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      20.09.2012 15:52
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      A decent hair dye for a lovely new colour!

      I recently decided to go for quite a dramatic hair colour change taking it from the deep red I've had it for nearly six years now to blonde. Whilst browsing through the many blonde shades Boots had to offer I came across the L'Oreal Preference range (the word 'recital' seems to have been removed from the name and it now comes in a different box although this new box does inform me that this is a 'new look, same shade' as the old Recital Preference dye). This range of hair dyes had a good four different blonde shades I really liked the look of and I eventually settled for shade 03 - lightest ash blonde which cost £6.63 from Boots - a reasonable price for a decent hair colour in my opinion.

      The dye comes in thirty one shades ranging from almost white blonde to black, there's everything inbetween including a few vibrant and subtle looking red shades too and I think anyone would be hard pressed not to find a shade they liked in this range.

      In this box you'll find a glossy instructions leaflet, a plastic capsule containing a pair of strong, good quality black gloves which bizarrely smell a little like tutti fruity, 80ml of developer crème, 40ml of colourant gel, 4.4ml of high shine elixir and 54ml of high shine conditioner. Developing the dye is as simple as always, pour the colourant gel and high shine elixir into the developer crème, give the bottle a good shake to mix everything up and use immediately.

      The colour chart on the back of the box indicates you'll get quite a pale ginger colour from light brown hair, a medium blonde shade from dark blonde and a very light, whiter blonde shade from light blonde hair. This dye isn't recommended for any shade darker than light brown. After two pre-lightening treatments and plenty of toner my hair was quite a light shade of blonde with yellowish undertones and I was hoping the dye would give me a more 'golden' undertone as well as lightening my hair up a bit (although I had a light brown on stand-by just in case)!

      I applied the dye to my hair starting at my roots at moving down to the ends and found the one dye plenty enough for my just past shoulder length and fine hair. The mixture had that to be expected quite strong hair dye scent and was of quite a runny consistency. The gloves supplied fully protected my hands and I didn't find my skin was stained with the dye either. Once I'd used up all of the dye I waited for the recommended 45 minutes before rinsing it off. I did find this dye was quite 'gentle'. Some dyes I have used have left my scalp feeling quite itchy and sometimes even sore but this one was pretty easy to forget about once on.
      The dye was simple to rinse off with warm water and rinses out a sort of murky grey colour (or this particular shade did anyway). I washed with shampoo and rinsed again before applying the 'high shine conditioner' supplied with the dye. The 54ml bottle of conditioner can be used up to six times to maintain colour although I just stuck the whole bottle on my hair in one go, hair could always do with a bit of extra conditioning after it's been coloured! The conditioner left my hair feeling really soft and smooth and smelt quite nice too. Although it didn't seem to give that 'high shine' result.

      After drying my hair I was greeted by a much lighter, golden blonde colour which was exactly what I was looking for. The dye didn't seem to do too much damage to my hair and the colour result was almost an exact match to that shown on the box, I was very pleased! Whilst my hair didn't look dull or unhealthy it didn't posses that extra shine promised from the high shine elixir and conditioner included with this dye which was a little disappointing, my hair just looked like I'd washed it with my usual shampoo and conditioner. Having said that I am, overall, very pleased with this dye. It gave a good colour result which were accurate to those shown on the box and that's the most important thing in my opinion. I would recommend this dye and will continue to use it in the future

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        05.07.2012 20:09

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        Good buy!

        Note I'm no hairdresser - just an excessive hair dye buyer

        I've been using 10.1 Helsinki light ash blonde for the last few months and have definitely found it to be the best coverage for my ginger hair.

        Blonde, Brown, Black, Red you name it, I've tried it. Though I find it easiest to stick with blonde and had read that ash is supposed to help fight against the brassiness you can achieve from some home kits - that battle is a hard one to win especially with naturally ginger hair.

        The coverage is even, but I would certainly suggest buying two boxes for hair longer than shoulder length and thick hair (My hair is above shoulder length, but very thick)

        I use it more regularly than most, normally once a month. This is mainly because the roots are more noticeable with my hair colour.

        I also found that the colour shown on the box is lighter than the colour mine has become (also tried the very light ash blonde) and found the same thing.

        The new elixer gives my hair a nice shine.

        Overall a good buy

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        23.05.2012 17:48
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        The box lies...

        This review is based around my My experience with using Recital Preference in Havana 6.35...


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        This all started after I'd stripped my fire truck red hair in preparation for trying L'Oreal Feria's new orange shade [Paprika Power] in March. As the shade I'd originally intended to use is really light, I'd used two boxes of colour stripper over several days, then two boxes of bleach a few weeks after this, leaving me with a light, brassy blonde hue.

        However; after the unexpected death of my half-brother I found myself looking for a 'sensible' hair dye for the funeral, because his mother's side of the family are very conservative and don't like my father's side much, and I didn't want to be the cause of any possible 'scenes'.


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        Strike one:

        I wasn't in the mood for shopping or pampering during this time, so I nipped into Boots for a quick in and out job. I grabbed the 'golden brown' shade HAVANA based on the photo of the model on the box [new March 2012 design], as I wanted to keep my colour light, so it'd be easy to re-colour over it at a later date.

