Product Type: Schwarzkopf hair care products
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A Fantastic Hair Colour From Schwarzkopf!
Schwarzkopf Live Salon Style Hair Colour
Member Name: tigger1992
Schwarzkopf Live Salon Style Hair Colour
Advantages: Easy to use, smoothes my hair, conditioner smells really nice
Disadvantages: Scent of the dye and the results on my hair are not very similar to the image on the box
Schwarzkopf Live Salon Style Hair Colour
I have been dying my hair at home for about three years now and I have had quite a few hair colours applied at the hairdresser but I find that these kits are easy to do and they are cheaper too!
- About the product
The hair dye kit comes with: one tube of the colour cream, one application bottle with the developer lotion inside, one sachet of the colour lock-in conditioner and the instruction leaflet and gloves. The tube of colour cream is 50ml as is the developer lotion. The conditioner is 15ml and I wish there was lot more in the sachet as I love the conditioners that come with hair dye kits, they leave my hair super soft, smooth and completely tangle free. This is a permanent hair dye (level 3) and you should do a allergy test before using this product.
The shade I bought is 5-1 light brown, this dye is recommended for individuals with dark blonde, light brown and medium brown hair. I have medium brown hair but I have a lot of red in it and also a couple of greys - and I am only 19! I think the greys must be due to stress as it has been really stressful over the past two months, so I just wanted to make my hair colour a bit more even and uniform, I didn't buy this product for a big hair colour change. I do love the red in my hair, of which there is a lot, but I wanted my hair to be a little bit darker and less warm toned as it is now fast approaching winter.
- Product description
"Do you want intense, long lasting hair colour like you get at the hairdresser? Live Salon Style is a brand new range of professional permanent hair colours that have been developed and tested for home use. Live Salon Style gives you professional colour confidence at home." Superdrug uk
Firstly, I brush my hair throughly as I find that the smoother my hair is before the application the smoother my hair will be when I am applying the hair dye and also when I am washing the dye out of my hair - it just makes the whole process a bit easier and less frustrating. I get all of the things that I need ready such as the contents of the hair dye kit, towels, a hair brush or comb and some large hair clips. I also make sure that the window is open in the bathroom as all of the hair dyes that I have tried have been very strong and chemical smelling, which is not very nice at all. I do not put a towel around my shoulders as I find that for me it always falls off and then I am trying to put it back around my shoulders which makes it get dye all over it.
- Using the hair colour
The first step is to empty the content of the colour tube into the developer bottle, this is then shaken throughly to make sure that the colour is well mixed together. I then put the gloves on which for me where really big, so I had to put a bobble around my wrist so that the gloves did not slip around as much and also so that the gloves didn't slip off and expose the eczema on my hand to the hair dye. I then started applying the colour using the nozzle dispenser, which is really good for concentrating the due where you need it, so it would be great if you just wanted to touch up your roots or if you had short hair. I applied a line of the hair colour down my usual side(ish) parting and then I created another parting and I applied the colour again along the length of the parting. I found that with the gloves on it was really difficult to part my hair so that I could apply the colour to my roots, so I ended up just dispensing the dye in my hands and then distributing the colour over my hair that way. I found this way of applying the colour quite easy, although it is a bit harder to make sure that the colour is distributed completely evenly using my slap the colour on and hope for the best approach. I was not worried too much about getting every strand of my hair covered as the hair dye itself was very similar to my hair colour anyway - I just wanted to darken my hair slightly and reduce the red tones for auntumn/winter.
Overall, I found that the application process was not difficult at all, surprisingly. The hair colour has a smooth texture so it does apply quite easily and I found that my method of applying the dye was a really quick way of applying the colour all over my hair - covering all my hair well. The only part of the application, apart from the difficulty parting my hair with the gloves on, was that the hair dye smells really horrible - it is a very toxic, chemical smell that is very strong. The strength of the scent reiterates my point about keeping a window open while applying the hair dye, as I found it horrible to breathe in the scent.
After all of the dye was applied I tried it up in a bun with three bobbles, to make sure it would not fall out, which was a little bit difficult to do with the gloves on. I then had to wait for the allocated 30 minutes before washing it out of my hair. During the waiting time I cleaned up the bathroom which did not take long at all and I did get some dye on the white sink but it surprisingly came off with some cotton wool soaked in water. I also cleaned up the excess dye that had gone onto my skin. I found that with this dye I did no get as much of it on my skin this time, I think that the cream/lotion hair dyes are so much easier to use and are less messy than mousse hair dyes. I did get some dye on my hairline and neck but I just removed it very shortly after applying the hair dye with my lush 9 to 5 cleanser and a cotton ad sprayed with water. I also find that bio oil is fantastic at removing hair dye from the skin and my aunties hair dye removal with milk does not seem to work very well with this dye.
