The problem with lightening your hair or bleaching it before putting another shade on is that it almost always means that your colour fades pretty quick for the first few dying attempts. It’s because your hair is in a compromised condition, the follicle is open which means that the colour particles don’t always stay put. I find you can solve this by a combination of layers of the same colour tones or lots of conditioning treatments. My hair was feeling a bit drab a few weeks ago, so thought I’d pick up a Superdrug Ultra Brights shade to try at the bargain price of £2.99 a tube.
It’s nothing special when it comes to packaging, although I like how they’ve showcased the colour nice and big on the model on the wrap around box. The colour itself is in a little metal paint tube and pretty damn easy to dispense. I added it to a mixing bowl first to make it easier to work with. The tubes mean that you use up every last bit though which is nice.
The consistency is a creamy, conditioner thickness and very easy to work with without making too much mess. Here’s the washed out orange that I was trying to combat. Pretty patch and a bit blue tinted in areas from my uneven colour stripping.
I left the colour on for about half an hour, you don’t need this long but it was fine. It rinse out easily and VERY vibrantly, colour EVERYWHERE! Amazingly, this one didn’t stain the white bath this time though, so no bleach cleaning needed! Hooray!
Here’s the after, isn’t it lovely!? It’s a very vibrant orange, similar to Directions Mandarin but I think because it was going on an orange base it’s more even and more deep. Really impressed for such a cheap brand, definitely worth checking out, you’ll need two tubes at least for my hair length and type, but excellent for a quick pick me up.
Really happy with this dye and would definitely recommend it, I’ve since tried the red as well which I’ll write up on a separate post. Right now I’m just fighting with getting my hair condition back up so that the fading is less. Right now I’m kinda a patch peach colour which is fine because I’m not going anywhere but will be whacking on some more dye soon. If you want to give it a go find it on Superdrug for £2.99.