I have to colour my hair every so often to disguise a few greys here and there which was becoming more frequent when using semi permanent colours. So I took the plunge for a darker permanent colour which was after seeing a few people on YouTube using hair dye kits available at Poundland successfully.
This is actually the second time I've used the Pro Colour Plus hair colour kits which each cost just £1 each, so I thought I would write a little review about it for those also on a thrifty beauty budget.
As you know, I've not really been able to afford to have it coloured professionally for awhile and I thought how wrong could it go? I've got very dark brown hair anyway.
The product comes in the box above which is simple and informative. I chose 3 darkest brown which was the closest match to my natural colour. I was a little wary it may come out super dark but the first time I used it around the end of May, it turned out to be a very dark brown rather than black. (photo below).
I also picked up two packets because my hair is very long which was more than enough to cover my whole head.
I would only recommend this dye if you have very dark brown hair with few or little other colour in it. As I did have a bit of a lighter colour underneath from an ombre colour (see profile pic) and you could still see parts of the colour coming through. For that reason, I'd be wary about a dark blonde using this shade.
You get everything you need in the box.
I was instructed to wet my hair then put the colour all the way through starting at the roots and working it through. The gloves are very basic and prone to splitting which is why it is handy to have two sets or your own better pair.
This was the colour of my hair yesterday (Monday, July 21) which has faded from when I used the same product at the end of May.
The sun has brightened it here too. I have a natural red pigment to my hair which is coming through.
Greys and a slight regrowth.
The lighter colour has faded through eventually here but the product lasted really well for £1, almost six -seven weeks.
The dreaded greys!
This is where I tend to get them, yep right in front. So I have to colour it otherwise it makes me feel self-conscious not that it is wrong to have greys but I think they really stand out in my shade of hair. I'm in my late twenties but would rather look as youthful as possible.
This photo was from a couple of weeks ago, so you can see the colour before I put this second lot on yesterday.
You wet your hair, then mix the product and then, starting with your roots, you spread this on and leave for the desired time and then pull through the rest.
For some reason, the colour has developed quite a bit darker than the first time. I think it's because I had the colour on underneath and before it went onto untouched hair the first time.
UPDATE: The reason it is darker is because it is a darker shade! I bought dark brown 4 last time I have realised and this shade is called darkest brown 3 - that would explain it haha, oh well.
Tadahh! And here's the final result. I did snip my fringe a bit and also dried it straight which isn't my preferred style but I wanted to see what the colour was like.
It covered really, really well this time. All of the greys are gone and more of the lighter colour underneath has been disguised, though not completely.
My boyfriend did notice it straight away and said oh wow your hair is black lol but nice. It has turned out quite dark, perhaps I should have left it on for less of the 30 minutes it suggested. However, I do like it and I know it will gradually fade.
poser! It's quite intense but because I've got a slight tan, I think it works okay with my skin tone at the moment.
This is the photo after the first time I did it. My hair naturally was quite a bit lighter but more sun bleached before this colour. I was off to work here, hence the black shirt.
I have quite a sensitive scalp and I would say that this product is quite gentle on it. I've used semi permanent colours before which have felt so sore and itchy but this product is actually not bad at all. It does still tingle and itch a little though but it is bearable.
Although, the smell of ammonia is super intense, to the point your eyes actually water, so if you can't get past that, then I really wouldn't suggest you use it.
The scent is really quite harsh too but it washes out really well but it does stain quite badly. You must get it off your skin immediately if you get it on your face or neck in application because it's really hard to remove. It doesn't stain your scalp too badly though which is odd.
The colour lock conditioner is quite rubbish and I did add my own after using it this time. And the whole process makes your hair quite knotty when you come to brush it after washing it which isn't that nice. But it is a very basic product after all, so it doesn't have the extras included that are contained in higher priced competitor brands in Boots and Superdrug etc.
In terms of the colour, it can leave it quite flat in tone. I would certainly not recommend it to anyone who has more colours in their hair as this is a flat out dark brown colour. It can make it look at little one dimensional. Also, it lacks a bit of shine but you can certainly add that. I have quite healthy hair as I rarely use heat and find that the product colours it well. I'm not sure how it would fair on more damaged ends.
With darker hair, I do also think you can get away with colouring it more at home. I'm really not sure how the lighter blondes or other colours would work in comparison.
It's a cheap, effective fix for me and although it's far from being a glamorous product or task, I really don't think you can go wrong for £2 for two boxes of dye, as long as you follow the instructions, safety warning and have a similar hair tone to me.
What do you think? Too harsh? Cheap fix?
Thanks for reading,
*Disclaimer: Please conduct a safety patch test before using this product. I have read some mixed reviews in forums about this product and some which had adverse reactions. Personally, it felt fine for me but everyone is different. I am therefore not responsible for any adverse reactions if you use it after reading this review. This is just my honest opinion using it on my skin. As with any hair dyes, there is always a risk of reaction and every brand recommends a patch test.