The Live colour hair dyes always look fun and inviting on the shelf in their blue box with cool looking people on the front. Their colours range in all manner of natural and un-natural shades from the lightest of blondes to black and I have tried a fair few of these different shades.
I am a brunette naturally and teeter towards the darker side of brown so it is hard to find hair dyes that will take and last. I have found this with Live but only to an extent.
Blonde - well I should have know that blonde wouldn't take easily to my hair but it did take after three tries. However, the colour was draining and made me look ill. I tried a different brand of blonde that took to my hair in one lot of dye and suited me quite well so I know it wasn't just my colouring but the dye.
Chocolate brown - This shade too very easy to my hair and enhanced my natural colour, making my hair look a lot healthier and shiny.
Black - The black was the darkest shade of black to take to my hair and I loved the very gothic look it acheived.
Reds and purples - These shades take somewhat to my hair but tend to fade into a variety of different shades very easily. Purples turn to mroe reddish colours and reds fade away after a few washes. They looked better when I used them after being blonde so would recommend a lightener first if you have dark hair.
All in all the Love colours are ok. The black was my favourite outcome and the colour that took the best and lasted the longest, having not faded at all during the time it was dyed that colour. However, for a more 'wow' effect or colour that lasts longer I would recommend switching the the XXL versions as they take to darker hair better and last longer as well as being brighter shades.
Pricewise these are some of the cheaper products on the market but can still be pricey. Look out for bargains at cheaper stores (like Home Bargains) or on deals at Boots etc
I have been using the live color XXL cosmic blue for the past 4 years and have never had a problem with it until now....
I have had to dye my hair 6 times in the past three months due to the dye coming out when i wash my hair, i even have a blue pillow in a morning!! I contacted Live regarding this to see if its a problem with the dye but am still waiting on a reply.
The dye itself is easy to apply, i have mid length hair and can apply the dye myself with ease (and two mirrors!) the cosmic blue does stain the skin quite badly if it goes on your neckline/ears/forehead etc but does come off after a few good scrubs with make up remover.
My hair looks great after using the dye, shiney, smooth, full of volume...although this now only lasts a week or two before it starts to look dull.
It tends to be quite expensive so i always shop around for it and can always find it on offer somewhere.
I have used their red dyes before and never had a problem with them, it only ever seems to be the cosmic blue that i have experienced this with so i would recommend this dye to a friend if they wanted a red shade.
I like to change my hair colour quite often, but currently do not have a particular favourite brand. I tend to look for special offers on something that I haven't tried before, and that's how I came to try Schwarzkopf Live in Cyber Purple.
Application was pretty standard. Not too messy, and cleans off the skin easily with make-up remover.
My hair was previously a fairly bright red, but I expected this darker shade to cover it easily, and I was not disappointed there. It turned out a rich reddish-purple shade, and the conditioner gave my hair a very healthy looking shine. I was really pleased with the immediate results.
I'm well used to excess dye coming out in the shower for a day or so, but with this dye I noticed excess dye well over a week later, although my hair colour was still strong. However after a couple of weeks I noticed it began to fade, despite using products specifically designed to prolong hair colour. I also noticed the condition of my hair seemed poorer than it was before using Schwarzkofp Live.
It's now four weeks since using the colour, and the original intensity has completely gone. There is still a hint of the purple shade, but faded out, and without any of the shine or richness.
Not recommended unless you're willing to dye your hair every other week and spend a small fortune on conditioning treatments!
I have quite short naturally medium blond hair and decided that I would try this hair dye to make my hair lighter, the colour I used was 1aa platinum and this is what I found:
Ease of use- The box contains a mixer bottle, a sachet of powder and a paste, it also provides conditioner, gloves and an instruction leaflet. I have never dyed my hair before and asked m sister to help me do it. The instructions are clear and the whole process is relatively simple even if you have no experience of doing this. You basically put the powder and the paste into the mixer bottle, shake it up and then apply to your hair. The mixer bottle comes with an application tip so that it can be applied easily. You do need to start applying the mixture straight away otherwise too much pressure might build up in the bottle and cause it to "explode". I would recommend that somebody helps you apply it otherwise it might be hard to spread it evenly on your hair. The conditioner is re-sealable which is very useful because you might not need it all the first time you use it. The rest of the box needs to be thrown away after use.
