After getting my dark brown hair highlighted professionally, i used this to touch up my roots. I don't use the cap, I actually split the powder and bleach in half and only use half at a time. I buy empty squeeze bottles from teh dollar store and pour it in. I find it's much easier to apply with the tip of an applicator bottle then trying to use the combs.
This product is great!! I have been spending over $100 bucks to some cocky hairstylist guy for the past two years. Never again!! The cap was a little difficult to get the hang of and took a while. Eventually I had to get my husband to fill in the back. He was really good at pulling my hair through and I will have him help me sooner next time. My hair is medium brown and pretty long. I used the Honey shade and left it on for around 45 minutes, give or take a few minutes. I was really worried that my dark roots would come out a different shade than my ends which were already highlighted. However, everything came out really even and blond. No weird colors.
I am used to my hairdresser putting a toner on that keeps me from getting too blond. I was pretty blond after Frost & Glowing, so two days after highlighting I bought Clairol Natural essence non permanent in Neutral Blond and left on for just under ten minutes. This definately evened out the highlights and blended them in really well so they look so natural. It did darken it out a bit, but that is exactly what happens at the salon. After a while it should lighten up again. It helped even out a couple spots in the front that were just so blond up against my dark roots and were kind of driving me crazy.
I will start using this product from now on. I was happier with my end results than I was with what my hairdresser usually produced. Also I don't feel so guilty forking out so much money just for highlights. continued >>
WOW! Even after reading all the good comments about Revlon F&G I was worried about the highlights coming out orange and brassy on my dark brown hair. I've had my fair share of hair disasters, mainly from self-lightening my dark hair. The cap was sort of hard to use with my mid-back length hair, I kept getting loops! (I'm sure if your hair was shorter the cap would be easier.) I used Honey for med to dark bwn hair, and left the stuff on for 60 mins. Even after I washed the stuff out and was looking at my wet hair I was afraid my hair looked too orange but when my hair dried- wow! I ended up with VERY LIGHT blond and honey colored highlights. NO ORANGE! For reference I have 9 months of virgin hair growth and the tips of my hair are dyed dark bwn, very close to my natural shade. Left my (always dry) hair quite dry, but a deep conditioner fixed that right up! The blond is a little striking against my dark brown (I might go back in a week or so and glaze my hair and see what that does) but I was looking to change up my color-this did the trick! If I want highlights again I will deff repurchase. continued >>
IF you stick with this...it has a happy blonde ending: Excerpt from email to my best LD pals: ***********" "So okay enough about you guys lets talk about me, me and my Frost and NO highlites.
So I went ahead with it. I even tried the extra tacky cap thingy, and here's what.....
Q: How much clumps of hair IS it normal to lose after frost and no?
A: um, prolly NONE. but I just hope it stops falling out sometime soon...
( hopefully this splains some of the early drunkeness) i am drying as we speak-
So it took me about 45-1 hour just to yank a little bit of my hair thru these tiny holes in very ugly/hot/uncomfortable / unattractive/ ugly/ hot/ uneffective cap thing.
Deep breath. apply gunk/ ok now we wait, about 60 mins, rinse off in shower , wow! that sure seems like alot of hair just coming right out in my fingers....ok, a little worried, already planning on chugging any drink immedialtey, thinking, ok, ok, ok, our hair grows qwik, we can do this, I'm smart enough and people like me.......
Proceed to Conditon like crazy, comb thru, try not to vomit at massive amount of mermaid hair appears in comb. concentrate on future drink..(s)...
Emerge from shower peek at color,Whaaaa??? 90% looks actually damn fine & 10% is a shocking white blonde colour. Now if you, like me thought my hair already was white blonde, we were wrong. I have this one streak ( that I expect to fall out any momento) right in the front of pure paltinum white.
Luckily it looks like I tried it, and could be trendsetting who knows, I went ahead and trimmed my hair while i was making such successful improvements.....I feel a new me is right here...and I'm pretty buzzed" 8/24/07
Ok that was all from last friday, I had completed the strand test on my have-been-salon-highlighting -forEVER- bright- blonde,- but -now- with -yuckiness -in -the- root- area.-long hair. LOVED the color, my hair didn't disingrate into dust, I was mostly psyched. I really wanted to foil in some color, but I have only had (highly payed $$$$) pros doing this for years and years, and when I actually went to attempt that, it was a messy disturbing, unfunny, joke. So I bailed on that and went with the box cap, though I really wanted the Sally magicap. (NEXT time) .RIGHT so yada yada, left on for an hour was a little bummed that I would have roots, since the cap doesn't get close enough, but since I have rootage anyways...I proceeded.What happens under that cap is really stiff & gross, and not at all encouraging if you are not a seasoned home colorer- But thanks to you guys, I stuck it out, NOW
The worst part was the shower, it felt like there was just SO MUCH hair..in the drain...When the hair dried though, and you know stopped falling out, it was / is soo pretty. I cannot believe I achieved this shade of blonde with a $7.oo kit from Target. NO WAY! I have payed LOTS $$$ every MONTH to keep up my lites.
