Product Type: Scott Cornwall hair care products
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COLOUR B4 - FANTASTIC PRODUCT, THRILLED WITH THE RESULTS
Scott Cornwall Colour B4
Member Name: hatty109
Scott Cornwall Colour B4
Date: 26/07/10, updated on 26/07/10 (3584 review reads)
Advantages: Really does work, doesn't damage hair.
Disadvantages: Had to leave it on longer then it says, left my hair a little brassy as expected.
What a fantastic product! I have to say I am very impressed. I bought colour b4 the other day (the extra strong version) because I have been dying my hair Live colour's red passion, which is a really intense burgundy red, for about 7 years, amongst a few other colours and I was getting fed up with having to dye my hair every 6 weeks or so I wanted to put my hair back to it's natural state. I read such good reviews about Colour B4 that I just had to try it before turning myself over to the hairdressers.
I bought the product from boots for £11.99 a packet which I thought was very reasonable if it worked because a trip to the hair dressers for what they term colour correction would cost me into the hundreds. I got free postage from boots because I bought several other items which took me over the £40.00 mark therefore meaning I was eligable for free postage.
Colour before is a several stage treatment. First you mix bottles 'A' and 'B' together to create the colour remover and then you apply this as evenly as possible all over your hair. After this you are supposed to leave the product to work for 20 mins for heading to the shower to rinse. You rinse your hair for 10 mins to get rid of most of the dye then apply some of the contents of bottle 'C', lather and leave for a minute before resuming rinsing. This is supposed to get rid of the last traces of dye in your hair and restore it's PH balance. You rinse for another 10 mins, apply the contents of bottle 'C' again, lather, rinse and then finish your hair as you usually would after washing.
When the product turned up, the first thing I did was to carry out a patch test and strand test which you should always do when using a new dye/dye remover product . The patch test went just fine, no alergic reactions etc. The strand test didn't go so well. In fact I would go as far to say that it did nothing at all to remove the dye from my hair, so at this point I was feeling a little dissapointed and starting to think that I had wasted my money.
Since I had already opened one box for the strand test and started using it I thought, well I've nothing to loose, so I applied it all over my hair, combing it through afterwards to ensure it was applied evenly. Then instead of leaving it on for 20 mins, as that had not worked on my hair, I left it on for an hour before starting the rinsing process, really not expecting it to work. I decided it would not hurt to try leaving it on for an hour, having already carried out a patch test with no adverse results.
But lo and behold it did work, and really well, so apparently an hour did the trick! I noticed just a couple of minutes into the rinsing process that my hair was much, much lighter. I finished the process and went to go and dry my hair to check the results and it had made a huge difference. My hair was a strawberry blonde colour with a slight burgundy tint to the ends and I was very pleased.
The next day I decided to see if I could get anymore of the dye out of my hair so I opened my second pack and repeated the process, and that removed the rest of the burgundy traces from my hair. My hair was now the strawberry blonde colour all over which was fantastic considering, the layers and layers of dark and red dyes which have been put on it over the years. The colour was a little brassy however, as to be expected. So yesterday, I nipped out to Sainsburys and bought John Frieda's Go Blonder shampoo and conditioner, and when washing my hair I left each product respectivly on for 20 mins. This has toned the brassyness down, leaving my hair a lovely honey colour and will continue to lighten the colour everytime I use it.
My natural colour is not actually strawberry blonde, but slightly darker. I am guessing it went so light because of the brighteners in the other dyes which I have used over the years, because colour b4 itself is not a bleach. It works by shrinking the hair dye molecules so you can wash them out rather then lightening the hair. Nethertheless I cannot complain at the results. It might not be my natural colour, but my hair is now certainly light enough to redye to my natural colour if I so wish, however I think I will keep it this beautiful honey colour for the summer and think about dying it darker in the autumn/winter.
Another bonus of the product not containing any bleach is that my hair was not damaged at all in the process, and it is in beautiful condition, soft and shiny.
It is worth mentioning aswell that when you rinse your hair, you do not see the dye coming out of it. The water remains clear, which is quite interesting considering the dye is removed by the time you have finished rinsing.
Overall I have to give Colour B4 a 10/10 because it really is a fantastic product and I really didn't expect it to work, but it did and really well. I think it is very reasonably priced for how well it performs and a trip to the hairdressers for similar results would have cost a fortune. It left my hair in fantastic condition and a beautiful colour which is light enough for my to dye back to my natural colour if I want to. I am so impressed with this product and thrilled with the results.
*I forgot to say, the product is very stinky when you have it on - think sulphur - my hubby made himself scarse pretty quickly when I went and sat down in the front room with him. You can't open the windows either because the cold effects the process. So yes - a bit pongy, but worth it in the end.
Summary: Colour B4 is a really fantastic product, which really works and leaves hair in great condition.