- Washing that dye right out of my hair
After the thirty minutes I carefully removed the bobbles and during the time that the hair dye was in I had no irritation at all - usually with all hair dyes that I use I get a little bit of itchiness or a very slight warming sensation on my scalp but I didn't get any reaction at all with this hair dye. So, I read that instruction which said to rinse the dye out until the water runs clear and with my hair it only took a little bit less than 10 minutes or so to rinse all of the dye from my hair. I was quite surprised at how my hair felt during and after I rinsed the dye out, my hair felt really smooth and completely detangled despite being kept in a messy, tangled bun for half an hour. The instruction at this point then say to apply the condition, it does not say whether you should shampoo your hair after rinsing so I didn't and applied the conditioner from the sachet.
The instructions do not suggest how much conditioner to use, so I use a little over half of the sachet, so about 8ml of conditioner. I immediately notice that the conditioner smells divine, it is the best smelling conditioner ever! The conditioner smells fruity and floral and sweet, which is one of my favorite scent combinations. The conditioner has a smooth consistency and it applies quite nicely, although it is not the nicest conditioner I have used and I overall I was a bit disappointed by the conditioner. It smells really nice but I had to use quite a lot, it did not feel like it is was really conditioning and it didn't make my hair so smooth and soft as other conditioners - I much prefer the conditioner you get in the nice and easy hair colour kits.
After I have applied the conditioner my hair does feel quite smooth and tangle free, while waiting for the two minutes for the conditioner to sink in, I massaged the conditioner into my hair which released the gorgeous scent again. The conditioner rinsed out quickly and easily and it did left the scent in my hair but not very strongly. While my hair was wet it felt very smooth and tangle free so it was easy to brush through, now for the all important results...
The hair colour did turn out quite well as it did slightly darken my hair and make my hair colour more even, which is what I wanted from the hair dye but it did not get rid of a lot of the red in my hair, which I was a little surprised at because the image on the front of the box and the images of the potential results on the back of the box look quite ashy and do not look red at all - so I would say that the images on the box are not very accurate, in my case anyway, which is a little bit disappointing as I wanted to lose some of the red. But that said, I do actually like the new colour as it is slightly darker, it looks natural, the dye has covered up the couple of stress grey hairs that I had and it also made my hair look and feel very healthy, shiny, well-conditioned and glossy, which is great.
- Overall positives
The overall positives in my opinion are as follows: the hair dye instructions are easy to follows and they are very clear but they do miss out some information, such as how much conditioner to use and if you should shampoo your hair. The hair dye was easy to apply and I did not get a lot of the dye on my skin, although parting my hair with the gloves on was near impossible so I ended up just rubbing the colour into my hair. The nozzle on the bottle allows for a controlled application (but this method did not work in my case as I have really long hair). The dye did not irritate my skin or scalp at all, the dye was very easy to wash out and it made my hair feel very smooth and completely tangle free. The conditioner smells really nice and I can still smell the conditioner on my hair.
- Overall negatives
The overall negatives in my opinion are as follows: the dye smells just awful, it is a horrible chemical, toxic scent and the smell is very strong - so as I mentioned in the preparation section of the review, that you should have a window open while using this product. Also the gloves were quite big and made it very difficult to part my hair. The conditioner was not very good, it did detangle my hair and it smells nice but it was nowhere near as conditioning as other conditioners with hair dye have been in other kits I have used. The images on the box are not very accurate in my opinion as on the images and the swatches on the back, the dye does not look red at all but it is slightly red in my hair - either that or it has not covered my original hair colour.
- Would I buy this hair colour again and would I recommend it to others?
I would recommend this hair dye as it was really easy to apply (apart from the very strong scent), it is quite cheap and one bottle contains quite a lot of dye. I would recommend this dye to others but I would buy a shade close to your natural hair colour as for me the result of this dye did not look very much like the colours shown on the box.
- Price and availability
I bought this dye a few weeks ago from Superdrug for £4.99 I think but it is now priced at £3.99 in Superdrug (all prices as of the 30/10/2011). This hair dye can also be bought from the following:
Tesco and Boots: £5.99
* Surprisingly easy to apply and it washes out so well
* It leaves my hair shiny, glossy and healthy looking
* The kit is cheap and quite widely available
* The conditioner smells so nice and it does detangle my hair and makes my hair so much easier to manage and brush through
* The dye worked fairly well
* The scent of the conditioner stays in my hair for a day afterwards
* The results on my hair did not really look very similar to the image on the box
* The smell of the dye is horrible - it is very strong and it smells like chemicals
Thank you for reading my review - this review is also posted on ciao under my username labellavita1992
Summary: A great hair dye - highly recommended, although be prepared for the awful, strong chemical scent