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Every now and again I have a 'must change my hair to a wild colour' moment and go a bit crazy. Unfortunately I must admit it hasn't been for a while, my current office work place forbid 'unnatural hair colours'... but in the past I have had pink, red, purple and orange hair ...
Whenever I do have a moment like that, I always chose the Schwartzkopf Color XXL range simply because a) they are cost effective and b) their hair colour's are amazingly vivid! (continue reading)
They have such a wide range of hair colours that when I do have a spur of the moment hair crisis, it can be difficult to decide which one to chose! After colouring however, my hair does feel lovely and glossy and not damaged from the process. I do dye my hair a lot and find that my hair ends are quite dry & frizzy.
The biggest issue with brightly coloured hair is that after the first wash, the glossy colour fades ... and it fades fast. But once the first wash is over, the colour that remains will pretty much stay that shade for a while ! So although the bright colour does fade, the colour itself does last for a long time until regrowth.
Oh and if you want brightly coloured hair, don't have white linen!!
I have very damaged hair from straightening everyday and then back combing for it only to go up in a bun most days. My hair is very brittle and very thin. I used to use peroxide to dye my hair blonde but this was damaging it even more. I then knew I had to change the colour of my hair so get away from the peroxide. I used all kinds of different brand hairdyes from blonde colours through the black. I never stuck to the same brand. I then tried the xxl live colour and it was amazing and made my hair feel gorgeous! The colour was so rich and internees and lasted ages! Much longer than any of the other dyes I had used. For about 2 years I have used xxl now and I would never use anything else! It takes about 6 weeks for my roots to show using this and the condition of my hair is loads better!
I bought this on a whim when shopping instore at Tesco. There is a reason why I usually shop online as it prevents me from making impulse purchases. It is said that you shouldn't shop on an empty stomach as that makes you buy more food well I think the same applies for the beauty aisles....
==Do not buy hair dye to try and make up for a poor hair cut!==
It was getting extremely close to my work Christmas party and I hadn't managed to get my hair cut into an actual 'style' so I *stupidly* thought I would try to dye my hair to at least look like I had made an effort.
The theme was to 'dress to impress' so I opted for a vibrant shade. The packaging showed a pretty model with long, shiny hair with a vivid pink. The shade is number 91 Raspberry rebel. Brilliant! I could be transformed. The packaging shows an example of what the results could be like on different shades of hair. My natural hair colour being dark blonde, it should come out a darker pink.
It costs £5.47 per pack but it was on offer within a 2 for £8 range so I went for that. (Not tried out the other colour yet!) On further research, this dye can be found much cheaper online so definitely pays to shop around.
I applied Vaseline around my hairline and ears before I started to try and avoid the dye making me come out with a pink 'glow'. This did work well so I would advise doing that! Plenty of it though.
A tube contains the dye so there is no mixing up various bottles like other hair dyes which is always a bonus.
The dye was very easy to apply even with the use of the plastic gloves that they provide. They are always far too big for me buy I suppose one size is meant to fit all.
I would also like to comment that it does dye your scalp a bright shade of pink so I did make an effort to attempt to remove the majority of that from my parting line with a damp cotton wool bud. A little scrub and it does come off, don't start panicking like I did!
You simply have to rub it onto towel dried hair, wait half an hour and then rinse out until the water runs clear. This can take some time so I strongly advise you put at least an hour aside to complete this activity.
Lots of hair dyes have quite a strong smell to it and some in the past have given me a headache. This dye smells more fruity and does't have that strong chemical smell which I liked. It also didn't leave that lingering scent in my bathroom either.
===Effect to my hair===
I have used many hair dyes in my past and quite enjoyed that they left my hair feeling moisturised, This kit does contain 2 15ml sachets of conditioner yet these had minimal effect on my hair. I found my usual condition helped to make my hair look and feel moisturised.
Immediately you could see a change in hair colour and I loved it ..... until it dried! It looked quite patchy and you could see that the dye had taken better in certain places than others. this could have been down to my rushed application.
Having said that, I did start receiving compliments for the colour and people even commented that they liked how i hadn't just applied it as a flat colour. Now whether that was down to trying to be polite or that it actually did look reasonably ok, who knows.
I still have pink hair but it is fading now after 5 washes. It is supposed to last between 6-8 washes so it is living up to those claims. I will certainly try it again in the future but doing it when I have more time and another pair of hands to help.
I would recommend this as it does create an effect BUT I would strongly advise to get a few boxes of the dye as one tube just wasn't enough even on my short hair. I would also suggest pre-lightening the hair to start off with to get a better result and possibly having a friend to assist to make sure the whole head is covered. I would also suggest shopping around for a better price than I paid.
