Product Type: Schwarzkopf hair care products
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Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL Shake It Up Colour Foam
Member Name: MinxieMinx
Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL Shake It Up Colour Foam
Advantages: Simple, great for reviving colour/roots, smells good.
Disadvantages: Clumsy/messy, foam is not white as shown on box.
My hair has been bleach blonde since I was about 14 (I'm now 25). I felt like a change & not long ago I dyed my hair with the Live XXL Cosmic Blue colour (from the box, rather than this mousse). I saw this ad the week after I dyed my hair & when I saw it, what attracted me most of all, was how EASY it all looked on the TV. On the box, it says it is applied as easy as shampoo. The foam also looked white on the advert &&& on the box. However:
Mixing it was easy, in the box is a bag of powder & the colouring creme (both light coloured). I felt VERY nervous when holding the tub, ESPECIALLY when it came to 'shaking it up'. I cannot tell you how many times I double checked if it was clicked completely shut! In the end I had my whole hand over the top whilst shaking it. It says on the box to shake it 40 times (yes, it does actually give the number 40)! So I walked round the house for about five minutes shaking it & I instantly noticed something - the foam was NOT white inside, it was the bluey-black colour that the normal boxed version is when you apply it to your hair. Last time I coloured my hair, I got it all over the floor, my hands (being used to bleach - which doesn't stain or sting me usually) I was naive and didn't wear gloves - my fingernails are still stained three weeks later. THIS time I made sure I wore gloves, DO WEAR THEM!!
When opening the lid, take it slow! Trust me, the foam (you can see it through the top) is like a mountain peak sticking out. Okay, so yes, it WAS easy to apply.. I mean, you could just stick your head upside-down as I did & just rub it in all over (I MEAN IF YOUR HAIR IS ALREADY DYED THIS COLOUR - FIRST TIME DYERS I WOULD STILL SECTION THE HAIR SO YOU GET MAX. COVERAGE). I was just doing my roots, but since the blue tint had faded I thought what the heck & did it all. Another tip - VASELINE, coat as MUCH as you can of your face, neck. ears (inside & out!) and eyebrows! The first thing that happened to me was a blob of foam went down my eyebrow/eyelid & head (I'd missed a spot with the vaseline, so had a faintly stained head for the next day).
Another thing if you're doing this for the first time, if possible colour your hair somewhere, where there are NO mats/carpets. Ideally try and do it near/over a sink/bath/shower, where if needed you can rinse unwanted dye stains straight away. I got this stuff on my carpet & it will NOT come off, if anyone has any tips, please share! I got some on my wooden fireplace too (my best mirror is above the fireplace!) but that came off when I mixed head and shoulders with boiling water and used a green/yellow (washing up sponge) to get it off.
I left it on for about 40mins & just like the boxed version, it went a dark bluey-black colour on my head. I managed to cover my whole head, I have just-past shoulder length which is quite thin - thick/long hair, definitely get two tubs! Going for the shower and as usual when using shampoo it looks as though it is all washing out.. however when I came out & dried it it was a nice outcome. It wasn't as blue as when I originally dyed it (because I was dying over bleach blonde). Still, it was a good job with great coverage. The smell of the product was nice too especially when it came to the conditioner. If only they made huge fruity conditioners (this brand)!
Overall, I wasn't impressed to be honest. It was also quite expensive to buy. I can't remember now, but it was on offer in Superdrug when I bought it (2 for £7 or £6, probably £7) or something? I felt totally let down by the colour of the foam. The main reason I was buying this dye, was because of the fact it looked white (as in NOT MESSY)!! However, this just wasn't the case. Schwarzkopf should really change the image on the box to match the real colour of the foam, because I feel a LOT of people out there are going to buy this for the same reason I did.
One annoying thing about dying your hair this colour is the fact that EVERY time you shampoo your hair, the colour of the shampoo in your hair/hands while lathering turns bluey-black & when rinsing, my god, it feels like ALL the colour is coming out. The only recommendation is to try & wash your hair in cooler water & switching to a colour protecting shampoo. I am currently using Loreal Elvive Colour Protect (Red Bottle) the colour still runs in the shower - but at least my hair is protected better. Again, if anyone has any tips for keeping black hair dye from running when shampooing - inbox me!
So, if you're a first time dyer - going from a blonde or brown to this colour (I use Cosmic Blue - which is a black with a blue tint in the light - think of a crow's feathers). I would recommend using the BOXED type, rather than this. Also, buy two boxes - when I went from blonde to black, I noticed that I'd missed a few spots but luckily they didn't show, but I wished I'd of had another box! This mousse (or foam) is good for just going over the colour again (reviving it) & roots, but it just feels a little clumsy overall! Hope this review has helped some of you!
Summary: Great for simple root coverage, reviving colour, not for 1st time dyers & still very messy!