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on 7/16/2016 3:42:00 PM
More reviews by SunshineOnMyShoulders
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I have been using Clairol Frost and Tip to highlight my medium ash brown hair since I graduated from high school - nearly 20 years ago! I have tried other bleaches here and there and none have given me the lift I need - except for this! I usually use a processing cap and throw a little heat on it to speed up the process as it can take a while. I wish I was skilled enough to do foils on myself (i can do a few here and there but not the entire head), so the cap works for me. The price is amazing and I get lots of compliments on my hair. When I tell people I do it myself they are amazed! I go to the salon here and there for cuts or to treat myself to foil highlights done by a professional or when i go dark occasionally. But I'll tell you what - I am almost always just as happy when I use Clairol Frost and Tip! Sometimes I use a toner when I want to be more of a dark blond like Redken Shades Irish Creme (9NB) or Schwarzkoff Igora toning mousse in Cashmere and that really tones any brassiness. I have noticed that the last time I used Clairol frost and tip, it did seem to take a lot longer than normal and didn't quite lift like it usually does (I'm about to tone it now to combat some of the brassiness) and I noticed others have commented on this. I really hope they have not changed the formula! Don't mess with a good thing, Clairol! Please!
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 12/10/2015 4:49:00 AM
More reviews by Eleanor2000
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
My hair is natural grown out brunette on the top but the ends are blonde from being bleached by sunlight. I wanted a more natural look by dying the ends of my hair to match the top half, so i used nice&easy medium brown shade. After dying it the colour was even all over but this only lasted 2 days. Its meant to be a permanent dye and just two weeks after dying it, the ends of my hair are blonder than ever once again! I wouldnt recommend, purely because it is a waste of money as it doesnt last.
on 11/30/2015 11:07:00 PM
More reviews by lsmithxo
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS!!!This turned my hair a brassy orange/yellow, and I certainly left in long enough, FOUR AND A HALF HOURS. And it wasn't because my hair was too dark either. I am (or was!) a dark blonde. I'm so disgusted, it looks absolutely terrible and I have to run out and fix it tomorrow and miss out on things I had to do. Don't ruin your hair by using this, I beg of you. Especially not as highlights, if it were my entire head it would've been easier to fix but now I have some hair that's still the same colour and some that's yellow and orange. 12$ just to look like Big Bird meets The Great Pumpkin meets Pretty Base Colour. Doesn't even deserve one star. Shame on you, Clairol.
3 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 7/15/2015 6:07:00 AM
More reviews by Lizziemc
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I don't know what's happened to this product but I've used it many times with great success - until a few months ago. The last three times I've used this, my highlights have been orange. And yes, thank you, I have left it on long enough. In fact, I've had to leave it on up to an hour to see if I could lift the blonde any further, to no avail. So I've probably wrecked my hair now as well as having orange highlights. Has anyone else had this problem? Has Clairol changed the formulation? Lowered the peroxide level? The Revlon highlighting kit isn't available here so Clairol was the only option I had outside of expensive salon highlights I can no longer afford. So disappointed.
on 4/1/2015 10:05:00 PM
More reviews by grapes123xo
Skin: Oily, Tan, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Could not even get my thick curly hair through the cap. I was only able to get a few out . Ended up not using the cap. Only left it o for 14 min..left with orange uneven highlights. I only got this because revlon frost and glow was sold out. Regret it! Revlon frost and glow works.. this was not.
