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After years of dying my hair Red I decided that i would dye my hair back to my natural colour brown. For anyone who's ever tried dying their hair brown when they already have dyed red hair, you will know that this is almost impossible, but thanks to colour B4 this is possible.
Pros : strips your hair back to a lighter (not quite natural) colour so that you can re-dye it a colour that you want.
You can re-dye your hair straight away after using this product
It only takes 30 mins- an hour depending on how intense of a treatment you need
Cons : It smells like rotten eggs
You have to rinse and re-rinse your hair for ages to make sure it is all out
Summary: I only used one box of this and got my hair colour back to almost a natural looking colour (a bit lighter than my natural colour), this enabled me to effectively be able to re-dye the hair to a colour that I wanted, which would have been impossible with the original red colour i had on before i used Colour B4. This product is a cheap effective way to strip hair dye without damaging your hair.
After dying my hair for almost 10 years. mainly black or dark purple, I bought this product thinking that I was probably beyond help. After reading the very helpful and informative leaflet and learning that I may have stained my hair permanently - or that it would take a few attempts to remove dark colours and build-up, this feeling was only reinforced, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to try.
Imagine then, my shock and amazement when, after the first application and initial buffering, I could already see a change in my hair colour while rinsing! I really didn't think the product would make that much of a difference but it did!
After years and years of using peroxide-based colourants (including black), my natural hair colour had gradually been lightened slightly, so the colour I am left with is ever so slightly copper-ish, but I love it anyway and it is as close to my natural colour as I could get - and even more so than I had expected.
Great product, well worth buying!
I cannot recommend this product highly enough.
My daughter decided to dye her naturally dark-blonde hair turquoise at the beginning of the summer holidays. The dye was supposed to be semi-permanent but was showing no signs of washing out of it's own accord...we began to panic.
I went to the chemist to ask for advice and it was recommended that I try the hair dye remover colour b4.
The product cost £9.99 for one treatment.
The product smelt awful but the results were pretty impressive. Colour b4 works by shrinking the molecules of dye in the hair and washing them away. It does not contain bleach or ammonia and does not alter the pigment in your hair, it should therefore not cause damage as it removes the colour.
Following the application and a thorough rinsing, the hair was stripped back to a slightly brassy golden blonde (not her original colour but not too far off!)
I applied a permanent light ash brown dye over the top and the result was a natural looking colour.
I would recommend applying a deep conditioning treatment after use.
This product is amazing for the money. It is a lot cheaper than a visit to the hairdresser and is a real life saver for fixing those home dye disasters that so many of us have had.
I had been dying my hair with la riche directions hair dye, red slice in the front with black. This is not reccomended to use when you have used whats called a bright fashion colour such as red, but I wanted to re bleach the roots of my red section then re apply, so thought I'd try removing some of the build up. On the occasion that I used this stuff I decided to use it on my whole head and remove the black too.
Now this is where I'd like to stress that I knew it wouldn't get the red out conpletely, as red tends to stain the cuticle and Colour B4 doesn't remove cuticle stain, but I thought it would take out most of the black (temporary la riche) and maybe leave the temporary red section a sort of pale orangey blonde ( as that section was lightened). Both dyes I had on my hair were temporary. This will not work on pre lightened hair to put it back to a dark as when you are lightening, your're not colouring, you are taking pigment out.
Now the first thing to mention is the price. Its usually about a tenner, which to me, is alot for what you get. Cheap nasty gloves that are huge and tiny bottle thats hard to squeeze.
Enough of going straight into negatives, lets start with positives.
It's easy enough to apply, I have a short bob so I only needed one (luckily at that price). It did work! I'm not going to lie, it didnt get it out completely, but it did remove enough to make my hair look dark brown instead of black, and the red bit went a sorta caramac colour with slighly red roots. I ended up using it one more time a few weeks later and it did get some more out.
Now the bad thing about this product is the smell. It is VILE! It smells like rotten egg, and the first time I did it, I got it on my shirt and I had to change as it smelt like I'd had an accident! You definately need to open the windows and when you dispose of the bottles etc, chuck them in the main rubbish and put it outside or put the rubbish in a bag and tie it up, otherwise your house will stink! You do have to wash your hair for 5-10 minutes , but the buffer smells nice and lathers up nicely.
Overall, its good if you haven't used black or red dye, and if you have, it will take about 70-80% of the dye out. So if you have dyed your hair probably up to 3 or 4 shades lighter or darker then it probably works better.
I guess you could say I'm addicted to changing my hair colour - you'd be very right. Since January 2012, I've had bright red hair, pink dip-dye, plain brunette and now for my latest decision.. stripping my hair to a lighter brown/blonde! (I used this early Jan but have only just gotten round to reviewing - I'm not dying my hair for all of 2013).
