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Jerome Russell B Blonde Permanent Hair Lightener

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The Jerome Russell hair lightener is affordable, easy to use and apply and lifts colour very well. Whilst it is still technically bleach, there is arguably no better hair lightener specifically for dark/black hair.

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      03.09.2015 13:39
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      Great product and MILES cheaper than the hairdressers

      I bought Jerome Russell BBlonde products from Tesco and they were very cheap and more often than not they are 3 for the price of 2. I'm not disputing any reviews on here as I'm fully aware that people's hair types, colours, etc. are very different, however, I am shocked that there are so many negative reviews.

      I was a bit dubious at first, mainly because of the price and how cheap they were. I started off with dark blonde hair with a few lowlights/highlights (see profile picture) and I'd decided to go bright red (and I mean bright red, pillar box red to be exact). Due to the length of my hair I had to use a few sachets and bottles of peroxide (this is where the 3 for 2 came in handy). I left the product on my hair for the full recommended time and once washed off I was a near white colour, with a few darker strands where my lowlights had been.

      I tried my best not to get any on my scalp as recommended, however, this is difficult if applying on your own. It might be worth asking a friend to help you out if possible. Due to having lots of hair, it did irritate my neck slightly but nothing too serious. This is to be expected though with the chemicals that are being used.

      Since going red, I have stripped this colour off using this product and have since gone pink and now blue. My hair is still in really good condition as I use an intense conditioner every time I wash my hair. This product is brilliant and I have recommended it to friends since who also agree with me.

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      30.12.2012 20:03

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      Okay everyone says that this is a terrible product, i have it in my hair right now, yeah it itches, yeah it might go ginger it all depends on your hair, but for me the highlight kit is amazing and the bleach is too, yeah it drys out your hair, what do you expect, its bleach alll bleach leaves a copper colour behind, buy a dye/ syrum that gets rid of that copper. Its not difficult, its as good brand, its affordable and it does what it says.

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      16.12.2012 17:11

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      Please do not buy this product. I followed the instructions to the letter and my hair went bright yellow/orange and fell out in clumps. I was devastated and paid £100 to have it fixed (as much as they could). I have complained to Jerome Russell twice and ... nothing! My hair condition is absolutely destroyed, please don't ever use this.

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      13.08.2012 00:29

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      Bascally i didnt realise it said not for black hair.as bought off amazon when come i thought i give it ago anyway.it removed.my roots just not my ends the colour was brassy not orange i would buy again but not on black hair. costed together for everything i got 20 as i bought alot peroxide n 2boxes off b blonde powder.. Rate 4/5

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      16.06.2012 01:43
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      The best hair lightener/bleach available (providing you take precaution and tone afterwards!)

      Before I even gained a hairdressing qualification I had been dying my hair for a number of years beforehand and one of the bleaching products I used was this particular one, with no disappointments whatsoever.

      I must completely and utterly stress that this is not a hair dye, this is powder and peroxide bleach - like every other bblonde boxed lightener or streaking kit, it is hair bleach and strips the colour from your hair and does not deposit colour at all, so don't be shocked or disappointed when your hair turns out brassy, yellow or even orange because that is expected. If you are using this to go blonde, you MUST use some form of toner; whether it's purple dye or an ash based colour. Using purple/blue shampoo and conditioner alone will not give instant results so don't rely on them either. Your best option is using weekly treatments or professional dyes with purple or ash tones in them so it cancels out the yellow brassiness.

      This bleach is not designed to take your hair instantly to blonde - in other words, unless you take additional steps such as toning - you will not get hair that looks like it does on the packaging. Please don't rely on this as a hair dye!!

      This kit contains powder bleach, peroxide creme formula, a plastic cap, mixing tray and some gloves. There is also some shampoo included but I often find that it isn't quite enough and I rinse my hair a couple of times to ensure that I have completely rinsed out all traces of the product before conditioning and drying my hair to avoid further damage. The brush is very small however so if you have an alternative hair dye applicator brush then use that instead as the one provided isn't very practical in regards to time - its small size means you take longer to put the bleach on, although it is ideal for streaking or patterns in the hair.


