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The fact that I change my hair colour more often than I do my underware (well,nearly),makes me feel a little bit of an authority on hair colour products.Whilst I don't profess to know everything about all hair colours,there aren't many that haven't been tried and tested at least once on my bonce. I have rescently been trying out the range of Jerome Russell,B Vibrant Hair colours so I thought I'd better get my keyboard buisy and tell you all about them. **What is this product? Quite simply it is a semi-permanent hair colour,available in several vibrant colours (pink,purple,blue and red).By semi-permanent it suggests that it will last for between 6 and 8 washes. So,what do I get? You get - 1 Tube cream colourant 1 applicator top 1 pair poythene gloves 1 polythene cap Instruction leaflet. You get all of this in a stylish oval/tubilar box,which is silver with a coloured top insert in the colour of your chosen dye. The front of the box portrays a woman with her hair dyed in the appropriate colour.The back displays a colour chart to corrispond with your hair colour before and after using the product. Also listed on the back of the package is the contents,basic usage steps,ingredients,cautions and contact information. **How to use. This product is not suitable for use on all coloured hair,and dark hair should be pre lightened using Jerome Russell Bblonde hair lightening kits. Application should be made to towel dried and washed (but not with conditioning shampoo or conditioner). It involves applying the colourant from the tube to your hair (very messy)and then heating the colourant for 5 minutes with a hair dryer.Developing time varies from 5 to 40 minuites,but for descent results you really need to use the full developing time and warming it for the full 5 minutes. After heating you wrap your hair in the provided cap and wait until your time is u
p.Then rinse thoroughtly (again very messy).Voilla...you hair should now look a striking shade of your chosen colour. **Success? Well it rather depends on what you call success......If yopu are hoping for an all over shocking colour then you will either of had to pre lighten your hair considerably or have very light hair to start with.It also has little effect on darker areas,not leaving the subtle tones it suggests it will.However if you have very light hair it will trun a vibrant colour and has pleasing results. The point at which you may get disheartened is when it has been in for a few days or after the first couple of washes.It fades very badly even without washing,and despite having used all the colours in this range severaL times,I find no exception.If you want to keep your bright colours you are going to have to make this a weekly task. **Cost. I'm lucky and have been able to buy this product at my local wholesalers,at the grand price of £1.45,which to be honest makes this quite good value.I'm not sure I'd fel quite so pleased if I had been paying the high street prices of between £3.99 and £5.99.Available from most high street chemists and supermarkets the price varies quite considerably,so if you are tempted to try it out then shop around first. **Conclusion This is not the best product I've ever tried,but for a short term bit of fun it's excellent.The colours fade fast and it is very messy to use (for god's sake don't get it on your white bathroom suite),so it is definately no good for anyone who wants a long term colourant. For me this is ideal though.I like to change my colour every week or so,and I don't want to have to strip the old colour out each time.I get it very cheaply and it covers my increasing grey quite well!! Oh,and don't forget you need a hair dryer to use this product properly. **Contact details Detai
ls for contacting the product manufacturers are as follows - Telephone - 01708 555345 Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of you who know me well enough or have read some opinions of mine in the past will be aware of my love for bright, fake and funky hair colours! I usually use the Stargazer or Crazy Colour ranges which give me a pretty foolproof result everytime. Well, wandering around my local branch of Superdrug a while ago I strayed, as ever, into the hair colour aisle to see if there was anything new or on offer. I have been a hair colour junkie for over 20 years now, primarily being a peroxide addict, but I do try other colours from time to time - especially the in-your-face obviously fake ones! On this occasion my attention was caught by a few very attractive looking objects. It turned out to be the range of Jerome Russell B-Funky hair colours. I hadn't tried these before and needed some colour to refresh the faded scralet in my hair so I splashed out and bought a pack of the "Red" (no fancy names here!) colour. It cost £5.99 and the pack contained a 50ml tube of hair colour (smaller than most), plastic gloves, plastic cap, nozzle and instruction leaflet. The packaging is very modern and unusual - a flip top lid with the corresponding colour of the product and a slide out tray containing the kit encased in a silver box with a simple picture. Admittedly the hair on the model pictured does shout "Wig!" but this is supposed to indicated the expected colour result. There is a colour chart on the back of the packaging to help give an idea of the colour effect on your own hair colour. This is simple, albeit messy, to use. Shampoo your hair so it is free of dirt and styling products and allow it to dry almost completely then apply the colourant onto your hair as required making sure it is well covered. (If you have long or thick hair you may need more than one pack of this as the tube of colourant is small). This needs heat to help it develop fully so after application you need to use a hairdryer for about 5 minutes bef