Most of you have probably heard of ColourB4, known for being the only hair stripper stocked in stores (which to be honest is a money maker in itself because salons charge so much) and retailed at only £10 its such a bargain! I have used it quite a few times now and definitely consider it much better than a salon price!
Anyway to the nitty gritty. How to use ColourB4:
* Follow the instructions carefully and mix the A and B bottles together, shaking well.
The stripper doesn't come out like hair dye, so don't expect it to coat your hair. It basically ends up looking damp like you've been out the shower for about 15 minutes - its also very easy to brush through so you can help to even out the coverage. I hate with regular dye that it instantly makes hair tangled!
* The company recommended sitting somewhere warm to activate the stripper quicker, and to wrap my hair in clingfilm, but I used a plastic bag and it worked the same. The stripper needs to be left to work its magic for 30-60 minutes (the longer your hair, the longer you leave it for). This part is quite boring because the solution smells similar to apple sours - but the morning after a heavy night which isn't pleasant.
* After leaving the stripper for 60 minutes, my hair looked quite straw like. To be honest, it was already noticeably lighter in colour (and the ends were back to being slightly pink). I couldn't wait to wash it off but I really did expect it to be bright orange/yellow and hideous!
* The only part of the process of ColourB4 I hate is the rinsing process. You need to rinse for 10 minutes, apply the buffer & let it sit for a minute, then back under the water for another 10 minutes. During the last 10 I just shampoo'd and conditioned my hair as normal then got out - standing in the shower for 20 minutes gets so boring when you aren't time wasting or it gets cold and very unpleasant!
After all of this I dried my hair and straightened it - I never give a true evaluation until its styled how I like it and looks okay. Frizzy half dried hair is never a true picture! I knew it would go orange-y because of the red I had previous to the brunette, but I never expected to like it! I am putting off using the dark blonde dye for now! I thought I would be back to my natural colour like the previous times I have used ColourB4, but this was a nice shock, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to strip hair colour if it was unwanted or not liked!
My hair after the process was surprisingly soft and didn't feel damaged at all! I wouldn't even say it was dry. I think the buffer you use when washing helps to give hair a bit of a condition.
I don't usually write reviews on products I have used but after reading through tons of reviews trying to find someone with hair like mine which became an impossible task I thought maybe there are other women out here like me doing the same trying to find reviews on this product from a tried and tested woman of colour .
I had a mishap with some fab red hair dye, I have been dying my naturally dark brown hair , plum reds and blacks for almost 15 years . I saw a beautiful red permenant hair dye and purchased thinking it will take to my hair , unfortunately only the regrowth (roots) took so was left with a very bright red root and black ends , I have quite long hair and it looked ridiculous !
So the search began ,desperate to find a product to rid me of this huge mistake I took to the internet , came across many peroxide based products but having very long fine (not course)mixed race afro hair I didn't want to go down the bleaching route , as afro hair lacks moisture as it is and was afraid I be left with no hair lol .
Found Colour b4 and as my title states , I read hundreds of reviews and the majority were all very positive , but again it seemed that only ladies with european or asain hair left reviews and afro hair isn't as strong as these hair types , anyways I went forth on trying this product, I used extra strength for darker hair , my worst fear was my hair would be very ginger and dry !
I read instructions and followed them to a T .
My hair was not any more dry than it usually is, the colour was NOT ginger but a light brown with copper tone to it ,today is the following day , and I moisturized my hair as normal with my usual afro hair products and blow dryed and used straightners , and the colour has stayed the same , a tiny bit darker due to the moisterizers I have to put in my hair , no dryness or brittles ends, again my hair is naturally vey dark brown ,quite long half way down my back, its not very course , yet have a lot of hair on my head but is very fine , so is thick in appearence,so afro hair but not of a course nature as when I say I'm mixed I'm actually full black but of small island decent so afican, and spanish mixed.excelent product , hope this helps anyone like me ,who needed to hear a review from someone of similar cultural background.
Just a piece of advice before I go into detail on the product, if you have blonde hair and are considering dying it darker, do not take this decision lightly!
Trying to get it back to normal is a nightmare, it's not easy, not cheap and not good for the condition of your hair!
Twice now I have made this mistake and I do not intend on doing it again. The first time I did this I was a teenager and decided to dye my hair bright red, until it started to fade too quickly and needed colouring too often, so I went over it in a brown that went nearly black. On this occasion I lived near a friend who is a hairdresser who sorted it out in a salon at a discounted price.
The second occasion was more recently when I couldn't find my usual blonde colour and went for a different brand which turned it bright yellow. Ever since then any colour would range between orange and yellow so I took drastic action and went brown. It looked okay and I got many compliments on it but it just wasn't me and after a few weeks I wanted my blonde hair back! Not easy to do.
Salons can charge a lot of money (which I don't have), as you have to pay to get the colour stripped on top of the cost of a new colour. Salons can vary massively in their prices so it's well worth ringing around to compare prices, my friend paid £70 for the stripping alone. Plus another £70 for the new colour and cut.
