Product Type: Scott Cornwall hair care products
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ColourB4 - shouldn't that be B4Colour?
Scott Cornwall Colour B4
Member Name: Huomenna
Scott Cornwall Colour B4
Advantages: Did manage to lighten my hair
Disadvantages: Very expensive, drying, long process, smells awful, can't remove all colours effectively
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.
Summary: Sort of does what it says on the box
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