Product Review: Herman’s Amazing Direct Hair Color – Marge Blue

***DISCLAIMER: This product was given to me for free to trial. I am in no way affiliated with the company (although very grateful for the sample!). All opinions are my own.***

It’s my birthday tomorrow, and my hair has been blue for a while (Crazy Color Capri Blue, to be precise – recommended!), but having let it sit fallow for a couple of months, it was going an odd washed-out turquoise colour that you will be able to see below. I decided it was time for a change. Luckily, the very lovely people at Kate’s Clothing sent me a free sample jar of Herman’s in Marge Blue – the closest colour to the Capri Blue that I wanted to maintain.

Purple on the train with greenish-blue hair
My hair had gone sort of greenish-turquoise, so I wanted a refresh… Excuse the expression on my face!

The bulk of this review is identical to my review for the same brand in Patsy Purple, which you can find here. The consistency, smell and texture of the Marge Blue is exactly the same as the purple – it’s good to get that level of consistency across a dye brand. My hair is still growing out at the moment (although I might get the roots bleached again at some stage) so it was just another dye-on-the-ends job.

Purple with shower caps on her dyed hair
Obligatory attractive “in progress” selfie. Note liberal use of shower caps to protect the roots from the ends.

POST-RINSE

I left the dye on for an hour and a half (your experience may vary) and rinsed. Thoughts after drying… The colour didn’t look as vibrant as it did when it was taking or when I rinsed it, but it is a nice refresh for the faded turquoise shade underneath. It hasn’t gone as dark as it would with the Capri Blue, but I am still pleased with the final result. My hair is shiny and in good condition, and looks “fresher” now. Overall, I would probably go back to the Capri Blue after this, but I still have enough dye in the tub for another couple of applications at this length, so I will definitely use that in the interim. Do let me know your thoughts!

Puple with freshly-dyed blue hair
The aftermath. Not stonking, but certainly not bad!

Right, with that done, it’s time to prepare for birthday festivities (well, eating a lot, drinking berry cider and trying and failing to get a Manic Street Preachers ticket for the 25th September…) Comments appreciated, and see you soon.

Product Review: Herman’s Amazing Direct Hair Color – Patsy Purple

***DISCLAIMER: This product was given to me for free to trial. I am in no way affiliated with the company (although very grateful for the sample!). All opinions are my own.***

Well, it’s coming up for Champion of Champions time again, snooker fans, and therefore the barnets are in need of a refresh! Red has already been, well, reddened with her beloved Special Effects Nuclear Red (which continues to impress), so now it’s my turn.

Red and I attended the London Edge Alternative Fashion exhibition back in September; while we are not sellers, we do have connections with alternative fashion, and so were eager to see the expo. While there, the lovely Jasmin at the Herman’s stand gave us two jars of their gorgeous hair colours to try – Fiona Fire for Red, and Patsy Purple for me. Red hasn’t tried her jar yet (that will be another review, hopefully next spring if our dyeing schedule’s correct), and I have been saving mine for CoC purposes as I’ve been letting my hair rest for a couple of months. However, now is the time…

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Had I bought this jar with my own money, the cost would have been somewhere around the £10-£12 mark, research suggests. For this, you get a 115ml jar of dye (a little more than Directions’ 88ml), which is very pigmented and silver-sealed. Like the Lime Crime Pony that I reviewed earlier this year, the dye is vegan and cruelty-free, so you know you’re not putting damaging stuff on your hair and it is ethical. The packaging is very elegant, going for a kind of goth-rockabilly vibe, which I rather liked.

Removing the seal, the first thing that struck me was how solid the dye was. We’re not talking wax-like, but think of the most solid consistency of something like Directions or another more jelly-like dye, and it topped it nicely. There is no smell to the dye at all, which is good for those wanting all the look with none of the smell. As with the Pony, a tiny bit of this dye goes a hell of a long way. I only dyed my hair from about halfway down to the ends, as I have not had my roots bleached in a few months (trying to grow in my natural colour for a wee while) and I would say it only took about a quarter to a third of the jar. Bear in mind, however, that I have very thin hair (thanks, psoriasis), although it is long!

Attractive bathroom selfie, complete with hair dyeing top on.
Attractive bathroom selfie, complete with hair dyeing top on.

I am currently sitting with the dye taking on the ends of my hair. It’s a bit awkward with no dyeing cap on, but it would be even more awkward if I piled my hair up and the dye went on my roots in spots! I will let this sit for a few hours (usual disclaimer: I’ve been colouring my hair since I was thirteen and know what it can take – new dye users should use the manufacturer instructions!) and see you on the other side…

POST-RINSE

Well, as it turned out, I only had to leave the dye on for a couple of hours (and probably even less than that would have been needed). The dye did dry out quite fast, but I put that down to the fact I didn’t process it under a dye cap and just left it to the elements. Because of this, it took a little longer than normal to rinse under the shower (but not THAT much longer, because the dye actually rinsed quickly – it was just the dryness I had to sort). A quick squirt of conditioner and a blow-dry, and this is the result:

Sexy faces on...
Sexy faces on…

The picture does not do the colour justice. It is a shining, deep reddish-purple (perhaps redder than on the model on the leaflet, but I don’t mind) and is absolutely gorgeous. I’m thrilled with it!

