After numerous bad experiences with hairdressers I took the executive decision to never go to a hairdressers again. I do not mean to cause offence to hairdressers out there, I acknowledge that good hairdressers DO exist yet I have never had a haircut from one. I have given up, that life of scheduled haircuts and blow drys will never be for me. However, I do love to continually change my hair colour so I have had to learn pretty fast what gets results and what doesn't. I have used sun in since I was a teenager and I was forbidden to dye my hair and I still use it to this day!
--What is Sun In?--
It is a hair lightener which is heat activated, it comes in various different formations depending on the strength of the peroxide (the hair lightening agent). It works by stripping the hair of its current colour pigment rather than depositing any colour itself. It is not recommended for very dark brown, black or grey hair as it will not be strong enough to lift the pigment from the hair.
--How do I use it?--
What I love about sun in is that it is so easy to use. Simply wash your hair and then depending on the look you are going for you spray it on to your hair then dry your hair and style as normal. The following looks can be achieved with sun in:
- All over lightening effect - spray all over
- Root touch up - spray on the roots only
- Ombre effect - spray on the ends of hair heavily at the bottom getting lighter on the way up
- Highlights - separate the hair into sections and then spray specific strands
From the very first application you can noticeably see a significant lightening of the hair. The beauty of this product is that you can control how light you want your hair colour to go over time. You can always do a strand test (which you should do anyway) see how your hair reacts and go from there rather than committing to a colour.
Results will vary from person to person due to hair porosity, whether the hair is colour treated and curl pattern in the hair. This product will damage your hair as it contains hydrogen peroxide - there is no getting round this - how it affects your hair will also depend on its current condition/hair type. My hair is very coarse so it can handle peroxide fairly well (I have bleached my hair 3 times in one day and my hair was only a little bit dry afterwards!) but I do give my hair more intense conditioner treatments in order to counteract the dryness.
I have used this product in all the ways described in the how to use part of this review! I have naturally dark blonde hair and by using this product alone I have gotten to a really light blonde. You will need to counteract the brassy tones that light blonde hair is subject to, this can be done by using a purple shampoo.
For an easy, fool proof, effective way to change up your hair colour then just get some sun in! It is widely available from Superdrug for £5.75 (price correct at time of writing) which is very affordable especially in comparison to a trip to the hairdressers. I will continue to keep buying this product as it enables me to change up my hair whenever I want to. Just as any hair lightening process you are trading off a lighter hair colour for a little bit of damage so do bear this in mind if your intending to go lighter!
Over the last few months I have been an angel with my hair, I just haven't touched it at all with any kind of dyes, I have gone from a dark brown to a light brown in just 3 months, yay!
Anyway, with Christmas coming up I decided I wanted blonde highlights BUT I did not want to put my hair through the whole process of bleaching again as its just very harsh on my poor hair, so instead I picked up this spray which lightens your hair gradually as it contains some bleach ( amongst other things. ) and you use this twice a week on your hair wherever you want it lightened and obviously, it is a lot better than just chucking a big load of bleach on there!
I picked up mine in Superdrug and the price was around £3.00 which is pretty good value considering you get 150ml and it promises to lighten up your hair without doing as much damage as bleach ( IF USED CORRECTLY. )
So, I have had this around 2/3 weeks now and have been using it about 4 times a week ( oops, my bad. ) and have noticed a difference already in some parts of my hair, it has gone a lot lighter and quite brassy ( due to the bleach, normal if your hair currently has dye on. ) which is what I wanted as I can now put an ash blonde hair dye over the brassyness.
Now like I said Sun In contains bleach which is what lightens the hair, as far as damage is concerned, I haven't noticed much to be honest until this week, it has become quite split but nothing a good hair oil wont hide! I decided to just put away the rest ( I would say I have about 70ml left, so can easily use another time. ) as I didn't want to damage my hair further.