      For those who have had bad experiences with this product, there are a number of options you can turn to;
      1. Go to the salon and have it done professionally, yes it may cost more but if you ruin your hair you don't have much choice.
      2. Make sure you have all the other additional products ready too (toners and dyes) otherwise you will most likely be stuck with yellowish hair until you do so.
      3. Make sure you know what you're doing and apply it correctly! Slapping it on will not suffice!! You need to evenly layer and apply with a brush - it is harsher and thicker than any hair dye so if you don't take the time to apply it properly it will come out patchy and very uneven, trust me.


      Because this is a bleach and strips colour from your hair, it can be extremely damaging if over used. Don't expect to reach a colour such as platinum blonde from black or dark brown hair instantly otherwise your ends will be damaged and snap off and cause further damage to the entire hair cuticle and even the follicles.

      The good thing about this particular product is that each pouch is correctly measured to mix with an entire tub of Jerome Russel Bblonde crème peroxide which averages at around £1.75 - ish. so you're mixing it to the correct consistency and not wasting the powder or the peroxide. This goes without saying, you need both for it to work. Some of the Bblonde items come with a single sachet and a single bottle, some are sold separately and some are sold in packs of four, so read the box and make sure you are buying what you're after. Either way, all are the same thing and it doesn't matter if it's for lifting or highlighting, they're all the same product just are sold in separate amounts for different purposes.

      Please also be aware that bleach smells extremely strong and it is advisable that you have a cool, well ventilated area during the application process as it can be quite over powering.

      What Bblonde says about their kits:

      "Stage 1: Lighten hair
      Jerome Russell B Blonde Highlight Kit is formulated to condition and help protect your hair while you lighten. Bblonde powder bleach contains a special blend of conditioning ingredients to help keep hair moisturised during the lightening process. Bblonde cream peroxide is formulated with avocado oil and seaweed extract, to help protect and condition your hair and scalp during the lightening process.

      Stage 2: Tone and condition
      Now deeply nourish your hair with rich, caring ingredients of Bblonde conditioning shampoo. Bblonde conditioning shampoo contains wheat germ, bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange, lemon, nettle and burdock, all of which help to gently cleanse and revitalise your hair and scalp, leaving your hair beautifully shiny, smooth and healthy."


      I can actually confirm that the avocado oil and seaweed extract actually works in protecting the scalp during the lightening process however I cannot agree with the conditioning side of it as it is an extremely harsh chemical and there is no way you can make bleach any kinder to your hair. However other brands have made my head itch and burn and feel very uncomfortable whereas this particular one does the exact opposite and is very comfortable to use, I think this is why it is my favourite choice because I know I'm not going to be irritated with it.

      Speaking of irritations, we all know the golden rule of doing a patch test - so I'd advise doing so. Obviously there'll be some form of redness to a degree because it's very strong however if it becomes very painful and unbearable during the patch test (small amount placed using a q-tip behind ear or on neck) then do not use it! Of course that comes with the information on the packaging - I just don't want to encourage people to jump right in and end up with no hair!

      Overall this bleach is one of the best there is available and makes going blonde a pleasant experience and for a cut of the price. You can find the Bblonde items in most supermarkets and beauty/pharmaceutical stores however in some supermarkets they fail to provide the individual bottles of peroxide so I advise going to superdrug or boots.

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        05.05.2012 20:35

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        DO NOT BUY IT!! U CAN LISTEN TO ME OR NOT BUT I USED IT AND MY HAIR WENT YELLOW!!! MY ROOTS WAS BRIGHT YELLOW N MY ENDS WAS ORANGE YELLOW N I GOT 2 PACKETS N IT STILL WASNT ENOUGH!!! SO I HAD TO DYE MY HAIR AGAIN TO LIGHT ASH BLONDE!!! IT SO MUCH BETTER THAN BBLONDE!!! MY HAIR!! FEEL SO GOOD!! N IT DOESNT DAMAGE AS MUCH AS THE OTHER ONE DID!! SO PLEASE FOR HAVEN SAKE!! DONT BUY IT!! AND ALSO YOU GET GINGER HIGHLIGHTS

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        28.12.2009 12:07
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        The best home blonding on the market for dark/black hair.

