Going from Brown to Blonde at Home: Colour B4 Review.

Good day to you fine wenches,

I am currently embarking on a truly exciting adventure…I’m attempting to dye my hair from brown to blonde at home. After watching countless (and I mean countless) videos on YouTube of girls who have done a similar process, I decided to finally take the plunge and give it a whirl.

I’ve been keen to dye my hair blonde for a while now. I used to be a part of the blonde gang at uni until I went red and then eventually brown – I do like being down with the brown, however it’s time for a change. Call it a quarter life crisis if you will but, by the good Gott in Himmel, I need something to amuse myself. The only question is: is cottage cheese really made in cottages  how on earth do you approach blonde hair when you have pretty dark brown hair that is a giant mixture of salon dye, box dye and henna?

WELL. From what I gathered on my YouTube research, the best place to start is with a hair colour remover/stripper (also, most people say you shouldn’t even attempt it at home…to you I say WHERE IS YOUR SENSE OF ADVENTURE). There are actually quite a few hair colour remover products on the market, but I decided to go with Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover Extra Strength. This is mostly because the reviews were all pretty good on Amazon/other blogs but also because I liked their funky way of spelling ‘before’. I ordered it from Amazon for about £8 – but they vary from £6-£11.


I won’t go into too much detail (mostly because I’m still pretty baffled to how it actually works) but it seems that a lot of scientific things go on with molecules and shrinking, which finally means the Colour B4 has removed as much hair dye as it can. I didn’t have high hopes for my hair to be quite honest with you all. Since I’d bleached my hair, used red hair dye for a long time, dyed my hair with henna AND used red tinted brown dyes in the past…I’d pretty much used every product that Colour B4 says isn’t compatible with the hair remover product.

I still thought WHY THE HELL NOT, and progressed to put it on my head. Colour B4’s remover comes with 3 different products:
A: Activator
B: Remover
C: Hair Treatment Buffer.

You mix together the Activator and the Remover and then leave it on for between 30 mins and an hour!

The rinsing bit is the most important part of removing colour, you genuinely have to spend HOURS (well, 15 mins or so) rinsing and it’s very boring. This is the part where you add the buffer, which is basically a jazzy shampoo.

PicMonkey CollageExcuse the WUBBISH iPhone photos, I forgot to take pictures on our camera during daylight hours!

This was the result! It’s not hugely different, maybe 2 or 3 shades lighter*, but as I said – I wasn’t expecting much because of my dark brown shade AND all of the random stuff I’ve put on my hair in the past few years. It’s actually lighter in person too, but NOWHERE would pick up the colour properly, sob.

*I then proceeded to put an ash blonde colour on, where my hair practically reverted to its original colour. The eager beaver that is me, is back to square one.


2 Responses

  1. Jessica September 12, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    Wowwww, i can’t believe the difference! as you say, it’s not the biggest colour change but your hair was so dark before! look forward to seeing your final results 🙂 🙂

    Jess x

    • Lauren September 12, 2013 / 4:58 pm

      Thanks lovely! It’s slightly upsetting that I managed to dye it back to brown with a blonde hair dye, but it’s all an adventure isn’t it!! xxxxx

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