You can get lots of different results with this spray, if you want a highlighted look then simply spray and brush through, or if you want the ombre look apply to the ends of your hair! Or if you just want a lightened look, spray all over and dry BUT do remember this CAN and WILL damage your hair if you use it to much, you really don't need much so try not to coat your hair in it, just a few sprays!
Also, it isn't recommended for very dark brown to black hair, so I would advise trying something else, if you have a light natural hair colour this would be perfect for you if you want a hint of lightness added to your hair.
I would really recommend but like I said, follow the instructions properly.
I have to admit, my natural hair is a dirty blonde/light brown colour, but after dying it very dark several times I decided to strip it and use a hair lightener to try get my colour back. A friend of mine had been using this for a number of years to make her naturally dark blonde hair lighter and it had worked well enough I decided to give it a shot.
I have been using this since about May and used still on holiday which lightened my hair still as the product is heat activated..
The picture above is the 'gentle' hair lightener which is the one I brought. It isn't as extreme as the red packet sun-in which is for giving a dramatic change. The product is in a blue packaging with a blonde girl on the front, the box claims that the product is gentle, formulated with lemon, gives year round lightening and is heat activated. It does advise not to use the product on colour treated or really dark hair. I would say even medium brown would be too dark and you would not get any results.
The bottle inside is plain white plastic with a spray cap and mine didn't even have a label on it. The leaflet comes wrapped around the bottle and gives all information needed as its quite a risky product. I did get gloves in my box too but never saw the need for them.
To sum it up, sun-in is supposed to be like putting lemon in your hair and lying in the sun. It gives you a natural look which is easy to maintain and depending how light you want your hair - depends on the amount you spray. The reason it is not appropriate for dark hair is because it lightens NATURAL strands, once colour or darkness is introduced it just makes the product work harder and damage hair rather than give it sun kissed highlights.
When I have a shower, I completely wet my hair get out and rub my hair with a towel for a minute, spray sun-in all over my hair including roots, comb through and then hop back into the shower to continue my shampoo/conditioner process.
The spray does smell really horrible. It is supposed to smell like lemon but it reminds me of the cleaning products cupboard of my house - a million bleach smells in one.
I have used this with a hairdryer and whilst sunbathing in the glorious sun on my local beach and either way I am happy to report this really does do all that is promised.
The only issue I found with this product is that after not using it for 4 months I went to the hairdressers to get some blonde highlights put in underneath, the hairdresser could only leave the packets to colour my hair for 10 minutes. The sun-in had completely damaged my hair and some even fell out! So when using sun-in you cannot dye your hair for a long while without ruining it!
The spray doesn't leave residue or make hair greasy but it does dry it out somewhat. I find that my hair feels quite brittle and the ends were slightly green.
Despite all of these negatives, the product did not irritate my scalp or skin at all, it made my hair look lighter and gave subtle blonde tones to my hair which I love. The bottle has been in my cupboard for so long and used once a week - it is still going strong!
As I said in a previous review, I recently dyed my hair blonde from very dark brown. When my roots started coming through, they seemed an odd orange colour for some reason, so my hair was a lovely ash blonde colour with about 2 inches of copper at the top and it looked a mess. I bought a dark blonde Loreal dye to help cover the roots, which worked great, but my hair was almost brown again.
I was recommended this spray because I've used bleach on my hair so much lately, it wouldn't damage my hair so much. I was told it was fantastic and my friends young daughter's hair had gone from brown to blonde from using it. It was on special offer in Boots recently, I think only paid about £3.50 for it.
In the box, you get a bottle of the spray, an instruction leaflet and a pair of gloves. The instructions say to spray some of the product in your hair, brush through if you want highlights, then sit in the sun or dry it with the hairdryer. It also says after you've used the product, you can wash your hair afterwards normally.
I washed my hair as I always do, and conditioned it. While my hair was still wet, I sprayed a generous amount into my hair, allover, underneath, through the length and onto my roots, then I brushed my hair through to try and spread the product. The first thing I noticed about the product is that it smells gorgeous, almost like coconut. It does contain a bit of peroxide, but I couldn't smell that at all. Considering the British weather, I decided to use my hairdryer on the high heat setting. I didn't bother to use the gloves, and I didn't experience any irritation on my hands either, so I don't really think you need to use them.