        This is simply the best hair lightener I've ever used.

        It can get anything out. Which is just as well really as I foolishly thought my hair might look good black. It looked appalling.

        When my mother saw me on christmas eve she shrieked "what's happened to your hair???" Not exactly confidence inspiring, is it? I spent the week afterwards in the bath twice a day, scrubbing at my hair, but no cigar,. My auntie said my hair looked nice and asked me if i had turned into a goth now. I'm 27, not 13.

        After watching the Diana Dors story, and (of all things) trying on a joke Rod Stewart wig on christmas day, to which everybody said " the colour suits you better than that black!!" i decided action had to be taken...

        Now, the thing to remember when going from black to blonde is that you have to be realistic. You will not turn into Diana Dors overnight (google her, kids!) This will turn your hair orange if it's dyed black, but what this will do, is lift your hair colour enough for you to be able to dye over it and it does this better than any other brand i've used. (yes, i have done this black blonde thing before- i never learn) My hair is naturally mid ash brown, but i usually dye it dark, so when i want it all out, i do this.

        This hair lightener cost me £4.98 in wilkos, its 5.89 in sainsburys, and £5.28 in my boots store, so save a quid and go to wilkos. My hair is below shoulder length and very wavy and thick, but the good thing about jerome russell products is that you can also buy the developer and the bleach power separately. This hair lightener comes in two strengths, 30% vol for blonde-brown hair, and the 40% for the dark brown. If like me, your hair is dark, you need the 40% and if it's thick i'd buy an extra developer and sachets of bleach, to make sure your hair is covered properly.

        in the kit, you get a plastic tray, a brush, a sachet of shampoo, and your bleach powder, and your lotion. It recommends you do a strand test, and here you must do one. Even if you don't care about the colour, you must must do it, to see how long to leave the bleach on for. I tell you now, if youre bleaching out dye it will need to be on for over an hour. A hairdresser friend recommended this to me over other lighteners as this really does work for up to 2 hours, whereas many other dyes become ineffective after an hour. So do your strand test, dry it, and see the condition of the hair. you don't want it falling out.

        Now, obviously putting it onto your hair is not rocket science, but if its dyed, do put it onto the ends first, as hair is more porous here.

        i give it about an hour, but it's up to you.

        Your hair will now be a yellowy orange, esp if you've had black dye on, but fear not. Rinse it out, dry it, and then dye over it with an ash colour semi perm ( i recommended nice and easy 24 washes in light ASH brown, or light ASH blonde) don't use anything without ash in it, else you won't get rid of the orange. et voila!

        if its not blonde enough for a few days, rest your hair, then, use jerome russell highlighting kit to blonde it up a bit. And thats how i get my hair from black to blonde with this brilliant stuff!

        I really do think its lifting abilities are the best on the market. I'm not a hairdresser, and i don't pretend that this is an easy ride for your hair, but if like me, you've made a terrible mistake with a hair dye and you just want it gone, bleaching it is going to be the only way something like black is going to come out, and i certainly cant afford over £100 for a salon correction. if you've made a mistake with dye, this stuff will get it out. it's cheap, but it's always my first pick! I hope i've helped anybody out looking for a hair lightener!

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        08.12.2009 22:55
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        When I was younger, I used to be a bit of a 'punk'. I loved to have short spikey hair in a varety of colours, often experimenting with crazy patterns . Now, I'm older, a parent, with much less time for tittivating about making myself look nice, and I'm generally content to have just a nice overall colour - my current favourite being a nice rich brown .

        My hair naturally is very dark brown - so dark brown that in fact it borders on black . It also has a large amount of grey, for which I thank my mums side of the family who have all gone grey early - she started at 15, I started at ten, and my daughter, at six, has had her first grey hair! Naturally, dark hair needs lightening if I want to go a couple of shades lighter, and for this I have always used Jerome Russel B Blonde . I;ve used it many many times, so my review is based on many uses , although thankfully I'm a little kinder to my hair now and try to only use it twice a year!