*** Like with all hair dyes, follow the instructions and do the strand and allergy tests beforehand***
When we had tickets to go and see Rocky Horror on the stage, of course we had to dress up for the occasion. As well as finding a nice outfit to wear, I decided to dye my hair too. I wanted something really bold and daring, but also only wanted a temporary colour. Enter Schwarzcopf Live colour XXL no.91, raspberry rebel.
Most of the schwarzcopf dyes are permanent but a few are semi permanent and the raspberry rebel is one of those. It is from the ultra brights range and promises an electrifying, bright and extra vibrant colour. The dyes are meant to last for between 6 to 8 washes which is ideal if you fancy something outrageous for a special event but are too chicken to use a long lasting dye.
I did both a strand test and allergy test as directed. It is always really hard to see the results from a strand test but I was happy that it was a reddish hue. The box shows a model with gorgeous bright red hair, with a slight tinge of pinky-purple. The side of the box said that my dark blonde/light brown hair would have a slightly more subdued result.
The hair dye comes ready mixed in a tube so it was a case of just applying it to towel dried hair, as well as using it all over your head their are instructions for streaks and dip dying. I would advise using the gloves provided as the dye is extremely bright and stains the skin really easily. It would probably be a good idea to use vaseline around the hair line to stop staining there too.
The dye left my hair feeling a little bit dry, even after I had used the conditioner, most dyes leave my hair feeling really nourished so I was not really happy with this.
The colour I was left with on my hair was really patchy, I would have blamed poor application technique except for the fact I have dyed my hair dozens of times and never had a similar problem. The colour it gave was deep and vibrant, a deep purply red but the colour varied a lot. The dye did stain my scalp also around the hairline and parting but after the first shampoo then this disappeared.
The dye also washed out extremely quickly. After the first wash, significant amounts of the colour came out. The colour was still patchy after another wash but by now my hair was looking far more pink than red which was not what I wanted. All of the dye was gone by 4 or 5 washes which was a massive relief but also proves the colour does not last the promised 6 to 8 washes.
I would not use this dye again as I was unhappy with the patchy result. I know people who have been happy with the schwarzkopf permanant dyes so maybe the problems are just with the semi permanent ones.
I've been dying my hair for many, many years now. I tend to alternate between red and dark brown and have used live color XXL for both these shades of hair dye. I don't buy this dye every time I need a re colour but when I do I buy when Boots have them on offer for 2 for £10. To purchase separately I have seen these retail in various stores at different prices between £4.50 and £6.
Live Color XXL have a brilliant range of hair colours, vibrant colours to make a statement aswell as day to day colours. Live hair dyes come in a blue box with the brand name clearly displayed on the front in large lettering and a model showing the hair dye shade. The colour I have used most recently and therefore reviewing is called 'Tempting chocolate' which is a dark brown shade. The product makes many claims on the packaging. It claims to be 'hi-definition intense colour' which is long lasting, give amazing shine and be fade resistant. This colour is also permanent.
The dye kit contains
*tube of live color cream
*applicator bottle with developer lotion
*sachet of after treatment
*gloves and instructions
I find this dye very easy to apply. The instructions are very easy to follow and the dye is easy to mix as you just pour the tube of cream into the applicator bottle with the lotion already in and shake to give it a good mix. I only use one box of dye to cover my hair but recently have noticed I've had to spread it out a lot more over my hair so will start using two soon. If you have very long hair I'd definitely recommend using two boxes.
Once your hair is covered in the dye you leave for 30mins then rinse out. You are also provided with a sachet of treatment to use after washing the dye out.
The dye is not too strong smelling which is great as it doesn't stink my bathroom out! You can see the dye start to work as it darkens on your head as the time passes. It takes a while to wash out , I wait for the water to run clear and it does seem to take a long time but this could be due to my hair length.
I'm always really pleased with the condition of my hair after using this. In fact I always feel it to be in better condition than before I dyed it. I put this down to the treatment provided with it, it is like a deep conditioner. My hair always feels so soft and is also shiny as the dye promises. I have found this brown shade to last really well too, I dyed my hair last about 4 weeks ago and my hair has not faded but I will soon need a touch up on my roots which is to be expected. The red shades I've used in this brand do not last so well and I was having to redye every 3 weeks or so which is such a pain. I have been really pleased with this shade of dye and it will definitely be a recurrent purchase, the brown is a nice chocolate shade with a good shine to it and doesn't come on too dark as I've had problems with in the past.
I give this 4 out of 5, would have been 5 stars if the red shades lasted as well as this one.
About two months ago I bought the Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL Real Red, as I was bored of my boring old brown hair. I had already had bright red hair once before, but that was done professionally, and being a parent means that's a thing of the past, so I come across the Real Red in Tesco, on offer one week and just bought it at £3.99.
So, what is in the box?
