Clariol Professional Flare Me

I’ve always loved to experiment with my hair. I remember back when I was only 12 years old and had hair that fell all that way down my back. I decided that it was so long, why not donate it? My mom agreed and was so happy that she allowed me to add temporary purple streaks. That’s when my love for hair color began.

Now that I work in a professional environment, it’s been a really long time since I played with fun colors. When I received this VoxBox from Influenster, I was so excited! In the box was everything you could need to color you hair: bleach, color, developer, special shampoo and condition as well as a leave in treatment. I thought that the best way to play with color would be to create an ombré effect. Plus, if I messed up I could always get a haircut.

To start, I pulled my hair into pig tails. I thought this would be the easiest way to make sure I didn’t go crazy with the bleach. I mixed the Clairol BW2 Powder Lightener and Clairol Pure White 20 Developer. I applied the bleach to the bottom 2-3 inches of hair.

They say that you want the hair to be a light blond color and that you can leave the bleach on for up to 40 minutes. I was really terrified of frying my hair and checked it constantly. I thought I achieved the light blond after 30 minutes and washed it out. Though, for the pictures, it looks like I could have left it on a little longer. At  this point, I was really scared that the brassiness of my hair would turn the pull to a green color.

The next part was the hardest: coloring the hair. I used the Clairol Flare Me in Be You Blue. The dye comes in a resealable tube, so you can save any unused portion for a later date. For me, I decided to use the whole tube and all of the Clairol Pure White 10 developer. At first, I tried to apply the dye while keeping my hair in pigtails but it was too hard to keep it even. So I undid them and focused most of the dye on the ends and then worked it up past the bleach so as to create the ombré. Once all of the dye is placed, let it sit for 30 minutes.

I rinsed out the color until the water ran clear and then used the Clairol iThrive Vibrancy Shampoo and iThrive Vibrancy Conditioner. They have a light, fruity smell and left my hair feeling soft. I also used the Clairol iThrive Vibrancy Intense Repair Therapy to help with any damage. They also included a leave in treatment. The iThrive Keratin Reduce Split End Repair is a leave in treatment that not only leaves you hair silky smooth, but helps to repair any damage.

Now, the Clariol Flare Me claims to not bleed which can be a big problem for towels and pillow cases. In the picture above, you can see how the towel is still white. I used this to dry my hair the first two times I washed it. There was no bleeding on the towel, my white shirt or on my pillow case.

The color came out really well! I was happy to see it was more of a navy color than a bright blue. I am also happy to say that the brass tones in my hair did not cause it to pull green. I have not noticed any fading or bleeding. My hair feels so healthy, soft and shiny. I am so happy with this product and so excited to play with more colors.

Would you every dye your hair a crazy color?

Xoxo Sammie

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Review: L’Oréal Colorista Burgundy Semipermanent Hair Dye

A couple of weeks ago I I was browsing through my local Drugstore when a bright colored stand caught my eye. It was for the new L’Oréal Colorista($9.99) hair dye. Now, I have naturally medium brown hair. So, usually I don’t pay much attention to hair dye because if I want to achieve a fun, bright color I have to bleach my hair. However, this dye claimed that it would color my brown hair  without bleach. I was sold.

After debating between teal and burgundy, I decided to go with burgundy because I was scared my hair would pull too green if I used the teal and I didn’t want to go to work with green hair. I was so hopeful because the girl on the box had such dark hair, and her color came out so vibrant.

First step, you have to wash your hair and let it dry. You also want to make sure you skip the conditioner.

Next, make sure to apply lotion to your face, ears and neck. This will keep the dye from turning your skin a different color. Also, make sure you cover any surface you don’t want to be damaged by dripping hair dye with a towel.

Now all you have to do is apply the dye. I found it was easiest to put on the gloves and squeeze the product into my palm. Then, I started at the top of my head and worked my way down to my roots.

Basically, I continued to squeeze the product in my hands and work it through my hair until the bottle was completely empty. Then, I twisted it into a top knot and let it sit for 45 minutes.

After the time is up, just rise your hair in cool water. Unlike permanent dye, the water will not run clear. So you want to continue to rinse your hair until the water is only tinted a light pink/purple color.

Finally, make sure to dry your hair completely before sleeping or going anywhere. This is because if your hair is wet, the dye can transfer. 

Here are my final result:

As you can see, the results aren’t nearly as bright as depicted on the box or bottle that held the dye. However, I definitly saw a lot more color when in direct sunlight.

I do have a few pros and cons about this product. My cons are that this isn’t as bright as I advertised and the dye gets all over the shower every time you hair is wet. However, it did give me a fun new color, was fairly easy to apply, and you don’t have to use the whole bottle at one time. This is fairly unique and fun because you can do your whole head, or play with multiple styles such as ombré, two tone, or highlights. If you don’t use the whole bottle, just close it and use again after it washes out.

Overall, I like the idea of this product. I think it is a fun way to play with bold colors and make a change without having any commitment or upkeep. It also doesn’t damage the hair since you are not having to use bleach.

What do you think? Does this sound like a product that you would want to try? If so, what color? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Hump Day!

Xoxo Sammie 

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