I dye my hair at home and am totally not brand loyal, I buy whatever colour I fancy and do let special offers sway me so when I saw Wella Live hair dyes reduced in Tesco recently I bought a few boxes for myself and my daughter (the usual price is around £6 but our local Tesco have some odd but super reduction sprees sometimes, and these had been reduced to £2). I can't remember the shade I used, I'm sure it had Cherry in the title but it was a dark reddy brown on the box - my daughter used the same one a couple of weeks later with the same results so this is a kinda joint review.
The colour is easy to apply, my hair is below shoulder length and there was more than enough in the box. It has a creamy but fairly light consistency so you do need to go through your hair to ensure you've applied it all the way over, through the gloves it was hard to tell at times whether you'd covered sections of hair enough so I felt I had to be really vigilant while applying the dye.
I kept the dye on for 45 minutes and went to the shower to rinse it off, when the water was still running red ten minutes later I decided to just get in the shower as my neck was aching bending over the shower tray!
The colour was acceptable, far redder than expected and a little brassy. This is designed to last for 28 washes so isn't a permanent colour and the brassiness started to disappear on around day three (I wash my hair daily). From then on the colour faded at an even rate over my head and I'm pretty sure I continued to have useful colour well past the 28 day stage.
The issue I had was the amount of towels the dye ruined. Even a week after using the dye there were still patches of red on the towels, my daughter even ruined a coat when she was caught in rain TWO WEEKS after colouring her hair - she sat in her coat with wet hair for the rest of the day at college and when she got home there was a huge patch of dye on the neck that I can't get out, as a student she's not bothered in the slightest but I must admit I'd have been raging!
The other boxes might be used by her but I'm not going to bother again, I was pleased with the colour but these bargain hair dyes will cost a fortune in replacement towels when we decorate!
I've been using Wella's Live colour range for about three years now. Having been blonde all my life, I suddenly decided I wanted to dye my hair a vibrant red. I'm not one to do things by halves, and so went for the brightest looking permanent dye I could find.
The Live colour range stood out as all the colours look great on the box - I went for Real Red, one of three red shades.
I'm pleased to say I've never looked back. After dyeing my hair, I tend to get a good few compliments in the week or so after. It gives a wonderful shiny look - and the colour is great. Now, when re-dyeing, I have to dye my roots blonde first, so the brightness will take - and I don't do this with Live colour, as all the blondes are too bright.
It does fade after around 4 weeks - but it is well known that bright red hair is very difficult to maintain, so I won't hold this against the dye. The other thing to be really careful of is getting the dye on your surrounding as you're applying it - I've managed to get a few blobs on my carpet and the bathroom door over the years, and it's almost impossible to clean off.
Still, no other hair dyes appear to give the same shade and I'm really pleased with the way it makes my hair look.
I've been using live colour now for a VERY long time and it's one of the best colours I've used full stop. I started off using the reds and the purple shade but as I've grown up I've stuck more with a classic black.
I used to use the blue black but recently i think they've changed the formula and it washes out really quick leaving my hair a faded brown which I find very strange indeed. I have now switched to live colour deep black and I'm really pleased with the results it seems to be completely locked into my hair but also completely locked into my pijamas that I accidentally spilt it on so do be careful when you use these colours as they stick to everything! I'd also recommend putting some good ol' vaseline around the edges of your face so you don't get any patches on your face, which looks especially pretty when you've also tried scrubbing thos epatches off haha!
I have found this dye for as little as £3.49 in wilkinsons and sometimes it's on special offer.
I definately recommend the deep black over the blue black.
And i also recommend putting towels down and one round your neck when usin g this product!
I tend to dye my hair every few weeks or couple of months. Basically when I'm fed up with the colour. I like to try a lot of different colours and as I had used the non popular name brands of bright and groovy colours (which are all semi-permanent) I thought I would try Live colour. And I haven't used it again. I really liked the bright red colour that they sell (sorry I can't remember the name of it now) and decided to try it. So armed with a pack of the pre-lightner and the red hair dye I headed for the bathroom. First of all the instructions didn't match!!! As I remember, and I must admit it was about 10 months ago so they may have changed the packaging, according to the pre-lightner you should add the dye straight onto the bleached hair without applying the conditioner supplied wiht the lightner. But on reading the hair-dye insructions you should leave the bleached hair for about an hour and apply the conditioner! As I have bleached and died my hair quite a significant amount of times before I thought it was best to apply the conditioner and leave my hair for a few hours before applying the other colour. I then applied the cool bright red colour to my hair....only to discover that there was just enough to cover it all!! My hair is just about chest length but with any other makes of hair-dye it normally covers it all. I know that they recommend more packets for longer/thicker hair but I don't normally have a problem! So anyway. The red came out a burnt orangey colour, even though I applied the whole lot and I applied the most to the top of my head. All of it washed out very quickly leaving me with more of a gingery-orange colour. I was a bit annoyed as you expect to at least have the colour you applied for a few weeks....especially as this was the permanent brand! I ended up over-dyeing it with a trusted old non-popular benad to get the hair colour I wanted. In
all honesty....don't really bother with it unless you want browns/blonds etc. But you can probably even get cheaper versions of these aswell!!! The pre-lightner was good but as you can get cheaper versions I wouldn't bother with this either. If you want bright colours go for a pot of "Directions" or "B-Funky" stuff. They are much better. Live pre-lightner : £5.29 Hair colour: £5.29
When I first saw Live colours by Wella I thought finally a well known and trusted range of hairdyes make a range of BRIGHT colours both appealing and usable by me (i.e. semi-permanent, Im the type of person who can't make up her mind) I ran to the counter with the colour 'Violet Vision' The picture showed a women with fantastic dark purple hair. The colour was suitable for my mid-brown hair, after taking the dye off (after leaving it on for the said amount of time) my hair seemed to be a darker brown with a very slight greyish tinge. I didn't like it. I thought maybe my hair didn't take because it was too dark but it did say that it could be used on my haircolour. I wouldn't reccomend this colour to anyone i know but i am still dieing to try out the rest of the range as its cheap and a semi. Clare
This product has quite a good range of colours. I have tried a red one, a blond one and the black one. All gave excellent colour results. The only complaint I have is that they are quite runny to apply. I had alot more drips than I have with other hair dyes, and also the colour faded fairly fast. The conditioner that goes on afterwards was quite good, and there was enough for my length of hair, which there isn't always with hair dyes. I will still use this product though, because it has colours that are not available in other brands.
When I first saw this product I thought great I like the look of the range of colours that were on offer. I selected a red which turned out fabulously the shade was as bright as I had hoped and was also the red that I wanted. The pricing for this product I found to be ok and in line with the price of other hairdyes. The one problem I encountered when using this dye was the application, when applied it was very runny and even 15 minutes later I still felt it running. All in all though I thought this was a good dye, averagely priced, right shade and brightness just too runny when applying