on 11/1/2014 9:33:00 PM
More reviews by Savka
Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure
I don't understand why everyone likes it. Regular market stuff very drying. Nothing special. Sorry
on 10/3/2014 12:56:00 AM
More reviews by CAZUAE
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
HUGE THANKS to all the MUAers who reviewed this product and whose wisdom and advice I benefited from. You were not wrong! This is an amazing product!! I felt I had to return the favour and add my own experience for other newbies like me to the world of at-home highlighting! A bit of background - living in Dubai for 24 years as a british expat I thought nothing of spending the equivalent of USD300 on a cut/highlights, in fact I thought it was money well spent as I was generally lucky enough to always have a great experience and have always had compliments on my hair which, when done right, even I will admit is really pretty. Just as well really as the rest of me is a wreck! lolMoving on to this year. I moved to the US, got married and I'm unemployed til the green card comes through. So. No spare pennies for my usual luxuries and who spends that kind of money on their hair anyway?! (idiots like me obviously! I was young and foolish.. ). As a result I decided to go 'au naturel' with my fine textured medium ash blonde hair which is passable as long as I have a good cut. But this week I've been feeling a bit blah and looking through some old pics... Conclusion being that I needed to go back to my vavavoom highlighted phase! But how when I only have a few pennies in my pocket? Home colouring of course.. but as I don't sneeze without first checking a review on MUA I needed to do a bit of research... And ultimately my decision was, based on the rave reviews of so many, that Clairol Frost & Tip was the way to go for a cheap and instant pick me up. So off to RiteAid I skip... until I discover that it is nearly $16 vs the $10 I had heard of here @ MUA. Mmmmm... worth it to drive over to the local Wally World? I believed so.. and happy that I did. I picked it up for $9.99! Bargain. Now, don't get me wrong, despite my confidence in fellow MUAers there was still a lot of trepidation in taking this decision. I have NEVER highlighted my own hair before. Right up until the point of pulling through my first strand I was still deliberating.... but then I thought 'so many fabulously sexy savvy women can't be wrong' and simply went for it... and glad I did.CONS. Fellow reviewers were right on the button - the plastic hook is rubbish - next time I am going to get a metal version. . There aren't holes in every blue circle on the cap - I had to push the hook through the plastic on at least 13 occasions to make my own holes in order to balance them out on both sides.. I was not at all impressed with that as the cap is a really important part of the process - get that wrong and even if the colour is amazing it will just look bad. I also worried that this might mean I would get a 'holey' look due to the bleach leeching through the larger holes I had made but it didn't seem to happen luckily. Even so, the cap could benefit from some improvement.. It is SO fiddly and time consuming pulling the hair through.. I didn't find it yanked any out of my head but my arms ached and I got a headache!... and I only did the front head section!! This would take hours if you did the whole head so serious patience is a must! It took me about an hour for the front, but perhaps it will be quicker next time now that I am a pro! lolBet you're wondering why I gave it a 5 star now! Well here you go... PROS. The colour is AMAZING and I didn't need a toner!!!! I didn't do the strand test, I am used to seeing the colour it needs to be before it gets washed off from my salon experiences so I just kept an eye on it.... it took 25 mins before I got to the CREAM COLOUR stage (this is important ladies... unless your hair is literally falling out you have to be patient and let the colour develop fully) after going through a very brief yellow phase. But remember that I am already pretty light - it will likely take you much longer if you have darker hair. I also used a hot hairdryer for around 3 minutes. . While the highlighting phase makes your hair look like cotton candy, I did not find any breakage or falling hair once it was washed off. It feels great, but again, I only did the face framing area.. I liked that the cap clearly marks where you should pull through depending on the look you want... pretty foolproof if you are able to pull through similar amounts of hair on both sides. I had to go back over some of mine and pull through a little more hair to balance it up but if you look carefully it is easy to figure out. Mine looks pretty even.. Everything I needed was in the box! I loved that as I hate having to organise other bits and pieces, it's laborious enough doing things at home without that added hassle. . The price! I used 1/2 of the product as I only did the front... 5 dollars!!! Where on this planet can you find something so good for so little?? BARGAIN!!! I am seriously chuffed to pieces with the results of this colour... it isn't quite as good as my salon highlights but not because the product isn't brilliant or capable, simply because I am a novice. I expect that with time and practice and patience you could actually get the results of a top end salon from this product. Thanks again to all those who reviewed this product. It helped me make the right decision. I can't imagine I will ever spend $300 on colouring my hair ever again!
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on 5/24/2014 9:29:00 PM
More reviews by NicoIcon999
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine
My hair goes a bit past the bottom of my ribcage so I was a little nervous about pulling these long strands through the little holes. My mom did this for me when I was about 16 and I loved the results. But oh my God! The pain! She wasn't very gentle and I remember sitting on the floor with watering eyes convinced she was doing it on purpose. I had tucked all of my hair in the cap and previously pulled strands were getting pulled back in when a new hole was started. It was a mess which is why it's been 15 years before I was brave enough to have it done again. First of all, if you have longer hair, you will almost certainly need help. Pulling the hair through will create little loops that need to be combed through and it's difficult to see if you've missed them. I had my boyfriend help me this time and he was way more gentle than my mom! He started from the back like another reviewer suggested, and that seemed to be easier. Also, for me anyway, the cap slipped around a lot and kept moving further and further back without me noticing. So next time, I plan on holding the front of the cap while the back is getting done to prevent slipping. To fix that, he created a few holes in front where there weren't any. Also, I kept my hair sticking out of the bottom. I don't know if this is common sense or not, the instructions didn't really say whether long hair should be tucked in and the little picture in the instructions was of a girl with shorter hair. But keeping it out made pulling much smoother. I was worried I would have half orange and half auburn hair, but it looks great! And no orange! I have never lightened my hair without having bright orange roots! Another helpful tip was to rinse and remove while under the shower. The cap will just slip off. Much easier! I'm really satisfied with the results. I just can't believe how light it got. I really planned on spending this weekend trying to correct it. Paid under $10 at walmart and only needed one kit for my long hair.