So NOW I am waiting a few weeks,making sure it's all still healthy and enlisting husband and we will foil in the rest, I know I can't get it looking JUST like the salon, for a long time, but man, imagine all the $$ I can save. I have ALREADY repurchased, and incase I lost you I am reccomending. It's still shiny and soft, though I am avoiding pool and heat styling as much as possible.
For your reference and eyes only: my hair is long, long wavy, and super highlited, It's "natural" color is a dark blonde to lite brown, but I never said that OK? it just got so dark after I turned 26. My eyebrows and sideburns or whatveer they are are all true natures way blonde. So If I can do it and not look like orphan annie you can to.
I have 2 kids and a tight budget and can't spend $150+ on my hair anymore so for the last year or so, I have been using box color (Garnier brown shade) to do my whole head and cover the grays that have been making an appearance. I'm 36 and a very experienced hair colorer - in salons and at home.This is not to say that I haven't had disasters with products - just lot of experience. Anywho - I have really wanted to pop my hair up recently - it seems so blah to me and I'm not a blah kind of chickie so I came to the Goddesses of MUA for recs on the highlighting products, noting this one. When I got to Walgreens, I actually picked up Loreal's Frost and DESIGN by mistake. I went home to do the the strand test (which I have never, ever done before but cannot by any means afford a salon trip to fix a hair fiasco). I do have colored, brunette hair that usually pulls a crappy color and my tail of test hair looked like that shade of crappy after 30 mins. I checked it in increments of 10 min after that and it just continued to turn a brighter shade of crappy. Crappy would be brassy-red-orange-bad-lab-experiment. So sad. It was then I realized that this was NOT the REVLON product I read about so back to Walgreens, back home, new strand test and after about 45 mins - the new, little tail resembled a real, highlight shade of honey brown. Now, it was a tad coppery, but it did not look like my other strand at all (that by now had turned Bride of Chuckie red). I used a metal hook and the cap provided and went to work. I pulled, pretty thick pieces from the front and crown and used every other circled hole or less. I set the timer for 40 minutes, but went all Beastie Boys to check my head at 25 minutes - well - it was light and I panicked for a moment dreading the brassies. I wiped a strand clean and I thought it looked good, but one of those - do I think it looks good becasue I want it too or does it really look good but I can't tell becasue I don't know exactly what would look good in the first place and would other people think it looks good even if I don't. I know you know what I mean. I know my hair lifted quicker becasue of the heat between the cap and the overcap so at about 33 minutes I rinsed washed, dried, styled and stared. It looked good. I was happy. I will buy again. I will recommend. I can't believe how much money I have wasted when I could have used this product several times before. Thanks Goddesses. A dirty martini to you. Cheers.
Great product! I am so happy with the outcome!
I'm half African-American and half Chinese. My hair is very, very dark brown. I would call it black but it has red undertones instead of blue, so I've been told it isn't really black. I used the Chestnut kit for dark brown to black hair colors.
My hair is very thick, wavy and waist-length, and was in its virgin state. I've used at home hair color in the past, but not for nearly 10 years because it has ALWAYS come out red and brassy. I hate red!
After reading the reviews here, I took a chance on F&G ($6.50 on sale at Walgreen's) and am so glad I did! I struggled with the cap for about 45 minutes and ended up just doing the crown and face-framing sections because I couldn't reach the back (I'll have a friend with me next time). I only mixed up part of the bleach and powder, saving some to do the back another day. I left the bleach on for close to 1 hour and then kept the toner on for 3 minutes. The highlights are gold and chestnut colored, and blend in beautifully with my hair. They're lovely and subtle, but definitely visible. Really, I could have left the bleach in for another few minutes for a more dramatic look, but I got nervous. Still, I couldn't be happier!
I'm going to brave the cap again soon and have a friend highlight the back of my head for me. This time, I'll leave the bleach in a little longer.
The most wonderful thing is that my hair doesn't seem to have been damaged at all! The highlights aren't even dry. I saw my hairdresser for a cut 2 nights after I did the highlights, and she complimented me on both the highlights and on the condition of my hair.
The only slight negative I can think of with this product is that that darn cap is a pain to use! It's hot, and it's not tight enough, so you have roots, and I don't know how anyone manages to do the back by themselves. Still, I'm not sure what could be done to make the cap more comfortable or easier to use. Probably you're best off making this a girlfriends activity and having a buddy help you out. All in all, though, this is a really great product! continued >>
I have very long hair with light caramel/ dark blonde highights through the crown that had not been touched up for about 3 years. I went to a salon for a touchup and left with thin strips of brassy copper highlights which I hated, but the salon said I could not go any lighter without damaging my hair (my hair is thermally reconditioned and dark brown). So, I decided to try and do my highlights on my own.
I have had horrendous results with at home highlights in the past. Brassy, orange, brittle hair. But after reading positive reviews here, I gave Frost and Glow a shot.
When I mixed the bleach, I was relieved to see that it was a violet blue color to counteract brassiness. I was prepared to use a toner afterward though, because after all, it is just drugstore bleach.