ore wrapping the plastic cap around your head followed by a warm towel, for maximum effect. The development time recommended is 20 minutes, after which you remove the cap, shampoo the hair lightly and rinse until the water runs clear. Easy right? Now for the bad points! If I had waited for the water to run clear when rinsing I could quite possible still be bent over the bath two weeks later - the colour just kept coming!! On the packaging the product is described as "long lasting colour with natural shine" and "fade resistant"- meant to last up to 24 washes. Oh dear! Well the result was a lot less vibrant and red than I had hoped for in the first place despite being used on very light bleached hair and it certainly didn't shine! As for fade resistant? I would say the best effects on mine were long gone after the third wash and I was left with a faded, tired looking pinky red colour despite using special shampoos and conditioners designed to preserve coloured hair. So despite the fancy packaging and higher price, this turned out to be somewhat inferior to my usual hair colour. On the plus side this contains no ammonia or harsh chemicals to badly damage your hair and you won't be stuck with the colour for long if you don't like it. You could also just use it on sections of your hair to create special effects ( as I do) rather than all over. I have only seen this in my local branch of Superdrug so I don't know if it is widely available (if you want it!) and their range of colours seems quite limited - I have only seen red, pink, purple, blue and green - wheres Stargazer offer 20 different shades which can also be mixed to create more shades. I'm pretty sure I won't be using this particular brand again as I know of better ones but if the choice is limited in your locality at least it is something to experiment with if you like your hair to be noticed.
Jerome Russel have a wide range of hair colourants but the latest product i've discovered really does top the lot! The product in question is Jerome Russels Lighten Up shampoo. It contains very weak hydrogen peroxide and only lightens your hair one shade at a time. Now for someone like me who has had a few shamefull experiences with peroxide in the past this product is great!! You just apply as normal shampoo, leave the product on your hair for up to 10 minutes, just like you would for a deep conditioner, then rinse!! The product will of lightened your hair just one shade. For me, a mousy blonde this is great as it just very gradually lightens my hair so i can avoid the "Oh my God you've died your hair," scenario and plus it allows me to choose the exact shade of blonde i want. Unlike typical hair dyes where you can't stop the process with this you can stop your hair going lighter at any shade you want. It really is a good buy at less than £4 in most shops. Its available to buy at most chemists and anywhere that sells hair dye!
Being totally addicted to colouring my hair, I wanted to do it a mad funky colour, and Jerome Russell were the only ones in town which had a complete paint box mixture, so of course I bought some. The colours I can remember right now are purple, blue, red, pink, and magenta, and I have tried all of these at some point. Having naturally very dark brown hair, I had to use a hair lightener (much as I hate these things, they completely mess up your hair). You can use these on dark hair, but the effect is much more subtle and I wanted bright and mad! The magenta, pink, red and purple all give an excellently bright colour, provided that you have lightened well, and you needn’t even lighten it until its really blonde - I managed a really good colour when I only lightened it to light brown. The problem colour is the blue. Blue is a very hard colour to get to look good, and i know that this isn’t only a feature to this make. My brother has very light brown/blondish hair, and used the blue. The results were terrible! He had to endure about 2 weeks with a gradually fading greenish tint to his hair, and believe me it didn’t look good! Two friends with slightly lighter hair also tried it and it look grey! noo! The only person who achieved a good blue from this make was a boy with ash blonde colour hair, and the outcome was really good - it looked quite impressive. So for the blue I would recommend that only people with blonde hair, or those willing to bleach it until its very pale use it! I would not recommend the black, as it didn't give a particularly even colour for me - I would recommend using a make with more natural colours in order to get an even colour. The hair colours last varying amounts of time depending on the condition of your hair. Pre-lightened hair is quite dry and porous and soaks it up quite well, and when I had bright pink hair, the intense flamingo colour lasted about 4 days and didn’t get
back to the original colour until about 2 and a half days later, so that was quite a bonus, but don’t use it if you only want it for an evening out! All in all, I’d say it’s a very good product, but not remarkably better than any of the others I’ve used, for example stargazer.