        The model on the box for HAVANA has honey soft hair with a lovely golden overtone, that all together looks more blonde then brown. What the packaging's picture doesn't show is the mahogany highlights my chosen colour has in it. This is strange because - as I discovered at home - the mahogany tones in HAVANA are much stronger then the gold tones in real life, so my hair had a red tinge for around two weeks. Plus, without the vividness of the golden overtone showing through, the brown base tone to HAVANA looked a little bit darker too.


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        I've been dying my hair for over half of my life, so I'm aware that the picture on the box is rarely accurate, but on this occasion I relied on what it showed me. What if someone else was harried, stressed, or was dying their hair for the first time? They'd probably pick a shade based on the picture on the box too, so L'Oreal should stop putting photo-shopped pictures on their products. It's dishonest and just leads to disappointment.


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        Strike two:

        But, although this wasn't the shade I wanted or expected, after a week or two it grew on me and I came to like it. Which is why I was dismayed when it came time to touch up my roots; the dye covers my roots, but they are still noticeably darker then the rest of my hair.

        Of course, if my hair were naturally dark I'd expect this, but it isn't. My natural hair colour is ash [not quite light enough to be truly blonde, but still too light and colourless to be classed as brown], so I don't understand why a brown dye covers it so much darker then the brassy blonde that was on the rest of my hair.


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        Own goal:

        At first I thought the uneven results were my own fault and I hadn't applied it properly the first time around. So, within two weeks of first dying my hair, I recoloured my whole head again, to try to even the shade out. But now - this is possibly my own fault - the base shade is darker, warmer and even less like I wanted AND - as a third box of HAVANA revealed - the roots still cover a differing shade to the rest of my head.

        Two boxes of colour stripper, two boxes of bleach, three boxes of HAVANA and two months later, I'm left with a shade that I don't want, or even like now [warm hair shades make me look ill]. I now just feel stupid for trusting the picture on the packaging and wish that I'd trusted my gut instinct over not trusting L'Oreal's advertising.

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        I want to clarify that I do love the new and improved Recital Preference formula; it doesn't have a harsh smell, it doesn't stain or irritate skin, it covers my gray streaks perfectly, it is fade resistant and has a long lasting shine.

        The last shade my hair had been was red, meaning that I only had a colour protecting shampoo/conditioner for red hair, so ever since I used Recital Preference I've been using the dregs of old shampoos and conditioners I had laying around. Plus; for the last few weeks I've been washing my hair with Vosene and hasn't been using a conditioner, in a attempt to cause the dye to fade, but the hue hasn't noticeably faded. It's still silky smooth too, despite the lack of conditioner.


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        Observation; I mainly used to use Schwarzkopf XXL dyes, and found that you get more product with them. Right now my hair is shoulder length [my trainee hairdresser sister thought it'd be funny to chop 12 inches off my hair after I asked for a trim] and I did use one bottle to colour my whole head, but it took a lot of messaging to cover all of my hair with the mixed formula.


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        Considering the time and money I'd spent stripping and bleaching my hair before using HAVANA, I was disappointed in the results - even though the resulting colour grew on me and the formula is top notch. I was left with the options of spending more money and time re-stripping the dye from my hair, or just giving up and buying a darker dye to go over HAVANA. I decided not to waste more money [and possible damage to my hair], so will spend the summer months with dark brown hair.

        The packaging is the main source of my disappointment, as it is basically used to lie to customers. The main picture bore no resemblance to the finished result, and the little swatch pictures on the side of the box promised to colour the natural colour of my roots the same colour as the ends of my hair, which it failed to do. Maybe I just picked up a iffy tube of colour? Hmmm, based on L'Oreal's history of over photo-shopping their ads I doubt it.


        As the formula has proven to be shade resistant and left my hair soft, I'm prepared to try again with a Recital Preference hair dye. In fact I've bought the dark brown shade Paris 4.01. I'm not sure what colour hair I'll up with though - I suspect I may end up with Morticia hair.

        To be continued...


        As for the shade I used; if you have blonde hair and want to go darker and warm-toned, then I would possibly recommend HAVANA. But for everyone else I'd look elsewhere.


        I wasn't sure how to rate the product, so I'll clarify here:

        5/5 for the formula
        2/5 or shade 6.35 Havana


        ***

        £6.63

        Boots have a two-for-£9 offer on Recital Preference.

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          03.10.2011 23:43
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          Easy, bright, and plenty of dye!

          My boyfriend and I came to the conclusion that I should dye my hair red, so we took a trip to Tesco instead of spending ten times more at the hairdressers. We agreed that we were looking for a deep red; nothing purpley or gothic- just something fun and bright. The L'oreal version was the one that stood out and it was under £7 so I bought it straight away with some colour safe Head and Shoulders shampoo and Pantene conditioner.

          I did the 48 hour test as instructed, although it was difficult to keep track of it behind my ear so I tried it just under the inside crease of my elbow too- although being pretty much colourless there wasn't much to see- but by the Friday there was no reaction, so we went ahead.

          My hair is very long (about halfway down my forearm) and we had more than enough dye to come out with a very intense red. I had to enlist my boyfriend to do it for me and the fumes did start to get the better of me, so I'd definitely recommend getting someone to help- he managed to get near perfect coverage too; only we missed the bits along the hairline above the ears. It started to sting during the leaving it in part of the process, but there was no reaction or pain after following the instructions to rinse it out; the conditioner supplied is also very high quality. And we didn't stain anything!

