Product Type: Schwarzkopf hair care products
Newest Review: ... tested for home use and Schwarzkopf state this high performance formula contains a professional colour-intense pigment mix that deeply pe... more
Not as good as other LIVE products.
Schwarzkopf Live Salon Style Hair Colour
Member Name: jeffjen
Schwarzkopf Live Salon Style Hair Colour
Date: 18/10/12, updated on 19/10/12 (378 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use. Good results.
Disadvantages: Colour faded after 2 weeks.
I colour my hair every few weeks and because of this, I think I have tried most of the products on the shelves over the years. Although I have one or two favourites, it is Clairol's hair colourants that I buy most often. However, hair dyes can often be found on promotional offers in both supermarkets and other stockists such as Boots and Superdrug and as I do like a bargain, I am often tempted away from Clairol if that brand is not on promotion too.
Schwarzkopf is a brand I have had a fair amount of experience of as I used to regularly purchase their 'Country Colours' range a good few years back. More recently I have purchased their 'LIVE Color XXL' when it has been on offer and found it also to be a good product, as well as it being one of my daughter's favourites too. Therefore when I spotted this 'LIVE Salon Style' hair colour on offer at my local Morrisons recently, I decided to give it a go. It was on a half-price promotion and so was priced at just £2.99 which is a great price for a permanent hair dye.
LIVE Salon Style promises to bring you professional hair colour for home use. It is a range of 20 sophisticated salon shades developed and tested for home use and Schwarzkopf state this high performance formula contains a professional colour-intense pigment mix that deeply penetrates hair to ensure an intense, long lasting, shiny colour result - with professional grey coverage.
Enriched with a Nutri-Protect Complex, it rebuilds the hair from within and protects the hairs surface for healthy looking hair with strength and shine.
I chose the dark brown shade as my hair is naturally dark brown, but with increasing grey strands appearing! Apart from covering the dreaded grey, I do like the added vibrancy that colouring my hair provides. I sometimes experiment with dark red shades too, but on this occasion I stuck with dark brown.
The preparation was simple. After putting on the gloves provided, squeeze the contents of the colour gel into the bottle of developing lotion and give it a good shake. Full instructions are provided, as well as information about carrying a strand test first, not only to test the colour but also to test if you are allergic to the product. The gloves were just the flimsy thin type which don't fit your hands snugly, but I didn't find this too much of a problem.
I personally prefer hair colourants which you apply to dry hair, as I find them so much easier and less time consuming, so I was pleased to discover that this dye is to be applied to dry, unwashed hair, just like the other LIVE products I have used.
Starting at the roots, I began squeezing the contents onto my hair from the developing bottle which has a pointed nozzle to aid application. I prefer hair dyes to have a gel-like consistency as I find it makes applying hair dye easier, otherwise you can end up with the product running down your face and neck which can get quite messy and also stain your skin. Although this wasn't really the best consistency I have experienced, it did not run and was relatively easy to apply. The main thing I noticed which really pleased me, was that it actually had quite a nice fragrance, unlike the the strong peroxide-smelling LIVE XXL product I used a few months back.
After applying all of the product to my hair, I then piled my hair on top of my head and left it for 30 minutes, before rinsing it all off under the shower. I have long hair and it is often recommended that you purchase two packs but I usually find one is enough. I only need two if I am changing the colour of my hair, for instance if I am switching to red shades.
You then apply the sachet of conditioner which is also included in the box, to your hair. I left it on for a couple of minutes before rinsing it off and was pleased with the feel of my hair after this. My fingers glided through my hair easily and the fragrance was quite nice too.
I dried and styled my hair as usual and I was very happy with the results. The shade was a shiny dark brown and exactly what I wanted, as well as completely covering any grey.
My hair felt soft and silky smooth and I was more than happy with the results, but after a couple of weeks I was disappointed to notice that the intensity and colour had faded slightly. This was something which did not happen with the LIVE XXL dye and I thought this Salon Style product being advertised as 'salon professional' would mean I would have long-lasting results too. Another further two weeks down the line and I had noticed it had faded even more and so although I was initially pleased with this product, the fact the great colour it gave me has faded fairly quickly has put me off using it again. I certainly would not pay full price for this, I would say it is worth the £2.99 I paid but that would be the most I would be prepared to pay for this product.
It is a shame as LIVE XXL is a great product and unfortunately this LIVE Salon Style falls way short of living up to the longer-lasting quality of its sister product in my opinion.
Summary: Not as good as other LIVE colourants.