My hair had been blonde with pink underneath for a few months. I wanted to go back completely blonde but I was worried about dying over the red because I knew it may well go pink or even green! Therefore, I decided to dye my hair brown and then worry about going blonde in a few weeks.
I was very short of cash when I decided to dye my hair so therefore I was looking for something that was reasonably priced. I picked up this dye from B+M for £2.29 which I thought was a very reasonable price. I must admit, I didnt look at the box too closely, after I saw that it was from the Schwartzkopf brand I was quite satisfied it would be a safe and good quality dye so I put it in my basket. I didnt realise it was a semi permanent dye but on closer inspection I learned that it lasted up to 28 washes. This reassured me a little because I imagine that within 28 washes I will have coloured my hair again.
I wanted a dark brown colour and I knew that whatever colour I chose would be significantly lightened when it mixed with the blonde on my hair so I opted for the darkest brown that was stocked which was called natural dark brown. The colours stocked in B+M were limited but were mainly brown and red shades.
I'm always very impatient when it comes to colouring my hair - if I have the dye I like to use it asap! The dye comes with detailed instructions and guidelines, gloves and a conditioner. Of course it is recommended you do an allergy test before applying the dye so please do follow the instructions given. The dye was simple to mix and I was ready to apply the dye within a couple of minutes.
I have thick, wavy hair which comes about 4 or 5 inches below my shoulders. Therefore I should have bought two boxes of the dye but I didnt think about it! The amount of dye given is a good amount and I managed to cover most of my hair. If my hair had been shoulder length I think I would have been able to cover all my hair well but I was left with bits which didnt have as much dye as I would have liked.
The dye is a thick consistency and is a brown in colour. It is easy to apply and I didnt experience any drips. It has a subtle fruity/floral scent and it isnt at all chemical like like some dyes I have used.
It is recommended that you leave the dye on for 20-30 minutes depending on the intensity you require. I left the dye on for 30 minutes but 15 minutes in I massaged the dye through my hair again in the hope that more would be covered. I was pleased with the dye, often when I dye my hair I feel my head becoming itchy during the development time but this dye didnt irritate my skin at all.
When it came to rinsing my hair I didnt have much hope for coverage to be honest because so much of my hair hadnt had much dye on it! It rinsed out really easily and I was only in the bathroom for 5 minutes which is much less than some other dyes I have used. The conditioner comes in a sachet so you will need scissors for that but it is thick and creamy with a pleasant fruity scent. It works really well on the hair and leaves it soft and shiny.
I was really pleased with the coverage. I knew that I wasnt going to have complete coverage because I needed another pack of the dye really but I was really surprised with just how much had been covered. My hair is now a dark brown with some lighter brown towards the tips. The pink has not been completely covered but it has been muted and looks quite a bit fresher than it did before. If I had bought two packs of the dye I think that I would have been really really pleased with the dye because the coverage and the colour is really good.
I am happy with the colour - my hair is a dark brown and I didnt expect it to go so dark seeing as it was going on blonde but I love the colour. It is shiny and soft and the condition of my hair looks much better than it did before I dyed it.
The colour is strong and lasts well. I will be dying my hair before the 28 washes but I imagine it would need a simple freshening up if I did leave it this long.
I am really pleased with this dye and I would definitely recommend it. Its perfect if you just want to brighten up your colour or go for a different shade and it is a really good quality. It cares for both your hair and your skin and I would definitely use it again.
I'd used the 'Rouge Noir' version of this colour range for several years and as far as semi-permanent colours go it's pretty good. You'll need two boxes if your hair is longer than shoulder length but since the boxes sell for about £2.50 each it's still very good value for money.
The hair colour is easy to apply, smells nice and comes with clear instructions so it's easy even if it's the first time you've ever dyed your hair. The 'rouge noir' comes out very close to what was shown on the box when I used it on my light brown hair - though I'd imagine it'd come out much less red if you used it on darker hair. It produced quite an intense and noticabley red shade and this would last for about 4 weeks before fading to a sort of dark auburn colour.
Note that like most semi-permanents however this does NOT totally wash out in 6-8 weeks like they claim. Several months on and even after using a dark brown dye over the top my hair *still* had red/orange tones in it. This didn't bother me but it is important people realise this is not quite as semi-permanent as it claims!
Since it's a semi-permanent I found I could use it quite frequently without any real damage to my hair as the colour did fade relatively quickly as you would expect - reds in particular are hard to maintain.
