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Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL
Member Name: lj174
Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL
Date: 27/02/12, updated on 27/02/12 (622 review reads)
Advantages: Great range of shades, Easy to use, Brilliant results.
Disadvantages: Smells horrible, Gloves are of a poor quality.
I frequently dye my hair a darker shade of brunette to cover up my awful mousy brown shade which is my natural colour. I like to change my hair every now and again as I like a change and it makes me feel much better. I generally always stick to quite boring shades and have just been various shades of brown, black and once I went a slight tinge of red but it was not too noticeable. I really felt like a big change for me, and I decided that I wanted to go a purpley red shade of brown. After I convinced myself that this was a good idea as it was quite out of the ordinary for me, I went up to Superdrug to have a look at the hair dyes. I normally use Nice n Easy hair dye as this is effective and reliable, however there was not a great range of red and purple shades in these ones. I looked at various other brands such as Garnier and Superdrug's own brand but I was pretty disappointed with the ranges on offer. I'd never thought about using Schwarzkopf hair dye before, simply because I associate their shades with quite bright and vibrant colours, and this was definitely something I was not after as I don't like my hair to stand out from the crowd too much. After having a look through the shades, I did notice a few that were a little calmer, and I opted to pick up the Plum Perfection shade which seemed like the perfect colour for me, and not too red.
I've heard from friends and from reviews that Schwarzkopf are a brilliant brand for purchasing hair dyes from, and I really think I have been converted to them. One of my favourite things about them is that they really target the wider market and there is a shade there for practically everybody. I've never been one to pay upwards of fifty pounds to get my hair dyed professionally as I believe the same look can easily be achieved at home. I did ponder going to the hairdressers to go this shade, just because it was a big change for me, but I got talked into this one. I picked mine up from Superdrug for around £5.50 which is a very reasonable price, and this is often on offer. Currently (Feb 2012) it is two for £9.99 at Superdrug. This hair dye is also stocked in Boots and I have seen it in various supermarkets and pharmacies if you are interested.
Don't be swayed by the image on the front of the box either, be sure to check on the side where it lists how your specific hair colour will turn out using that hair dye. Obviously somebody with much lighter or darker hair than me would end up with a different result, so I highly recommend looking up this first. Plum Perfection may not be the shade for everyone, and there is quite a big range on offer in this Live Color XXL range. To name just a few there is platinum blondes, rich reds, caramels, violets and cosmic blues. There really is something for everyone, regardless as to whether you are brave enough to go for a wild, bright shade or just to keep it simple. I was really pleased with this, and in future I think I am going to continue to use this range even if I go back to brunette.
After umming and aahing for quite a while, I took the plunge and went and dyed my hair hoping for the best. When you open up the box you get the following included:
- An Instruction Leaflet
- Tube of Hair Colour
- Developer Bottle
- Conditioner for After Use
To use this hair dye is pretty simple, especially if you frequently dye your own hair as it is not much different to other brands. The instructions lay out exactly what you need to do in a descriptive and easy way to follow. It gives you instructions as to whether you are doing a first all over colour as well as instructions for a root touch up which is handy. Before starting any of the process, ensure that you have got the gloves firmly on so that you don't end up with coloured hands! The first thing I noticed when dyeing my hair was that the gloves are of a very poor quality compared to many others that come with hair dyes. They were very easily ripped, and one of mine came with an extra thumb which was quite interesting, so be careful when pulling these out of the pack. Another thing which is a slight problem with them is that they are pretty huge and fall off quite easily so do be careful.
Once you have the instructions out and your gloves on, you then have to open up the tube of hair colour. This can be done by stabbing open the seal using the cap. You then need to squeeze out the whole tube into the developer bottle. You then have to shake this up vigorously so that all of the developer is mixed in. Once you have given it a good shake, you can then get to dying the hair. Many people like to do it in different ways, but I personally like to start at my roots and work my way down my hair, simply because my roots can grow out quite quickly. I have hair well past my shoulders and many people recommend that I use two bottles of hair dye, but I felt that you do get an adequate amount in just the one bottle for even longer hair. The extras that I had at the bottom after I had applied to the hair, I just rubbed in all over to make sure I had no patchy areas. Overall, it only took me around ten minutes to do my full head of hair and that was it. I was a little dubious as my bottle was orange in colour, despite the colour supposedly being 'Plum Perfection' but after a few minutes on my hair, it was starting to look the right colour. One problem I found when dyeing my hair was that the smell of this was absolutely horrific. Nearly all hair dyes do have that horrible scent to them, but this really was unbearable for me and I had to hang my head out the window quite a few times which was a bit of a nuisance and meant that I couldn't concentrate on the task.
The next part of the application process was just to wait and allow the colour to sink into the hair. I had to wait around thirty minutes for it develop as I was doing an all over colour, however when you are just doing a touch up you only need to wait twenty or so minutes. The longer I waited, the more the colour started to come through. As soon as it hit thirty minutes, I rushed to the bathroom to start washing it out. You simply need to wash with warm water until the water is running clear. It took a while until all of the reddy shade had washed out. Once this is done, you can then apply the conditioner which comes with the hair dye to your hair to leave it in tip top condition. After all of this, I was really hoping for my hair to dry in a lovely plum shade.
So, to the moment of truth. I immediately blow dried my hair to see the results and I was amazed by them. The colour was exactly as described and looked beautiful and healthy. It was not too bright, but bright enough to have made a big difference to my hair. I have had many compliments for it, and it is really nice to be a different shade for once. I can only speak for the shade which I used, however I am sure it is the same for all of the others too. So as far as results are concerned, I was really happy with it and would recommend the Schwarzkopf XXL shades to all!
Overall, the process of this was pretty straightforward as long as you keep to the instructions. Make sure you do an allergy test on a patch of hair before using this on your whole head just in case a reaction is caused. This is all explained in the instructions for your own safety. If you keep to the instructions, you will hopefully receive great results like I did. I am really pleased with this hair dye and I would recommend it to all, regardless of whether you want a wacky shade or a more conservative colour. It's not often I praise a hair dye, so this is a really good, well priced dye from Schwarzkopf. The only negative things I will have to address are the poor quality gloves and the fact that it smells so bad, as this can be quite off putting when you are dyeing your hair. Overall, a great hair dye which delivers salon style results for a fraction of the price. Thanks for reading.
Summary: A hair dye I will continue to use in the future.