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It's that time again when I need to dye my hair, well to be honest it was probably that time a couple of weeks ago, but i've been busy with the sun. By today then it was desperate, and it happens to be the first day of the kids holidays I have none, but as always it means the sunny weather has turned to grey and slightly drizzly. Its still warm enough though that I can sit around with very little on while my hair colour develops. This is in the privacy of my bathroom of course :)
So after my disappointment of last time, for dying my hair this time I looked for the cheapest hair dye which looked decent. I bought this in wilkinsons on offer for 2 for £3, so I hope I like it as I will be using it next time.
Schwarzkopf is a large german hair products brand that started in Berlin in 1898, they are one of the top 3 hair brand products in the world (from their website).They have a professional section as well as consumer, and one 2013 Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brand. Poly Colour was actually the first home colour treatment available and was launched all the way back in 1947.
This is a bright red quite thin box. On the front is a picture of a girl with dark brown hair, my colour of choice, and the brand Poly Colour Tint. Under this in small writing is permanent, I actually nearly ignored this on the shelf as I initially thought it was semi permanent , but a closer inspection proved otherwise. There is also a round bubble telling us this contains Keratin hair strengthener. At the bottom is the colour shade, colour number and that it provides 100% grey cover. So on closer inspection this looked ideal for my needs.
On the other sides of the box are safety instructions, a handy colour swatch guide so you know what the colour will turn out like, and what is in the box. At the back it tells us about their special colour pigments which penetrate deeply, and the special keratin hair strengthener, which offers anti-damage protection while dying your hair.
In the box
This contains the colour, the developer, instructions and a pair of gloves. Sadly no conditioner but I still had some left from last time :)
Putting it on
Following instructions (and advice from lovely dooyoo people :) ) I did an allergy test 48 hours before, using a little bit of the colour on the inside of my elbow. I picked here so I could easily see if there were any problems. I was pleased it didn't dye my skin as having never in the past bothered with a patch test I wasn't sure what to expect :) I'm pleased to report that I had no problems so here I am sat in the bathroom naked waiting for my colour to develop.
When it came to using this I added the two together in the developing bottle shook it, and with the help of a comb and lots of squirting started putting it on. I had also put some vaseline around my face to help prevent staining.
This mixed together well, and I am pleased to report that the smell isn't too bad, a bit chemically but also slightly sweet. This is a nice thick lotion and it went on well without too much dripping. If anything it was too thick as I had to keep jiggling the bottle to get it to come out and readjusting my squeezing technique. At one point I thought I had already ran out, but it was just thick.
The box recommends using 2 of these for long thick hair, but as mine is fine I used one and there was enough. I am now waiting 30 minutes for it to develop, it said between 20 and 30 and as my hair at the front is grey (make that very) I decided on the 30 :) I will be back to report....
So I'm back and my hair is drying (naturally I'm not clever enough to use a hairdryer and type:) ). This washed out of my hair easily in a few minutes, I was surprised that the colour that came out was more brown then the sludge colour I'm used to when rinsing out dye. My hair once it was rinsed out didn't feel as dry as it normally does after dying my hair, but I did still wash it with a conditioner that I had left over from my last dye. This made my hair nice and soft and smooth. During my shower my husband handily poked his head around the door and asked if I could help him outside when I was ready, by the time I was though he no longer needed me!
So do I have dye on my skin? Yes a little patch, naturally in the middle of my head, and a patch on one shoulder and my neck, the patch on my shoulder has faded a bit after washing, and I guess that's what you get for not covering up :).
Once it's dry
My hair looks mostly healthy and a nice dark brown. It feels quite silky, although I think slightly dry. There is also still some smell from the dye, a slight chemical smell. The dyed skin on my face washed off with a couple of attempts of cleanser, but the mark on my neck and shoulder is proving a bit more stubborn. There is still some grey around the front of my hair, and this is more noticeable on the left side of my head, which is the section I struggled to do as it was hard to squeeze it out and jiggle it with my left hand. I think this might be one that is easier to use with a helping hand.