However the reason for the 3 stars is I think they may have changed the products formula somewhat recently... they have brought out new packaging for the range and I bought the same one as usual however the result was very different. My hair came out a dark brown with a slight orange tint and the lighter parts near my roots came out a weak pink colour. Previously I had always gotten a deep red colour from this product. I may have done something wrong but was not willing to try again as was very disapointing. This colour also then faded within 2 weeks.
I've tried a few hair colours and the Schwartzkopf Country Colours is my favourite.
It comes in a range of about 20 colours from blond to black and costs up to around £5.00 for a package. I use the red colours as I find these particularly nice.
The colour is neasy to use you simply twist the two bottles together to mix them. You shake the liquids together to make up an even coloured paste and then put it all over clean dry hair. You can then wait anything from 10 minutes to 30 minutes depending upon the level of colour you want to achieve. You then rinse it all out and use the special conditioner provided to finish your hair. The package also includes plastic disposable gloves.
I find it easy to use and it does not have any strong chemical smells to it. The conditioner actually smells very nice. The fact that you mix the liquids together by twisting the bottles together also makes it quite clean to use.
The colour lasts well and fades evenly.
Just to let you know, I am reviewing the Swarzkopf brand of Vital colours Hair colourant. The difference being - Country colours are more muted, natural and Vital is a more intense, vibrant colour.
After searching the web to find a picture to enable me to make a product suggestion (as these are not in the Dooyoo catalogue) I have come to the conclusion that Swarzkopf have discontinued this brand as I couldn't find a photo anywhere. They are available to purchase still though. I found mine in Home Bargains, you may find them in small independent chemists too, where stock doesn't change very often. As they are still available, I am going to review it. I hope you don't mind.
The box is a standard hair colorant shape. After seeing them lined up row upon row in Boots etc. I have come to the conclusion that they are basically all the same size and shape, with only one or two exceptions.
The branding on the front of the box states - Swarzkopf Vital Colours and the box is flashed at the corner in blue and the word new. I now know this to be incorrect, as it has not been new for a long time, after using it on many occasions.
The model on the front of the box, has sweeping chocolate brown locks. I am using Number 80, dark brown, Intensive colour creme.
Upon opening the box you will find one bottle part filled with hydrogen peroxide. Always keep these bottles away from children as there are no safety tops on them. There is also a tube, containing the colorant, a tiny tube containing after treatment conditioner, and Instructions for use.
Reading the instructions, a skin test should be done 48 hours before use. This is because of allergy. With allergic reaction to hair dye, the results are horrific and even lead to death. Therefore, I whole heartedly recommend that this test is undertaken every time, not just when you change brands. The instructions also tell me to apply a tiny bit of the colorant to the area inside the elbow, and leave uncovered for 45 minutes. Usually this test is taken behind the ear, so please be aware that you must take notice and read your instructions beforehand.
After waiting the 48 hours for the skin test, If no reaction has occured, it may be tingling, redness or soreness, you may proceed with the application. You may at this time apply vaseline to the skin area, directly next to the hairline to avoid skin staining. As a trainee hairdresser many years ago, we were taught this tip, but it is not necessary, I will explain further on.
I have bought this kit for my daughter, she started going grey at 12, bless her. The last time I bought this kit and applied it as I would in a salon, with a brush, I found one bottle didn't go very far, and the results were patchy. For reference she has shoulder length hair, with layers and it is very fine.
This time, being prepared, I purchased two boxes. These were only a couple of pounds each at Home Bargains, and so I purchased both for roughly about the same price as Boots sold them, when they were in stock.
For reviewing purposes, this time I have applied just as you would at home. Wearing my gloves, found in the box, for protection, I firstly brush her hair to remove any knots and tangles. The application should be on dry but dirty hair, so please do not wash the hair prior to using this product. I now remove the lid of the applicator bottle (not the nozzle or you will have hair dye everywhere while you shake). I then undo the screw cap lid to the tube of colorant. I need to turn the lids around and pierce the protective bit of metal that allows the contents 1. not to escape and 2. to remain fresh. That done, I squeeze contents into the applicator bottle and shake to mix. The shaking should be done vigorously until all the contents are mixed. This takes about twenty seconds and you can feel and hear the difference, it becomes creamy.
You are now ready to apply once you have covered your shoulders with an old towel to prevent ruining your clothes. Working around the hairline (this is a first time application as her old dye has grown out) I massage into the scalp, making sure I have covered every hair right down to the skin. Don't worry about getting any splashes on the skin at this point. I have a special tip for that when it comes to removal. Work all around the hairline. Then tipping your head forward, apply in half inch sections, working up towards the top of the head. Making sure the scalp area is done and there are no missed bits - you are now able to squeeze more product on to the mid-lengths and ends of the hair. If you hair is short, just apply the product and massage it in, however, if your hair is longer you will have to take small sections to do this.