          I've had so many compliments on it and I've dip dyed the ends a subtle gingery blonde, which I've been assured looks a lot less trampy than my mum expected. The colour has begun to fade about 4 weeks on (probably due to washing it every day), but it's still getting compliments and staying even- definitely worth it if you want an update for your hair, especially at the 2 for 1 price at Tesco and Boots right now.

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          28.03.2011 22:09
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          Recital Preference gives your hair long-lasting luminous colour.

          I have used many different branded hair dyes over the years, as colouring my hair is something I have been doing since my late teens. The only thing that has changed about colouring my hair is that when I was younger I coloured my hair for fun, but these days whilst I still enjoy the colour and shine that dying my hair brings, it is something I now have to do as a necessity as the grey hairs have began to appear.

          When colouring my hair, I look for a product which will cover greys whilst providing great colour and leaves my hair feeling soft and looking glossy. Out of all the brands I have tried, I tend to stick to one or two which have became my favourites.

          ~~ L'Oreal Recital Preference ~~

          Recital Preference by L'Oreal is a hair colourant I have used a few times when on offer, but one which has never been my first choice when selecting a hair colour. I decided to purchase it again very recently, swayed purely by the fact it was on offer at my local Morrisons priced at £5.
          I had recently coloured my hair a deep dark red and whilst I did like it, I decided to return to a very dark brown (which is my real hair colour) the next time I coloured it and so opted for shade number 3, Brasilia Dark Brown which is a permanent hair colour.

          Recital Preference boasts an anti-fade system which will give you up to six weeks of luminous shine. This is something which does appeal to me, as there are some hair colourants on the market which tend to fade after a few washes despite being a permanent hair colour, as well as leaving your hair not looking particularly shiny. The product also states you will achieve perfect grey coverage (another bonus) and also includes a high shine multi- application conditioner which is enriched with a UV filter and Vitamin E to prolong the shine.
          There are a number of shades available in this range and a handy colour guide on the box gives you some idea of what shade you can expect your hair to be based upon your hair colour before colouring.

          ~~ My Experience ~~

          Although I had used this product before, it had been some time ago. So long in fact, that I could not remember when I last bought it or what I had thought of it.
          On the day I used this recently however, I quickly realised what was possibly the reason why this particular product was not one of my favourites. This was because this product has to be applied to wet hair and I must admit I prefer hair dyes which you can apply to dry hair. The reason for my preference is that generally I have found when you apply a hair dye to dry hair, it is not only easier and less time consuming, it is also less messy. This is just based on my experiences of course and others may disagree, but the fact my hair is dry usually means there is no dripping.
          So when I realised that you must wet your hair and towel dry it a little before applying this colour, my heart sank a little.

          Mixing the colour was easy. Pouring the colour into the developing lotion and shaking it well, took only a minute. I rubbed my wet hair with a towel and then set about applying the mixture.
          Whilst it had a very strong smell which is possibly one of the strongest I have came across, it was very easy to apply the colour to my hair. It has a gel-like consistency and did not drip during application despite my hair being damp. I was quite impressed.

          After applying the colour, most instructions tell you to leave it on for approx 30 minutes then rinse out, so I was surprised to find this one was a little different. You are directed to massage your hair after ten minutes then leave it for the remaining twenty minutes or so, then massage again as you rinse it out.
          I found this a bit tricky, as in order to massage my hair after ten minutes, I had to put the gloves back on which were provided and this wasn't easy as they tended to crinkle up and I got into a bit of a mess with them, before deciding to discard one of them altogether! I carried on with one gloved hand and massaged my hair a little before leaving it for the remaining time.

          After 30 minutes I rinsed my hair thoroughly with the shower whilst massaging my hair with my one gloved hand. As the product was rinsed out, my hair felt clean and actually felt a lot better at this stage than after using many other hair dyes. I applied some of the conditioner which was very thick and incredibly moisturising. Indeed when rinsing this out, my hair felt very soft and my fingers were gliding effortlessly through my hair as it squeaked. My hair felt really good and I hoped I would be as impressed when it was dry.

          After drying my hair, I noticed my hair looked really glossy. The colour was a lovely intense dark brown and my hair felt light and bouncy. All the grey was covered perfectly and the shade was evenly spread over my hair. It looked luminous, felt luxurious and overall I was left feeling very impressed with this product, so much so, that I have been out and bought another one for next time.
          Whilst it did take longer to apply due to having to wet your hair, then massage halfway through, the end result was very impressive and worth the extra hassle. I have also found that the colour has not faded just as promised and I really cannot fault this product.
          It has became an instant favourite of mine and one which I will not forget about again I am sure.

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            24.02.2011 19:39
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            A good home dye kit which is easily available

            I have been colouring my hair for the past thirty years now and despite trying all of the newer brands and mixes I keep coming back to L'Oreal Recital above all others - why? I guess for me the colour range is excellent and is the most natural looking that I have experienced.
            The product is easy to use, though I admit there are others out there that are far easier and certainly quicker however for reliability, the colour I want and the claims about covering grey for longer are all true for me.