Well, as with most boxed dyes you get the gloves, instructions, a tube of dye, the bottle of the developing liquid/applicator and conditioner. The gloves are plastic, and for me, were quite ridiculously massive. The instructions are well written, and have diagrams so are easy to understand. For the colour, you squeeze the tube into the applicator to mix before applying, and the conditioner, well it's conditioner, you use it after you have rinsed your hair, it does make your hair a little softer than others but it's nothing amazing.
As I said, I bought my first box of real red two months ago, expecting it to run pretty quickly I had another box shortly after, but did not use it. I never expect the colours to actually match the box, but the real red comes close. A lot of family members/friends commented on how bright it was, even weeks after me dying it. Now, two months later I finally doing a second dye (right this second, waiting to rinse) as it has just lasted so long, and the only real reason I am doing it is because my hair has grown! The dye is easy to apply, I use a whole bottle and my hair reaches just past my shoulders, I suspect any longer and I would need two boxes, which is quite irritating as it's not always so cheap.
I would definitely recommend this product to others, it doesn't leave your hair feeling dry and straw like, the colour lasts, it's easy to apply and the instructions are easy to follow. I never really see it for the same price, but I think it is usually around £5, as most dyes are.
Being a bit cash strapped a few months ago, I saw the Schwarzkopf 'shake it up' foam on offer and decided to give it a go. Schwarzkopf are one of the leading haircare brands in the UK are are particularly known for their 'fashion colours' which include purples, pinks and vibrant reds. This cost me £3.99 from boots, and is available in most chemists for a similar price. The foam application was another positive to me, as I like the ease of application of foam colourants.
The packaging was a bright blue tub with a plastic lid (almost like a coffee takewawy cup) with different lotions and potions inside, along with gloves and the instructions. I bought a blonde shade, and found it very easy to use. You just pour the ingredients together and shake the tub until the foam forms and apply all over your hair. As this is a foam colourant, it doesn't drip and I find them very easy to apply as you apply them the same way you would apply a shampoo, just pay particular attention to your roots. You just apply this colourant to your hair and massage in the same way as a shampoo.
After leaving it for the required time, I washed my hair, and it was YELLOW. I was aiming for a light blonde shade, as my hair is dyed blonde usually. This colour may be ideal for those who are wanting a dramatic difference, as it seems the bleach is quite strong! I have since spoken to my hairdresser who has heard of this happening before.
This was maybe my fault, as I maybe should have put it on for less time, but I'm not going to risk using this product again. Thankfully the dye faded after a few washes, and I coloured by hair again about 3 weeks later to a darker blonde shade. I did leave the dye on for slightly less time than it said on the instructions, but I still had a very vibrant yellow colour.
I love the fashion colours in this range, but I am very wary of trying them just in case my hair turns a very unusual colour! This dye may work if you're looking for a dramatic change, but I wouldn't recommend it as it's too strong for me.
I have been dying my hair black for at least 16 years. It started as an 'image' thing and now is a necessity to cover up the bright white roots I seem to have developed these days. I have tried most dyes on the market in that time, but I always, always go back to Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL in Cosmic Blue. In fact, I have just dyed my hair this evening with this product.
Over the years it has undergone a few changes, and I don't know why they ever got rid of the click and twist bottle that they had 16 years ago, but on the whole it is still the same product. Schwarzkopf have finally cottoned on to the fact that their biggest market for the black shades is the 'alternative' crowd, and a few years ago they started to label Cosmic Blue (plus a couple of others) as Rockin' Blacks. Smart move!
You are supposed to perform a skin test 24 hours before use. I don't recall if I did that the first time I used it or not (I suspect not - I was a teenager at the time after all!), but I don't bother these days. I know that this dye is fine for my skin.
The box contains a bottle of developer, a tube of dye, a sachet of conditioner (really hard to open with wet hands - top tip is to open it BEFORE you come to wash out the dye!), plastic gloves of the massive and baggy variety, and a set of instructions. The dye should be applied to clean, dry hair.
It is pretty easy to apply, but if you're a novice I'd suggest you apply a layer of vaseline to your forehead and neck just below the hairline, and also over your ears. This will mean that you won't stain your head if you're not too neat with the dye.
You will also want to move your bathmat, any nice towels, face cloths etc out of the way in case of splashing. I usually manage to get dye splodges in the most unlikely places, such as half way up the bathroom wall! I also like to open a window, or at least the door if it's too cold outside, as the smell could be overpowering in a small enclosed space. It isn't that it smells strongly, or even too unpleasant, it's just that I know it has chemicals in it. Actually the smell is inoffensive. It just smells like hair dye, not entirely surprisingly.
Wearing the gloves unscrew the cap of the developer and the tube of dye, using the end of the cap to pierce the foil on the tube opening. Squeeze the contents of the tube into the developer bottle and screw the cap back on. Give it a good shake, remove the tip and you're ready to go.
