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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Revlon Selects: Revlon ColourSilk- 48 Burgundy

When it comes to hair, I tend to take the diy approach. Okay, I don't full on cut my own hair- well, I did once, but normally I leave that to the professionals. Little trims, bangs- since I never can decide if I want them or not, and colouring all happen in my bathroom.

I'm never super sure what colour I want so I tend to brand/shade hop. I think I've used pretty much every at home dye on the market. Given that, I was excited to give Revlon ColourSilk a try. Read on to see my results...

'Revlon® ColorSilk™ gives you natural-looking, even colour from root to tip that stays beautiful between colourings. It is formulated to penetrate every strand with its gentle, ammonia-free formula and after-colour conditioner with nourishing silk proteins. Hair looks silkier, shinier and healthier than before you coloured' -Revlon

Revlon ColourSilk is new to Canada, but has been available in the United States for a while. I did some poking around to find the price, and I have to say I'm a bit flabbergasted at the difference between the US price and Canadian. A few dollars is the norm, but $3 in the States and $9 in Canada? Whaaaa?

Getting past that... When it comes to what you get in the box, it's the standard lineup. I did groan for a moment when I saw the gloves though. They're not gloves, they're hand shaped plastic bags, ill fitting ones at that and they break really easily. Mine broke right as I was finishing up applying the dye. I do keep a box of latex gloves on hand for such an occasion, but not everyone does.

My hair before dying, was the remnants of a chocolate-cherry shade. Most of the red tones were gone, so it was basically just a deep brown. My roots were back to black- my natural colour, and I had a smattering of grey peeking through my bangs. Ugh, the greys. I started getting clear hairs when I was about 16-17 and over the years they've finally started coming in grey. I don't mind them all that much, but I would prefer if they weren't there. 

My hair is long- it reaches past my shoulders by about 4 inches. I've never used two boxes of dye in the past, but I did find that one box of ColourSilk just wasn't quit enough to saturate all of my hair. The colour ended up looking fine, but I know the underside of my hair didn't get enough dye on it.

Once rinsed and dried, the colour of 48 Burgundy is a burgundy brown shade. It is darker than I expected and more brown in tone as well. It's one of those shades that kind of has a duo-chrome thing happening. In dull/natural lighting, it's not that red in tone but when some light hits it, it really shines and has a gorgeous burgundy glow. The question will be how long does it last? Reds are notorious for fading away quickly, so we'll see.

Overall, I don't mind this shade and the dye is alright. Along with not having enough dye, I didn't find that there was enough conditioner in the packet. I prefer brands that give you a tube of conditioner, as you can use more if you need it and you get a second use. I'd pick this dye up if I saw it on sale, but I don't know if it would be my first choice otherwise. Have you tried this? Do you dye your own hair or do you leave it to the pros?