For first time applications you are now able to wait the prescribed thirty minutes to allow the colour to develop.
Vital Colours with Nutri-care and pr0tect complex, gives long lasting colour, with full grey coverage, this is why I have chosen it for my daughter.
If doing a root re-growth application, you need only apply two thirds of the mixture to the root area only, leave the colour to develop for twenty minutes. After waiting, you can now apply the rest of the mixture to the mid-lengths and ends, carefully massaging it in, and waiting a further ten minutes.
I would like to say at this point, the bottle is made of quite hard plastic and it became quite hard to squeeze at certain times - these being when the product was first mixed and was quite thick and gloopy (it thins out after a while) and also when I was two thirds down the bottle, it was quite hard to squeeze that last bit out. Someone with not very dextrous hands may need help with application at this point.
Removal. Wearing your gloves again, gently splash your hair with water, just enough to loosen the product. At this time massage the hair around the scalp, to remove any splashes or marks of unwanted hair dye. Do not be afraid. The hair dye at this point will not stain you further, tint from your hair actually removes the tint from your skin, so I actively encourage that you do scrub the hair dye into the surrounding areas of the hairline. Wet your hair further, and massage all the scalp area firmly. You are now able to rinse you hair until the water becomes clear.
Now apply the contents of the conditioner bottle and massage into mid-lengths and ends, taking particular care at the ends as this hair is the oldest). Leave it on for 2 minutes to work its magic. This nuticare conditioner is infused with apricot oil for deep nourishment for supple hair and helps protect your new colour from fading by sealing up the cuticles. Depending on the length of your hair, you may get a second application from this little bottle to keep you hair in tip top condition, and looking its best.
Rinse and style your hair as normal. At this point you may find you have missed a bit of hair colorant on your face. This is simple to remove, with ash. Yes ash! I always wondered how they found this out! Alternatively, if you are a non smoking household, like ours is, you may use a face scrub, that should remove the worst.
When the hair is dry it is full of colour. It is vibrant and shiny. You would never have known it wasn't a professional salon colour. Some home colorants are quite Ash - in other words, they are quite greyish and draining on the skin tone. This is natural and vibrant and gives a good colour every time.
I am only giving it four stars because it is not widely available anymore.
I have been pulling out the odd grey hair now and again for the past year or so, I have been in total denial and not even close to admitting I am losing my lovely auburn colouring when I am not even 30 yet.
I have been told red heads go grey quicker than other hair colours and my fathers red head of hair was totally white by the time he was 50. I have just had my hair cut short and suddenly what I thought was a few stray greys turned out to be a whole army of them.
I love my colour hair and I really didn't want to change it but I clearly had to do something to stop me becoming a member of the grey brigade way before my time.
So I went into Superdrug and bought this Schwarzkopf country colours - semi permanent dye, in highlands chestnut the closest colour to my natural tone. Here is how I got on.
First impressions - The box has a lovely autumnal colour scheme, with warm browns and oranges. Each box would have a different model on the front depending on what colour you choose. The name of the colour is printed in quite small white writing but the colour number is in a big yellow box on the front.
The side of the box has a little guideline to show you what colour you will achieve depending on your starting colour, this was very useful for me as I didn't want my colour to change dramatically at all .
There is also a number on the top of the box to show you what level of colour you are choosing, 1 - wash out, 2 - semi permanent 6-8 weeks, 3 - permanent.
What's inside the box ?
- 40ml - Colour gel
- 50ml - developing cream
- 22.5 ml - conditioner
- Instruction leaflet with gloves attached.
How to use it -
They suggest you do a strand and skin test to ensure you are not likely to have an adverse reaction to the dye, the instructions show you how to do this.
Once you are confident the dye is safe to use you need to follow these easy steps
1)dampen your hair, you must not use shampoo at this stage.
2) Put the gloves on, the gloves are not very nice, they are absolulty huge, even on my big bricklayer hands. They are not made of a nice latex, they are made of a funny plastic sort of like what bread from the bakery comes in.
3)Take the developing lotion and pour the gel into it, give it a good shake to mix it all together. The lotion comes with a nozzle top that can unscrew very easily.
4) Apply the mix all over your hair, (if you have roots showing there are different instructions in the pack, but this didn't apply to me.)
The mix was a bright orange colour and a little scary. It is very thick which is great as it didn't slash or drip at all.