Process/results- it took around 10 minutes to cover my hair in the mixture which has a slightly un-pleasant smell to it. You then have to leave it on for about 45mins, this for me is the worst part because it makes my head quite itchy and you can't really scratch it without getting the mixture all over your hands. If you get any on your face in dries with a powder like texture but this is easily washed off. If it is your first time doing it you will slowly see your hair start to change colour, it may go strange colours like orange but if you leave it on it will end up blonde. After 45mins you can wash it off in the shower, it comes out easily and does not stain your shower basin. You can tell when it is all washed out because the water will run clear. You can then apply the conditioner which leaves your hair feeling silky and smooth. When I first got out of the shower I was a bit shocked because my hair was a yellow colour but this was only because it was wet and when it dried it looked fine. The colour is slightly artificial but I like it. I would say that this colour is definitely aimed at a young person. If you don't wash your hair with conditioner then it will become dry and out of condition so this is something to be aware of. I would also recommend that you use a hair recovery mask every now and again because the process of bleaching your hair can be quite harsh.
Safety- Before you use this you are supposed to do a patch test to check that you don't have an allergic reaction. I didn't do this because I was in a rush and I was ok but I would recommend that you don't chance it. There is a list of ingredients on the side of the box so you should look at this if you have any allergies. Also don't use this if you have any skin irritation or cuts on your scalp.
Price- I pay about £6 for a box of this which is reasonable because it would cost about £30 to get it done at hairdressers, because I have short hair I only needed one box but if you have hair that is longer than your shoulder and its your first time dying it then you will probably need two boxes for it to be even.
Schwarzkopf is a hair care brand from Germany. They supply a range of shampoo, conditioner, treatment and colouring products for your hair.
Schwarzkopf offer a few different hair colouring products as part of their "Live" range. This includes salon style, XXL, unlimited gloss and luminance.
This review discusses "Schwarzkopf Live Luminance" in shade L76 - Ultra Violet.
The Luminance Hair Colours are different from the XXL colours. These hair colours not only colour your hair, but they also lighten your hair in one easy step. They specifically cater for those with darker hair colours and Schwarzkopf claim that they are permanent.
This range includes the above colour and also Ultra Red.
Each hair colour is presented in a cardboard box with various bits of important information and a picture showing the intended colour. Inside you will find :
*a pair of gloves
*a 60ml tube of colour creme
*a 60ml bottle of developer
*a 22.5ml tube of conditioner
~Using The Dye~
This dye shouldn't be used if you have experienced reactions to hair dyes, have a rash or are allergic to henna products. It contains peroxide and a skin test should be carried out 48hrs prior to intended use.
This hair colour can be used in 2 ways. Both ways require you to squeeze the colour creme into the developer bottle and mix it up. The colour should be applied to unwashed, dry hair.
If you are colouring for the first time or have no colour left in your hair, you should apply all the mixture to your hair and leave for 30mins. If you have root regrowth, 2/3 should be applied to that area, left for 20mins and then the remaining mixture applied to the ends of your hair and left for 10mins.
Use some water, lather it up and rinse until the water runs clear. You should then add the conditioner for 2mins before rinsing.
This hair colour can be purchased from Boots and various supermarkets. It is priced around £4.50.
I have been colouring my hair for around 8years now and have naturally dark brown hair. I have always loved purple, red and black colours for my hair and have purchased various XXL dyes. Around 2months ago, I decided to try this Luminance colour and have recently used my 2nd box. Both occasions I have used the Ultra Violet shade so my experience is based on this one.
I don't understand the "Permanent" comment on hair colours to be honest. They way I see it, something permanent should be just that but no dye I have used yet has actually been permanent! Before using this 2months ago, my hair was thick and very long (way down my back), It had lost most of the unnatural colouring and all that was left was a dodgy dark brown colour and awful roots. I would say this particular range of hair colours do need to be used over a period of time to gain the best results.
~Colour Me Purple!~
When I previously coloured my hair, I needed 2 boxes of this hair colour. Now, this does make it costly but it is still much cheaper than the hair dressers. I colour my hair myself and brush it through well before I start. I highly recommend covering surfaces (carpet etc) and wearing old clothes as if like me, you are likely to splatter this in various directions! On the most recent colouring experience, I have only had to use one box as I've had my hair cut above my shoulders and layers put in so it isn't as thick now.