on 4/22/2014 4:25:00 PM
More reviews by TheMickster
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Wavy, Fine
I decided to use this to refresh my roots at home and not pay top dollar salon prices. Overall it's a great bleach for people with darker hair. I have medium/dark brown. Pros: cap was double layered (prevents bleeding of bleach) so I didn't have to put a plastic bag underneath it. Cap was very tight fitting which is a plus! It needs to be right fitting in order to get close to the root and also to help avoid bleeding (when bleach expands thru the cap holes causing spots in hair). Holes circled for perfect and even highlighting. Great bleach and bleach consistency. Crazy awesome price $8.99 at target. Cons: crappy mixing bowl. Really crappy gloves! They were like 3 sizes too big. Crappy hook. I looked for my metal one but couldn't find it so I had to make due with the plastic one. It didn't break though so I can't really complain. Tips: I am a stylist, so here are a few valuable tips for this bleaching kit: be careful not to poke holes too big in cap. This can cause bleeding. Always start pulling the hair thru at the bottom and work your way up. This really makes things quicker because you won't have a bunch of hair pieces dangling in your way as you try and pull strands thru. After pulling all your strands thru, take a fine toothed comb and comb out all the loops. Make sure your cap has been tightened very right before combing. Always start by putting bleach in the back of your hair. The back tends to take longer to process. If virgin hair, cover it all, starting at the bottom of your hair and working your way to the root (root processes faster as it is closer to the heat of your scalp). If already lightened just touch roots and comb bleach thru rest of hair in the last 10 min to brighten it up. Put a blow dryer on low and heat the hair (make sure plastic bag is covering it) for 5 min. You can do this a few times throughout the process for really dark hair. Be sure to check it often and condition it heavily after. Try putting a bag over the conditioner and let it sit for an hour or two for extra moisture. Keep a toner handy in case you pull orange/red tones.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 1/8/2014 3:42:00 PM
More reviews by strakale
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
Just used this product last night & was really impressed! I paid $15.99 at CVS for this, which I felt was a bit high for an at home coloring kit, but it's still much cheaper than having it done at a salon, and I'm guessing it's cheaper elsewhere & coupons are available.I want to start by saying that my hair tends to pull reddish, and so I was expecting to have to be very careful about processing it long enough (I did it the maximum amount of time), and I assumed I'd need a blue toner afterwards (which I didn't!). The kit comes with the powdered bleach, developer, a plastic cap and a hook/speading tool. The cap fit me just fine, but I suggest putting it on as tightly as you can stand, because it's easier to get the hair through that way, and you'll get your hair all the way out, avoiding roots. The cap is an old fashioned style of highlighting, as far as I know, but it's much safer for beginners, because it really keeps extra bleach from running back onto the parts that you don't want bleach or from burning the scalp. The cap is double layered, and the holes on mine were only in the top layer, the bottom layer I had to punch holes with my hook while I pulled hair. I don't know if this was intentional or a design flaw. It was slightly annoying, but not horrible. The cap is divided into sections, so that you can decide where you want highlights (I did them all over this time- for touch ups, I'll probably just do the front sections). About every other hole is circled, and they suggest just doing the circled holes for regular highlights, more if you want heavy highlights. I just did the circled holes, which didn't seem like very many highlights, but it came out to be the perfect amount, so I recommend that. The actual act of pulling the hair through the holes does take quite a bit of time, and can get frustrating. I did most of the ones in the front, and my husband did the back for me. I suggest getting a SO or friend to help with the back, because it was near impossible to do myself & I would've gotten very frustrated. If you're more patient, you may have different results.Before putting on color, I tightened the cap, and combed my strands to make sure that the root was out of the cap & that there were no loops. After you get the hairs you want out of the cap, you mix the bleach & developer. You're supposed to use the spreading tool to spread it over your strands, but I found it useless & just used my gloved hands (wear the gloves!! It will burn otherwise). I mostly just did my roots, as I have very old highlights, and it ended up matching well (I was worried it wouldn't). If you don't have previous highlights, you do the length of your hair. Then, you cover it with a plastic bag (included) and develop based on the time it took your test strand to develop. I skipped the test strand, because it suggested cutting out a piece of hair (no thanks!). Instead, I started checking it at 20 minutes & every 5 minutes after that. To check, I just lifted the bag, and rubbed a strand a bit. If it still looks yellow/orangish, leave longer). My hair took the full 55 minutes (as I said, it pulls orange, so I really want it done). When it's developed, take off bag, rinse, then remove cap, wash, condition with included deep conditioner.I am so impressed!! It looks like salon quality highlights. No orange, perfect amount of highlights. I will definitely use again! As I mentioned, if you have any off color, just follow up with a toner (go to Sally's and ask for a rec), but that's the only thing I could see going wrong with this kit (and it's generally due to processing the wrong amount of time). Otherwise, foolproof!
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