After my hair was dry, it did look a little bit lighter allover, a few of the really small strands on top went really blonde. It wasn't a major difference, nobody else really noticed. My hair didn't need washing again after I'd used it, it didn't feel as soft as it normally does, but it didn't feel nearly as bad as it does after I've used bleach. The only mistake I made was getting the product in my eyes. As I sprayed it, some went on my face but I was more concerned about my hair, as I was drying my hair and afterwards, my eyes were really stinging and I had to wash my face a couple of times before it felt better, so be careful if you do use it not to get it in your eyes.
Since then, I've used the product about three times, twice allover, then once just focusing on my roots which had gone an odd orangey colour again. My hair looks much lighter allover now, you can see small hightlights throughout and it helped on my roots a lot.
I'd definitely recommend this product, it worked quite well for me. It's not a massive difference straight away, but over time and use it does lighten your hair nicely and doesn't affect the condition of it either. It's quite cheap to buy and you can use it a few times too which is good. Give it a try!
When it comes to hair lightening products they are really not something that I am familiar with. As you can probably see from my review photograph on the top of this page I have had my hair jet black for a couple of years now and when I was dyed blonde it looked like it was blonde mixed with diluted tomato ketchup though people referred to my do as honey I never did believe it lol.
However I have been trying to grow out my black locks for a lighter brown look of late. I've stopped using the black dyes, had lots of trims and I'm pretty much back to my natural hair colour now that I hadn't seen in about 18 years which is a very dark red shade though I still have some black streaks in my hair that are growing out.
I decided to try Sunin not only to see if it helped to lighten my black streaky bits but to also lighten up my darker strands to match my lighter strands of hair...for a sunkissed look as living by the beach I feel a bit dull and want some sort of highlights!
The bottle comes in a dark blue box with a photograph of a blonde man and woman on the front of it and we are told that it is Sunin Spray-In Hair Lightener 'Heat Activated' and that it is 'For All Year Round Lightening' and that it is a gentle formulation with lemon. Other information listed on the box includes being told a bit about the product and we are shown results depending on your starting off natural hair colour, the size of the product is stated which is 150ml and warnings are given including being told not to use it on colour treated hair, recently permed hair, grey hair or very dark brown or black hair (things I never read till I got the box home but used it anyway lol).
The bottle is simple in its design being white plastic with a matching white plastic sprayer to the top of it and a clear plastic safety lid/cap that fits nicely over that. On the front of the bottle we are told again what it is etc and then on the back of it we are advised to read the leaflet that comes within the box and we are told how to use it, warnings are given and contact details for the manufacturer are listed.
In the box you get plastic see-through gloves and the above mentioned leaflet which shows diagrams on how to use it and yet more advice is listed.
The packaging is unisex in appearance and easy to handle etc and more than informative enough.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Box:
Sun in's quick and easy spray lets you create a natural look that you control. Each time you use Sun In your hair gets lighter, so you decide how blonde you go.
Sun in works with your hair's shades and tones to bring out your natural highlights. Spray generously for all over lightening or on selected strands for a sun kissed effect.
Easy and convenient to use, Sun In's premixed formula means no complicated instructions or messy mixing of ingredients.
And with Sun In there is not waiting around for your colour to develop. Just relax in the sun or use a hairdryer to reveal natural looking highlights, any time of the year.
Using The Spray:
Using this spray really is simple and straightforward! All you need is clean and wet hair and according to the instructions use the gloves provided (which I have only just become aware of as I'm writing this review!) and spray it through the hair for a general lightening effect or onto sections of your hair for streaks and highlights. You can then allow your hair to naturally dry when out in the sun or use a hairdryer on a warm/hot heat setting till your hair is dry. You can repeat the process as many times as you wish throughout the day, I have sprayed mine on my hair when its dry too and although I have over and over used this product time and time again I can report I have had no adverse effects at all.