The next day
My hair is a nice healthy dark brown, although I of course still have the grey patches. Overall I am pleased with the result, although I think I have been swayed by the cheaper price :)
It says on the instructions this will need redoing in 4 weeks, not the normal 6 :)
Hi all,I have been using Raven Black shade of the above dye for past 10 years. I dye my hair every month at home and I never had problems with this product. Leaves my hair soft, silky and shiny. Excellent coverage unlike garnier or l'oreal(when you fell like you need to dye your hair again after rinsing the product).I will continue using it as long as it will be on the market.Really love it.
This hair dye is cheap and simple. It's around £2 to buy from places such as Savers and Superdrug.
The hair dye doesn't come with a sachet of conditioner, nor does it come with gloves. However this doesn't really bother me as it is so cheap. The colour can be applied with your fingertips or a brush. Using a brush is the easiest option as the hair dye itself is a little too thick to be applied with your fingers. The hair dye smells quite strong so make sure you use it somewhere where there's plenty of fresh air.
The hair dye rinses out easily and it leaves your hair soft and shiny. I would recommend using a conditioner with it though as otherwise it can sometimes leave your hair feeling a little dry and brittle. The hair dye gives good results. The colour intensity is fantastic for the price and the colour is really long lasting and vibrant.
If you accidently get some of the dye onto your skin it can stain so be careful how you apply it. If you do get some of the dye onto your skin then baby oil should get it off.
I would recommend this dye for the price. For £2 it's a bargain.
I'm a bit of a hair dye addict, but black is the colour I go when I want a more natural result. This hair dye doesn't have the typical problems black hair dyes do, it doesn't fade as quickly as other and doesnt have a dull looking result. I get this at savers for £2, which is a lot cheaper than competitors and I would continue to buy it if the price went up.
The colour finish is perfect, its so shiny and makes my hair look soft, it has perfect coverage, It doesnt wash out after two weeks, and you can choose a black shade, raven black, red black or a natural black, depending on if you want a purply-red black colour, or a bluey-black colour if you still are a bit daring with your natural tones!
The only disadvantage is there is no conditioner in the box, but if you need a boost after dying your hair, I'd suggest leaving a cheap conditioner on all night.
I am very tight with money as I like to save, and the more expensive things are not always the best things. You can pick this up in lots of high street shops such as boots, wilkinsons, body care and super drug. This varies in these shops between £1.60 and £1.99 I've never seen it over this price so it doesn't make an impact on your purse or bank at all, so buying a cheeky box here and there doesn't matter. The shades range from blonde, brown to black, they do several shades of each colour but they are very simple and almost natural, you can get a few others which are mixed shades such as a purple/black and a red/black which are sometimes nice.
I use the natural black, this is a glossy black, I have really pale skin and I love having black hair [although recently dyed it] I've always had my hair outrageous colours and I always go back to this shade, they do another black which is raven black this is a more matte black and one I find closer to brown than black. These are permanent but because they are of cheaper quality I find that I have to re do this every 3-4 weeks whereas a more expensive one may only have to do be done every 2 months or so.
This is very basic, in the box it contains, gloves, instruction booklet and the dye, I come under the category of short - mid length hair and I will never be able to finish a bottle of this there is always some left over so if you have long hair you will only need around 2 bottles of this. You apply this like an other hair dye and leave for develop for 20 - 30 minutes. This is irritating at all to my scalp which is great because this really annoys me, but this one is great.
All the excess dye will all wash out straight away so you won't have any black dye running down yourself in the shower which is great, whenever I go back to black it will always be poly colour tint hair dye I use
So I decided to use Schwarzkopf Poly Colour Tint dark brown because my roots were really light and no dye seemed to cover it. (Ahem, L'Oreal Sublime Mousse!) At £1.99 I couldn't believe it and so I decided to buy it. Application is easy enough (but no conditioner!) and the results were fantastic. I can honestly say it is one of the best hair dyes (and underrated!) on the market and beats getting my hair done at my hairdressers. It left my hair soft, shiney, smooth, silky and actually much more healthier looking, and not forgetting an even coverage! It's a lovely colour and did not leave my hair brittle and straw like. Brilliant dye!
