Product Type: Schwarzkopf hair care products
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Good for a subtle hint of colour!
Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL
Member Name: alfiepeaches
Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL
Advantages: fair price, doesn't make you hair feel like straw,
Disadvantages: Not as bright as claims to be, stains easily, very itchy, colour fades fast (reds do though...)
As you can see from my picture I have red hair however I did not use Schwarzkopf to achieve this look. Schwarzkopf was just the beginning to my long search for the perfect red dye...
Basically I'd wanted to dye my hair red for ages and had always done red highlights because I was not brave enough to do it all over, then one day, feeling spontaneous I did it all over. However it came out as subtle dark tinge to my dark brown hair and left my scalp bright orange!! This is the worst dye I have used for staining (and itchiness!) so make sure you protect skin with a pot of Vaseline and are prepared to have an orange scalp for a few days. However this didn't put me off and I still had another box of dye so used it on top the week after which did enhance it a little. I then dyed my hair about once a month (I do it more often than you should because I wash my hair a lot!) and the colour gradually got brighter, it wasn't ridiculously red as it is in my picture but it was a definitely more red than any other colour it could be. It does fade within about a week and half to a gingery colour which then gets lighter (I also did this in the summer so it got naturally lighter too) however I personally didn't mind this too much as I love ginger hair. Red is always the fastest fading colour for hair anyway so this was bound to happen.
I then decided one day that I wanted a much much brighter 'Rihanna Red' look and opted for buying a dye that needs to be mixed with peroxide to lighten dark hair properly for a real bright red (this faded a lot faster and was even more gingery but that's a whole different review). This became very expensive so I used another box of Schwarzkopf on top of this but there was no red just ginger which even though I said I don't mind, I wanted RED! I have since found a dye that I am happy with and don't use Schwarzkopf but I do still have a box or two in my room though!
I think this product is good if you are committed, although this can get expensive as it needs to be done a lot to maintain a decent looking colour. I'd recommend it to people who want a subtle tinge of colour to their hair, I wouldn't recommend it to blondes though as it will you turn a weird colour which happened to a few people I know.
I can say much for any of the other XXL colours on offer but I do think the pictures and TV adverts definitely lie about what they are offering, the packaging is obviously very enhanced but they are one of the few crazy colour options in highstreet stores. If you want to achieve a really bright I suggest looking in unique hair shops or online.
So overall Schwarzkopf is a brand if hair dye best suited for people who want a slight colour to their hair so how good the product is depends on what effect you want to create really. One day I will dye my hair back to brown but I'm sure I will become bored of it eventually and will want a little redness back and I'm most likely to come back to Schwarzkopf. They are often on offer for 2 for £9 too which is good as the current dye I'm using costs this much alone for less of the product!
(I also really don't recommend dying your hair bright red like mine as it has become sooo badly damaged and is a lot of work!)
Summary: Good for a subtle hint of colour and can be build up over time but packaging image is misleading