Friday, 13 January 2012

Product Rave: Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover

I decided that I was bored of my purple hair. Yes, I know I dyed it a few months ago, but I felt like a change. I've been toying with the idea of Ombre hair for a good while and was thinking about going to get it done at the hairdressers but considering the price will be probably around £70 or more to get it stripped, coloured, bleached and cut, I decided to have a go at the colouring myself. I'm not jumping into the ombre straight away. My idea was to strip my hair and dye over with my natural colour, leave to settle in and fade slightly and then decide from there if I want to bleach the ends of my hair.

I picked up Colour B4 hair colour remover from my local Body Care shop. It cost me under £7 (as opposed to Boots where it costs £10+, just a little tip!)

In the box you get 3 bottles marked A, B and C.

I did a skin test to make sure that I wasn't allergic to any of the substances in the remover.

This is a picture of my hair colour before the process. You can see the purple and also my natural hair colour at the roots.

Make sure you read the instructions (CAREFULLY!) This is not like a hair dye where you can skim through the instructions and get going. I suggest reading through the leaflet contained in the box at least twice and follow it to the letter. It is very important to follow the instructions carefully because if you don't, your hair could revert back to the colour you were trying to get rid of in the first place.

I applied the product to my hair and set my timer. Warning: This product smells like egg with a tinge of apple. Not the nicest smell in the world. Nose peg is advisable!

You can leave the product on for 30mins for regular, or 1 hour for hair with a lot of colour build up. I left mine on for 45 minutes.

You need to then rinse, rinse, rinse. I'm not lying when I say you have to rinse it for at least 20 minutes. By the end of my shower I had prune fingers and aching arms. My hair felt horrible, however all of the colour had been stripped out.

This is the hair colour after the process. Granted it is a lot more brassy than my natural colour, however, I was expecting this. Unfortunately I bought a permanent dye to go over my newly stripped hair, not knowing that they recommend to use a temporary dye if you are going to dye over straight away.

I decided that it wasn't too bad of a colour, so I've waited a couple of days for it to settle down and I'm going to dye it with my permanent dye within the next few days.

Overall, very happy with this product. I would recommend trying it out if you want to strip dark colour out of your hair (does not work on bleached or lightened hair). I've been dying my hair for near on 10 years and I think that it did a pretty damn good job at revealing (nearly) my natural hair colour.

Next step for me is to dye over with a natural brown. Pictures will follow.



  1. Your hair has gone a really nice colour! I used this and left it on for about 20 minutes and it went really light, it works but I'm not convinced it didnt damage my hair loads, it felt really stringy afterwards!

    1. I'm pretty sure it's quite damaging too. (More than they make out, anyway) I've just been deep conditioning it for the past few days and wearing leave-in conditioner through the day to make it a bit more moisturised! I've actually just finished dying my hair back brown right this minute. I like it, so it turned out well in the end! x

  2. Ive been wanting to use a product like this for a while as i want to go blonde but i never know if they really work.

    I didnt know body care did one but i know there is one in b'n'm bargains. I might buy it and try it out. And i love the colour your hair went! xx

    1. I've only ever seen this in Body Care. To be honest I haven't seen it in my local Boots, but I know that they do sell it, it's just a couple more pounds expensive. The colour mine went was pretty brassy, a lot more orange than my natural colour so bare that in mind if you decide to do yours. However, you can use a dye straight after it. It suggests a temporary dye with ashy undertones to tone down the brassiness that can appear from stripping your hair. Maybe if you want to go blonde, try it out but get a temporary light ash brown/blonde to go over the top. :) Good luck, let me know how it goes! x