The box contains everything I need. The gloves aren't the best and have split on me before leaving purple patches in between my fingers! The developer and creme mix up well and creates a dark pink formula. The mix itself is reasonably thick and easy to use without too much mess. It isn't too runny that it drips everywhere but nor is it too thick that it isn't easy to spread.
Applying this colour is very easy. The first time I used it, I simply massaged the contents of both bottles onto my hair. This time, I concentrated mainly on the root regrowth as my hair does grow quickly and the roots are unsightly! The mix is quite strongly scented but not as bad as many. I tend to have the windows open to let the scent out. The mix feels cool on my scalp and doesn't irritate it which is an added bonus.
One bottle is enough to coat my above shoulder hair cut in plenty of colour. I spread it across my roots and massaged it around. I could see where I had applied it as the colour is quite strong and the colour looks damp on my hair as you would expect. There was plenty left to do the rest of my hair and I ensured I got underneath and around the sides for even coverage. I did get a small amount around my hair line and surprisingly this removes fairly easy with a baby wipe which is new to me as I usually have to scrub!
After 30mins have passed, I headed for the shower and rinse my hair over the bath. The colour lathers up quite well but this is one messy job. It does seem to take an age for all the colour to run out and moreso when I had long hair! Lets just say that rinsing this hair colour out, it looked like a Barney massacre in my bath. It is thankfully easy to clean afterwards! My hair feels quite dry afterwards and the gorgeous scented conditioner is a godsend. It is thick and there is plenty for 2 applications on shorter hair. It locks moisture back in and leaves my hair soft and smooth.
On longer, uncoloured hair, the results were good and immediate. The colour brightened up my hair and I had a gorgeous purple tint through it. It wasn't strong but the actual colour in the lengths of my hair lasted really well. The roots remained coloured for a few weeks before starting to come through again but the purple tint remained noticeable. For the next few washes, some more colour ran from my hair but doesn't lose the initial shine. The colouring is even and any grey hairs (yes I am only 23) are covered up well..
The reason I chose to colour my hair again this week (despite the purple colour still being present but a little less shiny) is I had my hair cut and wanted to see if colouring it again would increase the intensity overall. The last colour had survived 7weeks of me washing my hair 3-4times a week and had only just faded so I was impressed. I am much more pleased with how this colour has taken to my already coloured and much shorter/finer hair.
This range really does lighten my hair and cuts out any extra products. Some colours don't take well to my dark hair and only tint them but Ultra Violet really boosts the colour of my hair. I love the colour. It isn't as vibrant as on the box but it is the perfect colour for my hair.I find the colour comes through stronger when my hair is dried and styled the way I like it.
It isn't as vibrant as what it would be if someone with naturally light hair were to use it but it is getting there! It has me wanting to have purple hair more often than red hair to be honest. It doesn't look overdone or silly in my opinion (though others may disagree haha). I personally find the colour to be strongest when the light catches it. It glistens with shine and looks pigmented. I cannot notice much indoors but when I go out, it really shines and actual looks glossy and purple. It is more of a deep purple than a vibrant purple and I have had people commenting on how different and nice my hair looks.
The colour does stain towels so use old ones! I have the same towel for colouring my hair each time...you can imagine how colourful it is! It is worth noting the instruction sheet is easy to understand and comes with helpful diagrams.
This is a very easy to use home colouring for my hair. It is reasonably priced and performs well on my hair. I am noticing my hair getting lighter and brighter with each Ultra Violet colour I am using. I am happy to use this every 6 weeks or so to maintain the colour, keep the shine and overall, lighten the natural colouring of my hair. The colour of my hair isn't the same as on the box but it is gradually changing and hopefully I will have that colour soon.
Thanks for reading x
PS This review was originally posted on ciao 6/11. The most recent dye is actually now stronger in terms of colour after 2weeks and looks fresh and glossy still so very pleased!
I dye my hair various shades of red and purple and I like the shade to be quite deep and vibrant and......this may sound odd.....but I like it to look dyed rather than natural. the Schwarzkopf Live XXL range of hair dye does tend to go for the more extreme end of colours as there are options of shades like Cosmic Blue, Shocking Pink and the brightest pillar box red. I have tried several of the colours - my favourite being burnished red. I usually buy this from Boots and it costs me £5.49 per packet - and because I have long hair unfortunately I usually need two packets, but this is standard for me when it comes to dying my hair.