I always start with my roots, which are usually scarily white. I begin with my parting then work out towards each ear, squeezing the solution in long lines from forehead to the crown of my head. It's like creating pinstripes on your head. Use the tip of the bottle to get right into the roots. Along the hairline I use the tip of the bottle to draw a neat line, then use my fingertips (in the gloves!) to smooth the dye into my hair.
The back of your head is most difficult to do. I usually turn my head upside down and repeat as per the front of my head, but working from the hairline upwards to the middle of the back of my head.
The instructions say to wait 20 minutes after doing the roots before applying to the rest of your hair if it is a repeat application, but I find that the dye does fade somewhat (no doubt because I wash my hair every day, sometimes twice, due to training) so I just carry on and dye the rest of my hair. I do this by squirting some dye into the palm of my gloved hand then pulling it through my hair with my fingers.
Once all of the hair is coated I clip it up on top of my head and wander off to do something else for half an hour. Perhaps read and rate some reviews for example!
When you come to rinse it out, don't panic if the water is a scary colour. Cosmic Blue turns the water a deep purple colour. You need to keep rinsing until the water runs clear. This can take quite a long time. Then finally you can apply that conditioner you opened earlier. I tend to use half of the sachet for my hair, which is thick and just past shoulder length. You need to leave this on for 5 minutes, which gives you time to clean the shower/bath/sink/floor/anywhere else you managed to get dye. On rinsing it out my hair always feels really smooth and tangle free.
If you did happen to get a few splodges on your skin then I'm afraid they are not easy to get rid of. The best way I've found is actually to pluck out the tiny, almost invisible (well, they were invisible before you dyed them!) hairs from your skin, as actually it is the hairs you have dyed rather than your head in most cases.
I love the way my hair looks after I've dyed it. It looks best after a wash or two to remove any residual dye on the scalp. It is always shiny and looks so much healthier. For a novice it might be difficult to apply, but as a long-term colourer I have become very proficient and the whole process now only takes me an hour from starting to prepare the bathroom to having dyed hair and a clean bathroom.
Compared to other dyes I've tried I find that Schwarzkopf XXL is easier to apply (even compared to foams, and actually way less messy than those when it comes to splashing the bathroom suite), and also gives a richer, longer lasting colour. For someone who has to wash their hair as often as I do, that is a hugely important factor.
At full price Live Colour XXL costs £5.49, but it can often be found on offer for around £4. I tend to buy it in Wilko, Savers or Boyes as they seem to have it on offer more frequently than the large chemists and supermarket chains.
I get bored of my hair style real quick, and after suddenly deciding to cut my long fair hair short, shortly after I decided to change the colour too. Not one for a subtle change I decided to go a shade of vibrant dark red.
After much browsing down the isle at Tesco I cam across the Schwarzkopf colour products and was particularly drawn to the XXL range which promise to be of an "intense colour". It wasn't the cheapest on the shelf, in fact was near the higher end of pricey but the packaging and the colour won out and so came home a new hair colour.
The Packaging is predominately blue and features both a girl and boy with the supposed hair colour on the front - I suppose this must mean it's a unisex hair dye - which I must admit is something I never thought of. It has the phrase "colour intense" in a contrasting red colour underneath, below which is the promise that it is for "extra intense, long lasting, and vibrant colour full of healthy shine - waterproofed" which sounds very good.
The back has a little diagram which portrays the fact that the "new waterproof formula is now made with pomegranate and vitamin C which locks the micro fine intense colour pigments deep in the hair to deliver maximum intensity." Alongside this diagram is another which illustrates the "after treatment formula enriched with real fruit oils which soothes the hair structure to guarantee long-lasting vibrant colours full of healthy shine". And below all this is an illustration of the Schwarzkopf range.
On the left side of the package is a very useful digram showing three hair colours, light, medium and dark, and the colour they will turn too when using the dye, sadly this isn't always very accurate although what is interesting is that the three colour results are all the same which I suppose is to illustrate how good the product is.
The contents include: 1 tube of live colour cream, 1 application bottle with developer lotion, 1 sachet of after colour treatment, 1 pair of gloves and the instructions. Anyone used to dying their hair will recognize these as being standard contents - the instructions are also pretty standard.
It is always asdvised that you try an allergy alert test at least 48 hours prior to dying your hair, which is to be performed on a 1cm x 1cm on the inside of the elbow. Apply a small amount of the colour cream with a cotton bud to the area and leave uncovered for approximately 45 minutes. If there is no reaction - you are good to go.
