I am very impressed with this product. I have used it three times now and after each use my hair has wonderful subtle golden highlights. I was hesitant to try this at first because every time I have dyed my hair lighter at home it has turned a weird orange color, but with this product that doesn't happen.
Revlon Frost & Glow is the only highlighting product I will use on my hair. I've tried quite a few, both from Sally and from the drugstore, and they typically turn out brassy and orange and then I have to use toner. I know I'm no expert, so that's why I really appreciate a foolproof product like Frost & Glow. My trick is to use a MagiCap, which you can get at Sally's for less than 10$. It's a close-fitting reusable highlighting cap that comes with a teeny metal crochet hook. Frost & Glow's cap and plastic needle are a little flimsy and I feel like there's a risk that the cap might tear easily; with MagiCap, there's none of that fear, and it ensures that I'm not highlighting too much hair. I've used Frost & Glow on color-treated and on natural light ash-brown hair; I select only teeny tiny wisps; I leave it on for the maximum time suggested, and when it's done, the highlights look fantastic. They look professionally done, hand to God. I've never had them turn out brassy or spotty. The product has no ammonia, so the scent is bearable.
The other genius thing I learned (probably from MUA, too) is that the developer and highlighting powder are mixed in a 1:1 ratio. So this means you can mix only what you need, as long as you're mixing equal parts. I have short hair, so I can use one kit for two or three applications, saving me even more money. I simply mix one or two tablespoons of creme into 1 or 1 tablespoons of powder, mix well, and keep the rest separate. The creme bottle closes tightly, and I just fold the free edge of the powder packet and sometimes secure it with a paper clip.
By far the least offensive and easiest to use highlighting product I've ever used, and the MagiCap only makes it better. I have MUA to thank for discovering both of those genius products.
I used this product to create an ombre look because I was bored with my basic dark brown color. I have dark brown hair so every highlighting kit that I have tried ended up disappointing, turning my hair orange. Frost and Glow was completely different. My hair came out the perfect color...the highlights are more red than honey-coloured (I expected this though). The red highlight was soft and I did not have to tone it down or dye over it. I will definitely use this product again!
*I did use a baliage technique instead of the cap and hook that the company provides. Since I went with an ombre style, i baliaged tiny highlights throughout but really lightened up the lower half with the bleach...the results were perfect! Perfect graduated colour that turned out great! The only downside was that the bleach REALLY dried out my ends. I will have to really deep condition to get my hair back to normal. My hair was in really good shape before dying so I would pay extra care to anyone who has dry, fragile, or overprocessed hair.
I always have the problem of my hair being too dark after I color it because I have to leave it in a long time to cover my grays properly. I decided to use this highlight kit and WOW I am amazed with the results. I pulled very small amounts out of all holes in the cap and my hair truly looks another color. Some highlights took much faster than others but it adds depth and blend beautifully. My suggestion is to take your time and pull small amounts through the holes. It took me probably 2 hours to pull the hair through and 30 mins to get the paste on my hair and I had to wait 50 mins before I washed out. My highlights range from a caramel color to blonde but again it all blends very well. I did the strand test and I highly recommend that step.
I've used this several times. Yes, the cap can be tricky at first. Like several others, I recommend using a metal hook from Sally's to pull your hair through--it'll save loads of time!
The best thing about this Frost & Glow is definitely the results. Your hair might look really scary and yellow before you wash the bleach out, but trust me, it will blend in. I used this kit to blend in some really horrible chunky highlights that a new stylist gave me and the results looked like a professional had done them! The kit is also really easy to use, since you don't really have to measure out developer, color, etc.
The worst thing is that the stuff tends to be very damaging. This may just be because my hair is in pretty fragile condition, but I left it on for 40 minutes to make sure there was no brassiness--some of the highlighted bits felt gummy and strands would snap right off! So I definitely wouldn't advise using this if your hair is extremely damaged and/or fine like mine.
Overall, I will use this once my hair is in better condition, but it's definitely too harsh for fragile hair.
Normally I get my hair highlighted at the Aveda student institute where I live. Based on the advice of other reviewers, I decided to try this product. First I would recommend you take a deep breath and make sure that you are prepared to put some time into this. I used the cap. I am satisfied, especially based on the money I spent. In the future I would not use the cap, because I ended up highlighting previously highlighted hair and had some breakage. My hair is a medium ash brown color. Next time I just plan to paint my hair and use foils as it is mostly highlighted. I think I would like to paint it along the curl and just hit the dark roots at the crown. I think this will also allow me to get closer to my scalp.
