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Recolouring my hair with Colour B4 | Review

I've been wanting to strip my hair back to its natural colour for a while now. I say strip it back, but I actually only use semi-permanent colour on my hair, and always have done, but I've not seen my natural colour for a few years now.

I generally dye my hair once a month (Using L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss), but I've now built the colour up so much that it has caused a build up of uneven colour just below my roots. This is where Colour B4 comes in. As it suggests, it removes any colour from your hair so that you can start afresh with a new one, without using any harsh ingredients such as bleach or ammonia along the way. You can use this on both semi-permanent and permanent coloured hair as there are 2 different strengths to choose from.

I went for the frequent use formula, which is for frequently dyed hair that isn't overly dark. There's also an extra strength formula available which is for stronger, darker colours such as red or black. I was a bit hesitant to try this as I hadn't ever tried anything like it, so I felt the frequent use formula was the better option overall.

Included in the box are 4 bottles; an Activator, Remover, Buffer and conditioner, as well as a pair of plastic gloves and instructions.

So here is my hair before hand. As you can see, the ends are considerably darker than the roots and my natural colour is now starting to show through. The colour is faded and beginning to turn a reddish colour. I should add that I hadn't coloured it in approximately 6 weeks here either as I wanted to try and naturally wash out as much of the semi-permanent dye as possible. I'm actually still planning on re-colouring with the same colour as I usually do, but you can obviously go with whatever colour you desire.

To start out you need to have clean, dry hair so I washed and blow dried my hair before beginning. The first step in the colour removing process takes 60 minutes so ensure you have plenty of time, then the next steps are done inside the shower.

And this is the result of using all 4 bottles from the box on my hair. The colour has almost completely gone, with the exception of the odd few hairs but it did leave an orange tint all over. My natural colour is a dull, dirty blonde so I knew this hadn't totally took it back to that, but it does actually mention this may happen on the instructions. The process itself was pretty straightforward, a little specific on timeframes for each product to be left on and rinsed off but it took around 80 minutes in total. After using the buffer lotion, my hair felt really dry but the conditioner really helped to restore the lost moisture, so I really recommend you don't skip that step.

It isn't necessary that you dry your hair after you've finished but I did for the purpose of this photo. You can then go ahead and dye your hair straight away with your desired colour. I already had my dye to hand so I could get it all done in one go. 

And this is the final result. I went ahead and re-dyed my hair as normal, with the colour it was supposed to be. There is definitely a much more even finish, with no colour build up anymore and I feel better for knowing it's all even underneath. The Casting Creme Gloss makes my hair colour rich and glossy, which is why it may look in better condition than the previous photos. 

I think Colour B4 worked really well for me overall, and achieved the result I was hoping for. I'd definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to remove any colour build up or to change hair colour altogether, as it's so affordable to do yourself at home. You may require 2-3 boxes dependant on your hair colour, length and thickness but I think I got away with using just the one. Bare in mind I was removing semi-permanent dye here so it might work differently for permanent colours. 

Have you ever tried Colour B4?

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