The instructions are simple - open the lid of the application bottle and undo the lid and pierce the foil of the colour cream. Squeeze the contents of the colour cream into the application bottle, re apply the lid tight and shake. This is now ready to apply. Although there are gloves included in the dye they are plastic and very awkward to use without unintentionally smearing hair dye across parts of the face and neck and so I always use a pair of latex gloves. I also apply a generous amount of Vaseline around my hair line and across my ears so the hair dye doesn't dye them. Then apply the hair dye. Leave for whatever time applies to the length of your hair - for me I leave it on a good 30 minutes for maximum coverage and then wash off. Then apply the after colour treatment - leave for two minutes and wash off.
I have found with this colour it takes the first couple of washes before the water actually runs clear. The first few times the dye still washes out.
For someone wanting maximum coverage and a gorgeous colour i would thoroughly recommend this range! However word to the wise....you cannot get rid of a XXL colour easily. Nothing seems to go over them so all you can do is let it grow out. Despite this only flaw it does exactly what it promises, and although at £5.86 in Tesco it is by no means a budget dye, you don't have to go through numerous repeat applications due to a colour fade
I have bought a number of these over the years but it all started when I wanted to go blonde a couple of years ago, I had tried everything and nothing worked until this. I have since used the brand a number of times and here are my thoughts.
So what do you get?
A good quality instruction leaflet, that is well written and has on point diagrams, this is perfect for beginners.
A good pair of plastic gloves, these are not of the same quality of John Freida but they do not split and do the job well
A bottle of toner and a tube of colour, these mix together quite thick and the colour can block quite scary!
A tube of conditioner there is a number of uses in this and although it smells quite strong it makes the hair lovely and soft and very shiny.
So the colour..
The colour is never as bright on my hair as it is on the package, but i do have naturally dark hair and to be honest it is a probably a blessing! I find these will last about four weeks but again due to the bright shades they are going to fade quickl, but I would love a couple of months instead.
My biggest gripe with the product (and the only reason I am deducting a star) is because if your hair is shoulder length or longer or is very thick two packets are needed. I thought initially this was rubbish to try and get you to spend more money but in reality you really do need two.
The colour is very easy to apply as it is so thick and although you cannot get it out of fabric it can be cleaned with a baby wipe off the the great majority of services. And it is very easy to get off the skin too. It takes about ten minutes to wash out of the hair and there will be a little bit of colour bleeding for a few days after applicator on.
Price and Availaibilty
This is available at a number of shops online, superdrug and boots and a number supermarkets. I have seen this priced anywhere between £2 and £5 and I find the best deals are at Morrisons for this. I think these colours are actually quite good value and would reccommend them to anyone who is colouring their own hair.
I have used Schwarzkopf many times over the years and in many different colours too. I tried to re-capture my youth around ten years ago and decided to dye my hair a lovely shape of red, Schwarzkopf to the rescue and after a pillar box red transformation, I decided I didn't really think it was me and maybe I should act my age and tone it down a bit. I have used the Mystic Violet a few times which is a lovely shade and although not really a violet in colour, it is a deep purple hue. Recently I have toned it down as I am getting married in September 2013 and therefore want a more natural colour of brown (my inner me doesn't like the normality of this idea).
Although the normal price of this in most shops is around £5.49, I have bought these for as little as £2.99 and I do stock up when they are at such a low price. The box is bright and funky with a male and female sporting the coloured hair you can achieve. There is a chart showing the colour your hair can go depending on your hair colour at the time of colouring and there are other instruction on the box also.
Inside the box is a bottle with the developing liquid in it, a tube with the dye, an instruction leaflet and gloves. I have dyed my hair so many times I tend not to read the instructions or do a skin test either (but this is VERY bad and you must carry out this test in case you are allergic or your hair falls out or something! I don't want people not testing and blaming me for leading them astray). Anyhow, With the gloves on, you open the bottle, squeeze the dye into the bottle and replace the lid. Shake to combine the two ingredients for roughly 60 seconds then unscrew the tip. The colour in the bottle tends to be different than the colour it eventually turns out so do not be too alarmed.
If you are just retouching your roots you would cover your roots first then leave for a while, then cover the rest of your hair, obviously you would read the instructions carefully and work out times to leave it on etc. To do a whole head cover, you apply it to the whole of your head, wait the allotted amount of time and then rinse off. It often helps to have a second pair of hands when dying the hair, just to make sure all your roots are covered and the whole head has an even coverage of the dye. There is nothing worse than noticing afterwards that you have missed a section of hair or there are roots showing at the back.
After the allotted time has passed, with the gloves on you rinse your hair until the water runs clear (this can take a while), and viola, amazing coloured hair. As I said before, I have used this brand for many years and would highly recommend it. I have not had any mishaps with Schwarzkopf unlike some of the other brands I have used. The colour your hair turns out is what is shown on the box and the condition of your hair after dying is amazing. The smell isn't horrendous, and it does hang about for a while, even after a few washes but it does leave your hair very soft and manageable. I wouldn't say the colour washes out quickly but after a while it does fade slightly, this happens with all dyes but it isn't a problem with this brand.
