i’m now a red head. well, sort of. it’s more like 1/2 red headed. my hair is long and 1 box isn’t enough to cover all of my hair. so i concentrated coloring the top 1/2 of my head.
this time, i used schwarzkopf brilliance luminance intense permanent color L43 smouldering red. it normally retails at aud$14.99. i bought it from chemist warehouse a few weeks ago when it was marked down to aud$9.95.
besides the price factor, what attracted me was “intense vibrant colors on dark hair”. most colors don’t show up as shown on the box on my dark hair without bleaching.
like most at colors, it comes with detail instruction leaflet, glove, developer, color and conditioner. you add the color into the developer, shake shake shake and use it.
the tip of the developer bottle can be screwed off. which is a plus for me. i hate looking for scissors to snip it off.
the conditioner is really very moisturizing and makes my hair really soft.i can’t recall the smell. maybe it’s a good thing, because if it’s bad, i’ll remember.
i’m somewhat disappointed with the plastic gloves it comes with. with this packaging, i expect better quality and better fit. it’s like a plastic bag that’s too big for my hands. my fingers weren’t very flexible and felt robotic. i ended up using disposable gloves.
the color expectation based on your hair color. i do have my hopes high when i see it’s still red on dark brown hair.
my number 1 conern with hair coloring is covering greys. it was i took photos i read the print that says “this shade is not suitable for grey hair…”. i’m not sure if it means it won’t cover any greys or certain percentage of greys.
this is my hair before color. quite visible number of greys right on where i part my hair.
no more greys after coloring! this is one week after coloring, inside the house under downlights. it’s more red when i’m outside under the sun.
while the color isn’t as red as shown on the box, it was quite vibrant initially. it’s known that reds aren’t easy to maintain. the color isn’t as red nor as vibrant after about a week or so. it’s been almost 3 weeks since i colored my hair and it’s now faded to brownish red. still quite a nice red, just not like when it was just colored.
i don’t use specialized hair products for red heads so it probably helps to speed up fading.