This looks like it could be quite a long-lasting dye, but as has already been evidenced, dyes last about three days in my hair before washing out. I will observe this one’s longevity with interest! Also, I have plenty more to top it up with… and I will be, because it’s lovely.

Finally, I have a colour chart of the Herman’s shades to share with you, and I do not hesitate at all in recommending them. Superb.

Herman's shades. I am coveting the green... or would I look like Grotbags?
Herman’s shades. I am coveting the greens… or would I look like Grotbags?

That’s all for now! Might do some updates at the CoC, but they are loooong days, even for a spectator, so we shall see. Toodle-pip!

Product Review: Lime Crime Unicorn Hair

*** DISCLAIMER: This post is in no way sponsored by Lime Crime or any affiliates. The product used was bought with my own money and all opinions are my own. ***

Purple here. As can be evidenced by our travels and non-scripted television appearances, Red and I are fans of our non-natural hair colours. She sticks to the same each time (that’s Special Effects’ Nuclear Red, tip fans), whereas I like to chop and change my colour every couple of months, usually sticking to something in the region of purple (of course). Lime Crime, the US-based cosmetics company, had been threatening to bring out their range of hair dyes for years now, and finally, FINALLY they are on the market. We placed a shipping order of LC stuff of late, including a tub of ‘Unicorn Hair’ in the shade ‘Pony’, which is their purpliest purple, for me. NOTE: If you’re in the UK or anywhere other than the US, basically, it is worth waiting until LC have a sale or shipping promotion, because shipping can be quite costly.

Unicorn Hair tub compared to Directions tub
The Unicorn Hair tub comes in at 200ml, more than double Directions’ 88ml tub.

After getting my hair bleached and having a bit of a disaster with my previous lilac hair that faded to white within about two washes, I decided to give the Pony a go.

First impressions: No word of a lie, this stuff is EXPENSIVE. I believe that, at the then exchange rate, my tub cost around £12.75. However, the tub is a lot bigger than you might expect. If you think you’re going to get something around the size of a Directions dye tub, think again – this is at least twice the size. The dye is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, which is ace. It’s very prettily packaged, too, with holographic fonts and the like, but the most important thing is how it performs…

Upon opening the well-sealed tub, the first thing that struck me was how nice the dye smelled. No chemical smells; more something vaguely sweet. As I applied the dye, the smell lingered, and was far nicer than any other dye I’ve used. With Unicorn Hair, a little goes a long, long way, and I found that it only took me about a third of the tub to cover my currently just-past-shoulder-length hair. I did hit a snag when my trusty old tail comb snapped in my hair, meaning I had to comb the back of my hair through with my fingers, but we shall come to that later.

Then, it was sit-and-wait time. Manufacturer instructions for semi-permanent dyes recommend leaving it on for about half an hour, but my hair takes FOREVER to take, so I left it on for nearer, er, six hours. NOTE: I have been dyeing my hair for the past 22 years, and have found that that’s how long semi-permanent hair dye takes to develop on my hair. Beginners should go for the recommended timings!

Dyeing my hair
Complimentary photo of me with a shower cap on.

After spending a happy afternoon making myself a pair of punky trousers, I washed the dye off. The results were… mixed. The front, where I had been able to comb the dye through properly, had taken extremely well at the roots, but the ends were slightly more muted where the dye had emulsified a little too quickly while being combed through. (I put this down to the fact that my hair wasn’t completely dry before I dyed it.) The back of my hair was quite patchy where I had only been able to comb it through with my fingers. TIP: you need to really saturate your hair in this stuff for it to take evenly! And COMB THROUGH as much as you can, adding dye to places where it looks like it’s emulsifying too quickly.

Unicorn Hair in Pony
The initial result – patchier in real life than it looks here.

So, was I impressed? On the whole, yes – the colour is gorgeous. It’s a bit of a change for me, as I tend to veer more towards blueish-purples. However, I think this pinkish one suits my colouring a bit more, and is a bit less harsh-looking. At present, I am sitting with a bit more of the dye developing on the patchy places (which were my fault, not the dye), and have my fingers crossed for a more even overall result.

A couple of points to add:
1) After rinsing, my hair felt in nice condition and very smooth.
2) I usually have so much hassle getting residual dye off my skin and surrounding surfaces. This stuff was so easy to clean off!

OVERALL VERDICT
Colour: 9/10
Coverage: 7/10 (partly my fault)
Smell: 9/10
Value for money: 7/10
Ethics: 10/10
Overall: 8.5/10
Would I use again: YES. And I still have half a tub to do so!

EDIT:
I went over the patches that were a little less colourful than the rest. Loving the result!

More even colour of Pony
The colour is even richer now. Yummy!