Lately I've been on a bit of a tight budget, not knowing if my husbands job is safe, has made me become more of a spendthrift than ever. I have Strawberry Blonde hair naturally, but since I was 18, I have bleached or dyed my hair. I think some redheads, get teased at school, so they tend to dye it. That was the case with me anyway. I was getting fed up of being called "Ginger Minge". Over the years of bleaching my hair to look like my old favourite Billy Idol, I decided 6 years ago to tone the colour down to a more natural blonde. I let most of the bleach grow out and let the old black roots come through, yuk. As my hair was becoming darker and slightly ginger, I panicked, was this really me, or do I prefer the Blonde look. I decided that I felt lifted with blonde hair, for some reason I felt drab being Strawberry Blonde, well ginger to me. All the hairdressers loved my natural colour, and couldn't believe that I wanted to colour it. It's different when you have got it yourself, unless you are a confident person, the teasing got to me at school. After many years of bleaching peroxide white, I decided to just have streaks, they were painful but not as harsh. I don't look like a skunk, there's just enough to lift my natural hair colour and make me feel alive again. The trouble is it was costing me a fortune every 6 weeks or so. I know £36 isn't expensive in areas like London, but around here, it's a small fortune. I then found another hairdresser who charges £23, so that was better for my bank account. Last week though, I was in desperate need of my hair being highlighted, and I was a bit skint. Also the thought of my husband being unemployed, well that's if he is, was daunting, I daren't even spend a tenner on my hair. So the nest best thing was to buy something to lift my hair colour. That's when I came across Jermome Russell B Blonde Lighten up Shampoo. <
br>It cost me £2.99 which was affordable, I just hoped it would work. Late that night, I sat in the bath and rinsed my hair with the over the bath shower and applied the shampoo to my wet hair. I applied it evenly and worked it up to a lather. The smell wasn't very nice, not your normal run of the mill shampoo smell, it smelled as though there was peroxide in it, which there was. I left it on for about 5 minutes as I was scared of overdoing it and looking like Billy Idol again, well Iam 40 now. It tingled my head slightly but wasn't as half as uncomfortable as the real bleach/peroxide in the hairdressers. For a lighter look you can leave on for 10 minutes, which I did later on in the week. The first attempt was a slighter light colour, it made my hair look shiny once I had dried it. You could see a few blonde streaks being lifted from my faded hair. I was quite pleased. The next time, I left it on for 10 minutes and I got better results, the streaks were even whiter than ever. I don't know what my hair would look like if I didn't have streaks. It seemed to lift the old ones, and give them life. If I didn't have streaks in before, and I just had natural hair, I can't imagine what this product would do to your hair. Maybe it would give it that "Sun IN" horrible look, or maybe a lovely light blonde colour, who knows? I never let my hair get back to it's natural colour, there's always some old streaks in there somewhere. After washing your hair, rinse with warm water after you feel as though it is light enough. I would do 5 mins or less at first, as the effects could be too drastic, everybodies hair is different afterall. After rinsing, I applied a good conditioner and towel dried my hair. I left it to dry naturally as I always do after just colouring my hair. It felt lovely and shiny afterwards, it didn't leave it at all brittle. It's only recommended for
Fair to Light Brown hair, I wouldn't ry it if you had black hair. Be careful if you have red in your hair, as this is one of the most hardest colours to lighten, sometimes it can go green or very yellow. Even though, I do have red in my hair somewhere, I haven't seen it for years properly, maybe it's left home by now, I did manage to make the product work. The ingredients in it are; Aqua Sodium Laureth Sulfate Hydrogen Peroxide PEG-150 Distearate Sodium Chloride Phenacetin Parfum Panthenol Phenoxyethanol Sodium stannate Phosphoric Acid and many more unpronouncable words. The bottle is 200ml and costs me £2.99 from my local beauty shop. Not sure if you can buy it else where. For more info contact Jerome Russell London RM13 8QT www.jermomerussell.co.uk Hope this hasn't offened natural red heads, it's only my preference to be blonde, I actually like it on other people, strange aren't I?
