Clairol Kaleidocolors Powder Lightener
Yesterday I went to Sally's and I was looking for a quality bleach for my hair. My hair is a orange colour. The woman working recommended this bleach and said to use a 20 volume developer. I read the back and it said leave on for up to 10 minutes which seemed too good to be true (in fact it was#
I mixed the dye, put it on my hair #I only did a strand test) and used heat and washed it out after 10 minutes and there was NO change.
So, once again, I mixed the dye and decided to put it on for much longer. 40 minutes to be exact and my hair STILL didn`t change even one shade.
This is a huge waste of money. Luckily I was able to return it and the other employee at Sallys said that she also hated this bleach and finds it rarely works.
I exchanged it for Wella bleach and it worked much better then you can buy the wella toner as well.
Don`t waste your time and money.
January 14, 2015
Convert to Kaleidocolors Tonals
I usually use Quick Blue with a 30v and follow with a light ash toner (usually Wella T18) but this time around going blonde I wanted to be less platinum and more of a natural, Nordic blonde. Before using this product my hair was color treated with a medium honey blonde base and some lighter honey highlights and was about 5 inches long, grown out from a super short pixie last year. I bought 2 packs of the beige/neutral tonal Kaleidocolors to use with a 30v developer and Wella T10 Pale Blonde with a 20v for toning. Note that this Clairol product is recommended for uses away from the scalp ie: highlights but can be used for whole head, which is what I did. I mixed both powder packets (again, I have short hair and needed two so if you have long hair, just get a tub) and used 30v which I think is the sweet spot between 20 and 40 with this product. What I did to get perfectly prepped for toning bleached hair was first apply the mixture and made sure to comb/apply thoroughly. I then put a plastic lined fabric shower cap on and applied heat from a blow dryer, just enough to permeate the cap, then I sat and checked email and had a glass of wine. I checked my hair and it was lifting nicely. I hit the inside of my cap with more heat and watched a show for 30 minutes. Long story short, with the 30v, a cap, and a blow dryer it took about an hour to lift to the banana peel stage. However, because I am not a novice I knew instinctively that I was "there" and ready to rinse, but if I was a beginner I would have been alarmed that my hair was still orange because the color of the paste is such that you cannot easily assess the level changes. So... this product is not good for starters. Stick to Quick Blue or something similar. After washing and towel drying, added the Wella T10 and 20v for 30 minutes and my hair after one process is a lovely, pale blonde, very natural and not brassy at all. It's extra nice because i was worried I'd be too brassy by not using extra cool/ashy/blue product but it's not on the warm side at all.
To those who have had problems, first, leave it on long enough for it to work. Second, use gloves for heaven's sake, and third, don't expect miracles if you use this product on black or dark brown hair.
December 18, 2014
excellent product, Have used for years and will continue to use as long as the product is available. true results, fast working and gentle. cannot ask for more.
July 15, 2014
good results, but needed a second packet
So my hair is about 4 and a half inches long and I dye it purple. It had grown out from a mia farrow short cut and about half of it was roots.
Now, it was a little too short to Just hit the roots with no second pair of hands so I knew I'd have to blast the whole thing out and start fresh.
-smelled very faintly of chlorine so faintly it was kind of pleasant, like lingering swimming pool smell in summer,
-it did not burn my scalp (I used it with 30 volume of sally's salon care brand developer cream formula)
It was, in fact so mild and did not even itch a little, to the point where I was afraid it was not working at all. And normally my scalp BURNS and itches. Since it was so thick and blue I could not see if it was working AT ALL.
So I went to rinse and was pleasantly shocked (if such a thing can happen) to find my hair was a wonderful WHITE with a slight gold tone to it, if I'd had another packet and was able to get a better coating and left it on maybe five minutes more, I would be completely platinum.
However I was really disappointed that this packet barely was enough to do four inches of hair. It'll be great when the hair is long enough to get the roots only, involved but if your hair is longer than about 3 inches you really are gonna want two packets.
Other than that it smelled really mild compared to other bleaches, was very easy on my scalp and gave me a great white base to work with for the purple. I highly recommend, just make sure you get enough!
some usage notes:
I started with salt, pepper and red natural roots and purple ends that had been bleached before and then covered in purple semi perm veg dye. My hair was about 3 days since a fresh wash.
January 10, 2014