            The product comes in a box consisting of a bottle of developing cream, a bottle of colour, a tube of conditioner (which lasts for several washes depending on hair length) and a pair of plastic disposable gloves and instructions. Basically you mix the bottle of colour into the developer ,shake it well and apply to towel dried hair and leave to 'take' for the recommended time. I have to admit it does unfortunately smell quite acrid and you do need to ensure you use an old towel and wear old clothing as it can drip and stain other things - its a shame that L'Oreal don't provide a disposable cape and this is an area that could be improved as I have ruined a few towels.

            For my hair because it doesn't grow very quickly the result lasts 2-3 months before needing a further application - this will vary from person to person though. Also despite the claims that it doesn't fade, I am sorry to say that it does - well at least for me. As a consequence I usually colour it a shade darker than I really want or leave it on for about 5 mins longer.
            I think that this is a good value for money brand which I would certainly recommend as it gives good colour coverage and a healthy shine - my only real advice would be to perhaps get someone to help you the first time with your application to ensure you get even coverage as with any hair colouring kit, thats the hardest thing to achieve on your own.

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            17.02.2011 08:41
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            A glossy light chocolate colour which actually comes out the colour it's supposed to be

            I used the shade 6.23 which is called Tuscany Light Pearl Brown.
            I had warm dark blonde hair and wanted to try a different shade as I get bored very easily and thought this would be a nice shade to add a bit of depth to my hair. I opened the packaging and read through the instructions and performed the allergy test as per usual and then 2 days later decided to colour my hair. I wet my unwashed hair (try to leave your hair a bit dirty as the colour will take better and this prevents a patchy result where porous sections of hair absorb more colour) and combed it through and then applied the colourant which is a simple colourant gel mixed with a creme developer and left it on my hair for the required 30 minutes - admittedly the aroma can knock you out a wee bit so I would recommend opening a few windows. After the colour had developed I rinsed my hair until the water ran clear and then applied the conditioner which is supplied in the box which left my hair shiny, soft but unfortunately a wee bit on the heavy side. I then let my hair dry naturally and was overjoyed as the colour I had on my head matched the hair colour of the girl on the front of the box - woo hoo! result! it is a lovely chocolatey light brown which is strangely speaking somewhere between neutral and warm but not too warm. The colour was lovely and shiny and not flat and really suited my skin tone as I have warm but pale skin and this colour really complimented that and brought out the green in my eyes.

            The only downside to this colour is that it fades too quickly for my liking but isn't that the case with all hair colourants these days.

            I would recommend this colour as it is a beautiful chocolatey shade which is neither too warm nor too cold which has always been my problem in the past as I really don't suit either extreme with my colouring.

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            06.02.2011 15:10
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            The best home dye I've used so far

            I've been dyeing my hair for nearly 20 years and have tried most colours and brands of home hair dye kits. I've also had my hair professionally coloured from time to time. However, after using L'oreal Preference in Palma500, medium brown, I have finally found one that I will remain loyal to.

            The dye is really easy to use and includes a comb attachment for accurate application. Personally, I use the normal tip as my hair is long and the comb just gets tangled up. It is also important to use two boxes if your hair is longer than shoulder length, or the product will not cover all of your hair and the result will be patchy. As with all permanent hair dye, there is quite a strong chemical smell during application, but once the process is over, the fragrance is pleasant. This dye rinses out more quickly than any other hair dye I have used - very handy when you are limited for time. Any dye that has dripped onto your skin is reasonably easy to remove as long as you get to it fast enough.

            The gloves included in the pack are a good quality and size, and do not fall off of your hands as you use them. There is also an after colour conditioner that leaves your hair really shine and manageable, and is very generous - enough for around six applications.

            The results are very natural looking, although slightly darker than described on the pack. However, the dye fades quite quickly, and within a week my hair was pretty much the same colour as the picture. The coverage is good with no patchy areas, but the dye allows the different tones of your hair to show through, creating a more natural result.

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            16.09.2010 18:40
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            Not a great colouring product this time.

            Well I thought this perhaps needed a review from me.

            I've used afew - quite a few - brands of home dyes now in various colours - unfortunately, this brand isn't a favourite. My trying was one of the ash blonde type colours.

            The instructions are fairly typical, the application time is max of 45 minutes so not as quick as many which seme to average around 25 - 35, and of course much slower than the many 10 minute colourants you get. This doesn't bother me though, I'd rather take longer if it means better colour.


            By far the worst thing about this for me is the smell. Now we all know that permanent hair dyes do not smell nice anyway, but as they go this has been the worst for me - far worse than their feria colour range was, and the clairol, garnier etc ones have been. I was feeling quite ill from the smell by the end, not usually an issue for me.

            The colour coverage - unfortunately, this wasn't as good as I hoped. I pre-bleached to the correct colour roundabouts, but this actually made very little difference - it did tone down the brassiness but not enough and left me a kind of yellow blonde, I need something cooler for my skin tone unfortunately, which is why I bought a cool shade to begin with.

            My hair isn't as long as it once was and is in layers, it's now about half way between shoulder length and bra-strap length for the longest layer, but 2 boxes barely covered my hair - this could be part the reason it wasn't as good colour, but as most I only need 1 box now, I thought 2 would give me ample. Its not the cheapest anyway, it just didn't cover well.

