VS Vidal Sassoon Salonist review; From Blonde to Brown with pictures
VS Sassoon Salonist hair dye is the first home dye to be inspired by the salon technique of roots then lengths, making a great advancement in home hair colouring. I Tried out the dye to see what makes it different to other home kits. Keep reading for full review and pictures.
I have always home dyed my hair; various shades of gingery reds, deep browns, light browns and most recently, blonde. Yep, all done in my own bedroom with the help from my mum, sister and even my boyfriend! I have always taken a lot of care to colour my hair. I research products and techniques, everything. I always figured they wouldn't make home dyes if they weren't going to have a similar effect to the salon treatment. I always coloured roots, then ends so I always ended up with a more professional finish.
I coloured my hair 6 days ago using the Salonist and I've washed my hair once since. I also went for a bit of a chop too. Long, blonde hair became a shoulder-length, brown bob...haha I know right?! Anyway, My roots needed a serious doing. They didn't look really bad or anything but being the perfectionist, having a brown stripe down the centre of my head just ain't my thang. I considered going lighter again, perhaps to a platinum but I was shocked to see the dye I usually like to buy in Ireland for like €4 cost CHF16 *faints* (FYI CHF16 = €15) I knew Switzerland was pricey but oouuch. I browsed a salon's services and almost choked on my Starbucks when I seen how much a Wash, Cut & Blow-dry cost...I'll spare you.
Yeah so after a week of turmoil I settled on going back to brunette and called my mum who shipped me some dye. I felt blind. She told me not to worry, she'd lift a brown one from the Chemist and hung up. No say in the shade? The depth? The undertone? The braaaand?! Be cool Holly, This woman raised you without screwing up and she knows her way around the odd box dye or two, You'll be grand! Gulp.
Before I get into the product, This is what my hair looked like before, it was at flashy mermaid length (i.e. If I was a mermaid I wouldn't need clam shells but still prone to the occasional slip OR approx. 20-22" long) I achieved this colour from progressive lightening and bleaching, I toned it once with a champagne coloured toner. It's been this colour since Christmas '14/New Years '15.
What's in the box?!
My mum sent me 4/0 Dark Neutral Brown. For more info on the different shades check out this video from VS. The box looks like this:
(Images sourced from Superdrug, click the link to buy this shade) (P.S how much does that model look like Natalie Portman?! OMG)
Inside the box you get a whole bunch a goodies! You get a brush and tray (more like trés professionnel, see what I did there? No? Oh well..) And there's a pair of really high quality gloves like the ones they use in salons. You also get 4 containers of liquids. Tube and Bottle marked 1 are the colour and developer. Sachet No. 2 is the Serum and the Silver tube is CONDITIONER. You mix 1 + 1, then add 2 then finish with the CONDITIONER. You get that mum? Got your glasses on? I've explained clearly for you now! (She tried this dye too but didn't read the containers and mixed the developer and conditoner and applied the colourant as conditioner afterwards. At least her hair smelt nice!)
The instructions are really clear and easy to use however they are for hair that has been coloured in the last six months. If you have NEVER coloured your hair or you haven't coloured your hair in the last six months you can see the instructions on how to apply here. It's really important you follow the correct instructions because this is very different to your typical dye.
I followed the intructions online and treated my hair as I had never coloured it before. This is because I already had very dark roots and blond lengths and I wanted an all over, even colour. I left it on for the recomended 30 minutes.
You have to mix 1 + 1 together in the little pot with the brush until smooth.This was suuuuper hard and it took for absolute ever. I think next time, instead of tipping the whole lot in, mix in the lotion little by little, it might be easier.
How does it apply?
It actually smelt really good! Of course if you took a really deep whiff of it (HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED, YOU SILLY BILLY) then you get that chemical smell but overall it smelt really good while I applied it.
I didn't have an issue with drips because I took small enough amounts. Remember, you can always o back for more but you can't salvage the drips on your favourite old tee.
You work through the roots first which is easy to do with your brush. You can use the end of the brush to section or else use a rattail comb. The back is of course a little tricky to get yourself to get a friend to help if you need, or else just feel your way around.
If your following the instructions from the box, leave 1/4 to mix with the serum and apply to the lengths. If your applying it like me then after the roots coat the rest of the hair and leave on for the set amount of time. After that time is up pop the serum in the pot (empty or otherwise) and scoop it out and smooth through your hair.
How many boxes will I need?
Why does nobody ever talk about this?! UGH. Anyway, Any time I have coloured my longer hair I have had to use 2 boxes. It's pretty standard in terms of thickness...It's not fine but I wouldn't call it thick. However, before I embarked on this expedition I cut about 6" off my hair and used 1 box of dye but I felt a little stretched.
After rinsing out the conditioner, I patted my hair dry a little, took another 2" off the ends and inspected the result. You know that way when you have your head tipped over the bath and you catch a glimpse of a stand? I was still seeing blonde strands. I combed it out. blew dry and straightened my hair before further inspection.
My hair feels amazing and it looks so glossy and healthy! The promise is "stunning, seamlessly blended colour with lots of depth and tones."
My colour looked quite patchy, like a hand-highlighting gone wrong. The only way I can describe it is it looked like leopard print....not cool.
However, a few days later I washed and dried my hair again and this time it didn't look as patchy but more like I have actual, small highlights.
I really liked this dye and I would 100% buy it again. the colour of my roots was true to the suggested shade on the box and despite the initial result, the colour has turned out smooth, glossy and actually multi-tonal (not like the other home kits). I'm really pleased with the result and how healthy my hair has turned out. The actual application was easy and the product was very pleasant to use. Hats off Mr. Sassoon, your team has done you proud!
After a few weeks of wear I grew to realize the truth of this product. After a few washes I noticed my colour lightening significantly. In no time at all my regrowth was now dyed significantly darker than my natural colour while the lengths of my hair was a light honey brown. You can see the total regrowth in this post here. I thought it was my serverely damaged hair but my mum dyed over her grey roots with a warm brown and her roots came out a bright bright read but the dye never took to the rest of her hair either. Absolutely disastrous product and I will never ever buy it again!
Where to buy?
There has been a few mixed reviews on this dye, Have you tried it? What did you think? I 'd love to hear from you! Also, if your using this post to decide whether or not to actually purchase this dye then please feel free to ask me any questions and share with me how your colour turned out!