Infuse My. Colour Wash – Tried and Tested!

A few weeks ago I was sent a bottle of the new Infuse My. Colour Wash in Copper to try. I’ve been colouring my hair for 18 years now, so I’m always willing to try new products, techniques and anything that will help the condition of my hair and make things easier.

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The Infuse My. Colour Wash colours were created to be 100% vegan, contain no sulphates, parabens or silicone and were designed to boost your hair colour in between colouring.

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Since my hair is red/brown with copper highlights I went with the copper colour, but they do a whole range of colours to boost all tones and shades.

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My aim was to see whether I could bridge the gap between colouring sessions, and tone my mousey blonde roots to blend with the rest of my colour, as I intend on letting my hair grow out a bit before re-colouring again.

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know I wash my hair backwards so for the purposes of using this product properly I decided to wash my hair the conventional way, to give it a fair go.

The method for using this, is to use the product as normal shampoo, wash it out as soon as the hair is coated, without waiting any time, and then condition as normal.

Here’s before I started with the colour wash:

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A nice picture of my dusty scalp…. But as you can see, I have quite a lot of warm tones in my hair, and then some lovely boring mousey roots poking through at the top.

So how did I get on? Well, I love the bottle. You get a hefty 270ml for just under £14. The cap is a push top, which means you don’t have to faff with unscrewing the cap and you can squeeze the product out. Because it doesn’t contain the nasties, it doesn’t lather as much as a standard drugstore shampoo, however you can spread it through your hair easily, and it smells amazing – like fresh, clean apples!

The product didn’t stain my hands or my bath tub, but I did feel I needed to scrub under my nails afterwards.

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My hair felt lovely during washing, and after, and I was able to comb my wet hair through easily. The water ran clear very quickly and no staining was left on my towel once I removed it.

On inspection of my hair after blow-drying, I saw no difference. There was maybe a little bit of a copper sheen to the red/brown colour underneath my hair, but honestly, there was no change. My roots were still the same colour, but I knew that part of my hair would be stubborn. So I decided to try again the next time I washed my hair.

The next time I washed my hair, I decided to mix it up a bit. I went back to reverse washing, popped on an Aussie 3 minute hair mask to the lengths of my hair, and then the colour wash all over, on top. I left this for a couple of minutes and washed it all out.

After drying my hair, I could see more of a difference. The blonder highlights in my hair were definitely more copper toned, and I felt like my hair was more of an even colour. My roots, however, were again completely as they had been previously. I mean, this isn’t a hair dye, and I know my hair is stubborn when it comes to colouring – I can usually only get a decent colour result using permanent dye.

Here’s the ‘after’ pictures:

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You can see that my roots remained the same colour as before, however I think you can tell from the picture above that the lengths of my hair were definitely more copper-toned.

The next time I washed my hair, I used my normal shampoo and conditioner and all of the copper colour I’d added washed out. So if I was going to maintain the copper colour I’d added, I would need to use this every time I washed my hair.

For the cost of this product, I wouldn’t be able to maintain this, but as the odd one-off for a particular occasion, it would be wouldn’t be bad.

I found the Infuse My. Colour Wash to be most effective on the areas of my hair that had been highlighted. But the change was very subtle and only happened once I’d left the product on for a number of minutes.

As a shampoo, it left my hair feeling lovely, and conditioned. I was happy that the ingredients would be good for my hair, and I would have no reservations using this regularly, from a hair care perspective.

I think if you had naturally strawberry blonde, or coloured ginger hair, or if you had highlights you wanted to turn peach/copper then give this a go. It’s a wash in/wash out solution and would help you make a change to your hair without the commitment. If you were looking for something that would be a little more long-lasting and possibly to help with root regrowth between colouring sessions, I’d probably not use this product.

But overall the pros outweigh the cons. I work my hair hard, and I like what I like. My choice for hair colour is unconventional so I can’t expect products to work just for my requirements.

If you have bleached blonde, or platinum hair, I’d love to see what results you could get from using the Infuse My. Colour Wash in the various different tones. If you’ve already used this product, I’d love to hear how you got on!

I also captured my trial of the Infuse My. Colour Wash on film, and have popped it onto my YouTube channel, which you can see here!

 

The Infuse My. Colour Range can be found at Boots and retails at £13.95. I was supplied this bottle for free by My.Haircare, in return for an honest review, which is what I’ve provided.

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This Week I Have Been Mostly…

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  • Massively enjoying the sun. It’s wonderful that the warm weather and sunshine has stayed with us this long. I must say I’m hoping that it continues this way. I’m getting rather a nice tan too for the first time EVER!