That's when I started researching the home colour removal kits and read good things about....
COLOUR B4 - HAIR COLOUR REMOVER - By Scott Cornwall
Buying the kit
This colour removal kit is available in a range of pharmacies including Boots and Superdrug. Prices vary depending on offers etc. I picked my box up at a local pharmacy for £10.
This kit is regular which removes light to mid tones, extra strength is also available to remove darker or stronger colours.
Also in the range is a permanent straightening kit, foil effects cap, pre colour preparation treatment and an after colour stabilising treatment.
The kit comes in a bright pink and white box, information on the box includes the following:
- A picture of a before colour, wrong colour and restored colour.
- Patch test recommended
- Ingredients list
- A reminder that some blonde hair colours will have bleacher your natural colour so your natural result may be lighter than expected
- Removes both semi-permanent and permanent colour
- Removes colour build up
- Use before salon treatment, can be used before any colour treatment
Inside The Box
In the box are gloves which are large enough and easy to work with, an instruction leaflet which is simple to follow and three pink and white bottles which are very hard to get into so I'd recommend removing the outer plastic packaging on the bottle with a knife or scissors before putting on your gloves. The bottles are a mixing bottle 'B' (remover), bottle 'A' (activator) and bottle 'C' (buffer).
The process is fairly simple, similar to putting on a home hair colour.
You will need to protect your area and clothing with an old towel or cape in case you spill any and it stains, the leaflet suggests cutting along one side of a bin liner and wrapping it around you, holding it together with a hair clip.
It also tells you not to use in a drafty area or near open windows, and the product absolutely stinks, it's vile! So maybe a nose peg too!
First you unscrew the top of bottle B and pour in the contents of bottle A. The opening of bottle A is larger than B so I thought I would make a real mess but the liquid is really thick, almost gel like, so it's easy to pour out a little at a time without any mess. You then put the lid back on and mix the two by shaking the bottle for 30 seconds.
You then apply it all over your hair, if you find it easier you can pour the mixture into a bowl and use a brush to apply which is what I did as I was doing this myself. If you have a friend to help you it's much easier. You can also leave it in the mixing bottle and pour onto your hand to run through your hair. A few clips are useful to section off your hair to make sure you haven't missed any bits and it is evenly covered.
You then wait for 30 minutes for regular up to 60 minutes for extra strength for thicker hair or darker colours.
You then rinse the product off under the shower for between 5 and 10 minutes. The leaflet tells you that you might want to use an alarm clock or mobile phone to time this, it also tells you it's easiest to stand under the shower and as I didn't want my mobile or alarm clock in the shower I just guessed.
When your 5 minutes are up you then apply half of the buffer from bottle 'C' and work into a lather, leaving for a minute before rinsing for another 5 minutes.
Next you use the rest of the buffer as you would use a normal conditioner. It was during this last rinse that I noticed a clump of hair fall onto the base of the shower and the tears started! I had mental images of following my sister up the aisle with a bald head, or wig shopping before the big day. I finished rinsing and got out of the shower, at this stage you can dry your hair as normal.
I kept a towel around my head for a while, until I calmed down a little and dreaded combing my hair, expecting more clumps to fall out. Thanfully, they didn't! I dried my hair and couldn't notice where the "clump" had fallen from, I couldn't see any bald patches which was good.
When dried my hair was not my natural colour, but I expect it is as near to it as I'm going to get without growing it out. It's a dark blonde kind of colour, it isn't a very even colour so I'm definitely going to have to put a blonde on it but I'm going to try and wait a couple of weeks to give my hair a rest and condition it a lot before I do.
The instructions say that in theory you can get a perm or straightening treatment straight after this removal but they do say that ideally you should wait two weeks.
The treatment left my hair a bit dry, as I expected, but to be honest not as bad as I thought it would be. When I mention the clump of hair which fell out, it wasn't a handful of hair, but it wasn't a few strands either. With me having quite thin hair as it is I really wanted to hang on to that bit that came out! I expect that the reason for this was not just this product, but also that my hair had more than likely been weakened from my previous attempts to lighten it before resorting to the colour remover.
For the blondes reading this who may be thinking of going darker, think very carefully that you are sure. It's not as simple as putting another colour on if you don't like it or get bored with it.
For those of you who are reading this because you're too late (I feel for you), if you have the money I would advise going to a salon to get the colour removed professionally. If you don't this is definitely worth a try. I feel it did a good job overall I'm happy with the end results but hopefully I will never need to use this product again!
I have decided to write a fairly detailed review of Colour B4, because there is a lot of mixed messages surrounding henna removal generally, and Colour B4 and henna. I struggled to find any useful informed reviews on Colour B4 and henna - hopefully this will do the trick!