As my username already suggests, I am a 'redhead' - and if you have previously taken the time to read my profile then you will also know that I'm a 'bottled' redhead. Yes, I admit it, I am a hair dye junky and nobody has seen my hair in it's full natural colour in about 6 or 7 years! Throughout this time, my hair colour has varied between all sorts of different shades of red - from copper over 'punky' to elegant darker shades, as well as some purples and blacks, and whenever I see an interesting new brand of hair dye I can't resist - I have to try it! I am very fond of the 'Schwarzkopf Live!' dyes, but recently I have come across a new range that offers promising and funky colours - Jerome Russell's 'B funky' range, with shades such as B red, B blue, B plum and so on (you get the gist I guess). I've only ever seen them in Superdrug though, so that's maybe why I never heard of this brand before. My rating already suggests it: I am not very happy with the result! But if I should feel risky one day I might either try it with pre-bleached hair (my hair is dark brown but I bleach it about 4 times a year before dyeing it) for a more intense effect and get my hands on the darker (and probably more intense) B plum dye. In the meantime I'll steer clear of this stuff and stick to my usual brands - so expect a few 'hairy' Ops in the next couple of weeks! ;-) >>>> What is the 'B funky' range? <<<<< Jerome Russell's 'B funky' range provides, as the name suggests, funky and somewhat extraordinary hair dyes - while most hair colourings come in relatively natural shades, the B funky range is a punk's dream come true - or so it seems. The dyes come in a nifty little box (the package looks different from that on the photo) comprising of two slide-out halves - very special! The picture on the front shows a woman
with intensely red hair (or blue, purple etc.) but it all looks a bit too perfect - almost like a wig! How foolish of me to think my hair could ever be this red! :-P Apart from the instructions, the box also contains a standard pair of plastic gloves (tucked to the instruction manual) and a 'cap' that you are supposed to put on your hair after applying the dye - this is supposed to heat the product to increase the intensity of the result, as the product contains no ammonia (so no cat wee smell on your hair!). This drastically reduces the danger of allergies (that stuff itches badly sometimes - the ammonia, not cat wee of course, I have no experience with that one, honest!) but also means that the colour is not permanent but 'only' lasts for up to 24 washes - ideal if you are not sure whether you will want to turn heads permanently with your new shrill colour. It is very similar to these 'Directions' tubs you can buy for roughly £4 in some 'trendy' clothes shops, but with the added bonus of being easier to apply - unless you use a special brush, these tubs can be very messy and they usually don't come with gloves either! Unlike with ammonia-based dyes, you only get one bottle that won't require mixing. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage, as mixing such products can often lead to irregular intensity of the end result, but because the whole bottle is only approximately 50ml, this also means that you only get about half the amount of an average ammonia-based hair dye (usually 50ml ammonia solution + 25-50ml colour), which can be problematic unless you have extremely short hair. >>>> Applying it <<<< Eager to try my 'funky' purchase, I rushed upstairs, removed all sensitive items (rug, towels) from the bathroom and read through the instructions. These are quite good and detailed, and you also get some ideas for different ways of using the prod
uct, for example for highlights (using one of those rubber caps) or to dye your hair in bold strands. I did not do an allergy test - after more than 6 years I think I'd know if I was allergic to hair colours or not - but they recommend you to do both an allergy test and a strand test before treating your hair. The allergy test involves putting a small amount of the product on your skin - then you simply wait and see if the spot starts itching, if it doesn't then you'll be fine using it on your hair. The strand test means that you either cut off a small strand of your hair and put it in a bowl, or apply a teensy bit of the dye onto a strand of hair that's still on your head. If you have very light hair you might prefer to cut off a strand of hair, as it would look a little silly to have a bright red strand of hair amidst your blonde mane! You simply leave it on for a while and wipe the product off gradually, writing down the amount of time it took to achieve your ideal shade. I didn't do the strand test, as my hair was already red-ish and my last bleaching was 3 months previously so there was no danger of 'wrong' (green for example) or overly intense results. (In fact, I would have been well pleased with an overly intense result!) Once you have the all-clear that the product is safe for your skin and that the results won't be too extreme or too light for your taste, you should wash your hair. This should be done with a cleansing shampoo rather than one of those '2 in 1' shampoo conditioners, as the residue would otherwise prevent the dye from working into your hair. But this is where the first problem came in! While I never use any '2 in 1' shampoos anyway, I also know that you are not advised to dye your hair straight after washing it - your hair is simply too smooth to take up the colour, especially if it doesn't contain ammonia! But as I tried to do every