There was hardly any smell, a very slight fragrance but not unpleasant.
5) Leave it for twenty minutes.
6) rinse off under warm water until the water is clear, this takes some time to make sure you get all of it out.
7) Put on the conditioner, leave for two minutes and then rinse it out. You are supposed to get two portions of conditioner but I used the whole tube in one go and my hair is very short.
8) That's it, just style as usual - easy peasy.
Final verdict - My hair was so soft and looked gorgeously healthy, the colour was bright without it looking like I had a dyed hair.
The colour is supposed to last for 6-8 weeks and I would say that this is pretty accurate although the by week five the colour was not as vibrant.
I loved how there was no root regrowth, it all just faded naturally and evenly.
It did cover most of the greys but a few stubborn ones remained.
It was incredibly easy to use and follow the instructions, which was perfect for a novice like me.
The dye cost £3.45 from Superdrug, which I thought was fantastic value for money.
I got quite a shock the other day when I went to the hairdressers. I have coloured my hair in recent years to delay the grey haired old lady look but I hadn't coloured it for a while. I had my hair restyled and cut very short in that kind of scruffy, sticky up kind of style. When I looked in the mirror I couldn't believe it.
Restyle my hair and cutting off the ends revealed an almost iron grey head of hair. I looked twice and when the girl who cut my hair asked me what was wrong I told her, 'You've cut it grey!'
She laughed but I couldn't get to Superdrug quickly enough to buy a hair colour.
I have far more than 10% grey so I needed to choose carefully. Any colourant with too much red in it tends to be very bright on my hair anyway and I didn't want to risk an allergic reaction as that has happened to me before.
I chose Schwartzkopf because it is a reliable brand and it was on offer for £2.99. The colour I used was medium blonde, shade number 40, which I hoped would turn my grey hair back to something that looked similar to its natural colour.
I'm not one for reading instructions but when it comes to hair colourant I wasn't prepared to take the risk. I've had several disasters in the past because I was too lazy to read the leaflet inside the box. So, I read the instructions.
The first thing to do is to do a small patch test on the inside of your arm if you haven't used this product before. Put a little of color-creme on the inside of your elbow and leave it for 45 minutes. Wash off. If any skin reaction occurs during processing time, or during the next 48 hours you should wash the product off, and not use it.
Anyway, I have used this brand before so I skipped the test. Armed with a dark coloured towel, and the gloves, crème developer, color crème and conditioner from the box, I set about regaining my youth. (On the surface anyway!)
First put the gloves on or your hands and nails will get stained. Believe me, I've done it and it's very hard to remove. Unscrew the crème developer and open the color crème tube by piercing the tube with the reversed cap. Sounds complicated but its not rocket science. Squeeze the whole tube into the developer bottle. Close the cap and shake until its mixed up.
Don't wash your hair first as this product is designed to be used on unwashed hair. Apply the colourant to your hair and leave for about 20 to 30 minutes. Keep testing a piece of hair to see how strong the colour is.
Rinse off and massage in about half the sachet of apricot conditioner. There's enough to condition your hair twice but don't save the colourant as it seems to expand and leak out of the bottle. I've tried saving it for next time and it can't be done.
There is a comprehensive list of safety instructions with this product and lots of do's and don'ts. You mustn't use this as an eyebrow, or eyelash dye. Don't let it come into contact with jewellery as it may stain it. All of these things are in the leaflet which you get in the box so there is no need to go into them all here.
So, did it bring back my youth? The result is excellent. This isn't a flat coloured hair dye which looks artificial. It is different shades and tones where it has reacted to the different shades in my own hair colour. I think I look good and that's all that really matters.
Over the summer months I like to lighten my hair to an ash blonde tone and during the winter months I gradually darken it until it is a lush brunette colour, so with all the dying of hair at various times of the year i like to buy a product which is kind to the hair, as well as getting something which will turn out the colour I expect after dying my hair.
The last hair dye I bought was Schwartzkopf Country Colours which retails at around £1.30 in the savers shops if you have one near to you then it's worth poping in for a bargain, at the supermarkets expect to pay more than £2 for it depending on where you buy.
It's always best to do a strand test before dying your hair to se if the shade that your strand turns out to be is going to be what you like. If like me your not really bothered unless it turns a horrible shade of orange then just mix it all up and put it on evenly over the hair.
You always get a pair of rubber gloves with the hair dye kits and it is best to wear them. Any silver jewellery can get ruined if you let the liquid hair dye come int o contact with it and anyone with sensative skin can be irritated by the hair dye if gloves are not worn.
