never been so soft before especially after putting chemicals onto it. I am still so impressed, It was soft, sleek and not knotts at all I couldn't believe it. I left it like this for a few days before applying a new shade which I wanted on. This is a life saving product which I will continue to use, this is from boots and retails at £12.99
Scott Cornwall has used the latest technology to make this hair colour remover which is kind to your hair, will do no damage, has no bleach or ammonia in it.. However they don't say anything else, just amazing latest technology, I find this a little vague. This claims to have no bleach or Ammonia in the mixture but it does have a lot of nitrates, chlorides, fragrance and alcohol in it. So it doesn't seem completely harmless.
There's many reasons why someone should use a hair colour remover - if they want to safely change their hair colour, if they have bleached it loads and want to strip it all away. I have damaged a lot of my hair this year, after I died it red I used an unfamiliar bleach on my hair and it ruined my hair making it all fall out in clumps (thankfully not from the roots) so I dyed it black as a quick cover up, went and got my hair cut off and decided I want my hair back brown.. I was not going to use bleach again!
I was simply looking for a colour stripper in Boots when they had a full new shelf dedicated to decolour. There are quite a few different types meant for different things and they all range from £10 -£15 pounds a box but are in the 3 for 2 offer. I needed to find which one was suitable to me and on the side of the box it says "use when" and a list of things that could be your situation and under "don't use when" and a list of things to counter your situation but at the bottom it says if you are affected by these see a different box, only it does state which box to look at and you continue until you find the right one for you.
This is the box I found I needed it is £12.99 we are told to buy more than one box if hair is below the shoulders. This box is specifically for previously bleached hair(a lot) if it has been died a lot as well and if your hair is currently dark brown or black and you wish to go lighter. It's important you get the right one and because I have bleach the hell out of my hair it was important I got the right hair colour remover.
There are three steps to this step 1 - the activator step 2 - the remover and step 3 - conclude balm. You put step 1 into the bottle of step 2 and shake up until it is mixed, this is the same as if you was dying your hair. Hair must be clean and bone dry. I had to look in the instructions for this because it was new to me and important I got it right. There are lots of scenario's such as what if my hair is black, or I have previously bleach my hair five times and then more useful questions like can I dye my hair straight afterwards.
The mixture when make up is just the same as any hair dye only this is white, the bottle is a fairly big size as well. Must make sure that gloves are on when applying this. This came out really fast and runny, I'd imagine the consistency is to make it light and make sure it goes far. This is really easy to apply because it spreads easy I didn't use a brush to apply I just rubbed this in with my hands and that worked well for me. I left this on for 40 minutes, which it states to do or leave on until hair is light enough.
It also says to encourage heat to the hair to help it work faster so I wrapped my hair in a towel and put a hair dryer on it and within 10 minutes when I peaked I could see my hair colour changing, although I was constantly worried about the condition of my hair, is it as good as they say it is. After my 40 minutes was up I rinsed my hair, it says to comb through the hair whilst rinsing it to make sure all the molecules are removed from the hair so I did as I was instructed.
Once rinsed my hair from black was a light ginger colour which made me so happy! and it wasn't falling out either. But the real test was about to come, I brushed my hair and I was happy that it went straight through with no knotts, I then dried it. The colour was even lighter when it was dry and to my amazement it is was the softest hair I have ever had in my life, I can't describe how well conditioned it was and this was before I had even completed step 3, usually you'll apply this while still wet but I was going to dye my hair brown straight away.
In summary, I did think that this was pricey, but that was before I used it, I know think that this is quite cheap for the results it actually provides, the box information alone is so helpful to make sure you get the right one for you, the instructions and questions it provides are extremely useful to anyone unsure. It was really easy and quick to apply and the change took place when the first heat was applied, I still can't believe the softness and how light my hair actually was, it's amazing and it's not often I say that about anything! will now only be using this instead of bleach if I need to in the future.