thing according to instructions, I used my most aggressive (i.e. least conditioning) shampoo and washed it out extremely well afterwards to stop any residue from settling in my hair. After towel-drying my hair, I put a towel into our immersion heater cabinet, as you should wrap the treated hair into the plastic cap and then put a hot towel over it. I also put Vaseline on my ears, under my hairline and on my forehead - the instructions tell you to do so, and although I only rarely have trouble getting hair dye off my skin with non-ammonia dyes, I followed them - a bright red scalp does not look 'cool' after all, and the same goes for red ears! When my hair was nearly dry, I cut off the tip of the bottle's plastic nozzle and started applying the product. As my dark roots had already grown a fair bit (if you bleached it straight before dyeing, the roots will be much lighter than the tips and they will take up the colour most intensely, so for an even colour you should dye the tips first), I applied it first onto the roots and then onto the tips of my hair. Application was rather easy, and because the bottle is made out of soft plastic (unlike ammonia-based ones, of which at least one half is usually glass or hard plastic to withstand the heat produced in the mixing process) it was also very easy to squeeze out even the most stubborn bits of dye. Although I have quite short hair (freshly cut it's less than chin length), I must say that it was quite tricky to get everything covered evenly, as I was used to a minimum of 75ml of product to use from the ammonia-based dyes, and this product only contains 50ml. I then put the plastic cap over my hair, which was a bit tricky because it has an awkward shape and was too loose, so loose in fact that it only halfway stayed on even after wrapping my head in the aforementioned hot towel. I left it on for 20 minutes, as mentioned in the instructions, but after having a look
at the hair underneath the cap I decided to leave it for another 10 minutes, as I usually get the most intense results with such products (like 'Directions') within 30 minutes. Then I proceeded to wash off the product in the bathtub and followed by washing it with a milder shampoo, just like the instructions said. I also washed off the (now pink) Vaseline and was pleased to see that my ears, forehead and neck still had their usual colour. >>>> The Result <<<< As I said before, the results were less than pleasing - although I did not expect the dye to do much on my dark brown roots, I had at least expected a vibrant-ish shade of red on the previously bleached tips, which make about 15cm of my hair. Without direct sunlight, I could barely make out much of a difference to the fading red I had on my head before, and my roots don't show any difference whatsoever, even in direct sunlight. A slight difference was visible outside, on the rare days where Huddersfield was blessed with intense sunshine, but this surely doesn't justify the £4-99 I paid for it in Superdrug, especially since after the first or second wash (this stuff is supposed to last up to 24 washes!) the whole dye had washed out and I'm back to a faded copper red! >>>> Don't bother then... <<<<< If you are after an intense, semi-permanent result when dyeing your hair in a 'funky' colour, there are much better and easier options available to you - the Schwarzkopf Live! range is also available in semi-permanent colours that achieve an intense, long-lasting result and offer slightly more risky shades (green for example) than the permanent versions. Wella also have nice semi-permanent mousses that are easy to apply, smell nice and are very intense, albeit not quite as many 'funky' colours to chose from. If on the other hand you want a permanent solution and can
9;t find a funky colour, try the above-mentioned Schwarzkopf Live! permanent dyes for reds, blues and purples, but even for a less extreme shade I would not really recommend the 'B funky' range, as the colour is barely visible and you can get much more satisfying results from products like 'Récital' or 'Féria', which offer more conventional red, brown and blonde shades. I am pretty sure that if I had pre-bleached my hair, then I would have ended up with a result nearly as intense as on the package, but as most pre-lighteners require a specially formulated conditioner to be applied afterwards (to stop the bleaching process), the colour would probably have washed out even quicker. So all in all, I was quite disappointed with 'B red' - I did not expect a miracle, but I have had good results with other ammonia-free hair dyes and did everything according to the instructions so I see no reason why this stuff didn't work for me! If you still want to try it then feel free but don't say I didn't warn you, if you have done so and have any tips on how to improve the result, please let me know! (c) 2001 Redhead23
Colors that condition and shine / Last longer on chemically treated or bleached hair / Punky Color will give a highlighted effect when used on darker hair / No peroxide required / Colors available: Turquoise, Lagoon Blue, Bright Yellow, Red Wine, Dark Tulip, Flame, Spring Green, Coral Red, Mardarin, Violet, Apple Green, Vermillion Red, Atlantic Blue, Rubine, Rose Red, Poppy Red, Plum, Pillarbox Red, Flamingo Pink, Purple, Fire, Blue Black, Ebony, Alpine Green, Midnight Blue /