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JoBaz Hair Colour Remover in Normal Strength

Hello there!

I recently was given an opportunity to review JoBaz Hair Colour Remover in Normal strength.  I have not heard of a hair colour remover and was happy to try this out since I was due for a hair dye session!

The Hair Colour remover comes in 2 different strength: Normal and Max.  It comes in 3 parts, a set of instructions and 1 plastic glove.  The box indicated that there should be a pair of gloves, unfortunately, mine came with only one glove.  You’re meant to mix part A to part B and shake for 30 seconds.  The mix of part A and part B produced a very watery liquid.  This makes it very easy to spill.  When applying it, you got to be a bit more careful when tipping the nozzle onto your hair since the fluid texture makes it come out easily from the nozzle.  Since the texture was watery, it makes it much easier to massage into the hair.   The product also has a smell reminiscent of chlorine. Most hair dye products have a weird smell.  Just make sure you’re in a well ventilated area.

Application for me took 10 minutes, I then waited 30 minutes and went to rinse my hair for 10 minutes.  After rinsing, my hair texture still felt normal.  As per instructions, I then used Part C (buffer) to massage into the hair and left for 1-2 minutes.  Part C also had a strong chemical smell.  Again, I had to rinse my hair for another 10 minutes.  Now, my hair was feeling very matted and had a plastic feel.  Finally I was at the last step where I had to wash my hair with Part C again (it’s a simple wash like washing my hair normally with shampoo).  I should’ve listened to the instructions and stand in the shower rather than hover over the bath-tub!  That was about 25-30 minutes of hovering! Hello, neck-ache!

The instructions state to wait till the hair is dry before making judgement.  When it was wet, I noticed that the hair dye was still on my hair.  When the hair has dried, it feels a lot drier and more fragile than before using the product.  I personally felt that the hair dye is more obvious in my hair than before I used this product!

The instructions did say to ensure the room is not cold.  The temperature on the day I used the product was 26 degrees celcius and I wrapped my hair in plastic while it was “marinating” and working it’s magic.  Also, the normal strength, which was the one  I used is for removing light to mid tones.  I had used a blonde colour for my hair dye.

So, I had the chance to go back to the company and ask why it did not work. Here’s what they said:

Hair Colour Remover takes you back to your natural or lightest shade. It will return your hair to its natural colour if the artificial hair colour applied is darker than your natural level. If you have previously bleached or lightened your hair, Hair Colour Remover is unable to return the (original) natural pigment.

Some colouring products (both permanent and semi permanent) may contain high levels of peroxide which can lighten the natural hair colour and (in some cases) cause a warm shade to be revealed once Hair Colour Remover has removed the dark artificial pigment. In addition, some colouring products also contain very high levels of silicon which can melt and become trapped inside the hair in circumstances where extreme heat has been applied, thus blocking subsequent hair products from entering and effecting change.”

Well, picture time!

JoBaz Hair Colour Remover

JoBoz Hair Colour Remover in Normal Strength

JoBoz Hair Colour Remover in Normal Strength

JoBoz Hair Colour Remover

JoBoz Hair Colour Remover

Instructions

Hair Before using product

Hair Before using product

Above 2 pics: Before using hair product

During application of Hair Colour Remover product

Above pic: While using hair product

After using product

Above pic: Immediately after using product.  Hair is still wet

After using product

Above pic: After using hair product. Hair is now completely dry

After using product

Above pic: After using hair product. Hair is now completely dry

Side by Side

Above pic: Left pic is before using the product and right pic is after using the product

Conclusion:

This product did not work for me because my hair is a very very dark brown and I had dyed it a dark blonde.  This product would not work for anyone with dark hair and have dyed it a lighter shade.    There are some other bloggers who have tried this product and it has worked for them (check them out on Google).

Price:

AUD$29.95

Where to buy:

Priceline & Big W

Have you used this product?  How did it turn out?

Stay beautiful!!

xx Sam

**Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration.  As always, my reviews are 100% my honest opinion.

VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A

Hello there!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Wishing you all the best for the coming 2013!

So, Christmas has come and gone and here is one of the presents I got for Christmas: VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A.  I haven’t really got anything fancy when it comes to hair styling tools.  I used to have a curling iron I bought from Japan about 7 years ago and then I moved on to my trusty GHD Straightening Iron.  This is my 3rd hair styling tool.

I’ve used this item twice since I got it.  For the price of this product, I did not expect much out of it but was surprised at how well my curls turned out.  This styling tool is an affordable piece of equipment if you would like to have define curls.  It comes with 20 multi-sized rollers – 6 large, 5 medium and 9 small.  On both occasions I have used this, I did not use all the rollers.  This item also comes with 10 big plastic clips and 20 metal clips (6 large, 5 medium and 9 small).  The big plastic clips are of very poor quality but it does the job.  As for the metal clips, it does need some getting used to.  As it was my first time using such a tool, it did take me a few tries before being able to get it right.  If it’s your first time, I recommend you try it when the rollers are not heated. The key is to point the metal clips upwards when you clip it onto the rollers (the clips are shaped as a U), this means that the curved part of the metal clip is on the bottom of the roller and the straight ends will be resting against your scalp, pointing upwards.  If the rollers are facing vertical to the floor, have the straight part of the metal clips against your head.

The rollers have ridges which makes it easier to roll your hair into it.  Personally, I found this quite convenient.  Although so, the barrels of the rollers are of smooth plastic, which makes it just a tad bit harder to roll your hair into place as the hair slips and slides.  The rollers are meant to have cool ends.  They certainly are not cool ends.  The ends can get quite hot (not warm).  I have a very low tolerance of heat, so I had trouble holding onto the rollers when I was trying to roll my hair into place.  After placing all my hair in the rollers, my fingers were slightly painful and swollen from holding the ends of the hot rollers.