The packaging states that you cannot use CB4 for henna removal. Henna is notoriously almost impossible to remove - it binds to the hair shaft differently from artificial dyes. Furthermore, many dyes sold as 'henna' are not pure, but contain metallic salts, which react very badly indeed with ammonia and bleach and will destroy your hair.
My own hair is naturally a dark honey blonde, with years of highlights on and off. I used LUSH CACA ROUGE 3 or 4 times in the past 4 months and had a very rich, deep and dark henna shade (think Florence Welch). However, I am at heart a blonde, and so have been desperate to return to my usual shades.
As anyone who wants to get rid of henna knows, the general consensus on the web is that you can't, and even that you will have to cut off your hair to be rid of it - but I am here to tell you that you can!
Firstly, you MUST be sure that the henna you have used contains no metallic salts. If you aren't sure, simply pull some hair out of your hairbrush and do a Colour B4 strand test. It is also recommended that you wash your hair twice before using to remove build-up of product etc., which can prevent CB4 from working effectively.
Colour B4 itself will be familiar to anyone who has used hair dyes. You mix together two bottles of substance, give it a good shake, then apply until your hair is soaked. My own hair is above the shoulders and rather thick: one bottle was sufficient. Longer or thicker hair will require two bottles.
If is left on for an hour (I used Colour B4 Extra), after which you must rinse for at least 5 minutes. I did not do this, because my shower head is broken, and life's too short.
Once rinsed, you lather it wit 'buffer', which I suspect is essentially clarifying shampoo, and rinse for a further 5 minutes.
After one application, the dark, almost garnet-like colour of my hair was raised to auburn. It is not a miracle, but as anyone who has read about henna removal knows, this was fairly amazing as a first step. I then used an entire bottle of John Frieda blonding spray to no effect - which should reassure users of Caca Rouge that you can use a lightening spray over it without your head going up in flames!
CB4 can be used more than once, so the following day I did another application. I have been left with a pleasing shade of golden blonde, and am stunned by the difference. There is still more red there than I would like, and so I will spend perhaps 3 weeks washing with John Frieda blonding products before the final step of getting some highlights.
After 2 applications of CB4 Extra my hair isn't noticeably dried out (it is less full than before because henna is, famously, very nourishing and thickening for your hair), and there has been absolutely no breakages. There was a very slight stinging sensation on one area of my scalp where I suspect I might have had a scratch anyway - certainly nothing to trouble me.
Yes, you can remove henna
Yes, you can use B4 to remove henna - just check it contains no metallic salts and do a strand test
Colour B4 is not a one-hour miracle: you will need to do at least 2 applications, and perhaps more, and be prepared for 'warmth' in your hair if you were previously blonde.
I have been dyeing my hair on and off now for about 18 months. I mainly stick to colours similar to my own, however, on occasion I may try something a little bold and brave just to see what the results are! Recently I tried a dye with a red hue to it and was horrified when my red turned completely red despite washing it off before the time was up. As I work in an environment where I can sometimes deal with members of the public we are requested to have natural hair colours and bright red of course is not natural! I needed to do something to get rid of the dye as quickly as I could and I did not want to keep dyeing my hair until it went brown or the brown might have washed off to reveal red again and then I'd have to do it all over again! I started looking around for products and after a text to a load of female friends I got a reply about this product and headed off to Boots! I believe I paid about £8.00 for this thanks to a special offer but the current full price is £11.99 according to the Boots website.
The packaging is quite simple here, there are two types available, an extra strength one and a normal one, as I had quite a dark strong shade on my head I went for the extra strong variety. The packaging was quite simple and it was easy enough to distinguish between the two varieties, despite them being next to each other. There is a bit of blurb on the box about the product and how easy it is to use etc. It also says that if hair has been coloured with super bright fashion colours that you won't be able to use this. As I wasn't sure if this applied to me or not I figured I'd give it a go anyway as I hadn't nothing to lose by this point! Within the box you get an activator, a remover, a buffer, a pair of gloves and instructions. The bottles and bits are quite simple to those you get when dyeing your hair and the use is pretty similar to be honest.
The instructions were fairly lengthy but I read them through a couple of times just to ensure that I was happy with them before going ahead. I do this with hair dye, every time, too so its not unusual for me to be thorough, although I was nervous about using this anyway just because of my hair getting damaged or the colour getting worse.
My hair had been washed the day before with a basic shampoo and I always leave my hair for a day before dyeing it anyway so this wasn't something I did especially.
To use this was quite simple. I mixed the activator and remover together, then shook quickly for 30 seconds, I removed the nozzle cap and then this was ready to be applied to my hair. The plastic gloves provided offered me a good protection for my hands but I removed my jewellery too, including my wedding rings, just to be on the safe side. I applied this to my hair, all over, mixing it through how I would a hair dye and then I used a large toothed comb to brush through some sections to check that is was applied all over. I found it best to just apply directly to my head and then use the gloves to rub it in, when I got to the ends of my hair I applied some of the solution to my gloved hands and then run it through which was easy to do. I used the full solution throughout my hair and was vigilant when making sure I had got it to all areas.
