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! lol
Moving 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.
. 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! lol
Bet you're wondering why I gave it a 5 star now! Well here you go...
. 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!