[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] Honestly, it was really on a whim that I decided some redness was needed in my hair. I emailed the PR to ask if there was any point in trying an actual dye rather than a temporary spray on my dark hair. Whilst we could have a rough idea of what the result might be, there’s actually no real telling until the deed is done. I kept my expectations low but actually, am really, really delighted with the result.
My hair is a) too long, and b) is a mix of grey, light brown and dark brown – my Josh Wood dye has almost gone. I’m like everyone – very much in need of a hairdresser. But, if there is any time to experiment, it’s now, knowing that all will be rectified within a month (I have an appointment on 13th April) if needs be. I’m a bit tired of cutting my own fringe and those very variable results but otherwise, have enjoyed having a lot more hair than I usually would. I think my hair is the longest it has ever been which, in the grand scheme, is little to complain about.
In the pack you get a tube of colour, two sachets of conditioner (I didn’t use them) and a pair of gloves (I used my own). I am nowhere near brave enough to do my whole hair so opted for a couple of shy streaks. I literally thought I would have two sort of downward stripes of red but no! This is not how hair works – the moment you brush it out, you realise that the neat stripes you had wrapped up in foil after carefully applying colour with a brush don’t stay in the one place – they sort of diffuse into ‘areas’ rather than strips. Which turns out to be absolutely fine – and also proof I have no future in hair styling.
So this is a close up of how it came out and how it looks in sunshine – below is how it looks in just normal light.
You can see it as well in the Emma Hardie post HERE. So it’s a kind of burgundy red colour in shade that lights up to a more vibrant red in sun. I am very happy! Schwartzkopf Live Pillar Box Red is £4.79 HERE at Boots, non-affiliate HERE. Obviously, patch test first (a tiny dot behind the ear), wear your oldest clothes, have foil handy, cover everything with plastic sheeting and be generous with the product. If you have light hair, you need to check the back of the box for expected results. My advice would always be to do a small streak first before going the full pillar box but it should wash out in 12-15 washes in any case.
All products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.
Looks beautiful Jane, aren’t you tempted to go the whole hog?! I am so pleased you put your lovely face more in posts now! Your hair is making me crave the Black Honey Clinique mascara though – still not come come anywhere close to finding a dupe
Ah thank you Kerry – I know – we need a Black Honey support group :-))
I love this colour on you Jane, fabulous! The only mascara which I know of which is close-ish to Black Honey and is also available as part of a regular product line is Kiko’s Smart Colour mascara which has a lovely burgundy and a fab metallic green shade, amongst others. Happy shopping x
Thanks for the tips – I think I’ve had the Kiko mascara… must check back.. x
Lovely burgundy tint! Was it just one tube of dye or it still needs to be mixed with developing emulsion like all the perm colors?
No it just goes straight on – I only used about a 3rd of the tube.
That’s excellent! Very tempted, but it’d probably go quite mad on my (suddenly) extensive grey.
God it takes me back over 35 years, to Crazy Colour, which finally provided the outrageous reds I had craved since the mid 70s. (Until it appeared, I used red carpet dye mixed with henna, which certainly worked, but tended to redecorate the kitchen each time!)
You look wonderful, so fresh
thank you – why not though! The time is now when all can be rectified next month! Although stay off the carpet dye ;-))