Why i wanted this.......
I love Schwarzkopf hair dyes, I have found that they are better than all the other hair dyes out there. I find they give great hair coverage as well as lasting. I use the red colours and it varies on how I'm feeling, when they do the colours especially for dark hair, I buy them ones. I do always stick to the red colour.
It comes in a box that is coloured blue and the colour of the hair dye and some models on the front who model the hair colour.
When you open the box you get a mixing bottle, the colour tube, information leaflet, gloves and conditioner.
The packaging is actually very attractive and it does stand out from every other hair dye.
How to use....
Just follow the instruction leaflet.
Put your gloves on,
Use on dry clean hair,
Mix the tube in the bottle,
Distribute throughout your hair evenly,
Leave on for 45 mins if you are doing your full head.
If you are doing roots recommended time is 30 mins.
What I thought....
I thought the dye was easy to mix and to use. I found that I had plenty in one box for my hair and my hair is to my waist. The smell is a bit overpowering but I don't mind. When I do apply the red, it looks orange as it is drying, but don't worry, it's definitely red! Also I didn't get a burning sensation as I do with other dyes, I found it fine to work and easy to wash out. However I was not too happy with it staining round my head even when I did moisturise. All in all I really can't complain.
These dyes are available from blondes to blacks, I think they give a wider colour range than most other dyes. You can also find them in chemists and health shops.
I bought mine yesterday for £4.25 out of savers. I would never pay more than £5.00 for it though.
Lasts weeks and weeks.
Even when the colour fades it still looks good.
My hair is quite soft and not dry after dying.
It's a brand that I do trust.
The staining on my head! It took around 2 days for me to shift it.
The smell, I know I can't really complain as all other dyes have it but I really dislike the smell.
Would I recommend?
Dooyoo have asked me to write about the new XXL Ultra Brights in here...
Now as you can see from my photo's I have a lovely shade of red on my hair, and I have had since July 2011 - it had nothing to do with Rihanna either before anyone thinks that! I have always wanted bright red hair and had toyed with the idea for a long time, but as time went on and I split with my boyfriend of the time I got a little bit into the brighter colours and decided that a red, and a purple would be a good idea. Eventually though I got bored of being brunette with these colours and decided to go the whole way and just have red hair. It took about two hours to take sat in the hairdressers on my birthday of that year; but hell it was worth it - never loved my hair colour more than since it's been red. That and the fact that my now boyfriend loves it!
~*~ Schwarzkopf ~*~
Schwarzkopf is a haircare brand owned by the company Henkel; which was founded in 1876, and the headquarters is in Dusseldoft in Germany.the company delves into home cares, personal cares and more industrial matters such as sealants and surface treatments. I'm not too worried about them however, just othered about the personal care products such as hair dyes, and items like that - however if anyone out there uses Right Guard deodorant - it's made by the same company. In stores in the UK you'll mainly find hair dyes made by Schwarzkopf, but you will also get a few hair styling products as well - such as mousse and texture putty, that kind of product.
~*~ Why Did I Pick It? ~*~
Well, as you might be able to imagine keeping up a highly bright hair colour is a full time job, and well you need one to be able to afford it. Admittedly it is only £40 every six weeks at my hairdressers to maintain this, but sometimes it's just not possible to afford it, so since July 2011 I've been looking for an alternative. As much as I love chatting away with one of my friends who is also my hairdresser - I still wanted a cheap option when I was feeling a bit strapped for cash, so when I spotted this in November I decided to give it a shot see if I could make my life any cheaper or any easier by dying my hair at home.
~*~ The Dye ~*~
What Comes in the Box?
In the box you get;
An instruction manual that covers all sorts of ways of dying your hair with this dye, from streaks to big chunks to a whole head covering.
A pair of gloves (which trust me you need)
The large tube of dye
Two sachets of colour enhancing conditioner for after you've dyed your hair.
~*~ Application ~*~
Reading through the instructions it suggests to apply this dye to damp hair, so that was easily done - at which point you need to unscrew the lid and pierce the foil covering it has on it - and beware having it resting somewhere covered, because as soon as it's pierced it does start to come out of the tube - which can be a bit of a pain if I'm honest, but you just have to make sure everything is covered before you start using this dye. After that, keep on squeezing out the desired amounts either directly onto your head, or onto your gloved hands and rub into the hair itself. It suggests not to apply directly to the scalp, which I would totally agree with because it will make your scalp very red, however it's going to get red anyway so don't be too upset if you get it somewhere you shouldn't. During application I'm very prone to getting it on my face, and my ears purely because I've got so much hair to cover in one go, and the fact that this dye is quite prominent. However in Superdrug I know you can buy hair dye removal wipes, which is perfect for getting rid of any nasty bits you don't want on your face neck or ears, wither that or put some vaseline round the hair line so it doesn't stick. To apply to whole head it is very easy - as to be honest I just whack it on and wait, for streaks or chunks however you might find it's easier to get a bit of foil and wrap it up so you're not mixing it with other hair. Now I've done this exact thing myself, in that I added the orange box to 3 large strands of hair, then tried to dye the rest of my head - which was an utter nightmare by myself, so either get someone to help you or do them seperately to make your life a bit easier. in general application is easy, the tube itself could be a little more consumer friendly - because you need to squeeze it out, and it's like a stiff toothpaste tube that doesn't like to come out once it's nearly empty so you have to be very strong to get the last bits out, and don't bend it too much else the sides will split and you'll have dye everywhere!