A few weeks ago I decided that I want to change my hair colour as I was bored with my natural dark brawn shade. I have dyed my hair in the past but having long hair it became increasingly difficult to use dye while my hair was growing longer. As many years have passed since I dyed my hair, when I first started to search for a suitable hair dye I felt that I am stepping into the great world of unknown, the supermarket shelves wore fully packed with many brands and most of them entirely new to me.
While I was browsing trough several supermarkets for hair dye, places like Wilkinson, Tesco, Morrison, I could not help to think haw expensive they all wore because a box of hair dye costs on average £5. I noticed at the bottom a familiar name to me, Schwarzkoph Poly Color Tint which is a highly well know brand across Europe. What confused me though was the name "Tint" on the box, it gave me the impression that is one of those hair dyes that washes off within the first wash, that is why while I was browsing trough the supermarkets I did not took a closer look at it. When I eventually did I read that is actually a semi permanent hair dye and long lasting.
At £2 and having to buy 7 boxes for my long hair it was not much money to pay for it at all. Better then the average £5 per box ones of which I am sure they do the exact same thing to hair.
Using it I found it really easy. It has a certain creamy texture that does not drip off the hair. In fact I find that it tends to sink into the hair instead of making a mess every ware.
I was really worry that it might have a really strong ammoniac smell to it and will make my eyes sore while I apply it but it was not bad at all, I also kept the window open to the bathroom just to make sure.
I bough the colour called Raven Black, which is the deepest shade of black available on their chart.
Instruction wore really easy to fallow, well layered into sections.
Deep black shinny hair, absolutely perfect!
I'd been toying with the idea of colouring my hair red again for a while and decided to take the plunge last week. I'd love to go to the hairdress and get it done but my finances don't stretch to that, so it was DIY hair colour for me.
A problem that I have when I dye my hair myself is that it doesn't really resemble the colour on the packaging. I know it is only a guide, but sometimes it is that widly different it's mind boggling. The problem stems from me having hair that is naturally streaked with different colours, namely brown, blonde, ginger and red. Trust me, it doesn't look as bad, or odd, as it sounds. So I'll be honest, I wasn't sure what colour my hair would turn out.
I decided to purchase the mahogany colour as the shade on the packaging was a nice, vibrant colour and I thought it would work well with the natural tones of my hair. The big pull for this brand was that it sells for £2 at Tesco and is by a well known manufacture. Also a friend uses this brand and says it is the best one that she has ever used.
The directions for use are simple, squeese the tube of cream into the developer and shake. Once throughly mixed apply to dry hair, and massage in. As normal it says to leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash hair until water runs clear and then use a gentle shampoo and wash as normal.
The actual application was easy as it was non drip, but as usual I ended up with it streaked along my arms, down my face and all over my eyes. When I looked in the mirror to remove the dye I was quite concerned. I know the colour is different in the bottle but this looked like I had got a bottle or red wine and poured it all over me, it was that dark I was thinking of washing my hair straight away. I decided not to and left it on for 25 minutes and then washed my hair. It took around 45 minutes before all the dye had been washed from my hair, which is the longest it has ever taken. The amount of dye that was pouring off my hair was also worrying as I was begining to wonder if my hair would look any different. When I looked in the mirror I couldn't see any colour change due to my hair being wet, so I just wrapped it in a towel and waited.
Once my hair was dryer I checked the colour and I was disappointed, it didn't look mahogany or the rich, vibrant red on the packaging. When my hair was completly dry I fully accessed the colour and I would say it is more of a burgendy colour and my hair looks about two shades darker. The front is more vibrant but that is only because my hair is naturally lighter there.
One big plus side is the condition on my hair, it has never looked more healthy or shinier.
Would I recommend this, no if you want a colour that is close to the packaging but yes if you don't mind a slightly different colour and want shiny hair. Saying that I will probably try one of the other colours as the price is perfect.
This week I decided I wanted to dye my hair before going on holidays next week. I have been a vibrant red colour for the last year. But as I am so dark naturally I was finding it hard to maintain. Therefore I decided I was going to go return to my more natural colour black.