        I'm not sure what initially led me to choose this product - I simply think that when I first started fiddling with my hair colour at around 15, it was the most readily available and affordable product . It's available in two strengths, one for light-medium hair colours, and one for medium- dark colours . Obviously, these refer to your natural colour, not the actual colour you want to end up with .

        Inside the kit you have powder bleach, peroxide cream, a plastic cap, gloves, a mixing tray and a brush to apply the product. There is also a shampoo to help wash out the smell

        As with any hair dye, you should alwaysdo a patch test 24 hours in advance to prevent against allergic reactions . Mix up just a tiny amount, and apply a little to a non visible patch of skin, such as behind the ear if you have long hair,or in the crook of your elbow and leave it for 30 minutes, before washing off the excess , If within 24 hours there is no reaction, you're safe to dye your hair .

        This may seem like an awful lot of faff, but it really is important, even if you've already dyed your hair before using the same or a similar product . You can become sensitive to some products over time, and without going into scare tactics, there are many people who have simply assumed if the product is on the shelves then it must be safe and gone on to have allergic reactions, including facial swelling, rashes, hot flushes and very rarely , death due to anaphylactic shock. If you do have any adverse reaction at all, rinse the area immediately with clean water. If you feel yourself swelling up, or have any rash that results in skin breakages, or trouble breathing, call your doctor immediately .

        Dire warnings out of the way, I'm going to assume you've done the patch test and are safe .I'm not going to tell you too much about how to use this product, for the simple reason that there is an excellent instruction leaflet included in the pack that goes into plenty of detail, and I feel that copying it word for word would be wrong, and the putting it into my own words would potentially mean info being left out . So, to use, follow the instructions carefully and to the letter, making sure to wear the gloves . In addition, I would recommend as much ventilation as you can get, because this product stinks to high heaven.



        Mixing the powder and liquid was easy, although I found the brush a bit of a fiddle to use, especially on the back of my head . As I am generally lightening my hair with the intention of dying it back to a fairly dark colour (albeit lighter than my natural shade) I do get a bit lazy and instead of using the brush, just lather all the paste in like a shampoo . When my hair is short, this works very well, but when my hair is long, results can be a little patchy and so I tend to get my next door neighbour to brush the paste on .

        Development time will vary depending on your hair type and colour - I find that with my very thick dark hair I do have to leave it on for quite a long time - you can wipe the mousse off a small section of hair to check on it's progress though . It is also important to remember that your head is hottest as the roots, which speeds up the process, so it is always good to apply the dye to your roots a little after the rest of your hair .

        Now, I'm not going to tell you that my hair turned a wondrful natural blonde whenever I use this . It didn't - in fact it turned a kind of ginger blonde . But, my hair is very dark, and I wasn't really after the platinum blonde look, just something I could colour over with a different shade . And for what I wanted, this product delivered really well - my hair was light enough to willingly accept a nice caramel brown shade really well.

        I don't find this damages my hair - but then, I try not to use it too often, and I imagine that with regular use it would be incredibly harsh. I do find the smell of it almost unbearable when I use it, and in fact only dye my hair in summer when I can sit out in the back garden with a glass of wine as I wait for it to develop .

        I would also very much recommend that you do get help the first time you use this, especially if you have long hair . The last thing you want is patchy hair, and until you get used to using home dye kits, a little bit of help really makes things smoother .

        I actually really rate this product - it is in fact the only hair lightener I have ever used, and at £5-£6 a pack, it really isn't expensive . It's available in boots, superdrug, and many supermarkets, and does seem to be one of the leading brands .

        I very much recommend this, despite the godawful smell , but of course, always follow the instuctions on the info leaflet, and always do a patch test for safety.