            The colouring process was pretty typical, despite being a gel based one and quite thick, I did find it surprisingly drippy, not awfully so, but enough I couldn't carry on as well as usual.

            Overall this isn't bad, and for coverage I'd sure a darker colour would be fine or if you're perhaps better at home blonding than me - but I honestly don't think it'd be worth it due to the smell, there are just as good ones on the market, including some of loreal's other brands, that won't make you feel as ill.

            Unfortunately this only gets 3* from me, as it's what I'd expect from a much cheaper brand.

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              09.06.2010 18:45
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              Easy to use permanent hair dye.

              *I'm still tallulahbang and this was on Ciao ages ago*


              Whilst my natural hair colour is very dark, for a long time I was very blonde indeed. Then I noticed that I was losing tons of hair on a daily basis and decided it must be all the bleach that was doing it. So I decided to be a brunette again. Initially I let the hairdresser have a bash at it, but two attempts (and much inane conversation) later the darker dye wouldn't hold and my hair had gone a weird mousy colour. Home dye it was, then. Incidentally, I still lose loads of hair with no apparent baldness. I have magic hair.


              Those of you who know me well will know that I'm a bit of a spacker and therefore, home dyeing has the potential for hair disaster on a scale not witnessed since the '80s. However, I home dyed my hair for about a year with no catastrophes, so now I feel I'm something of an expert on the whole hair dyeing shebang. And, naturally, I want to share this expertise with you.


              My dye of choice is L'Oreal Recital Preference for no good reason other than that my mother uses it (and despite the fact that she inevitably dyes her ears as well her hair looks reasonably alright) and nearly every supermarket/chemist sells it for between five and ten pounds. You'll find it with all the shampoo stuff in a big gold box with the name and a picture of a woman who gives the impression of being very pleased indeed with her hair on the front. The shade I used was 'Brasilia' which translates in non-arsey terms to 'dark brown'.


              When you open the box you'll get instructions, some latex gloves, a bottle of developer, a bottle of dye and a tube of conditioner. The instructions cover all eventualities (and are worded in such a way that really stupid people/my mother can understand them and not cock things up too badly) and include quite a big warning to do an allergy test, especially if you're prone to allergies or have tattoos. I fall into the latter category, and I've never bothered and have always been alright. That said; if you have any cuts or abrasions on your scalp this stuff will sting in a surprisingly bloody painful manner. Also, awful magazines like Take A Break always seem to feature women who've had a terrible reaction to hair dye and swelled up so that they looked alarmingly like the marshmallow man from Ghostbusters, so perhaps you'd be wise to do the allergy test.


              To get started on the dyeing process you need to wet your hair and towel dry it, pour the dye into the developer bottle, break the top off and you're ready to go. The inclusion of gloves may lead you to believe that you can avoid staining your hands. In reality the gloves will either be miles too big or absolutely tiny (unless I have particularly oddly sized hands) and you'll still end up with big patches on your hands that are a pleasing chocolate brown colour. Nothing short of sandpaper and meths will shift this. If you're the kind of person that likes your hands to look clean you can cover them, and your hairline with Vaseline, but you're probably like me, and thus so overwhelmed with excitement at the prospect of hair colouring fun that you won't be arsed. To do your whole head, spread the mixture through your roots and then over the rest of your hair, wait 30 minutes and then wash out. If you want an even result comb the dye through just after application. To do a roots touch up section your hair, spread through the roots, wait 15 - 20 mins and apply the rest to your hair. Wait another 10 mins and then wash out. To be honest, the timing's not absolutely crucial: I once fell asleep just after applying the mixture, and by the time I'd woken the dye had hardened to my head. It still looked grand.


              I'm aware that I've made this process sound so ridiculously easy that a fool (or my mother) could manage it; however, there are a few things to be aware of:

              *An obvious point, granted, but important nonetheless. This stuff is dye. It will therefore dye anything it comes in contact with, including clothes, towels, your skin, porous baths/showers.

              *It smells really, incredibly bad. The stench of ammonia is enough to make your eyes water if you do it in an unventilated room.

              *I can't be too clear about this next one. At no stage in the dyeing process will you look even vaguely attractive, and you will certainly not look anything like the drawings of a graceful woman thoughtfully included in the instructions. At best, you will look like a bit like that thing off of Alien. It's a good idea to do it when you're in the house on your own, then.

              *In case any of you are mind-blowingly stupid, do not attempt to do your eyebrows, eyelashes or moustache with this stuff (although, if you are a particularly hirsute lady with a yearning for a change of facial hair styling, Just For Men Beard & Moustache is the thing for you, although the name alone should really tell you that you've gone a bit wrong in the pursuit of femininity). Injuries will result.

              *Lastly, if you're looking for a radical colour change, go to a hairdresser. My hair's only a shade or so lighter than the dye I use, which is about as much as you'll get away with. My mother once attempted to do 9 shades. The end result looked not unlike she'd managed to train a large ginger cat to remain perfectly motionless on her head. She phoned the helpline people, who, once they'd finished laughing, gave her the name of a L'Oreal consultant in the local chemist who'd fix it.

              There you go: hair dyeing made easy.

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                31.10.2009 16:19
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                Great do it yourself hair colourant

                This is my favourite hair colour and I have been using it on and off for about 3 years now. The past 18 months I have used nothing but this brand as I think its the best on the market. As you can see from the picture the box shows a picture of a model with hair the same colour as the shade you have chosen. The back of the box gives details of the colourant and shows what colour your hair will go (depending on the shade your hair already is).