You get a tube of cream hair colour, a developer cream applicator, gloves and an instuction leaflet.
Mix the ingredients together shaking well to make sure you get an even mix.
Apply evenly over the hair, making sure you don't get it in the eyes and are wearing an old t-shirt or towel around your shoulders to protect your clothes.
Once you have applied the mixture, it's time to wait the usual 20 to 25 minutes time for the mixture to develop. Make sure your in a room with an open window as this stuff stinks and other members of the family will complain if your sat int he room with them.
Once the desired shade or time limit has elapsed rinse the mixture off the hair and wash in your normal choice of shampoo, condition your hair and towel or use a hair dryer.
After using this product i found that the hair did feel good after conditioning, but found that if i didn't condition my hair after every wash then the hair became brittle and fuzzy looking. I bought a medium giold blonde colour this time and the colour didn't turn out as light as I'd have expected it to be, nothing like the photo of the womans hair on the box but about three shades darker and more of a red undertone in it.
I did find that after washing the hair over a period of three weeks the colour did fade but still not to the shade on the box. I will use this product again but will be wary of the shades advertied, if I expect a darker colour than the one on the box then I can pick something light and probably get the colour shade I am looking for.
It is easy to use and the ahir loks good for up to four or five weeks when you have to think about doing it again to cover the roots, so at the cheaper price than some other hair colour products I think I might try it again next time.
Please take my advice and do not buy country colours. I wanted to dye my hair a dark shade of red semi-permanatly because the little 99p shaders and toners don't really work. I went into Superdrug and bought a Country colours in a shade of red. I looked on the back of the packet to see how well it'd work on my light brown hair. It wasn't too drastic - it was nice and exactly what I wanted. I excitedly took my new purchase home and massaged it into my hair with the plasticy gloves provided. It smells really bad and drips and stains clothes, the bath, and my ears and neck. So I put it in and then settled down to watch the finals of Pop Idol. After the right amount of time I washed it off and at first I couldn't really see what shade it was because my hair was wet but as it dried I burst into tear. My hair was no longer LIGHT OR the red I'd selected. It was bright bright reddy pink and I jsut burst into tears. There was no way I could get it out, It was supposed to last for 24 washes so I washes it lots and lots but nothing happened - it didn't fade at all. I had to wait for it to grow out. I got into big trouble at school because they said PINK hair was not allowed but therewas nothing I oculd do. I had to wait for about 2 years for it to go. My mum called the country colours helpline but they just said there wasnothing we could do.
Its OK I don?t mean I?m about to pop my clog?s I?m talking hair dye. I am quite lucky when it comes to my hair. Its quite thick with good body, slightly curly but not too much and doesn?t go frizzy very often. I also count my self lucky when it comes to the colour. I am brunette and despite being in my late forties. I have very few grey hairs and it is quite a good rich colour. Although I do not really need to dye my hair. I do sometimes feel like a change. Especially if I?m going out somewhere special, or even just to cheer my self up. I do not want to use a permanent hair colour just yet. I used to use a semi permanent called ?Harmony? that I thought was very good, it just washed in. Lately this seems to have vanished from the shelves of all the places I shop. So I have been forced to look around for an alternative. I went into Superdrug to see what was suitable. I didn?t want to go to a lot of fuss. I was attracted to one box in particular on the shelf. The box, which was a sort of reddish brown with a picture of an attractive woman on the front. Was very informative and held a lot of information. It told me it was ?tone on tone colorant? and was full of light and shine. That it washes out after 24 washes. It also contains Bees wax and Wheat protein and is gentle with your hair. It covers grey leaving your hair beautifully soft and healthy. The box warns you it contains Hydrogen peroxide, Resorcinol and Phenylenediamines. These are products that can cause an allergic reaction. It recommends that you perform a skin sensitivity test 24 hours prior to using the colorant. The kit contains: 1 Bottle of colour lotion 1 Bottle of crème developer 1 Tube of shine conditioner 1 Pair of gloves 1 instruction leaflet This seemed just what I was looking for. I paid £2.99 for it in Superdrug.There were quite a few colours to choose from. I was in the mood to go red, my favourite colour to go. When I went to use it, I found it very easy to use. The gloves were stuck on the back of the instruction leaflet and easy to remove. They also fitted quite well, making it easier to work with. The leaflet itself was very easy to understand. With clear instructions and even pictures. It was also written in several different languages. The bottle of colour lotion screws into the bottle of crème developer. You then give it a good shake to ensure that all the mixture