        4 stars, one off for the stench

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          02.09.2009 17:11

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          I wouldn't recommend this. After doing the strand and skin tests a few days before, my friend helped me use this dye on all of my hair. It was hard to apply as it's quite thick and pasty rather than a shampoo texture of other dyes. After 15 minutes, I rinsed the dye off. My hairline came out bright white, while the rest of my hair was stripy orange, yellow and brown (natural colour), even though I followed all the instructions. After many tears I booked and emergency hair appointment and got my multi-coloured mess sorted out, which took 3 hours and cost £75. The product left my hair damaged, dry and not the colour promised.The hairdresser checked the ingredients and explained that the dye is one of the worst things to use, as there's no protection included, whatever the box may say.DO NOT USE.

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          13.07.2009 22:17

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          I am darker blond now that I am getting older and I have fine hair. The treatment left me with orange strands and white at the top. I lost most of my hair it just fell out. I did exactly as it said in the leaflet. strand test and all.It costs a lot more here in Ireland by the way, I paid 16 euro's for it.They told me with fine hair you can lose the hair and I should not have used the product. Tomorrow I am going to a shoot for a film I am doing a small part in. They will have to provide with a wig and scarf.

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          16.04.2009 17:11

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          DON NOT LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO SAY IT DOESNT WORKit it a very good product that you can buy to dye your hair blonde in the comfort of your own home.BUT i am already very blonde but naturally brown and i get terrible dark roots and this product was excellent for dying my roots and it also gave the rest of my hair a lovely colour.IT DOES WORK IF YOUR HAIR IS ALREADY VERY BLONDE

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          30.01.2008 14:34
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          Do not use this product.

          My natural colour is a dark blonde, which I had been dying a brighter blonde for about 3 years. Last year, I dyed my hair dark brown and had kept it fairly dark since then.
          Recently I got bored with that, and wanted to return to my blonde colour (without paying salon prices), I read every review available and finally settled on Jerome Russell B-Blonde Hair lightener, for medium to dark hair.
          I followed every single step correctly, and my strand test turned out a beautiful bright blonde, so I was fairly confident.
          After applying the bleach mixture to my whole head (except the roots as these must be done last), I waited for my hair to get to the "dark yellow" stage, and then quickly applied the mixture to my roots.
          Wearing the plastic hair cover provided, I checked my progress every 15 minutes as stated in instructions.
          After an hour and 10 mins, My roots turned a frightening shade of white, (yes white), while the rest was still mostly yellow, with patches of brown and orange.
          I washed my hair immediately (for fear that it would snap off at the white roots if further processed). Covered my head in intensive conditioner and left it to dry for a few hours.
          The top of my head was white, while the rest of my hair was dark, So picking up the instruction sheet provided with Jerome Russell B-Blonde Hair lightener for medium to dark hair, I checked the trouble shooting guide. Which told me to apply more hair lightener.
          So, in trusting this advice, I covered my hair once more in the product (not touching anywhere near the roots this time), Left it for an hour and a half, the maximum time, shampooed my hair thoroughly and checked the colour. Roots- White, Rest of hair- Yellow / highlighter orange.
          I used Jerome Russell B-Blonde toner champagne blonde (it goes on as a purple/blue colour to counteract against yellow/orange), Followed instructions to a tee, and washed it out. No change in colour.
          So today my hair is a beautiful blend of luminous orange, banana yellow and snow white on top (think Kate winslet in eternal sunshine of the spotless mind).
          And after speaking to a hairdresser this morning, il still have to fork out nearly 150 euro, with no promise of it actually looking "normal", (and also a haircut to remove the damaged hair). My appointment is in 2 days time, the hairdresser had to take a skin test and strand test, to check whether my head could actually take any more abuse.
          Let's just hope I still have hair on my head come Friday.

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            25.11.2007 12:20
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            Give it a try, but be careful.

            I change my hair color ALOT, which usually involes using bleach, either to get blonde hair, or a base for bright colors.
            Previously, I just used the cheapest bleach around, but then I found Jerome Russell.
            JR bBlonde bleach comes in two strenghts, for light-medium hair & medium-dark. You can use the bleach on very dark hair,but I'll get to that later. If you have quite light brown hair, then don't get the higher volume bleach, 'cos it actually won't work aswell, stick with the lower volume bleach.