The Live XXL comes in a box which contains instructions, gloves, colourant, developer and intense conditioner. They do recommend that you do a patch test 24 hours before using it, but I have to admit that I never do this because I'm not that organised, and I've never had a problem. In order to use, you basically have to mix the colourant and the developer together in the applicator bottle and then you apply the dye to dry hair.....ensuring you put on the gloves first! It is very messy to apply - but again I find this with all hair dyes. However, if I get this on my skin it is a pain to get off and it really needs to be scrubbed and wiped with acetone - and I do think that it's worse that most other hair dyes that I've used in terms of how difficult it is to remove from the skin. The dye needs to be left on for about 30 minutes and there isn't really any irritation when it's on.
It does take quite a lot of rinsing to remove the hair dye - and I don't think I have ever been able to get the water to run clear! Once I have applied the conditioner my hair feels nice and smooth and silky - and the colour always does look amazing! The colour looks vibrant, sharp, edgy - and I really do love it. However, the negative is that the hair colourant rubs off when it's wet for weeks. I have ruined so many towels and pillow cases because of the hair dye leaking onto the material. The colour takes about 8 weeks to significantly fade.
Overall, I think the colour is absolutely fantastic - but unfortunately it really lets himself down on so many other factors - mainly the fact that the dye keeps running out of the hair for so long.
I used Schwarzkopf Live to colour my hair red and I used "pomegranite passion". I was colouring over a dark brown colour and didn't expect great results. However I was pleasantly suprised when my hair had changed colour a significant amount. I did however notice that my roots were brighter than the rest of my hair, ( I know this often happens with hair colours but it never seems to happen at the hairdressers).
I used permanent colour which really is permanent, although I found it to fade somewhat on my split ends leaving it looking a little bit white but more unhealthy than anything. This is more to do with the condition of my hair than with the product.
I also found that I only needed one bottle when I have very thick and medium length hair, I have had to use two bottles in the past and it is a very cheap product, I never paid more than £5 for a bottle of hair colour.
I found after colouring my hair with it also the colour was getting brighter I found that it began to look really artificial rather than the nice colour you get in salons.
I am now going back to having blond hair and haven't used a red colour on it for nearly 6 months and it is still very red where it hasn't been bleached. I advise that if you want to go red in hair colour then to use a semi permanent because it really won't come out without growing out or bleaching.
When I first saw the box for Live Luminance in a web ad, I almost jumped out of my seat...that probably sounds very tragic, but I love red hair, and have always wanted it. Unfortunately for me, my natural hair colour is a medium to dark brown, which means in order to get red hair it has to be lightened. After several years of mostly failed experiments over many methods (such as pre-lightening first, leaving dye on longer than strictly advised, etc) and just as many brands (including other shades in the Live range), I had half given up, accepting that a "dark auburn that could be red when the sun shines on it" was as red as I was going to be able to achieve at home. That is why I was so excited when I first saw this product.
Unlike most other red hair dyes commonly available, the 'Luminance' branch of the Schwarzkopf family clearly states on the box that it is especially designed for dark hair, and aimed at people, like me, who want to lighten their hair and get a vibrant colour result in one step. It is a permanent hair colourant. At the time of writing, this particular variant of Live is available in 3 shades; 2 fairly bright and dramatic shades of red 'Radiant Red' (L38) and 'Infra Red' (L42), and a violet/purple shade 'Ultra Violet' (L76). I dithered a little bit between the 2 shades of red, but after reading reviews and advice from a number of places, including Schwarzkopf's own website (http://www.schwarzkopf-consumer.co.uk/index.php?id=6984), I decided to go for the slightly lighter of the 2, 'Infra Red'. This decision was mainly influenced by Schwarzkopf's advice to pick the lighter of 2 shades if you are finding it difficult to choose between them.
Having decided which product I wanted to buy, then came the fun part (not), tracking it down! Using the stockists list from the Schwarzkopf website to guide me, I had a quick web trawl of retailers who stock their products, only to find that in many cases they either didn't stock the Luminance sub-variant of Live at all, or that the shade I wanted had sold out! Eventually, and almost at the point of giving up after trying several shops in my local town which supposedly stocked it, yet didn't have it, I managed to track some down in my local-ish branch of "Savers". It was between £3 and £4 a pack, and as I have long hair I decided to purchase 2 packs to use at the same time to make sure I would have enough product to cover my hair. Product found I went home to read the instructions and proceed with the dyeing process!