I highlighted my hair for the first time ever last night using this product. My hair is long, natural red, and layered, about to the middle of my back. My boyfriend had agreed to help me do that back, so I strapped on the cap and went to town. I knew I didn't want it all over, so I only pulled hair through the black holes. The hook sucked, but I wasn't sure if it was the cheap hook, or that I had put the cap on so tight I was choking myself. As I was pulling hair out I wasn't sure if I was pulling too much hair through. I had to pull hair through each hole about three times to get what i thought was enough. It went fine until I got to the top of my head. I had the cap on soo tight that I could barely catch any hair! After an hour of this (seriously, it takes forever if you have long hair) I only had the front done and went to ask my pitch hitter to start on the back of my head. He was dead asleep and I was becoming claustrophobic with that thing on my head. I called my cousin, and asked her to finish it for me. She agreed, and I slipped a hoodie on and I was out, praying I didn't get pulled over while looking like the Tales from the Crypt monster. She quickly calmed my nerves by telling me that I had the right amount of hair through the holes. She started pulling hair through, and it was a nightmare once she got to the back. Long hair and these caps just do not work. Every piece was tangled. I finally untied the death cap and we had to comb out my hair underneath, which still did little good. Okay, after 3 hours of pulling, and cursing, my hair was out. She took it out of every black hole on the entire cap. I took a glance in the mirror and had a moment of panic when the back looked FULL of hair and it looked like there was barely any out of the top. She assured it would be fine, and began slathering my hair with the grindy mixture. Half way through she says "uh oh" which is always so nice to hear when you are getting your hair done, and informed me we did not have enough dye. I should have known this, I wasn't even thinking, so I tossed a $20 and the old box at her husband and told him to make it fast. The old dye set on my head for about 15 min before he got back. It was all over, just thin, and not saturated at all. She threw the second batch on my head, covered it with the platic thing, and we were good to go. The crappy thing about this is trying to seperate your hair under the cap, from the dye. I wrapped a towel around it but was still nervous stuff was getting on it. After about 20-25 minutes I looked in the mirror (for the 20th time) and notcied it looked super blonde. I rinsed my hair in a big sink, and pulled the cap off with great ease. I was beyond shocked because I knew what kind of rats nest lived under there from all of the pulling and tangling. I wrapped my head in a crap towel and headed for the shower. I did have an "oh shit" moment when I took the towel off and saw platinum streaks in my hair, but after shampoo & conditioner I saw it wasnt so dramatic. My hair def wasn't silky soft anymore, which I expected, I combed it out and blow dried it and was seriously surprised at the results. I thought for sure it would be jacked up. It was not only even, it was a blonde honey color. It of course had a golden tint to it, because of my previously red hair. It lightened my hair nicely, and the streaks are visible. For some reason the hair at the top in the middle of my hair is a big blonder, but i think it's just becuase that is where the dye was first put, and was on the longest. I wish you could upload before and after pics on here. I think this has to be a fool proof highlighting kit. I thought for sure the cap wasn't tight enough, I didn't have enough hair through, I had too much hair through, not enough dye, on too long....and it turned out great. I can't say i would have left it on any longer, or any shorter. I would say that if you don't want the entire thing highlighted (which will dramatically lighten your hair) don't do the back section of the cap. Even all my hair underneath that I left out is full of highlights. I would also say that if you have long hair, you better have at least 4 hours to do this from start to finish. The only reason I said I wouldn't be buying this product again, is because it was too much of a hassle to get my long hair through. In fact my cousin told me about 20 times she wanted to just stab me in the head with the comb because she was so sick of every piece being tangled. Make sure the person you have help you has a lot of patience. :) This product rocked, and I was suggest it to anyone.
Ok so first thing is first: this is probably one of the only lightening kits that doesn't turn my dark reddish-brown hair orange! I did end up with very very subtle highlights (read the below) to the point that I have to redo them but what I do have, I like very much!
I used this kit last night but I used it VERY conservatively because I was very afraid. I did a strand test and it came out wonderfully but you can never be too sure once you start using the product all over.
Ok, so I learned a few things after using this:
1) Read MUA reviews/hints/tips first! I ended up doing this by myself and was able to do the front section by myself but anything further I would have needed help. I noticed a lot of people had said this about the product and now I know why!
2) Read all of the instructions before starting. I opened the packet and didn't open it away from my face. After a brief coughing fit, I was good to start mixing
3) The hook isn't the greatest but once you get the hang of how to use it, it wasn't so bad. It took me quite a few tries to figure out how to "properly" use it but once I got it, I was good to go
4) DON'T BE AFRAID! As said before, I did only the front section because I decided I would have needed help to do the rest. Even then, I didn't pull nearly the amount of hair that I could or should have through the cap. I do have some very nice highlights but they are VERY subtle - so much so that I am going to get my mom to help me and redo my entire head.
Back when I frosted my hair for decades, this was the only brand of frosting bleach that would strip color adequately to avoid brassiness in my med. brown (hard to strip) hair. I just got tired of the production of pulling all the hair through so I switched to an all-over color. If I were still frosting, I would definitely buy again. Not sure about the new three-variety products. The descriptions are confusing. Before, the one for brown hair was a stronger bleach. Now, I am not sure.
I've always gotten my hair done at a salon ( I've had pervious bad experiences) therefore I'm willing to spend close to $200 for my highlighting and i have very long hair. I purchased this on impluse and never planned oneven using it, until when day I was fed up with my hair. I had my mom do it for me and we didn't even strand test it. The cap straps broke so I had to hold the cap on my head and the plastic hook really sucks but I find it you put about a dime size of a product like biosilk(thats what I used its easier to pull hair through). I used the lightest shade and well I was a honey golden blonde and after about 25min ( i took it off because it looked like my hair was turning white) I had beautiful highlights. I;m so impressed with this product and at first I feared my hair would turn orange or i would look like the girl on the box( her highlights do not look natural or blended) but I am overall so happy with the results. I will definately use this again. Overall I saved about 2 hours of time in a salon and about $185. I seriously love this product