It sprays out a sort of whitish colour and has a fake smell of sweet and sour lemons to it. I either spray all over my damp/wet hair or spray a bit on to sections, either way it is easy to do to.
I have used this with a hairdryer and whilst sunbathing in the glorious sun on my local beach and either way I am happy to report this really does do all that is promised.
Although we are not recommended to use this on really dark, black or coloured hair this has lightened mine! If you don't have blonde hair this will not turn your hair blonde but bring out lighter tones of the richest natural pigmentation in your hair so mine is more of a vivid red than most of my natural colour usually is.
I sue this on both my coloured and none coloured sections of my hair. It doesn't dry hair and/or scalp out, doesn't leave a sticky residue and doesn't need washing out till when I usually wash my hair.
This has not once irritated any of my skin, is simple and unsmelly to use and I really do find I can keep getting my hair lighter the more I use it. Its great and easy stuff to use, a little goes a long way and even on my long hair this bottle lasts for lots of applications and so overall I really am impressed with it!
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Mouse brown. Dishwater blonde. Ash blonde. Dirty blonde. Not the nicest descriptions of hair colour, are they? These are all terms that can, and have been (ok, often by me) used to describe my natural hair colour. Neither rich brown nor vibrant blonde, it can easily be described as mouse. For years, on and off (as finances permit), I have had my very fine hair highlighted, thus giving it a little extra blondish lift. However, money is now tight, as, indeed, is time (it can take a couple of hours for a good professional highlighting job). I have tried home hair colouring, but find it impossible to do properly without a friend , a bathtub, a shower, and usually a very wet bathroom.
My options seemed to be limited - let my hair colour revert to its bland natural state; spend an arm and an ovary on a professional highlighting job; make a big mess in the bathroom (and probably with my hair) attempting a home die job or listen to my daughter. My daughter suggested a product called SunIn - Spray-in hair lightener. This stuff has been around forever - I remember it being advertised when I was a child, back when the Dead Sea was still only sick. I'd never really used it though, and I had noticed that my daughter's hair, already very blonde, did indeed appear blonder. She kindly donated (actually, she charged me for it) a mostly empty bottle of Sun in Gentle with Lemon, and I dutifully gave it a go.
Actually, I looked at the bottle, and read the instructions first. The packaging has obviously changed since the picture here was taken - it is far more bland and blue, with no sunkissed blondes on the bottle. It is indeed a spray bottle, holding 150ml of product. When bought new (for about a tenner), it comes further packaged in a box, with a leaflet with various dire warnings (remember, this stuff contains hydrogen peroxide) and a pair of cheap plastic gloves. It tells me that it's heat activated, so it will gradually lighten your hair under a hair dryer or in the sun. The more often you use it, the lighter your hair will go, apparently. It warns you both on the bottle and on the leaflet to wear the gloves; I never have (I'm a rebel).
Ideally, you spray this on 'clean wet hair'. So I use it straight after the shower. Once you've sprayed it on, you can leave it in spots, if you are going for the piebald look (or if you're better at this than I am and have targeted certain areas or strands), or you can brush it through. I take the latter option. Once I've done that, I blow dry my hair. The bottle also helpfully tells me (actually, the label on the bottle informs me - the bottle itself is surprisingly silent on the matter) that once I've done this, I may wash and condition my hair as usual. Good of it.
I use the Gentle formulation. It does not have a strong peroxide smell. If anything, the smell is slightly sweet, and I find it rather pleasant. The liquid is clear, and like water in consistency, so it is easy to spray and to comb through. I find it does not leave my hair tacky or greasy looking - indeed, I find my hair slightly easier to control following an application.