On opening the box the contents are exactly as stated on the side of the box so I'm not going to waffle on about that too much, suffice to say you get the usual colour, developer, instruction leaflet and not terribly good plastic gloves, which always remind me of litter picking duty back in my school days! You also get a 22.5ml tube of conditioner to use after colouring. Mixing the product is very simple, you just tip the colour into the developer, shake it up, and use the nozzle on the bottle to apply to the hair. The nozzle seems fairly generic to me, nothing fancy, but it does its job well, enabling you to squeeze out plenty at a time (so it doesn't take forever to apply), but at the same time coming out fairly smoothly so you don't get sudden airlocks causing splurges everywhere!
Because I have long hair I always rope my long-suffering other half into helping me to colour my hair as otherwise I tend to miss bits round the back, but I honestly think that if you are used to colouring your hair by yourself you wouldn't have a problem using this pack as the mixed dye is fairly thick and not too runny or dribbly, yet at the same time not so thick as to be difficult to spread evenly through the hair. The dye does smell a bit chemically (as I assumed it would given that it does contain hydrogen peroxide), but in all fairness Schwarzkopf do seem to have made an effort to disguise this as the chemical smell isn't as overpowering as I have found with some other brands. I left the dye on for the maximum amount of time recommended (30 minutes) as I wanted to give it every chance to "do its thing"!
Washing this dye out of my hair proved to be a bit more of a challenge than dyes I have used in the past, including those from the Live range. For some reason it seemed very stiff and thick after the 30 minutes, and it took me a fairly long time to manage to get it out of my hair, particularly at the nape of the neck for some reason! Even after a number of rinses it still felt like there may be a little bit of dye in there, but I decided to move on to the conditioning stage anyway, mainly because I am impatient! The conditioner tube has a snap off lid, which is a bit of a nuisance as although Schwarzkopf say there is enough to use for a couple of times after you have coloured your hair in order to protect the colour, I find that leaving a tube with no lid on it in my bathroom with 3 kids about is just asking for trouble, so although volume wise there is plenty there, the impracticality of the tube design means I usually chuck it away after only using it the once. Another reason for this is the fragrance of the conditioner; I don't know whether they have tried to specially engineer the fragrance to mask the chemical scent of the dye itself, but it has an overpowering smell which reminds me of the old cheap solid soap bars that used to be so common in not very nice public loos! Consistency wise it is also fairly runny for a conditioner, and left my hair feeling OK but nowhere near as nice as my usual conditioner, so whilst I do use it immediately after colouring just in case it has some secret colour enhancing gubbins in it, after that I usually just go back to my regular conditioner which I much prefer.
Once dried I have to say that the result on my hair wasn't exactly what I had been expecting...I had a little bit of root regrowth from under my last colour, and although I followed the instructions to try to compensate for this, the roots of my hair were a lot more gingery than the lengths. In all honesty this didn't really bother me personally all that much but I know some people would be mortified! If you have previously dyed your hair at all, I would definitely advise caution in using this particular dye as it seems that any minor variation really does turn into a fairly big one with this product. On the positive side I definitely didn't get the "almost invisible difference" that I had with other red dyes in the past, but it was a very far from perfect result! I have lived with it for about 3 weeks, but now have bought a darker red from a different company to try to even out the effect a bit!
I have noticed from reading other Schwarzkopf reviews that people have said the dye fades quickly. I can't say I have noticed any fading at all to be honest, and I haven't been using a colour protect shampoo or anything like that, so perhaps this is one area which has been improved with this latest variant of Live!
Overall this is a reasonable dye; it definitely does lighten dark hair and provide a vibrant effect on hair which has not been dyed before (i.e. my roots lol), but on previously coloured hair the effect is not very noticeable at all. For that reason I would only really recommend this product to someone who has no other colourants remaining on their hair from previous dyeing, or who has not dyed their hair before. If this is you and you want a vibrant shade instead of dark hair, then I would say this is worth a try as it is reasonably inexpensive compared to some other brands, fairly kind to hair (it didn't seem to cause my hair any additional problems at least!), and easy to apply.
