Product Type: Scott Cornwall hair care products
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Scott Cornwall Colour B4
Member Name: musicmad2020
Scott Cornwall Colour B4
Advantages: relatively cheap, lots of instructions to guide you
Disadvantages: Didn't work for me!
I have been having my hair coloured for many years now, first highlights and then full all over colours. For the last 18 months I have been a brunette, and having my roots done became a costly business, which is where I turned to home colourants, namely the XXL Live 89 Bittersweet Chocolate. Although this was ok to begin with, I soon noticed a problem. The underneath of my hair for some reason, has not lightened with repeated washing the same way as the top of my hair has, and infact no product or amount of washing has managed to lift out this colour. In short, my underneath sections are jet black and my upper sections of hair are dark/medium/light brown... what a mess! After four months of not colouring my hair and there still being no change, I turned to "Colour B4".
* Colour B4 shrinks the artificial dye molecules in the hair, enabling you to simply wash them away.
* What's more Colour B4 does not touch your natural hair pigment so you are left with the colour which lay beneath your artificial shade
* Colour B4 takes you back to your lightest shade.
* It will return your hair to its natural colour if the artificial hair colour applied is darker than your natural level.
What's in the box?
Three bottles consisting of Parts A and B which are the developers and Part C which is the buffer. There's also some plastic gloves and an instruction leaflet. I have to say I was quite impressed with the range of information supplied, as it answers all FAQ's as well as giving quite in depth instructions on using and testing.
As with all chemicals intended for the hair, it's always a good idea to test them first. The instructions state to mix a pea sized amount of parts A & B, and dab behind the ear and leave for 24 hours. I made the fatal mistake of smelling part A in the bottle, I really wouldn't recommend this, unless you enjoy the smell of rotten eggs mixed with sick (yes, I know sorry).
I think I got about 2 hours into my skin test, when I could no longer bear the smell, it is absolutely disgusting and that is no eggs-ag-eration (again, sorry!). So, I unwittingly decided that I would remove the product from behind my ear, see if any irritation came up from the short time it had been exposed to my skin, thankfully it didn't.
To test the effect on my actual hair colour, I cut a piece of hair from my underneath sections (as my hairdresser does), taped it up to secure it all, and applied the mixed A&B parts, and left it for about an hour before rinsing off. I didn't entirely coat the section of hair with the product, as I was worried about wasting it and not having enough for the actual treatment. My hair is quite long and thick, so this is always a worry when dying my hair.
For the application, I used rubber gloves (the ones they supply are a bit useless in my opinion), a colour brush, 3 plastic hair clips, a tail comb and a colour bowl. I had also straightened my hair, to make it easier as I have quick thick hair.
Mixing the colour is the same as any normal hair dye process, simply add part A to B, and shake for 30 seconds until mixed. There is the option to then pour the mixed contents into the colour bowl, but I opted to apply the colour with the nozzle directly onto my colour brush, and then brush through each section.
This is where I found my initial problem when trying to apply the product to my hair. The consistency was very watery (and yes, it was correctly mixed). Unlike most dyes or treatments you apply to your hair whereby they are a little thick and glide and distribute through easily, Colour B4's watery glue like texture made it very difficult to do so. Because of this, the application took over 40 minutes which was a bit of a hassle.
One positive, was the smell wasn't as extreme as when I did the skin test, although was still pretty bad. It smelt more like burning matches than pure rotten eggs though.
After you have left it to work for between 30-60 minutes depending on the result you are after (I left it for 40, as it had taken so long to apply), there is then a series of buffing and rinsing to complete. After rinsing the hair for 10 minutes (by 7 I was absolutely fed up!), you then need to apply Part C, which is the buffer and leave for 1 minute. Thankfully, the buffer is the only part which smells remotely pleasant, very apricoty. You then need to rinse for at least a futher 5 minutes, and then repeat the process.
All of the rinsing left my hair extremely knotty, tangled and messy. There isn't any information in the instructions which says if you can apply conditioning products afterwards, although for the sake of my hair I applied some Repair & Restore products.
Finally the moment of truth and well, I have to say I was very underwhelmed at the results. Despite concentrating the product mostly on the underneath sections, there has been *very* little lift, if anything. The only difference I can see is that the top sections of my hair have tiny sections ever so slightly more lightened, but this could have been down to the 40+ minutes of rinsing my hair endured?
According to the instructions, dark hair which has failed to lift could need up to 3 applications. It also states that in severe cases, the staining of the cuticle is impossible to remove and can only be removed by growing the hair out. I understand that dark brown is difficult to lift, I just wanted a subtle lift but unfortunately, there was no change to my underneath sections.
The results this product gives, is entirely down to whatever you are trying to lift out of your hair, and of course what lies beneath. Unfortunately for me, I found the results quite disappointing as it didn't even manage to lift any noticeable difference from the lighter sections. Stating "3 applications may be needed" is all well and good, but at £12+ a time, are consumers better off just going to the hairdressers to get it done?
I have also noticed that despite washing my hair since, I can still smell the burning matches scent, and no amount of shampooing and rinsing has been able to completely lift that. This side effect is not mentioned anywhere in the instructions, and it really should be as it's not the kind of smell anyone wants their hair to smell of!
Would I recommend this product? On the whole, no I wouldn't. Having said that, for some it has worked miracles for and there are many pleased customers, but I can only go on my experience, an experience which has left me disappointed, out of pocket and hair which still smells of the stuff. This one wasn't for me, I'm afraid.
Summary: How it works depending on your individual hair