But does it work, and has it damaged my hair? Yes, gradually, and no, not that I can tell. You will not notice dramatic results after one application of this product. For me that is a good thing - people haven't commented hugely that one day I was a dirty blonde, and the next a platinum blonde. And nor am I platinum blonde now. In fact, most people do not realise I colour my hair at all, and several are convinced (even after my natural honesty kicks in) that it is natural. I do not use it every day, and now that my hair is a colour with which I am happy, I tend to just top it up around once a month, or when I feel like it, or when I think of it. My hair is very fine and thin anyway, but I have not noticed it thinning any more than usual since I've started using it.
Needless to say, you still should take precautions. Spraying it in your eyes would be bad, as would getting it on your hands and then rubbing your eyes. I do not believe that the peroxide concentration in the gentle formulation is especially high, but nevertheless, care should be taken. I would imagine over-use would also do your hair and scalp no good whatsoever. Therefore, it is wise to use it sparingly and to test before using it over your whole head, or using it regularly. It's not recommended for previously colour treated hair (though it worked fine on my growing-out highlights, and didn't turn my hair an alarming shade of orange or anything).
On the down side, I have not actually seen this product for sale, either in the US or the UK. This is apparently because in the UK it's only available locally at the Westfields Shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush, where my daughter picks it up for me. She charges me £10 for it; I've no idea if she's making a profit on it. Apparently, having done 10 seconds worth of research, she is profiting very well indeed (I shall have to have words) - I could buy it on Amazon.co.uk for £5.95. Rotten kid.
As you may gather, I do like this stuff. I find it provides a natural looking hair colour, lightening my hair gradually with no obvious damage. It is (even with my 19 year old daughter's mark up) considerably cheaper than a salon highlighting job. It does require some care, both from a safety perspective and to ensure you don't end up with electric blonde hair or something, or even worse, an irritated scalp and damaged hair. However, so long as sense and care is taken, I do feel I can recommend Sun-In Gentle.
The reviewers who've had bad experiences must surely either have over-used the product or have badly conditioned hair. First off, it's a formulation of bleach (and lemon). If you use the product several times in a row and blow dry your hair it's going to make your hair brittle, bleach strips your hair. I spent years bleaching my mousy hair until I stopped and dyed it dark brown. My natural dark/gold blonde hair is growing back and I have 2 inches of light hair and the rest lightish brown. I use sun-in on my newly grown out roots to lighten them to enhance the lighter parts of my hair (I'm sick of having dark hair). I 1st used it twice in one week which lightened my roots and now looks like I have lovely sun-kissed blonde steaks. I do not need to use it again for a while.
I used this when I was a teenager and I have to say it worked. I used medium strength and it lightened my healthy, full fair brown hair. It certainly did make it go blonde then dry then brittle oh then split then fine.
This is the product that ruined my hair pretty much for good!
It makes you believe that because you aren't colouring it that it will be kinder to your hair. But actually it's probably the next worse thing to bleaching your hair. The condition of my hair has improved but it will never be the same again.
Yes it worked but at what price. Maybe I over used it I don't know, all I know my hair got in a pretty bad state.
I would only recommend this product for use every now and then and certainly not if you want your hair to go blonde pretty much all over.
It made a mess of my hair in the long term and has taken me years to get back to a healthy state but it still can be quite dry and is very fine.
Ive had a bottle of this since i was about 15. At that time i was a strawberry blond but wanted to be a lot lighter. A friend introduced me to this and i have been using it occasionally ever since.
What is it?
Sun-in is a spray which you put in your hair and then expose to heat (not sun) to start off a chemical reaction. This then essentially strips the hair shaft of its natural colour. Sun-in is pretty much a bleach type chemical. It comes in four different varieties, light, medium and super, and also one for men. I have always used the super one.
Sun-in does smell very chemically! It does irritate my eyes and i hate to think what would happen if you got it in your eyes! It also causes a few problems with my breathing occasionally (i am a severe asthmatic) but nothing major.
The ease of use:
The bottle comes with some gloves which i do NOT recommend using at all! The bottle will become slippery when wet and this could cause you to spray in in eyes etc.
It says to apply it to damp hair which is definately easier as it means it goes through all of your air much more easily.