if your sat their thing naa my hair wont go ginger ill do it right and it wil be a perfect blonde YOUR WRONG!i used this dye and dark brown hair and it went CARROT orange... then i put it on dark blonde and STILL went orange :(never evr dye ur hair SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
I recently decided to dye my medium brown hair. I was looking for a vibrant red and first of all I tried Live XXL Real Red on my hair. It came out fine, although not quite as bright as I wanted. I then put a 'Crazy Colors' Vermillion Red on my hair which came out amazingly! Unfortunately, they only do semi-permanant as far as I know... so when that started fading back to a browny-red colour I made the decision to lighten my hair first and then go red. I spent a fair amount of money on this as I had to buy 2 packets of each (as reccommended on the box for longer than chin-length hair). I got Live XXL Platinum Blonde and Live XXL Hypnotic Red. I did the blonde first as a lightener and then once that was done I went ahead and applied the red.
The end result of this was a fairly even and vibrant red colour, therefore I was of course happy!
Then I started noticing after 4/5 days (i wash my hair every day with colour shampoo etc) my hair was rapidly fading! I was so annoyed after spending nearly £20 on this hair dye it was already starting to fade into a gingery colour. Now, around a week and a half later it's terribly faded!
My friends have described my current colour to look like someone with naturally ginger hair...who's got redish highlights put in. It's not horrible...but not what I expected or wanted from a permanent RED hair dye..
Overall very unhappy.
I am struggling to find a red hair dye that keeps its intensity. I do not believe that the label on this product lives up to its name. It claims that it has longer intensity than other hair dyes. Still after using this product I am finding that every time I wash my hair the water turns pink. From past experience it takes about ten washes for the water to run clear. The thing is on every occasion that the water turns pink it is the intensity of the colour that is washed away.
This hair dye is good in that it looks wonderful when you first dye it, striking in fact. But it's a shame that this intense hair colour does not last. But all red hair dyes lose their intensity (from my experience, and I have used a lot). So a way around this is to wash hair less, use dry shampoo which works fine and is in fact healthier for coloured hair as opposed to washing and hair drying. I hope that Live find a way to fix this problem as the immediate effect of the dye is absolutely stunning.
Unfortunately I've had many disasters when it comes to dying my hair and using this hair dye has been one of them I'm afraid. Last year I had dyed my hair black and by the time I used this I thought most of the black had worn out as my hair was back to it's usual brown colour. Anyway, I purchased 2 packets (I have quite long hair) of Schwarzkopf Live hair dye in a bright red colour, I forget exactly what red it was but it was a very bright one.
I followed the instructions to the letter and expected to have luscious red locks by the end of it. Unfortunately, I ended up with red roots and the rest of my hair stayed brown...looks like all the black hadn't come out afterall! Honestly, it looked horrendous and since then I have had to dye over the red, I fear my hair will never be the same again but there's not a lot I can do as I don't really have the cash to get it sorted at a hair dressers. I realise that most people won't have this experience with the hair dye, just thought I'd share my own experiences.
Another thing I don't like about the hair dye (and I've heard other people complain that it's happened to them too) is that for weeks after dying my hair continued to bleed. I lost count of the number of times I would wake up to a stained red pillow case and oh god...if I went out in the rain I was pretty much done for! I wash my hair every other day and the red would just pour out whenever my hair got wet. I remember going horse riding on one really hot day, now my riding hat makes my head hot at the best of times so it's understandable that my head gets a bit sweaty. Anyhow, my dad was with me that week and as I was riding round he gasped as I had a red streak running down the side of my face, he thought I'd cut my head and was bleeding! lol.
Ahem, I'll get back to my review now folks. This product is easy to use and comes with a full instruction booklet and conditioner as well as all the necessary things you need to dye your hair. It's supposed to be a permanent dye with built in wash-out protection, all I can say is that they must have scrimped on the amount of permanent they put in mine! Even before I re-dyed over my hair the red was rapidly fading, before I dyed over, my roots had gone from a vivid shade to a very dull red, not what you want really - though I suppose it was lucky in my case!
