Today I decided on a whim to dye my hair darker - I always do this and end up hating it, but I never ever learn!
My poor hairdresser always gets a distraught message from me asking for an emergency appointment.
So today I dyed it from my usual Honey colour to a ‘Chocolate Brownie’ shade by Loréal - mistake!
Not me at all…
But my saving grace was a product called ‘Colour B4’ Extra Strength, and this removed the dark PERMANENT dye within 60 minutes!
They also make a version that requires only 30 minutes for removal, but this is for light to medium dyed hair.
Colour B4 will NOT lighten your natural hair colour, it will simply remove all colour that is artificial - expect bleach.
If you have had highlights in the past then you will see them appear again when using this product as it will take your hair back to the bare base, and as bleach strips your natural colour away this will always be the base colour of your hair until it grows out.
If your natural hair colour is light brown, and you’ve put Black or Red dye on it for instance, then you’ll go back to your natural Brown after using Colour B4.
But remember this; Any hair dye you use that comes with 2 bottles in the packaging means it contains peroxide to some level. Even if you’re dying your hair darker.
If it comes with only 1 bottle in the packaging it means it doesn’t contain any peroxide.
So when you use Colour B4, you may find that your hair is lighter afterwards then your natural hair colour, this will be because you’ve used a bottle dye in the past that contained peroxide - unknowingly.
It’s worth doing a strand test to gauge the outcome before applying to your entire hair.
It requires to you wash your hair with a intense shampoo such a ‘Head & Shoulders’ as this really strips away any natural oils & products, leaving your hair prepped & ready for removal of the dye.
The removal process starts by intermixing together two bottles labelled part A & part B. Once the combined liquid is applied to the hair, it will shrink the molecules within the hair to their original size, and this allows the colour to be removed easily (more in-depth info on the science of this can be found on their website)
Gone are the days of having colour stripped out using peroxide. Colour B4 is Ammonia & Bleach free!!! So it’s the safety & easiest way to remove unwanted dye - new or old.
Once the product has covered all of the hair you wish to correct, it’s advised that you apply ClingFilm around your hair to keep in the warmth. I added a towel around the ClingFilm to aid this process.
Within about 10 minutes I started to see the colour lifting, which is pretty impressive!
On the directions it stresses that the rinsing time is very important; 12 minutes minimum.
So, after the 60 minutes is up it’s shower time. It’s easier to get in the shower rather than breaking your back bending over the bath to rid the hair of your old colour.
Give your hair a good rinse under the warm water for 5 minutes, then you need to apply the last bottle which is labelled part C Buffer. This will lather up to a thick foam, which you need to work into the hair for at least 1 minute.
Once you’ve washed that off you’ll need to continue to rinse your hair for a further 5 minutes, reapply the Buffer once more for another minute, rinse again and then you’re done!
Fully dry your hair before judging the outcome, wet hair always looks darker!
I’m so impressed with it I just had to share it with you all!
My hair is a little on the warm side still, but now I can go and get my regular colour put on it without having to go through the dreaded process of trying to remove the reddish dark brown.
The 1 downside to this product is the smell….. It’s horrendous! It’s worse than perm lotion, and it stays with you for the first week or so regardless of how many times you wash it.
But you can’t have it all I guess.
Check out their site if you’re looking to rid your hair of dye build-up or a colour that’s gone wrong.
It’s £10.00 for 1 bottle, anyone with shoulder length hair will require 2 bottles.
Getting messy, playing with texture & colour today!
I love oil paintings, and they are the inspiration for this creative mess.
This mobile shot is a small scale practice for something I’ve got in mind to shoot soon!
Check out this quirky contact lens I popped in to go with this makeup look - It’s called ‘Starburst’ and the pair are from CamoEyes.com
Please go check them out for affordable & fun lenses; CamoEyes Colored Contacts
One of the colourful makeup looks I created on today shoot for the Loreal Colour Trophy.
For the base I used Kryolan Ultra Cream Foundation palette, and I set it using M&S translucent powder.
I used a mixture of highly pigmented eyeshadows from Grimas, Kryolan & SugarPill Cosmetics -
A tip when you want colours to really pop on the skin is to use a white base before applying the eyeshadow.
NYX jumbo pencil in Milk is a great product to place down first, then blend it out & then place the eyeshadows on top of it.
It will help enhance the true vibrancy of the eyeshadow.
I place some gel liner across the top lid - Bobbi Brown Ink Black.
Then lastly I buffed some Black eyeshadow around the eye to create some depth.
More products from Kryolan today!
I love these lipstains.. These can be worn alone, or under a lipstick that matches your lipstain. It will work as a base for your lipstick, aid longevity of its wear AND leave your lips with a stain of colour should your lipstick wear off after a few hours.
What more can you ask for from a product?… www.charlesfox.co.uk (this will direct you to Kryolan where you can find more info)
Been demoing lips this past week - This is one I did on myself, a combination of three looks the students sent me.
They thoroughly enjoyed trying this one out.
I took all the eye catching features of the lip-looks they loved, and put them all together!
This one lip look contains texture, striping, ombré, pigment, matte, and vibrant colour clashing!
Had a beautiful bride-to-be makeup trial yesterday. Nicola is getting Wed in October & has chose an autumnal trio-colour-combo for her eyeshadow. The bronzed Orangey Gold really brought out the Green in her eyes.
It nice when some of my clients opt for something complementary to their eye colour. Nic is a hairdresser so she’s familiar with the colour wheel.
For instance, if your eyes are Blue, you can wear Red, Red/Orange & Orange to really make your eyes pop!
Green eyes look bright when wearing Violet, Red & Orange.
Take a look at the wheel and give it ago at home.