You can also just do sections of hair for a highlighted effect. I have never done this but i expect it would be quite hard.
This does lighten my hair after a few uses and does make it look much more sun kissed. However, if it is used too often it can make your hair dry, brittle and straw like. I would recommend buying a leave in conditioner whilst using this just incase this happens.
This is a cheap (£5 for a 500ml bottle) way of achieving subtle highlights occasionally. However, dont expect dramatic results and be careful how often you use it.
This sun in spray is brilliant for lightening light shades of hair like blond and mousy brown hair but i wouldnt recomend it for anyone with darker hair as a friend of mine with red/brown hair tried this and there hair turned a purple tone which wasnt the look they were looking for.
This sun in is realy easy to use, just spray it into your hair when it is wet and either sit in the sun and allow the heat from the sun to heat it up and naturally lighten your hair or you can use a hair dryer as this has the same result only faster.
I have used this spray quite a lot during the last few summers as i usually dye my hair mainly blond but i wont dye my hair once i have permed it and this spray used twice a week gradually lightens my roots to roughly the same colour as my dye which is great as i wont need any root touch ups wholst using this spray.
Since I had my hair cut last week I decided that the light blonde of the longer bits better than the much darker blonde shade of my natural colour. But since I hate dying hair, and theres no way I was going to pay a hair dresser to lighten it- which would then require regular relightening of the roots my solution was Sun In.
I first came across Sun In as a teenage when it became the fashion at school to have bleached permed hair, many of the girls didnt have parents who would let them get it bleached/lightened at a hairdressers so a bottle of Sun In (usually Super) became the accessory of choice for school bags. Of course given my hair is naturally blonde and that at the time I was flying out to Tenerife every holidays so was fairly well sun lightened anyway but I soon succumbed to the lure of lightening it further but chose to use the Lemon version which has the least effect (or is the most gentle version). That bottle I think lasted me almost a year with very infrequent use and had no real affect on my hair colour.
So fast forwarding around 7 years I go to the hairdresser and had my nearly waist length hair cut off as it was getting too much to manage on a day to day basis. But as mentioned above this has left me with hair much easier to manage but several shades darker than it previously was, quite a shocking change of apparent colour really. So on a trip to Boots to treat myself to a new face scrub I found an aisle end display with the full range of Sun In products proudly displayed.
Walking around the shop the more it seemed like a good idea to try it again, only this time I have bought the Sun In Super, as I really could do with making a fairly dramatic difference to my hair colour in the next week before my OH comes home.
Opening the box you will find a bottle with a spray nozzle on top, an instruction sheet and a pair of plastic gloves similar to those you will find on a petrol station forecourt. You are meant to wear the gloves when you spray the liquid on your hair but they make it difficult to hold the bottle and aim it at the right area of your head so I tend not to use them preferring instead to use bare hands and wash them after use.
The directions for use state that you can use the product to highlight specific areas or for general all over lightening, the ability to spray on certain areas so far eludes me but I wanted all over lightening any way. It also suggests using the product should be sprayed when you have damp hair after washing, I tend to do this and as Im combing my hair after towel drying it. Since I rarely blow dry or style my hair I chose to dry it after using the Sun In, to see if it made a noticeable difference. At first it didnt but after I used it a few times I think my hair is starting to look somewhat lighter, the difference between the top layers of hair and the bottom layers is slight but increasing.
When I go on holiday at the end of next week I'll be taking the Sun In with me since it can only enhance the usual effect that the sun has on my hair.
But as with all products which will lighten or bleach hair it can and will cause the hair to look dry and unhealthy so it is worth investing in a decent deep conditioning treatment to help the hair retain its shine.
Also I remembered after I started using the Sun In originally I was doing alot of swimming, and the combination of Sun In and chlorine caused my hair to turn a strange greenish shade, so if you are planning to swim or come in to contact with chlorine it is worth investing in a decent 'After swim' sports style shampoo and conditioner as well - though it is rumoured that rinsing your hair in tomato ketchup can help balance out this colour change its not one I have ever tried nor plan to!
