I had planned one of these many moons ago, when I had long hair. The photos were of me with very very orange hair once the job was complete. Oh how you would have laughed. Alas, they were all lost in The Great Hard-Drive Death of 2010 - along with all my shots of my first trip to France. Bums.
So, I thought I would document this product once more. I have long since stopped using permanent colours on my hair, because I do tend to get a lot of build up at the bottom.
And do you know what? I actually quite like my natural colour. So, I thought I would try to get it back.
Knowing how truly luminous orange this had sent my roots before - I decided, before purchase to only apply it to the bits I didn't like.
Which was handy, as this was the advice of the pamphlet. A change since I last used it. I did, on both occasions, buy a back up colour in case of an unsightly result.
Folk who have used this before do tend to complain about the scent. Now, it is not fragranced by Chanel, granted, but it is also not gag inducing.
The only thing that made me wrinkle my nose was how much the product in colour and consistency reminded me of... errr.... jiz. Which I am sure is fairly nutritional for your locks, unlike this chemical laden concoction.
So, I worked it all into my hair as suggested and then covered it and left it for an hour. I looked hot to trot during this phase. Mmm mm mmmm!
There is then a rather lengthy rinsing phase (10 mins) followed by a buffer phase (5 mins) followed by a second rinse (5 mins)
I did find my hair felt a little straw like whilst rinsing. Very squeeky in fact, like every bit of moisture had been taken out. So, I slapped on some heavy duty conditioner - I use Aussie 3 min conditioner on account of it's delicious smell and great results on my hair - and then dried.
I then rushed to the mirror to look.
I was proper pleased. As in clappingly so. All my hair, for the most part, appeared to be one colour. All that rinsing and wrinkly fingertips from so long in water was all worth it. Even the £11 price tag (you can get this cheaper from else where in the UK - Wilkinsons I am looking at you - but I had already bought it and was in a unthrifty mood for the sake of £5)
I set it with some Aussie Leave in Conditioner (I do this about once a month for a healthy shine, lovely smelling locks and ok lasting set) and waited to see what it would look like when done.
Huh. I was a bit bemused. The colour that I had rinsed out, that was not there the night before, appeared to back in part. And it seems to be getting darker as the week has progressed. It has not gone back to the shade it was before, but it is certainly darker than it was in after the initial drying.
I have not used any chemical setting lotion on my hair this week at all (purely because I think it has been horribly dried out using this) and opted for some home made linseed stuff instead. Thankfully, by hair is now back to normal.
Initially, Colour B4 did exactly what it said on the box and I was very pleased with the results. But, now I am not so sure. Perhaps if I had dyed over it, instead of leaving it, the patchy dark bits that seem to be coming back to life, would not be noticable?
I do like that the darker bits are certainly more brunette looking than black, but I am confused by the chameleon-ness of it the whole affair.