I’ll start of by saying that I have never in my life tried a hair colour remover before. My hair dressers had hinted at it one day when I was wanting to go blonde (after a disastrous ginger incident) but I needed up not having enough time to go that way. I chose to go for the darkest brown my hair has ever been, plus it was coming in to winter in New Zealand And I like to go a bit darker for winter. However, I ended up getting a bit sick of the way my dark hair was making me look so of course I jumped at the chance to review the JoBaz Hair Colour Remover (MAX Strength).
“New from the UK, JoBaz Hair Colour Remover is a simple and effective home treatment especially formulated to reverse an undesirable hair colour application or simply if you want to change your look.”
The main thing I was wanting to get out of trying the JoBaz hair colour remover was how close could get me to my natural hair colour. The best result for me would be doing that without turning my hair too gingery.
Now I was told when I emailed, and it also says in the packaging, that if you have ever used bleach on your hair you will not get a colour that perfectly matches your natural colour. The box specifically says “Hair Colour Remover takes your hair back to its natural shade or the lightest shade.” The results I have found do show this, but I can happily say I didn’t have a bad experience.
If you have read my previous post on the Evolution of my hair, you will know I have dyed my hair quite a bit over the years. I’ve gone from a light brown/blonde, to chocolate-brown, ginger (by accident) and to a dark brown which was my current colour when conducting this review. Because of this history I knew that it was likely there would be reddish tones to my stripped hair colour. As I am trying to grow my hair out, back to its natural colour, all I wanted was for it to strip out the colour to something that could be grown out more easily. If you are not sure how a hair colour remover works it’s actually rather simple. Hair colour is the safest and most reliable method of fixing up your hair disasters. The artificial dye molecules, from a permanent hair dye, are shrunken down to a size (a very tiny size) that is easily washed away.
The packaging and instructions are very detailed in their description of how the product works and how you should go about using it. Be warned that you nostrils will be assaulted by chemical scents. If you have an extractor fan in your bathroom I highly suggest turning this on for the duration of the application. You may also want to open a window.
I found the product was really easy to apply, although as I was doing it to myself it did take me a while to apply it. I had about an inch of regrowth so I focused the product on the rest of my hair. I wasn’t sure what kind of effect it would have on my natural hair which is another reason I avoided the regrowth. As the colour of my hair was a very dark brown I left the product in for the maximum 60 minutes for the MAX strength. Like the instructions suggest, I wrapped my head with cling wrap, and for extra measure I covered it with a plastic bag. I chose to put a plastic bag over top to help retain even more heat to help with the processing.
I was really pleased with the end results. At first I didn’t think that it had done anything to my hair. However the box says to wait for your hair to be 100% dry before making a judgement. The Remover did actually return my hair to about 3 or 4 shades lighter than it was before. At the moment I think I could quite easily grow my hair out without it looking weird. As you can see in the photos after, under a harsh lighting (right) you can really see the reddish tones of my hair. When comparing this stripped colour to my previous colour before dying it dark brown, it is very similar.
I would definitely recommend this to someone who has screwed up their hair or is looking to dye their hair light after using a dark hair dye. The JoBaz hair colour remover is great for these situations as you can dye your hair the same day you use the remover. In New Zealand you can buy it from Countdown Stores for $39.99
Have you ever tried a hair colour remover? Maybe you’ve even tried the JoBaz one? What did you think about it?
*Although I was kindly sent this product to trial, all opinions are, as always, my own.