~*~ Waiting Times ~*~
Well this depends entirely on your hair colour and quality; my hair is naturally quite a dark brown so I made a point of bleaching my roots before hand else it wouldn't take without being there for a long time. the instructions don't give a clear time of how long you should leave the dye on for in a whole head dye, which i think is a little bit concerning actually - as it means you could leave it on for any amount of time. To fully dye my head, I've gone off every other hair dye I've ever used and left it on for 45 minutes, and to be honest I wouldn't want to leave it any longer because by that point it's already gone quite hard on my hair so is quite difficult to get off. It's a bit dependant upon how your hair is and how well it takes to dye, but 45 minutes works well for me, and it's not going to dribble off your head either once it's applied so that's not too much of a concern fr me, but I will still have a towel round my shoulders just in case a section of hair falls down once I've piled it on top of my head. The streaks will take a little while less, at around 25 minutes purely because there is a lot less hair to work into, but only the individual knows how well dye takes to their hair!
~*~ Washing Off ~*~
By the time I get round to washing mine out it's been on my head for 45 minutes and to be honest the hair has gone a bit hard, so putting warm water on it to wash the colour out takes a while to get it coming off my head. I've always tried to keep gloves on when I've been washing it off, but because the gloves are so loose round your wrists it gets them filled with water really quickly so you'll probably get quite frustrated with it the same as I did. The instructions suggest that to wash this off your hair to wash it with warm water until all the colour has run out - I've done this for about 20-25 minutes and there has still been red and orange water coming out so something tells me that you'd be there for hours to get the water running clear. If I'm honest even getting my fingers into the mix to free up the colours it just doesn't run clear - even four or five washes after dying I'm still getting red water coming off my hair so don't expect it to be perfect clear water. I've always been advised by my hairdresser when washing dye off to use warm, not hot water it makes the colour stick to your hair follicles better apparently, so that's my advice and it seems to work for me.
~*~ The Conditioner ~*~
The conditioner comes in pale pink sachets, which when you've got wet fingers you can't rip open easily, so my advice is to get it open before you start washing the colour off your hair so you can get into the conditioner before you get wet hands. Open the conditioner and you're hit with a lovely fruity smell, I love the smell of hair dye conditioners - they're always much nicer than normal ones. I find with my shoulder length hair though that I can use half a sachet per hair wash so I manage to stretch two sachets to four washes which makes it better valued for money. It spreads easily across the hair, and after leaving it on for a few minutes I start to wash it off. I've never had a problem with any residue left from this conditioner, and it comes off really easily, but I always try it for a bit longer to make sure my hair is really clean. It leaves your hair feeling really soft actually, and it lasts nicely providing you don't spend too much time playing with your hair once you've dyed it - which is my downfall, because I love the way the dye combined with this conditioner makes me hair feel and smell.
~*~ The Colour and Longevity~*~
for me because I bleach my roots to start with, the colour goes as bright as it suggests it will on the box, which is exactly what I need, admittedly my hairdresser isn't keen on me doing this because she thinks it's going to damage my hair more - which it probably will because the hair dye is strong to start with. However because if you have dark brown hair this red doesn't even go as close to the bright red as I need I find it necessary to bleach it first. The red, is good for dying, but I have to say the orange in this range does seem to act just as well, so I'm quite fond of it actually. The colour is great it's as red as I get it from the hairdressers, just for quite a lot less than I pay in the hairdressers. Regardless of this though, anyone considering it beware that the colour does run, even professional colouring means it runs - I have black towels and dark bedding because of this, nothing I put my head on can be white without little bits of red appearing out of no where. Well I say red, when you wash it or a splodge seems to appear on a pillow case it is more of a washed out pinky red colour. The colour from this box will last me a month or so depending how frequently I wash my hair, it does obviously start fading after the second or third wash, but it's not so dramatic that you think that the dye wasn't worth it. For me the dye sticks more to the bleached area, than the area that was already red - my hair the ends always lose their colour faster anyway so it's nothing new to me. In the hairdressers I'd go every 6 weeks, with this I'd go every 4 weeks, but in price comparison I can't say that it's too much of a hardship for me. As always if you are looking to buy this and have longer hair than mine go for 2 boxes because although the dye goes a long way, for anything longer than my hair it won't go much further; and just be careful of dying your bath/shower area!
