Product Type: Sunsilk hair care products
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For Natural Golden Highlights..
Member Name: beautybabiex
Advantages: lightens hair
Disadvantages: smells funny, cannot dye hair for at least a year after use
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!
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