Despite having rocked a dip dye for at least two years now, I have never attempted a DIY one..
Using SCOTT CORNWALL DECOLOUR STRIPPER, followed by SCOTT CORNWALL COLOUR RESTORE ICED PLATINUM I achieved some amazing results that I am oh-so proud of!!
Other than the last two inches or so of my hair which had been mildly lightened at Rush salon last month, the rest of it was virgin black. My ends were starting to go very brassy and really, I needed to get them re-lightened to get the depth I wanted. Instead of booking in for another appointment which would have cost $$$, I decided to give this product a go as it claimed to be gentler for hair than regular lighteners, as it contained no ammonia, and could be used on both natural and artificially coloured hair to essentially strip the pigment from it.
I mixed the Decolour Stripper solution in a plastic container, put my (wet) hair in bunches and applied the product with a tint brush to the ends. I wrapped the ends up in cling film so the heat would make the chemicals work faster, and left it for an hour – the maximum amount of time it develops in. After rinsing out, I could tell it had been lightened immensely, however I still went ahead and used the Colour Restore in Iced Platinum, a deep blue toner, to banish any brassy hues. Twenty minutes later, after rinsing out and then blow drying, my hair was sparkling white at the ends!!!
Check out this video to hear more about the whole process..
I was so surprised with how great my results were as I had looked up reviews prior using it, and hadn’t seen anything quite as remarkable as mine. My only conclusion for this was that I don’t use a lot of products on my hair in general, so the Decolour Stripper didn’t have too much heavy build up to strip through in order to penetrate the hair. I didn’t even use a specific clarifying shampoo prior, just one which contained sodium lauryl sulphate (I used Pantene Aqua Light, one of my faves), as that’s a strong cleansing agent which is the main ingredient in many clarifying shampoos.
Best of all, my hair felt uber smooth and soft after using the Colour Restore. It still has a little of that dried out, ratty look to it, but I actually prefer my hair looking a little bit like that (textuuuuure) and you know, it did go from jet black to platinum blonde!
Having used this product and gotten such amazing results that I could not be happier with, I whole heartedly recommend Scott Cornwall Decolour Stripper and Colour Restore! I am actually hoping to use another box right before Fashion Week to neaten it up where the dip dye starts! Oh, and lastly, I love the fact that the Colour Restore (the toner) comes in a squeezy tube that you can use again and again and again, and is so nourishing it completely replaces conditioner; I’ve used it over three times so far and still have plenty left! Amazing value for great quality products!
What do you think of my DIY dip dye?