is mixed properly. When the mixture is ready you just dampen your hair and using the gloves provided apply the entire contents of the bottles (if you have long hair. You are advised to use two bottles). Massage in thoroughly and ensure even distribution. You leave the mixture on you hair for twenty to thirty minutes. This is the bit I hate as other dyes I have tried tend to run all down over your face and neck. They some times colour your skin making you look like a large cat or something has mauled you. This one I was very pleased to find hardly ran at all. It just seemed to hold itself well in my hair. After my waiting time was up. I rinsed it from my hair. As with all hair dyes it took some rinsing but I did find the conditioner seemed to help to clear it. When my hair was dry I was very pleased with the results. The colour was nice and rich, quite natural looking and it was very soft and shiny. I found that all the dye was easy to remove from my skin. Also when I washed the towels it all washed out quite easily leaving them nice and clean. I don?t think it lasted as long as 24 washes like it claims to on the box, more like about eighteen or nineteen. It did last long enough for my liking though. It does wash completely out so after a short while you can try a different colour. All in all I found this product safe and easy to use. I also feel it gave the desired results. I would recommend it anyone just wanting a quick fix or a change. Tha
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My hair isn't blonde, so dyes and colourants that aren't permanant or don't contain bleach have no effect on my hair, or very little. So I wasn't really expecting much with Schwartzkopf Country Colours, but thought it was worth a try. So I bought it, it was a shade called Grand Canyon, it looked like a warm, coppery red on the picture on the box. I thought, "oooooh, 24 washes, thats quite a lot, I'll try that." Anyway, I didn't do a skin test (I have had no bad reactions before) and didn't do a strand test (I dye my light brown hair a lot and can never be bothered with a strand test) and didn't even use vaseline on my ears, forehead or hairline, as I've had no problems with stained skin before. The colourant is easy to apply, with a bottle of creme developer and a small tub of colourant which you attach easily to the bottom of the creme developer bottle, and shake. The dye is a bit messy to apply but the pair of plastic gloves supplied make it a lot easier. The thing wrong is.......... the dye does take a while to rinse out, but I usually don't wait until the water runs clear for 2 main reasons: 1) I'm impatient, and 2) I get worried I'm washing the colour thats just been applied to my hair completely out. The colour result on my naturally light brown hair was FANTASTIC, but more vivid than the warm red shown on the box. It was like a bright red. I like wild colours (I am planning to dye my hair purple next!!!) so I was happy with the result. So happy in fact that I re-dyed over the colour with the same shade, which I repeated a few times. The only thing is, because I have done so, this red colour is taking ages to come out, and I want it to be completely removed before I dye again. But I would recommend this for red dye maniacs who don't want to committ to a permanant colour.
I’ve got long, dark brown hair. That’s it. It’s just long and dark brown. Oh, and it’s straight. Not a kink in it anywhere. So there you go. Long, straight, dark brown hair. I like my hair. I’ve not started to go grey yet (okay, I’ve pulled out a couple but hey, I’m 41 so what more can you expect?) and it generally looks pretty healthy. Right now, it could do with a good cut, but I hate going to the hairdresser, so it’s just long, straight and dark brown. Or is it? No! It isn’t! Not anymore. Not since I dyed it a couple of weeks ago. It was a whim thing. I was walking around Wilkinson’s when I suddenly decided to change my hair colour. I didn’t want to do anything drastic, but I definitely wanted a change. Now I’ve had a few colours in my hair over the years, ranging from blonde streaks to purple all over. I’ve even tried black, which I actually quite liked, but mostly I’ve been dark brown. This time I fancied something red. Not carrot coloured or anything too flaming; something close to my own colour but with a bit more warmth to it. After browsing the shelves for a while, I decided to go for a semi-permanent colour. I didn’t want to have to worry about roots in the future, but I didn’t want something that was going to wash out within a couple of weeks either. That’s basically why I chose Schwarzkopf Country Colors, which is a tone-on-tone colourant, whatever that means. There are three varieties to choose from, one that’s permanent, one that’s semi-permanent and should last up 24 washes, and one that washes out. Right, now that I know the type of hair colour I want, it’s time to choose the actual colour. There are plenty of colours to choose from in the semi-permanent range, ranging from golden blondes, through browns and reds to black. I chose Marakech, which looked as though it