I visited my local tesco and was quite impressed with the amount of dyes and tints on offer. However I noticed that this schwarkopf poly colour range was a staggering £2 in price. I have used poly colour in the past so knew that it would do the job well. So I dumped my usual live colour and settled with the poly colour.
When I got home I was quite excited to give this product a try. Inside the box there is the actual dye, the neutraliser, a pair of gloves and a instruction leaflet. The leaflet is very comprehensive and gives easy to follow instructions on the application process.
What I like about poly colour is it's simplicity. You just put the colour creme into the neutralser bottle, shake and then apply to dry unwashed hair. The dye itself is quite creamy in consistency. It is very easy to work with and spreads into the hair well. I have short hair and therefore found that there was more than enough dye to cover my hair. I would think though, that if you have long hair you may require two bottles.
When applying I was impressed with the lack of mess this product made on my surrounding skin. Because the dye is black I noted that I had some black dye on my forehead and ears. But this dye came of these areas easily with soap and water.
The development time is between 20 to 30 minutes. I left mine on for 25. When I rinsed my hair, I was suprised at how silky soft my hair felt. As though I had recieved a hair treatment.
I was very impressed with the overall cover. My hair is not only a lovely shade of raven black but it also has a great shine to it. I was also really pleased because the coverage this colour gives is totally as proffesional as when I have had colours in the hairdressers. This is so impressive considering that the retail price of this dye is only £2.
There is quite a lot of variety in terms of shades in this collection. If you are blonde, red or dark haired there is something that will suit your needs.
What impressed me the most about this product is the fact that it is very gentle. When I apply dye usually I have a burning sensation on my head. But this poly dye was so gentle and non harsh. I felt no stinging or irritation to my scalp when applying this colour. The scent of this dye is much more pleasing also because it didn't have a strong overpowering smell of amonia which other dyes seem to have.
I would very much advise anyone to use this poly colour range. It is not only dirt cheap but it is also very effective. I am thrilled with my new hair colour. I have had lots of compliments. Which further proves that this poly colour range is a winner!!
I bought this product from Body care and it only cost £1.99! I thought this was a bargain and I was extremely impressed with the results of this hair dye. It took approximately thirty minutes to work and my hair was left a jet black colour and full of shine and lustre. I think Polycolour Tint is a complete bargain for the price you pay for it. It covers all grey hairs and comes with a conditioner, which helps the quality of your hair once you have used it. I would recommend this product to anyone out there who wants to have excellent results and complete satisfaction out of a hair dye. It is much cheaper than getting your hair dyed from a salon and the results are just as good. So, if you're looking for a product that will help change the colour of your hair or just want to go for a different look this is the best shade of black you will find!
I'm at the age when a few grey hairs are begining to show, so to get my hair looking a nice shade of brown I have bought Schwarzkopf Poly Colour Tint natural brown.
This is a permanent cream colour which covers grey or dyes lighter shades of hair and can be bought at chemists for £3.99 or Savers shops from £1.99 upwards.
The box is a small red box with a lady on the front and the shade of hair colour can be seen, so you can get an idea of what it may come out like by looking at the box. In the box you will get a pair of gloves, a set of instructions, one bottle of Poly Colour and one tube of Poly Colour Tint.
To use the hair dye it is always best to follow the instructions and to do a small strand test, this will give you the shade of colour that your hair will be once you have dyed it, if your not happy with the strand test you can buy a different shade.
To use you have to add the Poly Colour Tint cream to the Poly Colour bottle and shake well, once the mixture is sufficiantly mixed in then you can put on the gloves and begin to apply it evenly all over your head, or on thin strands if you are streaking your hair.
Leave the hair dye on your head for 20 - 30 minutes depending on what shade you have decided to go, I always leave it until the latest time stated on the box to make sure the hair dye has taken hold and my hair is coloured to the shade I want.
