Monday, 6 September 2010

Review: Schwarzkopf Country Colours

Yesterday I died my hair using Schwarzkopf Country Colours. It's a temporary colourant that can last 'up to 8 weeks'. I used shade no. 58 - Grand Caynon which is Red. I got if from Savers and as far as I can remember it was either £1.99 or £2.99. My box looked like this...

...but I think that's old packaging and the product now looks like this...

I use a lot of hair dye and in the past, my go-to for temporary colour is Boots' own brand but they stopped doing a red shade years ago. In fact, I spent a long time looking for a semi-permanent red in all of the high street stores and the only ones I found were over £5 which is a lot to spend on a DIY colour that, on my porous hair, will only last about 3 weeks.

The Kit
The gloves are old-school - like the ones you get at the petrol station. Many dyes now come with much better fitting gloves but this wasn't a problem.
The colour was orange in the bottle but as always, that's no indicator of how it will turn out - it was just a bit off-putting.
It comes with 22.5ml of conditioner which is a lot, but unfortunately it's in a tube with no way of resealing so you either have to use what you want and throw it away or keep it for later with the risk of spilling it everywhere.

The Process
This dye has to be applied to wet hair. Not after washing - you are just supposed to wet your hair before using this dye. This was strange to me since most hair dyes I use have to be applied to dry hair.

The instructions say processing time is between 20-30 minutes depending on how intense you want the results to be. This seems a lot for a semi-permanent dye.
My hair is just longer than shoulder-length and there was more than enough of the product to cover my hair. It advises using two boxes if your hair is below the shoulder but I think you would only need two if you have very long hair.

The Result
I left it on my hair for the full 30 because, in my experience, colours need longer to take to my hair and the result is indeed very intense considering I had brown hair to start with.
My hair feels amazingly soft but it's not very shiny.

I really liked this product and it would now be my first choice for semi-permanent dye. I liked that there was plenty of product because in the past with other brands, when I had longer hair, I'd have to spread the product really thin or buy two boxes.
The range of shades available is also great, as is the price. I'll be using this one again in the future.


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  3. Hey Sammy!
    Amazing review!
    Thanks so so much for it!
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  4. love the colours you've chosen xxx

  5. I'm looking to dye my hair a bright, intense (possibly pinky) red colour, but my hair is currently strawberry blonde, with bright blonde running all through it, it's my natural hair colour, and i'm worried of it going orange! Do you have a colour/brand that you could reccomend?

  6. Anon - I'm assuming you're looking for a semi-permanent solution. In which case, I would recommend this. Schwarzkopf Live and L'Oreal Feria are great brands for really vibrant permanent shades. I use Feria on my hair now, which is orange!

    Please take everything I say here as friendly advice because I have no formal training in colouring hair...
    If you're worried that your hair is too light to start, you can use a light brown semi-permanent colour before you apply the red (whether it's permanent or semi-permanent) and it shouldn't go orange :D


  7. Personally i found this hair dye to be awful. After looking in every shop to find a red semi-permanent hair dye this was the only one i could get my hands on. I read the reviews online and they seemed pretty good, however when washing the dye off after the designated 30 minutes i found that my hair had dyed patchy and although i had left it on for the maximum amount of time the colour was not as red as it was on the box. The dye itself has a very strong chemical aroma and it failed to dye the roots of my hair (although it did manage to dye my scalp) even after thorough massaging. I will not be using this dye again.

  8. i didn't like the dye, my hair is naturally dark brown and i bought country colours in shade 40, it supposed to turn lighter but it only seems to be darker! ( i had a few lighter streaks, but still it is very dark!)

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