8217;d be dark, reddish brown. Just the ticket! Home again and upstairs to the bathroom. There was no time to waste; I wanted to get my colour done NOW! I’m like that you see. Once I’ve made my mind up, there’s no hanging around. Full of excitement, I opened the box (I must lead a boring life) and peeked inside. What did I find? A sheet of instructions with plastic gloves attached, an odd shaped bottle, an odd shaped sort-of bottle type thing, and a tube. Hmm… not the sort of bottles I would’ve expected to find. That things aren’t the way you’d expect them to be isn’t always a bad thing though. These bottles were odd shapes because of the simplicity of the system. You just take the smaller odd-shaped bottle looking thing (contains the colour lotion) and screw it into the bottom of the bigger bottle type thing (contains the crème developer). You then turn the whole thing upside down so that the contents of the smaller wotsit can mix with the contents of the bigger one, twirl them about a bit to get a good mix, remove the cap and off you go. The colour has to be applied to dry hair, and although the box said that those with long hair should use two packs, I only actually needed one. My hair was drenched in the stuff after applying one lot so where I’d put the other lot is a mystery to me. If you’ve got hair down to your waist, then you might well need two packs, but if your hair’s below the shoulder type length then one pack is all you’ll need. Don’t be fooled into buying two like I was. I’ll have to admit that I didn’t do the skin sensitivity test thing so I didn’t know whether I was about to come out in dreadful sores all over my head. I know we’re supposed to do these tests, but I really did want to dye my hair NOW!!! If the truth be known, I’ve never done one of those tests. Not since the very first time I dyed my hair abo
ut 25 years ago. I’m still alive, and luckily I didn’t come out in sores this time either. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do the test though. You should. The packet says so. The colour went on nicely. The applicator was very easy to use and the colour itself was nice and creamy, not at all runny. I did get some on my forehead, ears and neck, but that was because I wasn’t careful, not because it ran. It came off easily enough with soap, and don’t we all make a bit of a mess of home hair colouring? The colour has to be left on for 20-30 minutes. Now that’s the bit that always gets me. It takes me about 15 minutes to cover my hair with colour, which means that the bits that get done first will have had colour on them for 45 minutes by the time I wash it all off. I always leave it on for the maximum time y’see, which always leaves me worrying that I’ll be left with large chunks of VERY coloured hair, and the rest normally coloured. Or worse – some of my hair might frizzle up and disintegrate. Anyway, I left it for 30 minutes and returned to the bathroom to wash it all off again. You don’t have to shampoo as the dye itself lathers up when you put water on it, but believe me, it takes ages to get it all out. My bathroom looked like a pig had been slaughtered in it by the time I’d finished. I’m a bit messy y’see. I did hold my head over the sink, but I’m not very good at being still in odd positions and I suppose one turn of the head would be enough for my hair to swoosh about a bit and chuck some colour up the wall. Never mind. Worse things have happened at sea. Once the water ran reasonably clear, I used the tube of conditioner that’s supplied with the colour. I’d expected my hair to feel all soft and lovely afterwards; it usually does after colouring, and as this one contains beeswax and wheat protein, I thought I’d be left wi
th wonderfully healthy looking hair. Not so. It actually felt a bit greasy and limp and I had to wash it all over again using my regular shampoo and conditioner. And so for the result. Was it any good? Well a certain special somebody who wasn’t too keen on the idea of me colouring my hair, said it looked nice, so it can’t be that bad. It isn’t quite the colour I’d expected, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. It’s dark and it has a reddish tone and that’s what I’d wanted after all. The certain special somebody said that the colour looked a bit too uniform; that you can tell it’s not real because natural hair colour has variation. Fair enough. I don’t know about you but I don’t expect dyed hair to look natural. It’s like make-up. Everybody knows that green eyelids and purple lips aren’t natural but does it really matter? Evidently, Country Colours covers up to 50% grey hair, which is handy if you’re sick of the way men look distinguished but women just look dowdy with grey hair. And let’s face it, grey hair does generally look better on blokes, doesn’t it? Although I’m not grey yet, I’m pretty sure I’m going to look dowdy when it does happen, and I’m damned if I’ll go along with that! Once the grey takes over, I’ll probably dye my hair bright pink and embark on my ‘growing old disgracefully’ mission. The list of ingredients is loooooong. I won’t bother with them here because it’d take me a month of Sunday’s to type them out, I’d doubtless make umpteen spelling mistakes and you probably wouldn’t bother to read that bit anyway. I shouldn’t imagine many of us would have a clue what any of it meant either. It doesn’t contain ammonia though. If your hair’s highlighted or streaked, you shouldn’t use it. The same goes for metallic dy