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  • Missing my parents. They’re away in Canada and come back on Tuesday. It’s going to be good to have them back. It sounds like they’re having an amazing time!
  • Watching Veronica Mars. Having only ever watched 3 episodes, randomly and out of sync when they used to air it around 11am on E4 I knew it would be something I would enjoy. I’d never expected it to be so adult though. It’s wonderful, I love the characters, the story lines and the music. I’m now on season 3 (the last season) and I don’t know why they’ve changed the opening credits music, but I’m starting to feel a bit sad because I know it’s going to be over soon. I’ve been watching it on my laptop with headphones in while Gary has been watching the World Cup and apparently I’ve been gasping with surprise a lot. It’s that kinda show, folks. I can’t wait to see what happens – no spoilers now please!

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  • Prepping my hair for some changes. I bought a highlighting kit recently and it’s going to hopefully bring back my old gingery slices, so I’ve died my hair in preparation for testing it and working out how long I want to leave the goo on it for the right shade. Exciting! It should hopefully end up much like it is in this photo:

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  • Planning the week ahead since I’m now on holiday until the 2nd of July. I have some really fun things planned and I can’t wait to get on it!

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Bob bob bob bob-omb

Stop the presses! I’m starting to feel like I’m getting over my cold! Whoooo! I’ve had a good few last days of my holiday, made better by the Wednesday rest day I had. On Thursday morning we went to get my hair cut. I decided on a whim that I wanted to get it cut short and that I wanted to go back to red. So that’s what I did. I got myself a bob cut in and then went off to Boots for hair colour.

That evening we went out for dinner and drinks with a friend and had chats and stuff. It was nice and relaxed but I was still feeling really rubbish by the end of the night. I just wanted to be able to breathe!

Friday we went and visited my Grandad in Hinkley. It was good to see him as be hasn’t been feeling all that well recently. When I got back it was time to dye the bob. I knew that I wanted to get a vibrant red because I was starting off so light. When I washed the colour out I was devastated. It hadn’t settled into parts which were my natural brown, the shade was orangey pink and I looked horrid. It took quite a lot of texts from two friends and Gary’s reassurances that it looked okay. That evening I went out with the same friends and they said it looked good – but I was still not sure. Next morning I washed it and most of the colour came out. It had turned a fluorescent coral colour and I looked like a clown. So we went back to Boots and I chose a shade two darker and put that on. It seems to be holding. Some of the highlights have resisted and I know they’ll come through after washing but I think that will look kind of cool! I really didn’t expect, after 12 years of dying my hair red, that I would be dying my hair twice in two days. My poor scalp! But I suppose you learn these things by making mistakes!

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Last night, for dinner, we went to KFC and got a chicken box meal for 4 people and shared it between the two of us. Sometimes you’ve just gotta! And today, as well as it being Easter Day, it’s G Man’s 30th Birthday! I’m so excited for him!! We’re going to his family’s house later today and they’re throwing a little party for him 🙂

Easter isn’t really a big deal for me, but when I was a kid my Mum used to do egg hunts for us on Easter day morning. We’d wake up and find a post-it next to our beds with a clue on it. We’d follow the clue and find an egg and there would be a new clue attached to it. We would carry on like this until we found all of our eggs. I used to find it so much fun, even though I was allergic to chocolate. But I would always get a VHS of the previous summer’s kid blockbuster instead 😀

Tomorrow I’m back to work, but that’s okay! I found out I should have another 3 months before my contract ends so I get to stay working for my favourite company for a little longer. Big whoops!

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Seeing Red

It’s amazing how something like colouring your hair can make such a difference to your mood. I’ve been dying my hair different shades of red for 12 years.

I started with 6 wash dyes that made my hair a little red in the sun and quickly moved into permanent dyes. Believe it or not my hair is blonde under all this colour. Here’s a picture of me when I had blonde hair:

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My Mother was devastated when I told her I wanted to colour my hair because she loved the blonde. My sister had been dying her hair for a while before. Loads of cool colours too like pink and bleach blonde and black and purple and red (sounds like a song from Joseph!) I think I decided I wanted red once I’d seen Clare Danes in My So Called Life and she dyed it red in the first episode. I adored it. In fact I spent most of my hair dying life trying to find a shade similar!

So my hair’s been copper, red, red with ginger highlights and about 6 months ago I decided to let it fade out. I think I was restless. Then I began to dye it brown. It took me until about a week ago to decide that I needed the red back. And it’s like a breath of fresh air having the colour back!

Erin’s back and I love it!

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