Once the solution was applied I had to leave it from between half hour and an hour. I went for three quarters of an hour as by this point I was desperate to get it washed off and see what the results were like, also, I felt it'd be plenty of time to remove the colour.
When it came to washing off this solution it was quite straight forward. I rinsed for a few minutes, surprised at the little lack of colour that came off in the water, then I used the buffer. This is quite a small bottle and has a nice fruity smell, so I applied half to my hair, tried to run it through all of my hair, however, it was quite difficult to lather and so this wasn't so simple. I then rinsed again before applying the last of the product and giving my hair one last rinse. Again I was surprised at how little colour I saw being rushed away and I'd probably liken this to the amount that was coming out when I was washing my hair anyway.
Once I'd finished I gave my hair a squeeze to remove left over water, noting how dry and brittle it felt, and then wrapped it up in a towel. I left if for about 20 minutes before I started to dry my hair. I towel dried it first and then I blow dried it for my usual finish. My hair was definitely a little dry and brittle, more than normal, but I wasn't too fazed and was able to dry and brush my hair with relative ease.
So once I had dried my hair I was really pleased with the results. My hair was a brown colour, with a slightly brassiness to it, however, it was far better than the colour that I had been experiencing for the previous few days, definitely! I had a hair cut about 4 days after using this product and that soon got rid of my dry split ends and then a few masks on my hair and conditioners and my hair was back to its glossy, shiny self. I did colour my hair a week after using this and it took beautifully and I had no problems at all. This product was so simple to use, it worked too which is the main thing of course, I did have to spend some money on a haircut (which was probably needed anyway) and some nice new conditioners, however, I was really pleased with the end result and just a few days after using this my hair looked brown, healthy and shiny, ready for another dye! I used a non permanent wash out dye first just to check that everything was going well and then a week after that I was able to dye it using a colour that took my fancy and had a light red hue to it but didn't give any of the bright red results that I experienced first time round.
In all I would recommend this if you are in need of urgently stripping a colour from your hair. My hair was almost brought back to its normal colour and the process was simple in all. My hair was left a little damaged, however, that was advised before hand and the results were far better than I was expecting so in all I am going to give this a 5 out of 5.
Used this twice so will describe both times...
Natural colour medium brown / grey and dye it dark brown.
After too many home dye kits my hair had gone black so used colour b4 extra strenght to return it to brown. It worked but was kinda ginger so I re-dyed a week later, medium brown this time, but it went back to black! I blamed my self for dying too soon (even though the instructions say it's ok) and about 6 months later I used the same colour stripper again ... It looked great this time and was actually a very light brown but it's been getting darker and darker since. Luckily it's still brown which is better than black but I recon in another couple of weeks it could be black again. Confused how it's happening but then again my hair is still in good condition so the chemicals can't be that strong, even though they smell it!
This stuff smells REALLY bad. I thought mine was off but my friend said that it's meant to smell bad. I would describe the smell as eggy, very VERY eggy!
The box contains a pair of gloves, an instruction leaflet and all necessary bottles. The mix is easy to make up and I found the application process to be pretty simple and hassle free. I have long hair (past my shoulders) so I needed two bottles of this. Each pack set me back £8.99 from Superdrug. It comes in two strengths, normal strength and extra strength. I was recommended extra strength as my hair was very dark at the time.
I left the mixture on for an hour. After many minutes of rinsing and buffering my old black hair was out and my hair was a coppery brown colour. It was a nice colour but I didn't like the copper tone so I went over it with an ash blonde to tone it down a little. The awful eggy smell lingered on my hair for a few days after but using hairspray made my hair smell a little better. The great thing about this product is that it doesn't ruin your hair. Plus you can use it up to three times to achieve the colour result that you want. The product also comes with a conditioner that leaves your hair soft and super shiny. If you use the product a number of times it can damage your hair, like it's damaged my friend's hair. It would be worthwhile using some conditioning treatments to get your back to it's original state.
I found this product easy to use and good value for a colour correction treatment. I was told that very dark shades can turn out a little coppery so I expected that.