es and hennas. The box doesn’t tell you this though. You have to read the enclosed leaflet to find out whether or not you can use it. If my hair had been streaked or henna’ed, I wouldn’t have been too impressed at having to take it back just because the Schwarzkopf company couldn’t tell me whether or not I can use it on the OUTSIDE of the pack. Germans! Hmmph! Schwarzkopf say that none of their products are tested on animals but as they purchase chemicals throughout Europe, they can’t be certain of the testing procedures used by their suppliers. All in all I was satisfied with this product. It was very easy to use with minimal mess (thanks to the strange bottle type wotsits, remember?), coloured evenly, didn’t smell too bad and has now been through about 10 washes without any fading. The RRP is £5.29 but I paid £2.48 at Wilkinson’s. At that price I really can’t see any reason to quibble. ~~+~~+~~
"Notice anything different about me today?" The question that partners dread. "Erm... is it your... eye make up?" "You've got new... earrings?" "You've (gulp) lost weight?" "You're wearing a wonder-bra?" (Thwack!) Do they ever stop to think that maybe you want them to say "No. You look just the same as ever. A bit more gorgeous perhaps."? When I coloured my hair with Country Colours, nobody noticed the difference... and that was just how I planned it. I wanted to disguise the few grey strands that I've got without it being obvious that I'd had to colour my hair. I picked out a product whose colour seemed the closest to my own, but you never quite know, doo yoo? In this case though, Abracadabra - my grey had gone, my hair looked richer and glossier, and no-one had any idea that I'd done it. Not even my Mum, and we all know what eagle eyes Mums have. I paid £5.99 in a local chemist and found it excellent value for money... because, as time went on, the colour changed subtly, giving slight hints of red. But it was gradual and natural and almost imperceptible. Just right for a coward like me! The procedure seemed pretty standard as far as I can tell as a first timer. A bottle screws into another bottle, shake it up and apply like shampoo. Very simple. Plastic gloves and conditioner were also provided. The packet gives a little chart to show what the likely result of using the colour will be if you're brunette, blonde etc. Criticisms: if you're a bit more adventurous, these colours might not be radical enough for you; and don't leave it on too long. I did it in the bath and got carried away luxuriating in the bubbles. I didn't overrun the time the packet suggested, but it was borderline, and I had a sensitive, flaky scalp for a while. "Notice anything different?" - "Yeah, you've got dandruff" m
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This is the best hair colour I've used. I'd spent years using many different brands and eventually let my hair have a rest. I only decided to dye it again when I saw this product on offer at half price. I'm so glad I did! The shade I chose was Marakech, and even though my mid-brown hair was supposed to take the colour well, I wasn't expecting too much. I was very pleasantly surprised. Of course, there's the usual staining of everything else you end up hitting with the dye, but it does wash out eventually. It's just a shame they still don't provide gloves that either fit properly, or don't split at the slightest bit of tension. When will these companies learn? Anyway, the little grey I have disappeared instantly, and the dye didn't fade away after a few washes. Finally I've found something that successfully hides the fact I'm going grey prematurely, and doesn't look really fake. The only thing I'm concerned about is that with every re-application, the colour is getting darker and darker. My hair looks almost black on photos now, even though in bright, natural light it's dark red. I originally found this product on offer at half price, but when I came to buy more I found it in another store which had the regular price marked the same as the offer. Even for things like this, it pays to shop around!
I must admit I only started buying this range of hair colours as they were on a special offer of half price. They had a terrific range of reds so I bought 2. I have very thick, quite long hair so need to purchase hair colours that can be put on wet hair, so it goes further. It's easy to apply but as with most hair colours, does take a while to rinse out and the bath does resemble a bloodbath. After not expecting very much I was delighted with the result. A really rich, full colour which lasts really well. It also covered up my few bits of grey well, which some of the others do not. I went back the next week and bought another 4 in varying shades of red and have been really happy with all of them. They are definately a brand I will purchase again even when the special offer is not on any more.
I've dyed my hair for years, I think I should have been a red head basically!! Country colours is one of the best colourants that I have used and i have used rather alot!!!!! I've got dark brown hair so I can only talk about the darker colours eg Mahogangy , plum and my favourite one India spice which gives me a viberant dark red colour. It also gives your hair a more natural appearance ie not dyed! It takes half an hour to work and like all hair dyes can be a bit messy to apply. The box contains the usual hair dye the usual naff flimsy gloves and a conditioner. It does need to be rinsed out very throughly - this can take ages. I tend to use it then put on a really good conditioner eg Wella's liquid hair and leave that on for ages, that way my hair does not end up feeling like straw. The colour does tend to last more than the 24 washes and does not look faded after a couple of washes like some dyes do. An excellent product.