Decolour Remover

So, if you’re not aware, I royally f00ked my hair up over the past week or so. I thought it would be a brilliant idea to splash some Directions Turquoise into my dip dye; what a mistaker to maker! It looked awful, it was way too bright and didn’t go at all with the red hair. So I went over it with Directions Pillarbox red and this was the result.
I’d not considered using a colour remover for this, but when I was offered some to try I kind of jumped at the chance. It’s been really getting me down since I did it and I’ve worn my hair up way more than usual to try and hide it (I never wear my hair up!) I’ve been washing it non stop to try and make it fade but it just wouldn’t budge!

 Decolour Colour Remover is an ‘ultra kind’ one so I expected the results to be fairly gentle and nowhere near as harsh as using a peroxide bleach, which I used in the first instance to lighten my hair to the create le dip dye effect. Is it just me that says ‘Decolour’ in a french accent?! Oui Oui.
I’m trying to give you as much information as I can on this post, as when I’ve written about hair dyes before people always ask lot’s of questions! So I thought if I show you some details on the box you’d get a better idea. As you can see though the colour result chart is kind of vague as people will have a variety of shades in their hair both before, during and after. 
There are 3 liquid containers within the box, the process is very simple. Mix part 1 and 2 together by pouring 1 into 2’s bottle – shake for approximately a minute and start putting it onto your hair. You then use the sachet as a conditioner to finish the process, you brush this on vigorously for a minute and leave for 5 after you’ve washed out the mixture of 1&2.

I left it on my hair for around 20 minutes. I probably should have left it a little longer but I was fooling myself that I’d have the patience to do the process again if it wasn’t stripped enough! Alas I did not and I’m actually really pleased with the colour it has gone. It’s a nice pastel blue colour.

It’s hard to take a picture of how it looks properly but you get a good idea right? I’ll possibly record another video this week and you can always tell better in them what’s going on with my hair anyway I think!
Overall the product does kind of do what it says on the box and it hasn’t dried my hair out (more than it already is) or made it appear any more damaged. It’s also not really made for the type of dye I’ve used (the Directions one) … but I am dead pleased with the colour. It was a bit awkward for me to use because I only wanted a section of colour stripping not all of my hair but that’s my own fault haha. You can see another review of this on similar coloured hair over on Beauty’s Bad Habit too so you can fathom a better idea of the type of result you can obtain. The only criticism I have of this is the smell. THE.SMELL. it’s completely vile. I’ve gotta say, and I wish I didn’t have to. I know the last one I used smelt the same, I’m not sure what it is, kind of like farts… But someone elses fart’s that you can’t appreciate. It’s stuck in my hair too after I’ve dried it but I’m hoping my Coconut Dry Conditioner will sort it out. I think it must be an unavoidable ingredient in this type of product, but if its a compromise between being gentle on hair and a bit of a whiff I know I’d prefer a smell that doesn’t damage my hair in the long run. Overall though a brilliant product and is a cheap alternative saviour for anyone who may need their hair stripping, as at the hairdressers the same process can be ridiculously pricey. This one weighs in at £12.99 from your local Boots store instead.

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  1. Anonymous
    February 5, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    I just looked this up cos i have the same farty farty death-smells-like-bad-science stuff on my hair right now, it has been on my hair for about 30 mins now and my flatmate informs me that "It looks f-ing weird, gingery, copper, and shit", but regardless of that – WHERE DID YOU GET 'WORRA MISTAKER TO MAKER' FROM!! I thought that was part of me and my brother's childhood language! Is it off telly or something or have you lived in our house?!

  2. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 / 5:46 pm

    How long after using the decolour remover do you have to wait to apply another hair dye?

  3. July 9, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    I used the Scott Cornwall Colour B4 a while ago, when I'd dyed my hair green but the dye seemed to have stained my hair and lasted like 6 months (supposed to be 6-8 weeks lol). It's not supposed to work on crazy 'fashion' colours, but part C of the treatment is like a after-treatment buffer thing that works pretty well at getting rid of them. I used it instead of shampoo for a few weeks and it really made a difference and got my hair pretty much back to normal.

    Obviously then I got my hair cut too short and it felt so boring that I had to dye it again. It will grow. It will.

    As for the smell, yes the actual treatment smells a bit odd, but you only have to have it on for about half an hour, which is when you put some really nice lush products on your hands and lean on them. And the Scott Cornwall after treatment smells of apples!

    Julia x
    Carousel Secrets

  4. July 4, 2012 / 4:49 pm

    The smell of these kind of products really, really puts me off!

  5. July 4, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    I've also used the Scott Cornwall Colour B4 and I agree, it stinks but I was slightly amazed with the results. About 9 years ago I got bored with my already dark brown hair and dyed it black. The majority has remained black but underneath has been red, blue, green, purple. You name it. I decided I wanted to be a nice cherry red all over but didn't think that it had a hope of working on hair thats been so dark for so long.

    I was stunned to see that it did lighten my hair enough to take a cherry red colour. Its meant that as the black grows out I haven't had the obvious growth line as its just faded it enough to blend it. In normal light my hair does still look dark brown/black but in sunlight you can really tell.

  6. July 4, 2012 / 3:26 pm

    Oh don't you just hate hair dye disasters! I am a big Directions fan but they are tricky buggers. The lighter blue looks very nice though, so win! =)

  7. July 4, 2012 / 9:31 am

    Yeah, I've used Colour B4, er, before, and found it really worked…BUT STANK!

    These stripping treatments are pretty amazing: when I went from dyed dark brown to orange a couple of years ago, I spent literally £150 getting the dark brown bleached out. It wasn't even, at all, and damaged my hair so much. I can't believe that 90% of salons seem to deny the very existence of these products: when I mentioned Colour B4 to the woman bleaching my hair out, she said it "didn't work": BOLLOX!!!

    Anyway, liking the bleu! It's very….yeu!

  8. July 4, 2012 / 12:38 am

    Hey I love the dip dye thing. Looks great on you. Want to do it myself.

  9. July 3, 2012 / 11:48 pm

    Looks great but not good about the smell lol

  10. July 3, 2012 / 10:39 pm

    A fart you can't appreciate! Haha!
    Your hair turned out lovely! Xo

  11. July 3, 2012 / 9:08 pm

    In the bottom photo it looks like your hair is literally rainbow dip-dyed! x