I bought the Sun In for around £5 but it was on offer (I cant remember what the offer actually was), and the bottle contains 500ml, which should last along time since you dont need to use it everytime you wash your hair, in fact over use will probably be a cause of the damage to the hair in many cases since I remember that many of the girls who used it at school had hair which looked dull and strawlike would whip it out of their school bags before every break time.
The there are three strengths of Sun In Super, Regular and Lemon as well as a For Men version.
I suppose we've all done it once, bought something because it was so cheap and supposedly promising. So when I was a young and foolish 16 year old, I decided to buy Sun-In with my pocket money, as a friend had used it and her hair looked pretty good . Why is it a product always works for someone else but not yourself? Well this is what happened with me, lol, I kinda feel ashamed typing this because I have commited the ultimate hair DONT, but i sprayed the sun in like there was no twomorrow, thinking it would take my naturally dark-blonde hair to the sun-kissed, beach-blonde look I thought I was going to achieve.
Ahem. What happened when I dried it could not be further then what I was expecting. My hair looked like a parched, yellow-blonde static afro. The more you use ths product your hair will be destroyed! So I chucked it where it belonged, the bin, never have I heared such negative opinions on a product! Dont be fooled by the cheap price. If you want your hair lightened, save up, no matter how long it takes and get it done proffessionally. It pays!!!
It all started with some bad highlights. I needed to get rid of them quickly, and it seemed that lightening the rest of my hair would be one way to accomplish this. Sun-In has, in my mind, always been associated with blonde 13 year olds on holiday in Benidorm wanting to go that bit blonder without a heavy salon price tag, and with blatant disregard for what it might do to their hair. I was a decade older than these girls, and over in Australia, land of the blond and the perpetual tanned. I was far away from anyone who new me to feel free to indulge in what could turn out to be an experiment gone horribly wrong and, if that's what it came to, I still had 4 weeks of my stay left to get it sorted out before returning to my life in the UK. Sun-In called to me from the pharmacy's shelves and, for under $10 (£4), I could have a bottle of their 'Super' concoction that promised to lighten even dark hair such as mine. It had to be worth a try.
There's no nice way to say this. Sun-In is essentially spray in bleach that strips hair of its natural colour and leaves behind shades usually found only in packs of crayons. I wanted to look like I'd just spent too much time in the sun, but brown hair, really dark brown hair like mine in particular, doesn't just decide to go blond on its own. It lightens a bit but it's still a shade that could only be called brown, so the effect I was aiming for with Sun-In would change my hair in a way nothing had before.
The name is slightly misleading. The product doesn't add 'sun' to your hair, nor does it, contrary to popular opinion, require the sun to work. It's not the UV rays that start the chemical reaction, it's heat, and this can just as easily be achieved through the use of a hair dryer. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that for best results you *don't* want to use it in the sun. Let me explain.
The instructions in Sun-In tell you to don the hopelessly impractical gloves and avoid spraying the stuff in your eyes something I ended up doing precisely because I had put on said gloves, and they made the bottle slip. You're supposed to have clean, wet hair before you start, and to decide the 'effect' you're going for - either subtle highlights or all over lightening. You take a bit of your hair in a gloved hand and spray the Sun-In onto it, smoothing along the strands until they're evenly coated. You repeat until your whole head is done, and then you either 'relax in the sun' or use a hair dryer to get the lightening started. Generally you can see a change as soon as your hair is dry but if you continue to go in the sun or dry your hair over the following days it will continue.
So, you've decided you want to lighten you whole head. You spray with Sun-In as advised and then go outside to sit in the sun. Maybe your hair is hanging loose, or maybe it's pulled back. Either way, not all of your hair will be directly exposed to the heat. And therefore, not all of your hair will lighten in exactly the same way. For blondes this is not really an issue as the natural effect of the sun on hair is to lighten the top, sun-exposed areas. But on brown hair, the contrast is much more obvious, and relying solely on the sun means you can end up with weird two-tone hair, even more obvious if you then choose to pull it back into a pony tail or a bun, where the top half of your head will be lighter than the strands at the bottom that until now have been hidden. Using a hair dryer makes it much easier to control the evenness of the heat, and therefore the spread of the colour.