Once the time has been reached you can then rinse the hair dye off, the water will be coloured when you rinse. Keep rinsing until the water turns clear, wash your hair then add conditioner, leave the conditioner on for about five minutes to make sure it has sunken into the hair, this helps to make it smooth and supple as all hair dyes strip the hair of its natural oils and you have to get it back in your hair or your hair will feel dry and brittle and frizz easily.
Once the conditioner has been on for five minutes rinse and shampoo again You can then dry with a hairdryer or leave it to dry naturally.
If you have a problem with the hair dye or questions about it you can ring 0800 323 9214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, you can also look at www.schwarzkopf.co.uk for advise and other products.
I like this hair dye as it leaves your hair looking shiney and colours grey hairs without problems, it is easy to use and has wheat protein in the mixture for strengthening the hair.
It is not to be used on children or on eyelashes, if you get it in your eyes rinse well and if you have a reaction go straight to the doctors. It is not to be used on very sensative skin or any damaged scalp.
I would recommend it to you if you want good looking hair which is shiney, a good colour and need to cover grays quickly.
have fun x
For the money, you may be sceptical about buying this. I mean, for £1.95 for a box (Morrissons) you may be forgiven for thinking it wont work, or will leave you with a horrible colour that wont last - but you'd be wrong.
I have been using Poly Colour Tint for 6 years, and my mum has been using it for even longer to cover her many greys (haha!). I've dabbled in other brands, paying over the odds for the same results and have always returned to the trusty red box of Poly Colour! Its also brill for a cost effective way of changing your look!
I have brown hair, and tent to dye my hair a darker shade of brown )pointless I know) but it adds shine and I like it! Recently I pushed the boat out and bought 'Mahogany' - which is my mums usual choice of hair colour from this range and it looks great on her so I thought i'd give it a shot.
Its very simple to use, simply open the box and put the gloves on that are supplied. You then unscrew the bottle and open the tube and squeeze the contents of the tube into the bottle and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE!! you literally slather it all over your hair and massage it all in. IOf you have long hair or thick shoulder length hair then I would suggest you use two bottles...after all two bottles of this are the same proice of ONE bottle of another brand! Application time depends on how fast you can get the dye out the bottle and on to your head..and development time is 20-30 mins. After this time, its a few minutes in the shower rinsing it off. Just a tip - I always give it a light shampoo after i've washed it off just to make sure all the dye has gone but this is optional. There is no conditioner included in the box as the dye itself does the job.
The lasting results vary - I wash my hair every morning so personally I top up my dye every 6-8 weeks just becasue my vigourous hair routine really strips my hair and it just needs it. My mums the same, and daily hair washer but she does it every 5-6 weeks as her greys start poking through her roots and it gets a bit obvious!
It leaves your hair in wonderful condition, soft, managable and with a lovely colour. An obvious drawback is if you get dye on your head or ears and its the same procedure as with any other dye - wipe it off with a damp tissue or facewipe unless you want to walk about with hair dye stains on your face!!
I've been dying my hair constantly for a few years now, but my hair is particularly resistant to some hair dyes (as in they will fade quickly or wash out completely) so I'm always trying to find one better than the last one. This was my latest test - Schwarzkopf Poly Color Tint. I was particularly drawn to this hair dye because it was a mere £1.99 in my local Home Bargins store.
The box contains the usual mixing gear, a leaflet with all the instructions and gloves which are stuck inside the leaflet. They are the big, flimsy gloves that can get in the way when you're trying to apply. You don't get a tube of conditioner, but the leaflet advises to use a colour conditioner after rinsing - if you're a hair dye junkie like I am I'm sure you'll have some lying around! Some people may dislike this but I didn't mind because I find the thick conditioners too much for my hair, so I actually preferred using my usual conditioner.
The hair dye is applied in the usual fashion. I have hair a few inches below shoulder length and was having a lot of trouble spreading the dye evenly towards my ends, so if you long hair definitely get 2 boxes of dye. It then says to leave it on for 20 - 30 minutes, so I left it on for the maximum 30 and then rinsed. I was very impressed with this dye because the water actually ran clear!
The colour lasts a long time. I dyed my hair around 2 months ago and it has faded a bit but not noticeably. To make sure it stays radiant and lengthen the time it lasts use a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner.