            Packaging - BBlonde comes in a cardboard box, with the bleach volume on the back - check you have the right one first. The box has a picture on the front, and the bBlonde logo. The kit also includes a plastic cap, gloves, a mixing tray and a tiniting brush (the brush is pretty useless though, so buy a decent one seperatly)
            Also comes with a shampoo sachet to use afterwards, to get all the bleach out.

            Avaliability - Mostly boots and superdrugs, also some independent chemists, and occasionally wilcox and bodycare.

            Price - Around £5 a box, which is pretty good considering all the stuff you get with it.

            Instructions - the instructions are fairly clear and easy to follow. They reccomend doing a strand test first, to see how long you will need to process the bleach for. NEVER miss this step.
            They also have a trouble-shooting section, which is very useful.

            Performance -
            You have to mix the powder and a liquid up in a tray, to make a paste. The powder is blue, but don't be put off - that's just there to counteract reddness, you hair will not turn out blue!
            When you mix the paste, be very careful not to inhale any of the powder - keep a distance, or hold some paper towel over your face.
            You apply the paste - I usually get my mum to help me with this, cover with the cap provided (although I find it easier to use clingfilm 'cos the cap is abit rubbish) and leave on for the development time.The smell is pretty strong when you're applying, but not too bad during development time. Pretty easy!
            Now, I've used this bleach on jet black hair and it WILL NOT turn blonde the very first time. It will turn a mucky orangey, brassy color. Don't panic - deep condition your hair daily for about a week, then reapply the bleach. Then use a toner with 30 vol bleach ontop & you should have blonde hair.
            This isn't the fault of JR, however - it would be impossible for any bleach to turn black hair blonde first time 'round.
            On medium brown-light brown hair, this bleach works excellently - I used some on my little brother, and he had white-blond hair in 45 minutes!
            Okay, now I'm going to do a little cautionary tale - although this bleach doesn't seem damaging to hair, it IS if you use it in excess. I had a period where I was dying my hair black, then blonde, then black & eventually it gave up and all snapped off, about 1 cm from my roots. So unless you want to be practically bald, go easy with this!
            Always use a good deep conditoner after you bleach you hair, don't bleach all over more than a few times a year & if it seems to be getting dry and straw-like, then give it a break.
            For more info, check jeromerussell.com although when I last looked, the bBlonde section didn't have any info on this product!

