I have been toying with going back to my natural hair colour for ages now. For the past seven years, I have been every high maintenance colour that you can think of, and it gets exhausting.
It could be a mid-mid-life crisis. Perhaps it is that I am 30 in a week, but probably that my son has been asking for the past five years. I decided to go from bright red back to some form of blonde.
I know, right?
I asked Foogle about the best way to go blonde without damaging my already over processed hair anymore than it already is. Many people said Olaplex, some said shave your head, but one person said Colour B 4. It took me a while, but I finally decided to get myself a box and see what the fuss was about.
My first attempt was an overzealous, Tuesday night dive in that blew my mind. Not only is Colour B4 legitimately effective, but it smells like rotten eggs. Seriously.
I needed two boxes, because my hair was very, very red, so this is take 2 of my Colour B4 experience.
- Colour B4 Extra Strength
- A sense of humour
- A lot of time
- Old clothes
What you should do:
- Wash your hair really, really well so that there is absolutely NO product in your hair. No hairspray, silicone, paste, anything. Wash it twice to be sure. Don’t condition.
- Blow dry your hair really well. At this point your hair is likely to feel like grass and look like an 80’s wet dream. That is what you want.
- Take a selfie of your 80’s hair – extra points if you have blue eye-shadow lying around.
- Get gloves. My second box of Colour B 4 oddly only had one glove, but we’re the kind of people who have gloves handy (tattoo artist husband, gutterbrains!).
- You should do a test strip on your head, but this was my second box so I knew it was alright.
- Prepare yourself for the worst smelling experience of your life.
- Lather your whole head with the mixture. Make sure your head is covered with the stuff, I missed a spot and it was very obvious!
- Wrap your head in clingfilm and give it a blast with the hair dryer.
- Take a selfie of your cone head for giggles.
- Find something to do for an hour. That is how long you need to wait for the magic stuff to work.
- I recommend spraying your house with air freshener, blogging, eating or doing cardio.
- After 60 grueling minutes of trying to outrun how badly you smell, get into the shower.
- You need to rinse your hair 3 times, for 5 to 10 minutes each time. It’s easier to just hang in the shower and practice for next year’s Idols.
- I added a treatment to the mix because my hair isn’t in great shape.
- You can colour your hair straight away if you want to, which I did because I’m a sucker for punishment.
- Side note: I freaked out that my hair would turn green and didn’t leave the dye on long enough – it still turned out alright though.
- I am also quite possibly the only person whose natural hair colour doesn’t suit them.
You should know:
- Colour B4 won’t damage your hair, but it won’t reverse the existing damage either.
- Colour B4 will take your hair to the lightest it can go, whether that it your natural hair colour or if you have had your hair bleached. It will not lighten your hair further than that.
- That means if you are a natural brunette, you will not go lighter than your natural hair colour.
Your hair will feel like rubbish as soon as the buffer is on it. DO NOT freak out, this is just your hair becoming really, REALLY clean. A bit of conditioner and your hair feels awesome again. (Bold, Italics and Red make this is a biggie!)
- You can use it up to three times in the same day for super stubborn hair colour.
- It is a time consuming process, don’t make any plans for when you want to do this treatment.
- Your hair follicles are so wide open after this process that any colour hair dye you use over it will look darker.
There you have it! This product isn’t praised nearly enough and I am so thankful that I found this instead of dealing with bleach baths, etc. My hair thanks me too.
You can get your Colour B4 from Dischem Stores or some Super Spar’s around the country at R 189.90 a pop!
Let us know how your Colour B4 experience went!
I need a nap!