I will definitely be using this again whenever I choose to dye my hair at home in the future.
Having used permanent hair dyes regularly for about 15 years, and always buying the premium brands such as Nice and Easy or L'Oreal, which I had begun to find increasingly expensive, I decided to give this a try after seeing it on sale for £1.94 in my local supermarket. As most permanent hair dyes cost £4.80- £6 this is a bargain.
Schwartzkopf Poly Colour is a Permanent Hair dye boasting perfect grey hair coverage. The box and instruction leaflet contain all the usual warnings about allergic reactions and instructions to conduct a strand test and skin sensitivity tests and include illustrated instructions for use. The product is made in Germany by Henkel for Schwartzkopf.
I was firstly impressed at the price, but noticed as soon as I opened the box how this is £1.94- you do not get a tube of super conditioner and the gloves are very flimsy not the sturdy rubber gloves you get with L'Oreal or Nice & Easy dyes. The gloves are folded into a small square and stuck to the instruction leaflet.
This hair dye is easy to apply- you squeeze the tube of dye into the developing lotion bottle, shake well, apply the gloves and apply the hair dye mixture direct to dry hair. Leave on for 20-30 minutes then rise well and you are done. Use an old towel as you WILL get hair dye stains on your towels for the first weeks or so after you have dyed your hair.
The colour is good, it lasts a decent length of time- I noticed some fading after 5 weeks which is normal (either you grow startling roots or your hair dye (even permanent colour) fades over 4-6 weeks- its one or the other. I would personally have some fading of the colour of the dye so the roots are a lot less noticeable than have a distinct line of root regrowth.
I have now converted to using this product regularly and I find apart from the lack of a conditioner to use after you have first dyed your hair, this is easily as good as Nice & Easy (the colour seems to be stronger on my hair) and less than half the price.
Well worth a try.
For further information the contact details on the box state:
Schwartzkopf Customer Advisory Service: 0800 328 9214 (free phone UK).
To write this review I will have to let you into my secret as I have discovered the dreaded GREY hair coming through! ( Surely I can't have any I'm not old enough!). Well after the dreaded shock it was time to get them covered and gone forever, this was some years ago I must add!
Well I wanted something that was as near to my hair colour as possible and not to expensive as going to the hairdressers every month was out of the question with the prices they charge !
When I spotted this on the shelf I thought it looked like what I was looking for, but it was so cheap I didn't think it would be any good. At £1.98 in Savers I thought well if it's no good I haven't lost much money, I know that Schwarzkopf have been around for quite a while ( 111 years in fact, I was
shocked when I read that online !) .
The red box is quite striking with a bit of a cheesey picture on the front. It is security protected across the top and front which is good as you know that
all the contents should be intact when you get it home. On opening the box you will find a folded instruction leaflet with disposable gloves attached, with a plastic bottle containing the creme developer and a tube which contains colour you have chosen. In my case I went for the Warm Brown 38
This is a permanent cream colour.
You need to put the gloves on first as it will stain your hands if not used ,
then unscrew the nozzle on the creme developer and pierce the lid on the tube(just reverse the lid on the tube and push it on and it will pierce it!).
Next squeeze all of the contents of the tube into the developer replace lid
and shake like mad to mix the two! Now you can begin!!
It goes on the hair really easy and covers straight away, you are supposed
to leave it on for 20-25 minutes, but I do tend to leave it on a bit longer about 40 mins. You then have to apply warm water to your hair and work it into a lather, then rinse until water is clear. You can then go on to shampoo
and condition your lovely grey free hair. My hair always has a lovely soft feel
to it afterwards and a great shine (that could be down to my final rinse being done in very cold water!).
I'm not sure how many different shades there are as it does not say anywhere on the packaging or leaflet. Being that mine is number 38 I don't
know if there are that many! It definitely does the job really well and I would not use any other products than this. I suppose I was really lucky to
get the right one first time, as there are so many in the shops its a nightmare trying to discover what one is best for you!
I would recommend this to anyone who like me wants to get rid of the evidence of GREY HAIRS!