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So today’s review I’ll have to go ahead and get this out of the way. It’s a bit embarrassing. I took advantage of Lime Crime buy one hair dye sale and get a free bleach kit. Now I usually just use my tried and trusted Wella powder and 20 Developer ,but I wanted to get the new Lime Crime neon green shade.
Review for that color coming soon!
So before I get into the negative let’s check out the packaging and what you actually get.
Now bear in mind I specifically picked the 20 as it’s meant to more gentle on root regrowth and a few spots on the back of my head that I missed last month. I don’t really believe in using 40 developer anymore as I’ve had the dreaded chemical cut before. And I usually get the same results or better with 20 and just going slow and maybe doing another bleach spaced out a few days or a weeks(preferably).
So you get a small 30z bleach powder jar, and a 6 oz bottle of the 20 developer . At first I thought this might not be enough, but my root regrowth wasn’t super long and I only had two or three brownish spots from my last root touch up. I just expected that maybe the roots might still be a bit yellow. But nothing too bad right? That’s easy to fix with purple conditioner and I’m going to be dying my roots a lime green. But and this is a very big but. Other things happened . I will say the developer is pretty thick , almost like a conditioner ( thicker than Wella Cream developer Wella products review : The Bleachening !), and the powder just seemed like normal bleach powder. I was able to mix the right amount and cover the areas I needed with roots being saved for last as they usually lighten the fastest. I also made sure not to get bleach on my already dyed areas or places that may have been super faded. Like the previous Arctic Fox Space Cowboy was mostly faded on my right side. I noticed that this stuff works pretty fast too. It did have a strong bleachy smell, a bit stronger than Wella. All seemed to be going well. I had prepped my hair with coconut oil and jumped in the shower to rinse after 27 minutes.
And that’s when this happened:
Oh geeze , I haven’t had a chemical cut since years ago using Clairol kaleidocolors or Manic Panic 40 developer. This was super harsh ! Like I knew as I was rinsing my hair that there were clumps falling. I decided to go ahead save these and take a picture to really show how much came out and also to kind of warn others about the risks of bleaching. I did reach out to Lime Crime and left them an email stating that I think there may have been some mix up and their 20 developer is acting a bit more like 40. Like this was pretty bad.
This is how I felt . Like omg ! I’m Cynthia from Rugrats now!.
Hairapocalypse pictures incoming!
Gross! I have white hair but at what cost!
I did intentional bad pics ! I feel like this was a bit much for just a root touch up. Well I think my hair will grow back as it always does. My scalp looks fine and isn’t red but the hair breakage I could do with out. Overall I have dark black roots and this stuff go them to white pretty fast. I think this is a more powerful bleach than stated and I would caution others with naturally lighter or thinner hair to really not use this product. And same with doing root touch up with this. I think Wella lightener with 20 developer is the safer way to bleach your hair at home . Really just stay away from this stuff. I’ve liked Lime Crime’s other products but this one wasn’t the best. I’ll probably trim a bit, as I already got the ends a bit, but I don’t want to go super short with my hair. So it’s up to argan oil and definitely washing less for now. Let me know in the comment’s if you ever had a bad bleach job , or too strong bleach than what was expected.
Have a great week everyone !