                *Availabilty and Price*
                The colour comes in a variety of shades including browns, reds and blondes. They are available in a number of stores including chemists, Boots and Superdrug. The colour usually retails at about £6.50 but when I last went to Tesco it was just £5!

                *Skin Test*
                There are numerous warnings on the box stating that you must do a skin test 48 hours before you dye your hair. Persoanally I dont bother as I've been using this colour for so long (silly of me I know!) I've never had any problems with it despite suffering from eczema and dry skin.

                *Whats in the box?*
                Inside the box you will find a pair of plastic gloves to protect your skin, colourant gel, developer cream and high shine conditioner (enough for 6 washes).

                *How to apply*
                There are 3 methods you can use to dye your hair using this product. It is important you use the right one as it will result in the best colour. To begin with you mix together the developer cream and the colourant gel thoroughly and then follow the instructions that apply to you.

                First application on natural hair:
                1) Apply to lengths and ends of your hair, leave for 15 minutes
                2) Apply to the roots, leave for 20 minutes
                3) Massage your hair, leave for 10 minutes
                4) Rinse well and apply conditioner

                Application on hair already coloured with this product:
                1)Apply to roots, leave for 40 minutes
                2)Dampen the lengths of your hair and spread the colourant to the ends of your hair, leave for 5 minutes
                3)Rinse well and apply conditioner

                Application to hair already coloured with a lighter shade:
                1)Apply to the roots and then to the lengths and ends of the hair
                2)Massage your hair thoroughly and leave for 45 minutes
                3)Rinse well and apply conditioner

                *My Opinion*
                As I stated earlier, I always use this colourant as I believe it to be the best on the market. It is easy to apply as I can do it myself and always manage to get even coverage. Waiting to wash it off is easy as it does not drip so you can get on with other things. I do find that sometimes my head gets a little itchy towards the end of my time but I find this with all colourants. The conditioner makes you hair soft and smooth. I find the colour to be very bright and vibrant and it remains this way for 4-6 weeks regardless of whether or not you use the conditioner (I always forget!)

                I really like this product and will continue to buy it. I think it is fab value for money and the best do it yourself colourant on the market. It provides bright, vibrant shades at a fraction of salon price!

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                  16.09.2009 23:36
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                  cheaper than hairdressers, shiny hair and lots of shades

                  This is quick and easy to use home colouring made simple!

                  I used to go to the hairdressers every 6 weeks to colour my hair, however with dreaded credit crunch I needed to make some cuts- bring out the home colouring.

                  I was nervous about this as I have no knowledge of hairdressing or colouring at all, however 6 months on I am still dying my own hair and people asked me where I get it done and what fab condition it's in! This is all due to L' L'Oreal Recital Preference.

                  LOreal Recital Preference is a permanent hair colour that comes in many shades, it has good packaging which is easy to read and most importantly shows the colour you are purchasing. I would advise - as in any home hair dye- for your first time using home hair dye always go for 2 shades lighter than what you think you would like. It's easier to go darker later than trying to go lighter!

                  The home dying pack comes with: a bottle of colour liquid, developer crème, plastic gloves, intense conditioner and instructions (which now comes in a bigger tube for at least 5 applications between washes)

                  The instructions are easy to use there are two different routes you can take depending if you hair colour is already coloured or natural. The timings also depend on this fact.

                  You pour the bottle of colour in to the developing bottle and shake vigorously. The mixture is quite running and you need to make sure you are covered from head to toe in old clothes and use old towels! They will get stained!

                  I use the darkest colour they do which is darkest black. This does stain anything in its path including your skin, so I always out Vaseline on the hair line, my face and on my wrists as I seem to always get hair dye on those places! If I do get hair dye on my body I try to wipe it off straight away, if it becomes stained nail varnish remover seems to take it off.

                  Always start with the roots applying liberally and rubbing in, then wait the stated time then continue with the rest of the hair. After you have left it on the stated time you need to wash it off until the water runs clean. However with black this does not happen the water does not rune clean until a few washes later. It then says put the conditioner on- I tend to shampoo to make sure all is out - then put conditioner on. Make sure you leave this on for a t least 10 mins I would say this gives best results. Do not use all the conditioner it is meant for using in between washes - 10 washes then use it again it leaves the hair shiny.

                  The only down side to this product is the smell however all colorants seem to have this smell. I did try other colorants however I definitely think this one lasts the longest and fades a lot less.

                  Over all fab colorant for at home and cheap - the prices varies between £5.46-£6.49. Always do the colour test before hand as stated though.

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                    19.07.2009 21:36
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                    Quality permanent colour range that will make your hair shine.

                    L'Oreal Recital Preference is a permanent hair colour range I've been using every now and then when trying to look for the right shade for highlights across different ranges.

                    It comes in a shiny looking cardboard packaging, with a brown and gold colour scheme. The box includes: a bottle of developer cream, a bottle of colour liquid, a tube of conditioner, gloves and an instruction sheet.

