Product Type: Scott Cornwall hair care products
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Scott Cornwall Colour B4
Member Name: nickwock
Scott Cornwall Colour B4
Advantages: Cheaper than a salon
Disadvantages: Few problems with instructions
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!
Summary: Product designed to strip your hair of dye, just read the instructions first!