In your box of dye you will get: tube live colour, bottle developer, tube live color shield conditioner, pair of gloves and your instruction leaflet. These dyes are usually priced at just under £5 though you may find them cheaper in other places. Don't let my experience put you off as it probably won't effect your hair in that way, just remember that this dye won't dye over black! Happy hair dying! :)
Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL is a range of hair dyes from Schwarzkopf, a company known for its value for money hair products. The Color XXL range is all about strong and bright colours - red, blue, purple, platinum blonde and deep black - with cool names. The dye I've been using for the last few months or so is Cosmic Blue (shade 90). The range is available in Boots, Superdrug, Bodycare, Savers, and many supermarkets. A pack of this hair dye will set you back between £3.50 and £5, depending on where you buy it as well as whether or not it's on special offer. I got my latest one from Bodycare at a price of £3.79, while Boots had an offer on a while back offering 2 packs for £7 (though it's not on any more sadly!).
I started dyeing my dark-blonde hair about three years ago, when a colleague referred to my hair as mousy. It's not as bitchy as it sounds - she was comparing her own hair to mine and imagining that we both had mousy hair - but there was no way I was going to put up with mousy hair so I decided to dye it! I started off light brown, then I was dark brown, then earlier this year I decided to go for something a bit more radical and chose blue.
The box for the dye has a blue background and the product name on the front, as well as a young woman and man who are, presumably, wearing the dye. The shade is named on the bottom-right of the box and the dye is described as being 'Waterproofed' with 'built-in wash-out protection to prevent colour fade for extra long-lasting intensity and shine'. The dye is permanent and will not wash out, therefore if you are nervous or worried about dyeing your hair it's best to try a temporary colour first. As is usual with hair dyes, there is a guide on the side of the box indicating what shade your hair will be after dyeing based on your natural hair colour. The box also carries the usual safety instructions about carrying out a skin allergy test 48 hours before you colour, even if you have coloured your hair before. I must say that in nearly three years of dyeing my hair I have never once done this test and I have been fine, but all hair dye boxes do recommend it (probably to cover themselves in case something does happen). You should not use this hair dye if you have experienced a reaction in the past or you have a sensitive, irritated or damaged scalp.
The box contains the following items:
Applicator bottle with developer lotion
Leaflet containing instructions and plastic gloves for dyeing.
To prepare for dyeing your hair:
Wear old clothes and cover your shoulders with an old towel
Cover everything in sight that could be damaged with dye in an old towel or cloth - seriously, this dye gets everywhere!
Apply Vaseline or a similar product along your parting and your hairline, also over your eyebrows as an extra precaution - this will help prevent the dye from staining
Don't wash your hair - some dyes require you to apply them onto wet hair but this one should be applied on dry, unwashed hair.
To use the product, follow the instructions included in the leaflet to mix the dye, which is a very easy process. Then, with the gloves on, you can start applying the dye to your hair. If you've used the dye recently, you should apply it to your roots only at first, then the rest of your hair later; if you haven't, you can shove the whole lot on at once!
The dye, in common with most others, has a nozzle applicator. I find these fairly easy to use, though the dye can come out quickly so be careful. Sometimes a bit gets squirted onto the mirror or something so it's best to wipe it off quickly! Sometimes people worry about dyeing your hair at home, but there's no danger of your hair ending up patchy - considering the amount of dye in the bottle, you'd have to try pretty hard NOT to cover every inch of hair! After application my hair's absolutely saturated with it (for the record my hair is shoulder-length and there's a lot of it!).
You have to leave the dye on for 30 minutes - I find that it doesn't drip anywhere once it's on my hair, so I can sit at the computer or read a book, so long as I don't touch anything with my head! After the time is up you need to wash it off.
Washing off this hair dye makes the shower look as though some blue-blooded member of the royal family has been murdered in it. The dye gets absolutely everywhere. If you have a shower curtain you are fond of I recommend taking it down, because it will probably be ruined. After washing it out (don't use shampoo) apply some of the conditioner included in the pack - half to a third of the tube should be enough if you have shoulder-length hair. Leave it on for a couple of minutes before washing it off.
Once my hair is dried and straightened it looks really well conditioned and shiny. The dye often looks very dark, nearly black, at first but evens out over the next few days I sometimes have some dye around my hairline but this goes away after one or two washes.