                    The bottle of colour liquid needs to be poured into the developer cream bottle and shaken to get mixed. The consistency and texture of the mixture is a fairly runny gel rather than a cream, and is with some shades almost see-through with a faint tint of colour. The mixture gets darker throughout the developing time. The smell of the product is pretty strong compared to some others (Excellence, Garnier Nutrisse) and isn't very pleasant, but you get used to it quickly.

                    The instructions state that you should apply the colour on towel dry (wet)hair. To get the maximum effect of the colour, especially as I'm using the lighter shades, I have always applied this on dry hair, so there is no water between the product and hair making the colour milder. As I have long hair, I would also be a little worried about whether the application to wet hair would give an even result, as some parts of the hair are likely to be more dry than others. Maybe I'm just being paranoid.

                    As I've used this permanent colour to put highlights in my hair with foil, the runnyish gel consistency of the Recital mixture isn't great for making sure the colour only stays on specific sections of hair. So I'll need to be extra careful with that. Then again, when used to colour the whole hair, I would imagine that the runnyness of the colourant is actually a benefit, and might make it easier to cover all sections of hair.

                    It looks like the lightening strength of the lighter shades isn't as powerful as with the L'Oreal Excellence shades, so the result is subtle highlights, even if I keep the product in my hair past the recommended developing time. So when using an Light Ash blonde shade , for instance, I get a result that is closer to a slightly darker Golden Blonde. You can always go for a pre-lightener if you're after the exact light shade on the box, but that can be heavy on the hair.

                    The great thing about this range is the fact that it leaves your hair with a distinct shine, much better than you would get with L'Oreal Excellence, Garnier Nutrisse or Clairol, so your hair often looks much healthier than before you coloured it.

                    What is also nice is the fact that the conditioner tube that currently comes in the box is massive (54ml) compared to other colour ranges, and would last for at least 3 applications on long hair (if you can take the smell reminiscent of the colourant).

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                      15.07.2009 21:09
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                      Go for a colour that people will notice

                      Yes I admit it. I dye my hair (SHOCK!)

                      Why? Because my natural brown hair just gets a bit boring after a while.

                      The dye I use is L'Oreal Recital Preference number 2.16 Black Violet.

                      Why? Because if I'm going to the bother of dying my hair, I want people to notice!! No-one has violet hair naturally

                      The Process:
                      Take everything out of the box. You should have a pair of gloves in a little tube. A bottle of stuff. A tiny tube of ultra violet dye. A tube of coloured stuff. A sheet of paper telling you what to do. And some high shine shampoo.

                      Wet your hair and towel dry (dont shampoo it tho). Tip and squeeze the little tube and the bigger tube into the bottle. Shake well. Put the gloves on, then snap the top off the bottle.

                      I forgot that bit once, and it squirted all over my fingers and under my nails. Not a good look!

                      Apply the dye to your hair, paying attention to your parting, around your ears and forehead (and nape of neck if you have short hair like me) particularly as these areas people notice. Try not to shower it around the bathroom...

                      Leave it for the time stated (30mins). If you have long hair, I'd say it'd be a good idea to somehow secure it so you dont rub the dye over everything. If you have short hair like me, I recommend either an old towel around your shoulders, or a large amount of tissue (kitchen, loo, whatever) rolled up and wedged just lower than the longest part of your hair, as I find I put so much dye on (just to be sure) that it starts to run down my neck.

                      Wash off (I suggest the shower, easier to stand under than with your head upside down over the bath!). They say rinse with water until it runs clear. I find this would take about an hour! (maybe I should use less dye...) So i let it run until the water is only faintly tinged, then shampoo with the high shine shampoo supplied. Twice. Or Three times if you fancy.

                      Dry and style as normal.

                      Having short hair, but really (and I mean REALLY) thick, I was a little worried whether or not the dye amount would be sufficient. I shouldn't have worried. Despite the large amount I use (yes too much, we've covered that) there is still about 1/3 left in the bottle. I would imagine that if my hair was down to my bra-strap, there would be enough dye. But like I said, my hair is EXTREMELY thick, so if your hair is of normal thickness but long, don't worry, there will be plenty of dye.

                      The results:
                      I dyed mine last saturday morning (oh ok, lunchtime!). I'd been on holiday, and my hair had naturally lightened (thats the no fade claim rubbished then, mind you, it must've been four months since I did it before) so the colour as I stepped from the shower was fantastic! I even 'wow'ed myself.

                      It was noticeably dark first off, then as I moved into the sunlight, the colour shone.

                      Now to the colour:
                      In dull light, you probably wouldn't nice the colour in my hair. In strong light it hits you full on. It still makes me smile when I see the sunlight coming through my fringe, and the colour waves to me.

                      I do have to say, it's more of a red shine in some lights, but hey, I know it's violet.

                      It does stay shiny for quite some time, and the shampoo that comes with the dye kit lasts quite well (I think they recommend you use it at least once a week until it's empty) and doesn't have a nasty smell to it, as some others tend to.

                      All in all, I'm very happy with the dye kit that I chose - I must be, I've used the same one at least three times!

                      and when I get bored of violet, I'll be trying out a different shade

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                        09.07.2009 22:59
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                        Before my dark brown days began I was once a golden blonde, but of course them black roots attacked more often than I wanted them to so I searched around for a colour that would be easy for me to apply myself and be as close to blonde as possible without being a tacky peroxide colour - believe me it looked tacky on me!

