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The product: Revlon Colorsilk Luminista 120 Golden Brown
Price: Approximately 425pesos. A tad more expensive than the Revlon Colorsilk line.
Rating: 9/10 (I seem to be a high rater. Guess I'm easy to please. ^__^)
Where I bought it: PCX in Greenbelt but I believe this is now available in department stores and in Watsons
(+): Ammonia-free, product's odor was tolerable, was able to lighten my hair significantly, no allergic reactions, after-color conditioner is superb, easy to prepare/mix ingredients, clear and easy to follow instructions
(-): Tricky to apply on one's own hair--may need a bit of practice for this, despite it being ammonia-free it still did some damage on my hair but nothing conditioner and hair treatments can't fix
- Original hair color is black. I've always thought my hair was black but in some pictures it would have a very dark brown tone to it. Anyway I still say my hair's originally black! :)
- I colored it for the first time using Revlon Colorsilk Light Brown. It lightened my hair a little bit--color was now more of brown than black. It wasn't as light as I wanted it to be. The color wasn't that obvious. See pictures below.
- After two months I decided to color my hair with Revlon Colorsilk Luminista Golden Brown. This product is meant for dark hair and it claims to not let hair become brassy. Most of the stuff I read online regarding hair coloring state that dark hair can only be lightened/colored by bleaching it first then applying the desired color. People say this is very damaging and so I never thought of doing it on my own hair. If you attempt to lighten/color your hair without bleaching then it can turn brassy--and this is what Luminista claims not to do.
- The instructions say to leave it on the hair for 25 minutes but because I have dark hair and it takes time to completely apply the formula on my head I had it on for 40minutes. A few strands turned a little bit brassy, I think, but it's all good! Here are the results:
- 1.5 months afterwards, around 1.5 in. of black roots were already visible and I hated the sight of it. I decided to color it again using Revlon Colorsilk Luminista 120 Golden Brown. I know coloring often isn't really healthy for the hair but ugh, dark roots are an eyesore! Actually next time I'm thinking of dying my hair dark again, maybe dark brown, so black roots would be less obvious. ;) Here are pictures from my 2nd coloring with Golden Brown:
- This product may or may not work for you depending on your hair structure. My hair strands are thin and smooth to begin with so I could say that those characteristics helped in making the color stick to my hair shaft.
- Condition, condition, condition! Take extra care of your colored hair. Don't skimp on conditioner. I actually use up a lot of conditioner now compared to when I had virgin hair. I use shampoo and conditioner for dry/damaged hair.
- ALWAYS DO AN ALLERGY TEST PRIOR TO USING HAIR COLORING PRODUCTS. I cannot stress this enough. Do a patch test too to see what results the hair dye will have on your hair. Instructions for the allergy and patch tests are included in the box.
- For dark hair, you may opt to leave the product on longer than what is instructed but do this at your own risk. Do several patch tests to see how long you must keep the product on for the desired color to show up. :)
- When sporting brown hair, it's good to lighten your eyebrows too BUT DON'T USE THE SAME HAIR DYE ON YOUR EYEBROWS as it is meant for the hair on your head only. I've bleached my eyebrows last night using Sally Hansen's Creme Hair Bleach. I read the review of a blogger about it and followed her instructions. Visit her blog to read the review. :)
- If you have long and thick hair (length extends up to below your shoulders) it's advisable to purchase 2 boxes of hair dye to ensure even coverage.
Guess that will be it for now. It feels good to have updated my blog again! :)
If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post. Have a nice day!