Hey guys, I rarely ever get to make a complete 180 on a product from loving it to hating it so this is something special. As a bit of a back story, I have used this product for over a year and it was my absolute go to, paired with the John Frieda blonde range. Then during the summer of 2015 I ran out of this bleach and went to a local shop to top up. There I noticed the packaging changed but didn’t think much about it.
The minute I started putting this on my hair the nightmare began. My scalp started burning and believe me when I say I couldn’t sit through for more than 10 minutes. I was only applying the product to my roots, yet it seemed to affect the lenghts of my hair also. My hair was feeling very gummy, you could stretch it like chewing gum almost so that was scary. And it only got worse when I went to wash this out my hair. Granted, the burning stopped but my hair was falling out in pretty much clumps and i couldnt shampoo the product out without pulling out a hand full of white hairs. The stretching also continued.
Once my hair was dry, I broke down crying. It was absolutely fried and kept falling out. That’s when I decided to contact customer care and sent a message to the email given on the box. Surprise surprise it didn’t deliver due to ‘non existent email’. Hmm, okay, fair enough. So then i contacted the company through facebook and actually got through to someone eventually. I questioned the change in packaging and possibly formulation but was ‘assured’ that their formula didn’t change. Believing that is impossible because of what happened to me but okay. Then I wanted to go ahead with a complaint and got really annoyed with their process. Fill out a form which is reallllllllllyyyyyy long would have maybe been okay with me but the remainder of the rep’s reply was too much for me.
In order to fully assess your problem and confirm your complaint, we will require a photograph of your hair in its current and previous state and a small cutting of the damaged hair plus a detailed history of any Colour applications over the last 18 months and application techniques. It would assist our investigation if you were able to send any/all items of empty bottles, packaging and receipts if you have retained them for our analysis.
So, I didn’t go ahead with the official complaint but I’m telling you my story, that I wish someone told me before I used the product.
After this nightmare, I let my hair relax for a few months, trying to condition it to some presentable state. After a few months my hair was still falling out horribly and the damage didn’t improve even slightly. I dyed my hair with a different dye during the winter because my roots looked awful by then. As much as I loved being blonde I realised that if my hair is to heal at least slightly I need to go darker so in February 2016 I dyed my hair brown and have been doing so for a year now. My hair is still deal on the lenghts and still really damaged but at least now the falling out is improved, a year and a half later.
So yes, this is a story of how one can go from loving something to absolutely hating it.
Make wise decisions and may your hair be healthy and shiny.
As promised I’m doing my review for the Jerome Russell BBlonde bleach.
I’ve read some amazing reviews and heard great things from people about it so decided to give it a try on my hair because I was due to do it anyway and at least it saved me the hassle of trying to find a good hair dye!
To bleach your hair with this bleach you will need the powder bleach and the cream peroxide. (sold separately. The box costs around 5 euro and the cream peroxide bottles are on sale for 2.50 euro) Oh, and Boots currently has a ‘3 for 2’ offer on a lot of their hair products and dyes, this one is on offer as well!
In the box there are 4 sachets of high lift powder bleach, an instruction leaflet and a pair of gloves. It is instructed to use one sachet of powder bleach with one bottle of cream peroxide. (Overall, I used two because one wouldn’t be enough to cover all of my roots.)
To mix it together you just put the powder and the cream peroxide in a plastic bowl and mix it together until it’s of an even consistency, kind of like a paste. I used the 40 vol peroxide because it was my first time using the bleach and wanted to make sure that it’ll definitely lighten my hair.
Don’t forget to do your strand test! Because if you are allergic to it you could even die so remember, stay safe and do your strand test!
This is my hair at about 2 months re-growth and I just left it to be greasy for the day I was bleaching it to minimise the burn and everything. To begin with my hair wasn’t in a very good condition from the previous dyes and bleaches so I was quite scared to do it again. But I can safely say that if you don’t keep this on for too long your hair will be fine!
Application: I got my mom to put the dye on my hair so that it’s all even because you obviously don’t want to be walking around with dark spots in your hair. One thing I have to tell you: this thing works fast! We divided my hair into two sections, top and bottom. My mom started applying the bleach at the bottom part on the roots. After she was finished she put the remainder of the mixture on my lengths. After 20 minutes my roots were lightened so we washed it off because as I said before, I was afraid of burning my hair too much.
We then did the top part, again starting with roots and then on to the length of my hair. As there was very little mixture left after she covered my roots, we added a bit of just a white hair conditioner to dilute the bleach and then put it on the rest of my hair. This time I kept it on for 25 minutes for a better effect but this is just the minimum developing time and I should have kept it on for about 10 minutes later, will do so the next time.
During the developing time my hair kind of had a green/gray shade to it but it turned out completely fine!
Result: When I was washing out the bleach and then washing my hair I realised that I actually ran out of purple shampoo so I had no way to tone my hair!
While wet, my hair looked rather yellow. But it’s something I learned over time, to not worry how it looks while it’s wet, it saves you a lot of tears. 😀
Overall, I found the bleach to work good on my hair, it did its job without burning off my hair as it’s pretty much in the same condition as before. It’s not perfect because my roots do have a brassy/orange shade to it but that’s really my fault because I kept it on for too short and couldn’t tone it! As of a week later it looks a lot better so no worries here!
Would I use it again?
I think I will definitely use this bleach again because:
It actually bleached my hair, better than the xxl live so that’s super positive!
It works out so cheap! With all the products needed to take care of your hair, a full head dye will cost you less than 10 euro with this. Perfect!
It didn’t harm my hair as much as some other dyes/bleaches did previously. Obviously I’m not saying that it’s good for you but I’ve had my hair in worse condition before.
It’s quick. It actually works super fast! Within five minutes you could see my hair going lighter so I love it.
**I will definitely not be using this again**
Would I recommend it?
Yes, if you’re looking for a cheap bleach that works quite good! Just remember to stick to the times stated in the instruction and do a strand test before you apply the product to all of your hair.