                        Whilst browsing in Boots I came across L'oreal Recital Performance - it was the golden colour on the box which caught my eye and then I noticed the ladies hair on the front - a light brown golden healthy coloured hair - exactly what I wanted at the time. This particular colour was called 'Rimini - Lightest Brown'. I had to give it a try!

                        On the box itself you are provided with all the necessary information even though it can look rather confusing to somebody who has not bought boxed colours before. On the front of the box there is a picture of a model woman with that particular hair colour - of course this woman is almost always attractive a perfect winner as we all secretly want to be as stunning as some of these models don't we? Oh don't lie lol!

                        We are told the brand which in this case is L'oreal Paris Recital Performance and the colour of the dye inside. There is a warning at the top of the box 'Hair Colourants can cause an allergic reaction - skin allergy test must be done 48hours before use' - A skin allergy test is now done in quite a few salons too to prevent any bad reactions happening as much as possible.
                        Anti Fade System Up to 6 Weeks of Shine.
                        Fade Resistant Colour
                        High Shine Colour Conditioner - Silky Touch
                        We are also told that this is a permanent colour and it gives perfect grey coverage.
                        On the top of the box is a photo of what the colour should turn out like but there is more to read on the back of the box if you are still unsure.
                        On the back of the box it gives you a brief description and shows pictures of what colour your hair will turn out depending on your hair colour before.

                        In your box of goodies which costs roughly around the £5 mark, possibly less depending on where you buy it from (Boots, Superdrug as well as many supermarkets) you are provided with a tube of Conditioner, a leaflet with Safety Instructions, a plastic case complete with gloves, your hair dye (gel colourant) and the cream developer. If you havn't used it before or dyed your hair before it is probably best to read the instructions to try prevent any accidents or mishaps.

                        I firstly put on my gloves which fit perfectly over my hands and are not them loose ones which you can't feel your hands in - these gloves actually allow me to use my hands freely abling me to dye my hair the way I want and need to not the way I 'end up' doing so when I can't use my hands properly - with these I have total control.

                        I pour the gel colourant into the cream developer which lets off a strong pong, and can make my eyes a water a little due to it's strength this smell does die down within seconds though. It is that strong chemical hair dye smell which lets your nostrils know within seconds that this is not to be messed with and is to be handled with care - hence the safetry instructions, so I hope you read them lol! Once the colourant is poured into the developer as you can imagine the colour begins to 'develop' the once pure white cream is now turning a darker brown colour - you can see this through the clear plastic bottle that it comes in. Once you are ready you can pull off the plastic cap - this is securely in place to prevent any leaks and to allow you to shake the bottle vigorously to mix up the colour and cream, once pulled off though you can't place it back on so do be careful not to pour it out as hairdye can create alot of unwanted mess.

                        As for dying my hair I squeeze it on freely, especially to my roots. As I apply it the pong appears again, so I do try to keep it on my hair without having it drip down my head and into my eyes. The liquid does seem a little runny - it almost looks like washing up liquid - and it can drip quite a bit so I use just a little at a time and try to spread it evenly throughout my hair first before applying any more. By doing it this way I find there is less mess and hardly any drips. If you want to prevent any hair colour getting on your skin on your forehead or hair line as we all know this can be alittle unruly to get off then just apply a little vaseline on your preferred areas as it stops it from sinking into your skin.

                        Once on I leave for roughly 30mins, I can see whilst it's left on my black roots beginning to lighten - exactly what I needed them to do.

                        I washed off and rinsed through thoroughly and used the conditioner provided which makes my hair feel sumptuously soft - it is amazing stuff I must say.

                        After washing and drying my hair it's time to look at the results.

                        It covered my roots perfectly well and turned out a light, golden brown colour at first. It was shiny, vibrant, radiant and glowing and felt so healthy. After a few washes I noticed the colour lightened even more, and looked more blonde than brown which at the time is exactly what I wanted. Overall I was extremely pleased with the colour and the shine and the colour did last a good few weeks too - obviously my roots come through unfortunately but the rest of my hair which did have the dye on remained healthy and golden. Unlike some dyes it didn't leave me looking like a clown as if I had a wig on which didn't suit me at all instead it left my hair looking subtle and natural but with a healthy glow. The smell I found did remain on my hair after washing - but I would say I have found this no different to other dyes I have used.

                        I now use a different dye now I am darker - not because I don't like this one just because I like to try new things more often than not but I can't reccomend this dye enough. I'm not entirely sure how many weeks the colour lasted me as there was no way I left it 6 whole weeks as my roots come through horrendously quick but for however long I did leave my hair for it remained the colour I wanted it to, it kept well and stayed looking healthy. I would definitely reccomend these dyes to anybody who dyes their hair themselves or who is looking to start doing so - there are many other shades you can buy but this is the only one I have tried and I found it was brilliant. Can't reccomend it enough.

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                        A major advance in hair colouring for a rich colour which now resists fading / Recital's new patented colourant molecules penetrate the hair shaft and are locked in, providing better resistance to fading / Your hair holds onto its vibrancy and the colour you want stays truer, from roots to ends, even with repeated shampooing / This new formula actually conditions as it colours / Then the after colour care finishing cream, with its UV filter, helps protect the hair leaving it incredibly soft and shiny /