~*~ Reception ~*~
I can't say anyone actually noticed that my hair wasn't done at the hairdressers, even my hair dresser was impressed that I had managed to put the orange bits in on my own - it might not be as strong a colour as from the hairdressers but for between colours it is a good dye. Thought when I've told people it's from a box no one actually believed me initially until I showed them because it's just a surprise for me and most of my friends that a box has dyed my hair this red. It's given me talking points with my patients at work too, as they ask which box I used to get my hair this colour. It's a very highly recommended dye, just be careful of the mess it makes is all I can say!
~*~ Colours Available ~*~
You can buy it in the pillar box red which I use, and orange shade, and the Ciao supplied picture of the pink. I've only used the red and the orange and they are both highly recommended, but I'm resisting the temptation to use the pink at the minute - don't think it looks too professional!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I buy my boxes from Savers for £3.99 a box, Superdrug is two for £6.99 in my local store and Boots have the boxes for £5.49 each, so I'd say Savers is your cheapest bet and they all have all three colours in stock/
*As a recommendation try the Smart Beauty Prelightener it's a great way to get your hair the lightness it needs to get a bright colour in around half an hour!*
MY EXPERIENCE - (THE COLOUR I USE IS 'CYBER PURPLE' AND HAVE DONE FOR ABOUT 18 MONTHS NOW)
My natural hair colour is medium brown however I have been dying my hair since I was about 14. Though when I dyed it to this colour it was faded from dyed dark brown.
I went to the hairdressers and asked for a purple and they said no, firstly because i'm quite pale and it would wash me out and secondly because of how dark my hair was already.
So I thought the perfect time to do it was after I came back off my holiday, the sun bleached my dyed black hair to a brown/ginger colour and the results are fantastic!
My hair is currently a bright purple pink colour which therefore DOES NOT wash my skin colour out as it has the pink warm undertones compared to a plain purple which relies on blue undertones.
My hair is a bit longer than shoulder length so therefore I use two packs to ensure full coverage.
I usually buy my hair dyes from Tesco when on offer They are usually either half price at £3.50 or 3 for 2 at £5 each so that works out at £3.33 each. I think this is a good price, considering you would pay £30+ for a full head at a salon.
- Usually dyes can have an over powering smell, though this one has a pleasant- almost fruity smell about it.
- You combine a paste from a tube with the developer in a plastic bottle and shake it for about 60 seconds which quickly turns to a light pink cream. When applied and exposed to oxygen and begins to develop it will almost look black. BUT DO NOT PANIC, WHEN WASHED OFF THE PURPLE SHINES THROUGH.
- Do ensure you coat your face and ears with Vaseline or some kind of moisturiser because as soon as it gets on your skin is stains a bright purple colour which takes days to wash off.
It's shiny and vibrant and I've never had more people tell me so. I love the colour and the quality. Only problem is that it fades quickly (NOT TO A BAD COLOUR, JUST MORE PINK - I PREFER IT DARK PURPLE) though as its cheap and doesn't damage my hair too much I don't mind this!
USUAL SAFETY TIPS
Always do the safety test 24-48 hours before dying your hair to test your reaction to the dye.
DO NOT USE ON EYELASHES OR EYEBROWS.
The Dark Spice shade from the Live Color range is portrayed on the box as a dark red, yet bright. I have used Live Color before, and it's always worked brilliantly on my hair- the colour from the guide on the box has always been similar to the final result of the colour on my hair.
However, this all changed when I tried the Dark Spice shade. I hadn't dyed my hair for about a year, so I had very little dye in my hair- only an inch or so at the tips of my hair. I have very dark brown hair, but it usually takes reds quite easily, especially when I haven't dyed it for as long as I had, because I'm, on the whole, not dying over dye that was already there.
I was looking forward to having hair the colour that the box showed for dark brown hair- I knew that mine would be a bit darker because of my natural colour, but I was really disappointed. The colour was not very red at all- it had dyed my hair a very dark brown with a slight red tint- even darker than my usual hair colour. My brother said that it almost looked purple. Even the patches of grey that I have in my hair were dyed this dark brown colour, which is how I knew that it was the dye and not my natural hair colour that was at fault.
Because of the darkness of the shade my hair is now, I can't even use a different brand to recolour in the hope of a more red shade, because I know that I can't dye over what I've been left with, it's never worked before.
So- other shades I'd give a good review to- I've used the Cyber Purple and Mystic Violet before (several years ago, so this will make no difference to the result I obtained with the Dark Spice) and they worked really well, but the Dark Spice, well, it's definitely dark...