Due to the length of my hair, I skipped the cap and attempted to foil myself. I have foiled other people's hair before, but it was really difficult to do on myself. I ended up just randomly selecting pieces, putting the bleach on them and wrapping them up in foil so they did not touch the non-bleached hair. I kept the bleach on until my hair went past the orange stage, until it looked pale yellow under the bleach.
After I rinsed, I had beautiful, sunny highlights that exactly match the light caramel/ dark blonde color I had gotten at the (good) salon years ago! NO TONER NEEDED (and my hair is darkest brown).
I cannot believe that I got salon-quality highlights (for which I have paid $150 for a half head at salon) from a 9.99 drugstore highlighting kit!
Also worth mentioning, it as been a couple of weeks and my hair shows no sign of damage. It is as soft as silk. I don't think I will ever get my highlights in a salon again. This stuff is amazing.
I don't know what everyone's talking about as far as difficulty and time consumption goes. I just stabbed the hook in the hole, twisted, and pulled and from the time I put the cap on my head to the time I set the timer for the bleach it was about 45 minutes. Granted I just kind of shampooed the bleach onto my head....I piled all my hair on top of the cap and kinda swished it around....I had a disposable shower cap left over from a trip to a hotel and I used that instead of the plastic bag that came with it. I left the color on for about 30 minutes but wish I would have waited longer. The color is blotchy in spots, but I know it's my fault, not the color's fault. I'll try again next week for a more dramatic effect. :)
*drum roll please* I have been using this stuff for 15 years! I'm 28, and started highlighting my light brown boring hair when I was a teenager.
I have tried GADS of highlighting kits, and this one is definitely the BEST. Don't let the cheezy name or price fool you.
It has no ammonia, (does not stink! Amazing!) And has proven to be the absolute least damaging bleach I have ever used. Other kits smelled horrible, would not lighten as much/as fast, and after all that I ended up with worse damaged hair because the bleach would not lift to the desired shade, even though I left it on forever! I keep coming back to this, and it works great. I always use the included cap and hook, do it alone, and use a mirror for the back. I have gotten so good at it, its not really hard at all. Put the cap on as tightly as possible so you have smaller root that is not highlighted. (expect about 1/4 inch.)
First of all, the secret is learning how much hair to pull out of the cap and where. I do every circled hole, and finer strands in the front. I end up with an all-over natural looking blonde. If you want a more streaky look, do every other circled hole, with thicker chunks pulled through.
If you have fine/thin hair, pull out less, ESPECIALLY THE FRONT STRANDS. Be extra careful to pull out only whispy strands near the temples/ side of face. If you have thick/heavy hair, pull more out, since you have waaay more hair.
Next: Leave the product on long enough! The white color of the paste will make you think your highlights are lighter than they are.Don't freak out and wash out early. rinse one strand to see the true wet color, if it is at all orangey, leave on till it is PALE yellow. If you are using the darker highlighting kits, then wait till you see the desired caremel or honey shade. Remember: over lightened highlights look MUCH better than underdeveloped, brassy ones!!!
For years I rinsed too early. Now I leave it on nearly the full 60 minutes, and have beautiful pale pearly blonde highlights. To touch up, I only apply the product to the roots for the first 40 minutes, then pull it out to the ends to balance the color.
Next: put the paste on, starting in the back first, as that lightens the slowest. Use the plastic wrap to cover the hair, because if the paste dries out, it stops working. Check the hair after 30 minutes, and re-arrange the paste to cover areas that are not lightening as quickly. Also, remember heat from your head will lighten faster, so fluff/rearrange the hair to keep one section from lightening faster than others. Don't pile your hair in one lump. Separate it into several smaller lumps to process.
When used correctly, this stuff is hands down foolproof. The biggest secret: leave it on long enough. Don't underdevelop your highlights, you'll end up with orange/dingy yellow, as this is a "phase" of the lightening process, but should not be the end result!!!
Also, use the kit that corresponds with your hair color, not the color you want. In other words, if you're dark brown, don't get the blonde kit.
What can I say that others have not. THIS STUFF ROCKS!!
Here are some tips:
I am a dark brunette who as of tonight has beautiful light brown higlights with golden and pale blonde strands. It looks great but it was not that easy to get it the way i wanted it. The cap and hook was easy enough. But here was my dillema... 20 minuets in to the 35 to get my desired look (from the test strand) i looked in the mirror only to see a mob of bleach blonde hair!!!!!!!!! I swear i had a heart attack. Iedirinsed it out and when i looked in the mirror later i was pleased with my resluts. The highlights BLEND nicely with my hair color and look great with my pale skin tone (which is tanned somehow this summer). I would buy this again.
MY one tip is to leave the shampoo on for the 2 minuets. In my little fit in the shower i forgot this step and my hair felt dry. Luckily the conditioner which i left in for an extra 2 minuets left my hair nice a soft. This is only howerver probably due to the fact my hair has not been that processed that much before. GOOD LUCK.