A great treatment for unwanted hair colour.
i have coloured my hair for over 15 years and have had every hair dissaster you can think of (think platinum blonde to blue black, & yes in the same day). i wanted to get rid of the deep dark brown i had put on my hair and recoloured over several times with similar colours. when i saw colour b4 i was very open minded but didn't hold out much hope to the point i also brought a dark brown dye in case it went wrong!!....well i should of saved my money on the dark brown dye, i never thought it possable to have mid blonde hair again with out a harsh bleach bath (as i have had to do in the past). I am trully amazed that the colour of my hair is so light with out the bleach, true it does have a warm tone to it but it is not ginger or red and this is easily corrected with silver shampoo which will tone it down for some people. My advise get this before hitting harsh bleach plus my hair is still in good condition :)
For over a year now, i've had crazy intense bright red hair! It was such a lush colour, however after the constant dyeing and the quick root regrowth, i was keen to get back to something more natural. I thought about going to the salon to have it stripped, but was quoted almost £200 in some places! Being a little skint, i decided to man up and go it alone. I've used this before on purple hair but wasn't convinced it would work on very bright red hair, as red can stain the hair cuticle. It also doesn't lift veggie dyes, and I had crazy colour in fire on over the top of my l'oreal majicontrast red. Still, you don't know if you don't try so I bought myself 2 boxes & gave it a go :)
First of all, for very dark hair, or bright red, definitely get the extra strength formula! If you have long or thick hair get two boxes. I have very long hair, but it's also quite thin so I was fine with one box per application. I got mine from Bodycare, and they cost me £6.99 each. However in boots and superdrug the extra strength formula is £9.99, so definitely get to Bodycare if you can!
I really can't lie to you, great as this product is it absolutely stinks! When people say it smells like rotten eggs, they're not exaggerating! However the smell does fade especially if you dye your hair afterwards. The product itself comes in 3 parts - the applicator bottle, the activator and the buffer. You just pour the activator into the bottle (which already has solution in) and shake for 30 seconds, pop the gloves and and you're good to go!
If you have a semi permanent, vegetable or live xxl hair dye on, this product may not work on your hair. I have used this before on a semi permanent and it worked well, however it is a bit hit and miss. xxl live colours contain silicone, which when heated with straighteners can coat the hair, meaning the product cannot penetrate the hair to shrink the molecules, so the product will not remove the dye.
It does say on the box it can stain, although the mixture itself isn't really messy so it's not much of an issue. It really helps to make sure you have plastic (not metal!!) sectioning clips ready and a towel.
Applying the product-
The product is really easy to apply. You can put it in a tint bowl and use a brush or just squeeze some onto your (gloved) hands and apply with your fingers. I applied the mix with my fingers, and found a little went a long way. I was worried that i would need both boxes for one application, however i managed to cover all my long hair easily with the one box. After I applied the product, i combed my hair with a fine tooth comb to ensure it was evenly distributed, wrapped my hair in cling film & popped on a shower cap (to keep the heat in and accelerate the process) It recommends on the box that you let it develop in a warm room with no draughts, as the cold will slow down the removal process
I wasn't sure what to expect when the time came to remove the product. I left it on for an hour as i was using the extra strength formula, however it is only recommended you leave it on for 30 mins if using the normal strength. I removed the shower cap and cling film and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw! My hair was a light strawberry blonde colour at the roots, and a little darker more orangey colour at the ends. I expected orange and ginger as my hair had a lot of red colour build up. The instructions clearly state you must rinse your hair for 5-10 minutes, apply the buffer, rinse for a further 5 minutes, then apply the buffer again and lather & rinse like a normal shampoo. This is the worst bit, as i'm very impatient and hated standing and rinsing for ages! It is important to do so for the recommended time, and a bit longer if you can as the hair dye molecules will expand and darken your hair again if not removed properly. So I began rinsing, expecting the hair dye to come out in the water as it does when i normally wash my hair. However the water was completely clear, and i wondered if the product had actually worked. After rinsing and buffing twice, i then applied some conditioner as all the rinsing in hot water does dry your hair a lot.
I was so happy with the result! It removed all of the red from my hair, leaving a mix of blonde, ginger and orange. This might not sound like a good result, but as all the red was removed (which i wasn't expecting as red is one of the hardest colours to remove) and the colour was now light, it would be easy to dye over with brown. I decided to go for a second application to lighten the orange and it has come out brilliant. My whole hair is now strawberry blonde with a little tinge of orange here and there! It does say in the instructions you can dye again straight after, however it recommends using a wash in wash out colour as semi permanents and permanents used straight after will take very dark, as the hair is porous. I have decided to leave mine a couple of days, and keep and eye on it whilst it's developing. My hair is also in very good condition. The dye strippers used in a salon cost over a £100 and leave your hair in terrible condition, whereas these cost me £6.99 each in bodycare, and have left me with nice soft hair! However the smell does linger around for a bit!
This product really is fantastic! It's removed all of the bright, built up red from my hair, without causing lasting damage. I would highly recommend this product!!
I bought some of 'ColourB4 hair colour remover' on Saturday after I caught sight of my roots in a mirror and noticed a few grey hairs showing through (I'm only 23!) so my hair was in need of another dye job. However my hair was purple at the time and in the past 5 years it has been bright red, dark red, bright purple, dark purple, green, pink and black - pretty much every colour aside from blonde or brown! All this dye had built up over time and my hair was very dark, particularly towards the ends where it was practically black. I decided I wanted a change and to go back to something like my natural colour (medium brown) for a while, but as it was so dark from the previous dyes it would need to be lightened first.
