I should have known better.
Actually, I DID know better.
But I ignored my better judgment and payed for it!
This summer, I wanted to freshen up my look with some blonde highlights, (it's becoming a summer tradition for me). Usually I use a cap and hook method, which works wonderfully, but this time, out of laziness I suppose, I tossed a box of Clairol comb-in highlights into the cart.
Now, I had heard bad things about comb-in highlights before. That they were messy, and that they didn't apply even colour. But, I reasoned, that since they were still on the market, there must still be enough people buying them over and over again. Plus, all the boxes now-a-days advertise "new and improved" applicator combs... How bad could it be?
It was bad.
Everything I had heard was true. Application was messy, with big globs of dye falling everywhere. The dye did not stay on the comb AT ALL. Instead it all came off the second I placed the comb on the top of my head. I tried adding more dye to the comb, and then picking up where I left off, but it was literally impossible to get an even streak of dye all the way down a strand of hair. After a very long time of fussing and working, I was anxious to see the results.
The results were large patches of blonde on the top of my head, with virtually no colour continuing down the length of my hair! It was very obvious this was a dye job gone amiss. To make it much, MUCH worse, the colour, which was supposed to be a "medium cool blonde, " was actually a glaring platinum blonde!
Oh, did I fail to mention that this was two days before my friend's wedding? ......yeah.......
But all was not lost, folks. I found a really wide bandanna to cover my head, went to the grocery store for a box of dark blonde dye and dyed my whole head a solid colour once more. Thankfully, it worked.
The only good thing I can think of to say about this product is that it contained a nice, large tube of after-treatment conditioner. I used this daily for two weeks to nurse my poor locks back to health.
So, if for any reason you feel tempted to put a box of comb-in highlights in your shopping cart, just listen for that still small voice. That will be me yelling from Saskatchewan, "Don't do it!" =)