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              Since a somewhat disturbing incident at Toni & Guy a couple of years ago whereby a ?top stylist? cut my boyfriend Chris? ear (which bled for about 3 hours) he?s only been to salons to have his hair tidied up a few times. He already owned a pair of clippers, so after the ear cutting incident we decided to experiment at home with some funky cuts (difficult at first but eventually mastered). Last year we thought it?d be fun to try out some highlights so invested in a Jerome Russell B Blonde kit from Boots. WHAT WE PURCHASED:  Jerome Russell B Blonde ?High Lift? powder bleach (for all hair types)  Jerome Russell B Blonde Cream Peroxide (40vol 12%, 75ml) Included in the powder bleach box were 4 x 25ml sachets of the powder, a pair of plastic protective gloves and the instruction leaflet. PRIOR TO USE Before you use this kit (well, before you buy it really) you need to check if the products are suitable for your hair colour. Jerome Russell suggest on the powder box that ?Fair to Medium Brown? hair requires 30vol (9%) cream peroxide and ?Medium to Dark Brown? hair requires 40vol (12%). Once you?ve purchased the correct combination you need to fully read through the instruction leaflet. There are lots of warnings and precautions which I shan?t list here as there are too many, but be sure to read them all before beginning application. The most important thing before application is to do a strand test. For those who don?t know what this is, it requires mixing up the solution and testing it on a few strands of hair to check that you get the correct colour and also that it doesn?t cause any adverse reaction to your hair or skin. There
              are full instructions for this if anyone has any problems. They do also suggest a skin test behind your ear which would be a good idea if you?re applying it to the whole of your head but as I was only doing highlights on the very tips of Chris? hair I did not do this. USING THE KIT Unfortunately at the time we purchased this we had to buy all the components separately so I had to find a non metallic bowl to put the mixture into. I mixed up the solution in the bowl as they suggest: one sachet of powder bleach to one bottle of cream peroxide (in other words a ratio of 1:3). I did not have a non metallic spoon so I had to use my fingers with the gloves on, which took a little longer but worked eventually. This created a pale blue paste, not too thin or thick in consistency. It does smell foul, as expected, but providing you?ve got a few windows open it?s really not a problem (it might be more unpleasant if dying your whole head blonde though). I immediately applied the mixture to Chris? dry hair using my hands in the gloves. It was rather difficult to apply the mixture just to the tips as Chris? hair is quite flat when not styled up. I think it would be easier to apply to girls? hair because you can easily grab a small section at a time. Eventually I got the whole of the middle section (top and back) covered and we waited the full 90 minutes for it to develop because Chris? hair is very dark brown. Between 60 and 90 minutes it didn?t really change colour much so I knew that was as far as it would go. RESULTS After washing the mixture out fully (which is very easy), drying and styling Chris? hair we realised that it wasn?t quite the colour he wanted. It wasn?t bright orange but it certainly had a yellowish glow to it. C
              hris had wanted bright blonde, as near to white as possible, so we were slightly disappointed. In addition to this, the colour was quite ?block? and not as subtle and sun-kissed as we would have liked it. HOWEVER?. I trimmed his hair a couple of times after the colour and after it had grown out we tried again. This time we experimented using a higher ratio of powder to bleach (approx 1:1). In addition to this I had a little brush which had come in an Umberto Giannini hair dye kit I had used, which would hopefully make application easier. Using the same application method as before but with the brush instead of my fingers we achieved an excellent creamy blonde shade on the tips which looked far more professional than the first attempt. TIPS Since then I have bought a brush which is about half the size of the Umberto Giannini one which makes application more subtle and evenly spaced (you don?t get any random clumps of bright blonde). When highlighting Chris' hair I also find it easier to straighten it before applying the mixture because that way the tips are sticking out as they would be when it is fully styled and I can apply the colour easily without getting anywhere near his scalp. PRICE The powder sachet set that we bought costs £3.29 and the bottle of cream peroxide £1.40, both from Boots. However, I suggest if you want a professional result that you invest in a highlighting brush and a tighter pair of latex gloves because they really are the difference between blonde clumps and professional looking highlights (their gloves are thin, baggy, plastic, and break easily). Alternatively you could buy the Jerome Russell B Blonde highlighting kit which is now available from Boots for £5.
              49. It includes the powder bleach, cream peroxide, shampoo, tinting brush, development cap, gloves, mixing bowl, highlighting hat and hooks, and instruction leaflet. This would probably be advisable if doing female hair. FINAL VERDICT This is fantastic for doing Chris? hair because once we found the correct ratio of mixture we can get professional results every time. However, I don?t think I would ever chance using this on my hair because it would take an absolute age to grow out if anything went wrong. (But in saying that I wouldn?t highlight my own hair with anything so it?s no reflection on the product). When doing Chris' hair after the first time I actually realised that I don't need a whole sachet so I just mix up the amount required. As a result this means the packet of four sachets lasts absolutely ages - so it's a very cheap alternative to salon highlights (especially for men when it only lasts a few weeks at most). Only four stars because their ratio was wrong and they didn?t tell you that you could vary it to suit yourself. Shame this site doesn't have the facility for pictures as I have posted pictures on another site! carly_pussycat - dooyoo UK ©

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                best i have ever used!! - Advantages: if u want b really light(bleach not yellow) this works!!!, doesn't dry out your hair, your hair is still shiny and doesnt fade - Disadvantages: smells quite strange, quite hard to judge the color developement on blonde hair because the dye is blue

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