Product Type: Schwarzkopf hair care products
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Mask those greys away!
Schwarzkopf Color Mask
Member Name: jeffjen
Schwarzkopf Color Mask
Advantages: Nice concept, easy to use, nice fragrance, covers all grey.
Disadvantages: Colour faded faster than I expected.
Because I now have the dreaded grey coming through, I find I need to colour my hair every 5 weeks or so whereas I could leave it a lot longer than this when I was younger of course. Sometimes, I find I only need to colour the roots because of how often I colour my hair and so I alternate this with full head colouring, to try and protect my hair a little from the damage regular colouring and heat can cause.
I think I have tried most of the hair colouring products that have appeared on the shelves over the years, although I do have one or two favourites. However, as hair dyes can often be found on promotional offers in both supermarkets and other stores such as Boots etc, I am often tempted away from my favourites when they are not on promotion and I will choose one that is. Which is what lead me to purchase Schwarzkopf Color Mask recently.
Schwarzkopf is a brand I have had a fair amount of experience of over the years, as I used to regularly purchase their 'Country Colours' range a few years back and more recently I have purchased their 'LIVE Color XXL' when it has been on offer and found it also to be a decent product.
Therefore when I spotted this new 'Color Mask' range from Schwarzkopf on the shelves at my local Morrisons supermarket at a promotional price of £3.50, I decided I would give it a try, quite confident based on my past experiences using Schwarzkopf hair colours that I was buying another decent product.
Schwarzkopf state their Color Mask gives you a unique colour experience. It is easy to use - just like a hair mask - and offers natural looking colours with perfect grey coverage. They are the first company to introduce this type of hair colour and it was launched earlier this year.
I chose the dark brown shade as my hair is naturally dark brown, but with increasing grey strands appearing. I often choose dark red shades too but as I was trying a new product I stuck with dark brown on this occasion.
Apart from wanting to cover the dreaded grey, I do like the added vibrancy I get when colouring my hair too and it usually looks and feel soft and shiny after colouring.
The preparation was different to other dyes I have used and this is where the 'color mask' comes in. The first thing I noticed was that instead of the usual bottle you use to apply the colour to your hair, there is a tub with a screw on lid instead. You simply squeeze the tube of colouring creme into the tub, screw the lid back on and give it a good shake before unscrewing the lid and dipping your fingers in to scoop out the product and apply to your hair with your fingers.
Full instructions are provided, as well as information about carrying a strand test first, not only to test the colour but also to test if you are allergic to the product. The gloves were just the flimsy thin type which don't fit your hands snugly, but I didn't find this too much of a problem.
I prefer hair colourants which you apply to dry hair, as I personally find them so much easier and less messy to apply as well as being far less time consuming too, so I was pleased to discover that this dye is to be applied to dry, unwashed hair, just like the other Schwarzkopf products I have used.
I am used to applying hair colour from a plastic bottle which you squeeze on to your hair via the applicator nozzle so using this tub was a little different but just as easy I found.
Even when using a bottle with the nozzle tip, you still need to use your fingers to evenly cover your hair with the product and so scooping this colourant from a tub wasn't really a lot different at all. It has a nice thick creamy consistency and as I scooped it out and applied it to my hair I found it did not run at all, nor was it messy.
I started at the roots, applying with my fingers, smoothing the creme through my hair. I applied a generous amount from the tub to my roots and then the rest I applied to the lengths of my hair which is quite long. At no time did I find it messy to apply at all, indeed the consistency is just perfect and I found it was almost the same as applying an intense conditioning mask. I then piled my hair on top of my head and left it for 30 minutes as directed.
Apart from being really pleased with the consistency, the other thing I noticed right away which really pleased me, was that this hair dye actually has a nice fragrance, unlike some of the strong peroxide-smelling hair colourants you can buy.
I rinsed it all out using the shower after 30 minutes, which was easy enough and then all that is left to do is to apply the sachet of conditioner which is also included in the box, to your hair. This I found was the trickiest bit of all, as I found the sachet really difficult to tear open using my fingers. There is a small 'v' cut out on the side which you are meant to tear it open from, but this proved to be really difficult.
I was standing under the shower and my hands were wet, so I tried drying my hands (and the sachet) and pulled at it again, but could only manage to open it a tiny bit and then struggled to sqeeze out the conditioner from the small opening. Therefore I recommend you take a moment to cut the sachet open with scissors so it is ready to use, before you begin rinsing the dye from your hair.
I left the conditioner on my hair for a couple of minutes before rinsing it off and was pleased with the feel of my hair after this. My fingers glided through my hair easily and the fragrance was quite nice too.
I dried and styled my hair as usual and I was quite happy with the results. My hair was a shiny dark brown and all grey was completely covered.
My hair felt soft and silky smooth and I was happy with the results, but after a couple of weeks I was disappointed to notice that the colour had faded slightly. This was something which did not happen when I used Schwarzkopf LIVE XXL dye, but unfortunately had also happened when I used their LIVE Salon Style product and so some Schwarzkopf hair colourants are definitely better than others when it comes to the colour's staying power.
Another ten days or so down the line and I had noticed it had faded quite a bit more and so although I was initially pleased with this product, I was slightly disappointed with the colour's staying power overall. I do have to wash my hair most days but have used permanent hair dyes which hold the colour well. This isn't the worst I have ever used in terms fading colour, but there are longer-lasting colurants out there and I do think their LIVE XXL range is better than this Color Mask range in terms of longer-lasting colour. Because I colour my hair every few weeks, this wasn't a huge disappointment to me, but it you are lucky enough not to have any grey and colour your hair less often, then you may be disappointed with the staying power of this colour.
Because of this, I doubt I would be happy to pay full price for this product but would be happy to use again when available at a cheaper price as part of a promotional offer.
Summary: Great product to use, just wish the colour lasted a little longer before fading.