23 July 2013

Before + After Mellor + Russell Simply Bright Dye in 'Red Alert'

Mellor + Russell Simply Bright Dye in 'Red Alert'

Whenever I find myself in one of those moods, I reach for the bottle. With all of the turmoil going on in my life at the moment I seem to want to take it all out on my hair.

I last dyed my hair red a few weeks ago whilst on holiday. My colour had faded significantly and my roots were appearing in full force. I used a Turkish L'Oreal Excellence Creme dye in a reddish brown shade to take the ginger-tinge off my barnet. It was a lovely, nourishing dye to apply but the colour just wasn't vibrant enough for me.

Last week, my Grandma and I popped into town and headed to the £1 shop for a root around. I came across a £1 hair dye. Now, I know what you are thinking Stay Clear! But with madness on my mind, I threw it into my basket rather intrigued. 

After doing a bit of research I discovered that the Mellor and Russell brand is quite a coveted skincare and haircare brand with recognition from Grazia, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.

I picked up the Mellor and Russell Simply Bright - High Colour dye in the shade Red Alert.

Mellor + Russell Simply Bright Dye in 'Red Alert'

The dye is permanent (well as permanent as red dyes can be) and promises 100% grey coverage and rich, long-lasting colour. The model's hair on the box is a beautiful colour and exactly how I want my very own hair to look. In dark light my hair looks seemingly brunette however, in the bright sunlight I would say my hair resembles the packaging colour fairly well.

It is a very simple kit containing a pair of gloves and two solutions to mix together. Make sure you have a nourishing conditioner to hand as the product contains hydrogen peroxide. With this in mind I wouldn't recommend the product for every red dye application but cetainly give it a whirl if you want your colour revitalising and lifting. I slapped the product onto my head and left it for 25 minutes.

Before the Mellor and Russell dye

Mellor + Russell Simply Bright Dye in 'Red Alert'

The colourant itself was a deep blood red shade, super scary looking so make sure you have plenty of old towels to hand and keep your head away from the walls. I popped a plastic bag over my scalp, secured with a bobble, not only does this save any mess but it also keeps your scalp warm which is good when you are wanting dyes to take to your hair,

Mellor + Russell Simply Bright Dye in 'Red Alert'

Mellor + Russell Simply Bright Dye in 'Red Alert'

After using the Mellor and Russell dye

Natural Light

Mellor + Russell Simply Bright Dye in 'Red Alert'

Artifical Light

Mellor + Russell Simply Bright Dye in 'Red Alert'

This dye definately freshened my red hair up to a deep cherry colour. I am very impressed with this dye which retails at such a barginous price. I would recommend using it if you are wanting to lift your red colour up a few tones.I found that most likely due to the hydrogen peroxide that it contains, the dye leaves your hair feeling pretty thirsty so I left a conditioning mask on my hair for around 30 mins.

You can read all about how I maintain red hair
in this maintainance post HERE

Would you try a £1 dye?

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