I popped down to superdrug with the intent of bleaching it, but I spied 'ColourB4' on the shelf - it claimed to remove artifical colours without the use of ammonia or bleach, so I thought it was worth a go if it was going to be less damaging to my hair. As my hair had been bleached in the past I knew it couldn't take me back to a natural colour, but I was hoping it would lift out the darker dye and enable me to put a lighter colour over the top.
As this was not quite like dying your hair, I did sit down to read the instructions on use before I got started - I was slightly disappointed that the information inside the box said it may not work on red or purple dyes, but thought it was worth a try anyway. You mix the product like you do with hair dye and apply it in the same way however the consistency is a little thin so it will drip, not to mention the smell of the stuff is horrendous - it's a bit like a mix between cat pee, rotton eggs and a seaweed choked beach (the bathroom still smells unpleasant 2 days later on) The length of time you leave it on can vary - as I wanted a stronger lightening effect it said to leave the mixture on for an hour.
Washing it off takes a long time and you'll definately want to get in the shower to do it or you'll end up with a bad back. You're supposed to wash it out for at least 10 minutes, then apply 'buffer' and carry on washing it out for what seems like an eternity - I was in the shower for well over half an hour, so hope you don't run out of hot water while doing this!
My hair did feel horribly knotted while I was washing the product out - worse than it felt the last time I bleached it which was worrying, so I covered it in some conditioner (nothing fancy, just Tesco own brand) and finished it off with a liberal amount of aussie miracle leave in conditioner. It was still quite knotty when I tried to brush it, but once dry and all the tangles were out my hair felt quite soft - I would definately recommend conditioner though.
As for the results - on the plus side my hair wasn't purple anymore and it definately was lighter (ginger), however it wasn't a uniform colour all over (still substancially darker at the ends although not exactly black). It does say that hair may require more than one application to strip all the colour out, but personally after how dry the first application left my hair feeling, I wouldn't want to put any more on it straight after!
Cost wise, a box comes in at £11.99 in Superdrug and as I have long hair (about 8 inches past my shoulders) I needed two boxes to cover my whole head - so that set me back a fairly hefty £24. Taking into consideration the price, how it made my hair feel and the results gained - I don't think I'd buy it again, after all bleaching is cheaper, didn't make my hair feel quite as dry, gives a greater lightening effect and doesn't smell as terrible. If though, you are wanting to get your hair back to it's original colour then bleach won't help you so ColourB4 is you're only real option aside from growing the dye out.
So two years of continual hair dying every 6-8 weeks and last month I had my first problem. I tried a different brand and made a mistake choosing the colour. The shade was far too dark for my pasty skin tone, I hoped it would fade a little and soften up, but it was very stubborn. It also looked quite patchy after a few washes, in places it looked a little lighter near the roots, but was dark and quite dull mid length down. I was disappointed, but as it was a dark shade thought it best to wait it out until my next colour, when hopefully it would have faded more and I could disguise it with my old trusted brand. Five weeks on and the telltale silver threads were glistening at my roots, but the rest of my hair still looked nearly black.
Having already read some reviews here about Scott Cornwall Colour B4, I knew this was exactly the product I needed. So I grabbed a box in Boots, priced at £12.31, aswell as a hair dye in a much softer (and much desired) medium golden brown.
The packaging looks very similar to normal hair dyes and it took me a while to distinguish it from all the boxes on the shelves. Once I had, there were two choices, light to medium coloured hair or the one I chose, Extra strength for darker shades. The box is exactly like the photo Dooyoo have provided and I remember thinking that the hair on model in the photo looked a little straw like.
I quickly scanned the back and side of the pack, I won't bore you too much with the details as you can read it yourself if you wish, but it basically reassures us that it is effective and simple to use and the products inside the box will help to condition and strengthen the hair. Exactly what I needed to hear, as I will confess, I was very nervous! There is some small print telling us that bleached or porous hair may have been permanently stained and if such hair has been coloured with vibrant and very dark fashion colours B4 will not be able to work.
Even smaller print on the side of the pack gives the ingredients, which all sound suitably scary and long - if you really want to know what they are, please message me (but quickly, I will not be keeping the empty packaging for much longer!)
==What's in the Box==
Bottle A - Activator
Bottle B - Remover
Bottle C - Buffer
Gloves & instructions.
All very much like normal hair dyes.
