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Review: Splat Hair Color, Lusty Lavender
Hair Care - November 20th, 2011

The last time I dramatically changed my hair color was when I was in college. I had peacock blue hair for about two weeks. That was several years ago now. Back then, I bought a bleach kit, bleached my hair, and then followed the instructions on a jar of Manic Panic. It was pretty easy. This time around, I decided to give the Splat Hair Color kit a try, because it was cheap (like $10 at Rite-Aid) and easy. I have two complaints with the kit, and otherwise I’m pleased with it.

The kit consists of two parts, a bleach and a dye. The instructions are easy enough – add the bleach powder to a pre-measured bottle of stuff, shake, apply. Cover your head and wait. When it’s bleached, rinse and dry. Apply the dye to your dry hair and wait. Rinse, and you’re done.

My first complaint is that the bleach isn’t very strong. I left it in for the 60 minutes it said for dark brown/black hair and it only got my hair to a light orange-yellow, not even close to pale blonde. I didn’t want to leave it any longer and risk really frying my hair, so I rinsed and proceeded. I think I’d be happier with the purple result if my hair had gotten lighter. However, my hair feels in pretty good condition despite being bleached, so there is that.

My second complaint is directly tied to the first: the purple is definitely on the reddish side, due probably to the amount of orange left in my hair after bleaching. I like it, but I was hoping for a bluer purple. Mini-complaint #3 is with the applicator. The squirt it on technique is hard to control and has the potential to be quite messy. Buy a brush at a beauty supply store and save yourself some trouble. Also, the directions definitely don’t have you leaving the dye on for long enough. I left it on for an hour, and probably would wait even longer if I did it again. The dye part is just dye, no developer, so you’re not frying your hair by leaving it on for a long time. It just gives it more time to absorb into your hair.

Overall, this was a pretty good experience. For an off-the-drugstore-shelf product, I’d say you’ll get an acceptable result even if you have very dark brown hair like mine. I bought a jar of Manic Panic and a brush to do some touchups because like I said, the squirt bottle technique wasn’t very good for details like around my ears.

I probably won’t buy it again just because I need stronger bleach. However, I think it’s an acceptable product and easy to use for the hair coloring newbie. I give it one thumb up.

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2 Responses to “Review: Splat Hair Color, Lusty Lavender”

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  2. Taty says:

    Thanks. I nrought this kit from CVS and this will be my first time dying my hair.