This item does takes awhile to warm up, so you will have to switch it on and do something else for about 15 minutes.  There’s a middle roller with a tiny indicator.  I have paid no attention to it because I actually can’t remember the colour it’s meant to be when it’s heated up.   The first time I was using the rollers, it took me about an hour to put all the rollers in my hair.  On the 2nd time, it took me a better 45 minutes.  You know what they say, practice makes perfect!  It should take me faster the next time I use it, as I get used to using rollers.  The switch for this is actually on the inside of the cover where the hot rollers heat up.  This is a bit of a question mark for me as once I’m done with the rollers, the switch has been heated up as well!   There are also compartments on the inside of the cover for you to keep the metal clips (make sure you remove all the clips before you switch on the item).

Once all the rollers were in my hair, it took about 15 to 20 minutes before the rollers cooled and I could take them off.  I was pleasantly surprised at the curl definition I got.  It was certainly very curly, as expected of any heated roller.  The curls were definitely more defined when compared to using my GHD.  The look from this styling tool is very different.

okay, picture time!

VS Sassoon hot rollers

VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A

VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A

VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A

VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A

VS Sassoon Hot rollers

VS Sassoon Hot rollers

Hot rollers with metal clips

Plastic clips

Plastic clips

Container I got from the dollar store

Above pic: got this handy container from the dollar store

Conclusion:

This styling tool is very affordable and great for those starting out/experimenting with hair curlers.  I would only use this when I have the time to use it as the heat up time is so much longer than my other styling tool; or when I want to create a specific look.  The very hot ends of the rollers are a big let-down for me as my fingers suffer at the end of using this item.

Price:

AUD$39.95 (VS Sassoon website)

AUD$31.00 (Bing Lee – products from this store may be negotiated)

Prices vary from store to store, so probably best to shop around!

Where to buy:

VS Sassoon website, BingLee, (Most hair shops have this product)

Have you used hot rollers before?  Lookout for some hairstyles I will be doing using this styling tool! 😉

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse Permanent Hair colour

Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse Permanent Hair Colour

Most times, a change of hair colour can change your whole look.  For me, it just gives me something slightly different for my hair.  I personally do not dye my hair very often because I believe it dries out the hair and the chemicals are really  not good for you.

I recently decided to change my look so, I decided to dye my hair.  I popped into a random pharmacy to buy a hair dye kit.  Perfect Mousse caught my eye because it was on sale and it was foam!  Well, foam has been out for awhile now and more and more companies are producing it.  This product was also nominated “InStyle Winner 2011 Best Beauty Buy”.   I bought the dark blonde colour as I’m not as brave to go too light!

Application with foam is much easier than the normal liquid hair dye.  It does not drip everywhere and is definitely easier to work into the hair.  I do have two sensitive areas on my scalp which is prone to eczema and this product did sting those areas.  The stinging did go away after awhile, though.  (please note that it is important to follow instructions included with the product and do a spot test).

I’ve used this product twice in the past 5 months.  After washing off the product from my hair (during the second time of using this hair dye), I noticed that my hair was much drier, rougher and just felt like a massive dreadlock.  This is when you should use the hair conditioner they provide with the hair dye.  The instructions state to leave it in your hair for 2 minutes.  I left it in my hair for longer and after washing that off, I conditioned it with more conditioner.

The end product, the hair colour is superb.  I’ve received compliments that it was done professionally and it looks like I have highlights in my hair.  I have black-brown hair and dying it with this dark blonde colour just makes it slightly lighter.  I have to warn you though, dying it again with the same colour does not really cover up the re-growth.

Conclusion:

I would buy this product again but I do want to try other products which contains less chemicals.

Where to buy:

Woolworths, Coles, any pharmacy

Price:

AUD$16.99 per box (advisable to shop around or wait till sale period as it can go as low as AUD$11)

Which hair dye products have you used?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Schwarzkopf Oil Nutritive Anti-Split Ends Serum

Schwarzkopf Oil Nutritive Anti-Split Ends Serum

This serum claims to have 7 nourishing oils and give up to 100% less split ends.  This serum also claims to seals the hair tips.

I apply this product after I towel-dry my hair at night.  I usually use about 5-7 pumps of this product and rub it into my hair, usually at the middle to bottom ends of the hair.  I particularly focus at the end of the hair strands, where the tip usually start to split. Upon application, the feeling is slightly sticky.  Once it dries, my hair does feel silkier and smoother once the hair is dry.  The hair also does not have as much frizz.  I love this product because of the smell of it.  It does have a very strong smell, and the smell lasts the night (I apply this product at night, as I wash my hair at night) and till the middle of the next day.   Does it really decrease split ends by up to 100%?  I personally cannot confirm if it does decrease it by 100% because split ends all depends on external factors, like how often you wash your hair, the type of shampoo, the weather.   Although so, it did decrease my split ends a little (definitely not by 100%).

Handy tip: One thing to note about split ends, you can only condition your hair as much as possible to keep it from splitting but once it has split, the only way to fix it is to snip it.

Conclusion:

I like how my hair feels smoother and silkier after using this product.  It also helps tame the frizz.  I will buy this product again only if it were on sale.

Where to buy:

Supermarkets (i.e. Woolworths, Coles), pharmacies

Price:

AUD$10.59 for 50ml (advisable to shop around as price varies during frequent sales)

 

 

Stay beautiful!

xx Sam