The instructions clearly state 'Important - Please Read!' On down, they also ask that you read them at least twice. Being very nervous, this was exactly what I did and I learnt some valuable information which delayed me using the product. I learnt that for best result when using B4 (and probably before applying colour) to your hair you should use a cleansing shampoo, which helps to remove build up from the hair meaning B4 can penetrate the cuticle. I also learnt that some products, especially those promising 'high shine', 'colour lock' and 'anti fade' usually use silicone, which coats the hair and when heated styling products such as straighteners are added (230 degrees or higher) they melt the silicone which then hardens around the hair and connot be removed, resulting in synthetic, flat shine and frizzy ends. B4 will not be able to penetrate the silicone shell.
Although the outer blurb on the box state it can be used before any colour treatment, the inner, more detailed instructions advise that you should rest the hair 'for several weeks' before applying permanent or semi perm colours and if desperate, to use a level one dye, which washes out within six washes. This is really playing safe as B4 claim that your hair will be left at a safe PH level, but your hair may be more porous due to previous colouring. Porous hair takes the colour faster and as a result, the effects may be much darker than you want - so temporary colours can be removed quicker and will give you an idea if you hair is actually porous or not.
It did also warn that after use, hair may appear brassy or copper toned - from the reviews I've read, this seems the normal result. At least I was prepared!
==Using the Product==
After mixing bottle A with bottle B and shaking for 30 seconds, I removed the nozzle cap and used this pointy end to squirt the mixture directly onto my hair. This is pretty much how I use hair dye, but in this instance I didn't need to worry about applying close to the roots as I had a good half inch of re-growth. I used a comb to section my hair and spread the mixture through. I initially used it quite sparingly as I wanted to keep a good dose of the mixture for the lengths of my hair. I poured decent sized blobs to my gloved palms, then rubbed it across my hands before smoothing it through the lengths in sections. I ended up with quite a bit of mixture left over and repeated this procedure until it was all used up, even though my hair is only shoulder length. I really wanted this dank colour gone!
The instructions warn you to protect your clothing and surfaces, I used an old nighty and towel I always use when colouring. Recommended process times are 30 - 60 minutes depending on the artificial colour. I decided to leave the solution on for 40 minutes because the colour was quite dark, but I didn't have the guts to stretch it to 60 minutes. I then rinsed for 5 minutes in the shower and used Bottle C which is the buffer. The bottle is small and you must only use half originally. I found it difficult to lather up, but it smells quite pleasantly of apples. I then needed to rinse again for 5 minutes, use the buffer again and rinse until I felt the product was all out. I expected a lot of dark colour washing out of my hair and staining the shower cubicle - but nothing! My hair felt horribly dry and tangled, but this was as expected and much better than falling out like I originally feared! I towel dried my hair and expected the towel to be stained, but again, nothing. At this point I thought it hadn't worked. Before drying, I thought my hair may have been damaged enough, so I did put some heat protector lotion on. Drying was difficult, I usually condition my hair which helps keep it soft and silky, this was more like trying to blow dry a brillo pad, when my hair was nearly dry I took a brush to it - painful! I styled my hair as normal, brushing into shape and then straightening.
All my fears were completely unfounded! Yes my hair looked dryer than normal, but as I hadn't used conditioner I was impressed. The horrid, patchy, dark shade was replaced with a mid brown, slightly brassy tinged colour which I actually much preferred! Yes my ends were dry, but they were due a trim and the overall look was clean and fairly shiny. I know this isn't my natural colour, but the Q&A section on the instructions warned that even dark colours may use peroxide to effectively stain the hair so I was expecting it. If anything, it helped, being a lighter shade and with the cuticle staining, my gray hair much was less obvious, so I could get away with needing to re-colour so soon.
To begin, I was actually quite scared about using this product, I expected bad smells & fumes, a burning scalp, a big mess in my bathroom and broken straw like hair. Yet I still used it! What I actually got was an easy to use product that was gentle on my skin, no mess and hair that is a much better colour without dye and left only a little bit on the dry side. A week later I used a three wash dye in a mid brown shade which took well, so I then went on to use the permanent colour I had previously purchased in Golden brown the next week. Again, I had great results, my colour was as I had hoped and very glossy looking. I had been using a cleansing shampoo the week before colouring and have made sure that my straighteners are never too hot, just incase the products I use have silicone in them.
I think this product is gentle enough that you will experience no or very few problems. However, if you don't like to read intstructions thoroughly and have not read reviews on the product, you may be disappointed with the brassy, copper tones you are left with. Also, depending on which products/ colours you have previously used, you may find B4 doesn't work for you or needs more than one application.
Also, the product is a little it haphazard in it's instructions. There is at least one question where the answer isn't fully covered, it seems they have missed out a sentence (Q10) and the instructions on the sheet differ to the instructions on the buffer bottle. Also with the buffer, you need two seperate applications from the one bottle. Step five of the instructions does not clearly convey this. Luckily I read the sheet before using the product as informed, but many won't. (shame on you!)
Definitely. Clean, gentle and much cheaper than salon prices. Give it a go!