I really like the way my hair looks when using this dye, but there are a few things I'm not so keen on. Firstly, when applying I can sometimes end up getting dye everywhere. This is similar to most other applicators, but after using a L'Oreal comb applicator I notice that the nozzle isn't as easy. Secondly, the dye keeps on coming out of my hair even two or three weeks after first applying it. I have to use special towels and try not to ruin the shower curtain. On the same note, for the first few days after using the dye it comes off on the pillow when I'm sleeping, even when my hair's dry. This isn't a problem at the moment, as I'm using very old bedcovers, but I won't be able to use this dye when I go back home as my mam won't be happy if I get blue hair dye all over my nice new pillowcases! Also, after about three or four weeks, with having dyed my hair brown in the past the colour wears off and the bottom of my hair looks reddish-brown while the hair near the roots is blue-black. It's not massively noticeable but it bothers me! To be honest I wish I'd dyed my hair this colour right from the beginning because it would have looked a lot brighter applied to dark blonde hair than onto dyed dark brown hair.
This hair dye is ok and it's also much cheaper than the one I used to use, L'Oreal Excel 10. It produces shiny hair but the dye gets everywhere and is trickier to use. I won't be able to use it in the future, not if I want to sleep on nice new pillowcases without getting dye everywhere! What this dye does have in its favour is the range of colours - I'm aware of no other range of bright colours that is so widely and easily available in many stores. If you're after a bright and daring colour this dye's for you, but if you want a more 'standard' colour I'd recommend going for a higher quality dye.
Schwartzkopf have, no doubt, managed to create the largest collection of intense, shocking hair colourants under a trusted name and their constant production of new colours and formulae are a testimony to how popular the brand has become. Almost everyone I know and have spoken to about their coloured hair have, at some point or another, used Schwartzkopf's Live and love the colour it gives. Having used Live Colour XXL myself on and off for the last 4 years, I have always found that the permanent colourant has had the same effect: beautiful, shiny, vibrant colour for the first 3 or 4 weeks which then fades quickly leaving patches of seemingly undyed hair. I have quite dark brown hair and very pale skin and therefore am limited to the colours of the collection that I can use without using bleach or just looking odd, so I generally stick to reds and red-browns. I have generally found that, although the red colour can linger in some parts of my hair even after it has been redyed (generally the drier tips of the hair), it is unreliable for good all-over coverage in spite of the vibrant, rich colours that are shown on the box. One colour in particular, the 'XXL red black' I found produced a colour which looked no more like the colour on the box than my hair had before I had dyed it.
After deciding I was going to take the plunge and dye my hair an outrageous colour, Schwarzkopf was the first name that came to my head! So off I plopped to my local Tesco and decided which colour would suit me best. After being a red head before but wasn't too keen to have dyed hair when I was younger, I decided that now would be the time to be a vibrant redhead. My natural hair colour is dark brown, so I thought it would look nice with my complexion and my dark eyes.
I bought two packs because my hair is very long, and I chose the colour red passion because it was the nice vibrant but darkness to it which attracted it to me. So even with two packs, it didn't cost me an arm and a leg, under a tenner, much cheaper than going to my local hairdresser.
I read the instructions, and applied it to my dry hair. What got me straight away was the awful smell of the dye, but I've never come across a hair dye that doesn't have that overwhelming smell. I left it on for half an hour, like it was suggested in the instructions, and after applying it...it looks like I murdered someone in my bathroom...including myself. To my delight, unlike other hair dye brands, it came out of EVERYTHING, except my white towel. It didn't stain the sink or bath tub, and came out of my skin easily without leaving a rash. So far so good.
After washing out my hair dye and then applying the conditioner, I noticed that it left my hair tangle free, which is a good start after applying hair dye. However, you get a very small conditioning tube and as I have long hair, I had to use both conditioners from both packs but it still didn't evenly cover my whole head.
When I started to towel dry my hair, I noticed the vibrant colour already - so excited! As I started to dry, the true colour started to come through, and it was just beautiful - a rich vibrant red which made me look vibrant myself, rather than the pale washed out look I felt like before. When my hair was completely dried, it was soft and shiny, and I was excited that it had worked so well on my dark hair.
I had loads of compliments from my new hair colour, but I noticed after washing my hair that it had faded quite quickly. Very disappointed as I loved my new look. It's still somewhat red in my hair, but nothing like it was before when it was first dyed. I know that hair colorants are supposed to fade, but this quick? Surely not?
However, I think this may be because it has only been dyed this colour once, so I will be reapplying soon before my holiday so I will have bright shiny hair next to the pool! I just hope that it doesn't run out in the pool and again looks like a murder has taken place.
I would recommend this product to anyone wanting an intense change, as it certainly made a change, and I may even consider changing to the purple or the blue/ black in the future!