*** The colour
I decided to see how far my hair would go and planned to dye it back to normal before coming home. In the end I didn't because I actually like how it's turned out, though it will be dyed in a few weeks because roots will not be a good look and I have no desire to keep up with the blondness. My hair is less ash or platinum blonde, and more copper or honey blonde which suits my complexion a lot more and doesn't look too obviously artificial. Comments since the transition:
"Has the sun done that?" (my suspicious sister)
"Oh, you changed your hair colour" (our secretary)
"Is that natural?" (a confused friend)
"You've a lovely tan" (my mother .who didn't notice the difference until pointed out to her, at which point I got a "very nice")
*** The condition
Lots of people seem to complain that Sun-In damages their hair, and due to the high concentration of bleach I would expect this, but my hair seems fine. In fact, considering it's been exposed to what has essentially been a 4 month beach holiday, it's looking rather good. The makers claim the latest formulation includes added conditioners and they seem to work. The general instructions say you should not use it more than 3 times per week, and I didn't though I was washing and conditioning my hair more than normal during this time since I was swimming every day. I don't doubt that if you have thin, wishy-washy hair, adding a bleach to your daily routine will make it brittle, but my hair thick, has never been coloured or chemically treated before, and coped with the challenge admirably.
*** Why choose Sun-In?
There are several good reasons in my mind. I liked the price (cheap) and the fact that you can dictate the level of lightening you want through the phased process - just stop when it gets to the colour you're after. For ease of use it gets a 3 out of 5, as it's tricky the first time but soon gets easier, especially if your forgo the gloves and just wash your hands well afterwards. It's considerably easier to do the whole head than parts which is why I won't be attempting my roots. You'd have to be very skilled to be able to add , the illusion of depth or waves or whatever using Sun-In the way proper hairdressers can when doing a colour, but for general all over colouring you can't go much wrong. And a slightly un-even effect just makes it look that much more natural, y'know? For smell it gets a 3 out of 5 but only because I work in a hospital and put up with worse fragrances than this every day. It smells like, well, bleach, but it's a reassuring, chemical smell. A bit like Copydex - you understand it smells for a purpose, and after a while it's not too bad.
Sun-In is readily available in chemists and supermarkets. It is an English product (I bought an imported version) and they have 3 'shades' for different starting hair colours, and a version for men which I didn't understand - unless their hair is a different shade altogether that I've never picked up on. Not *good* for your hair, but it didn't do mine any obvious harm and I'd recommend it for the young and young at heart as long as you're not too vain and can cope with whatever the result is.
I have black hair naturally and i previously went a very blonde colour. After like 2 weeks my hair was a very brassy orange tone as custom highlights didnt work. So i changed to Sun-in and the effect of Sun in was great my hair was now a very blonde colour. just after around 2 weeks after using it tonnes my hair was deader than straw its so dead that you its got breakage all the way to the top!!!!!! So if you're going to use Sun-in don't use too much or it'll kill your hair!
I'm gonna use it for reddish ginger streaks. It said not for black or dark brown hair as it will turn reddish or ginger on first application.I have dark brown hair. So if I want that effect I can use it. I've bought it, now I have to take out my hair extensions at Easter and we will wait and see. So far,I will say it is cheap, saves money so you don't have go and highlight your hair at the hairdressers. The good thing about my hair is when I colour it with Sun In, I can still perm my hair with Dark and Lovely no-lye relaxer for coloured hair. I will have to wait 2 weeks before using Sun In. So I should be alright. All that time I thought my mum would never let me colour my haifr in any way apart from black, but I was wrong. So Iwill tell you what hapens after Easter!
Sun-In lightens and brightens blonde to brown hair / Gradually lightens hair while you relax in the sun or use a blow dryer /