This product is not bad, and I tried it just to see what I thought. I've been using the Clairol 7th Stage for years and overall, prefer it to this. The 7th Stage never goes brassy, because it has a double drabber, but the thing that sets it apart for me - is that the highlights with this continued to dry out and get a little lighter as my hair grew out. Not near as bad as some products, but because I've used the 7th Stage for so long, it was noticeable to me. Overall, my hair was in slightly better condition with the 7th Stage. I live a dry climate so it could just be me. It's more of hassle to get (Sally's and it's not a kit), but for me, I just like the quality better. If they ever stopped making my 7th Stage, I would use this. I'm a dark blond, so I don't know for really dark hair, what the comparison would be.
After a few bad experiences highlighting my own hair I was too scared to try it again myself. A friend convinced me and we used this kit to get it done. Nothing turned out orange like I was expecting and im so happy to have saved all that money. The hook wasnt too good, but oh well it worked in the end.
ok....so i'd give this maybe 3.5 stars, not a straight 3. the results i had weren't all out horrible, but not really what i thought either. a lot of the problem was with my choice of doing the "all over striking effect", instead of the subtle one....which, i think, would have worked out better for me.i used the honey kit for dark hair. my decision for doing the all over effect was, hey, i'm going to be 30 very soon and i need some kind of change, maybe even a dramatic one, b/c i'm having a *slight* crisis about the big 3-0....silly, but true, and i thought this might take the edge off a bit. help me feel more sexy. young....peppy. wrong. oh so wrong. also i need to say my results are based on using the magicap from sallys, instead of the one from the box. i chose to do that b/c my hair is mid back length, thick, a tab bit course, and wavy/curly. i thought the flimsy one in the box wouldn't be effective and i'd end up breaking the plastic hook. well i probably should have just used the box cap and just pulled through enough hair to do a subtle effect....actually i should have not used this kit at all and just left well enough alone. buuuut i didn't. i'd almost have to say if u have hair like mine to ditch the cap/hook and do a foil method. it was EXTREMELY painful to have my hair pulled through with the metal hook (my mom actually did it). i had tiny little scabs on my scalp a couple days later. my hair is just too thick for the cap method. ok ,so after like TWO hours of this pain, and several "drinks" later, my hair was ready for the toxic bleach. applying that was about the easiest thing about this whole process. i think rinsed at just under an hour....my hair is med/dark brown natually. after i rinsed the bleach out, it said to then take the cap off....ok so here i was hair soaking and heavy, trying to get this thing off. it would not come off. it was just stuck. no hair would come back out through the holes. i was freaking out! i yelled for my mom to come help me. she ended up having to cut the magicap off. i think my hair was not only damaged from all the bleach, but from the huuuuge trauma of the cap. my hair must be strong to have endured all this with minimal breakage. holy crap. i really think any cap isn't good for hair like mine. i ended up not even liking all the highlights(which, though not brassy per se, weren't as pretty a blond as i had hoped for) and covering them with a permanant ion color. what a waste. my hair is making it's way back. but it's only been a few weeks. i'd say please try the "subtle" method FIRST (if u have dark hair) and then do more later on if u wish. i should have. but, i am finished with bleach-forever. lesson learned. highlights not for me. at the salon, or at home. it's just hair i realize, sniff, but i really liked my hair before all of this. i'll just cut a couple inches off and move on.
I used this kit today and I am pretty pleased with the results. But I must recommend getting yourself a better cap and hook! Especially if you have fine hair like me! The plastic hook in this kit WOULD NOT even pull my hair through the cap! Me and DH ended up fashioning a hook out of a bobby pin! It was hard to use cap since it was my first time using one, my DH ended up pulling most of it for me! We used nearly every hole so I ended up with an all over blonde effect instead of highlights but thats fine too....I was just so tired of my monochromatic dull color! My hair turned various shades of honey to platinum blond in 30 minutes. It is rather drying but hopefully some deep conditioning will cure that. I expected some damage though since it is bleach after all, and I haven't had the money for a trim lately so my ends aren't looking so good but I was happy with the overall result of the color. No brassiness at all. I only used half the mixture on my shoulder length hair. I will use this again next time I want some blond effects, only with a better cap and hook though!
I have been spending over $150 every 12-14 weeks to highlight my very coarse, thick hair blonde hair. I used this product this afternoon and I am so delighted with the results. I did have a friend help me pull the hairs through the cap and I realized I wouldn't have been able to pull it off myself. I did go buy the MagicCap from Sally's but found the hook it came with and the cap didn't allow enough of my very thick, coarse hair through so we stuck with the plastic hook and plastic cap included with the product and we found it worked much better. I left the product on for the full 60 minutes and I must say I have not one ounce of orange or brassy color as I was worried would happen. My hair looks like it does after I leave the salon. I am so satisified with this product I may never go back to the salon.
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.
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.
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.