Herman’s World of Colour

Those who know me well will be more than aware of my propensity for changing my hair colour.

I have been pretty much every colour from peroxide blonde to black, with every colour in between from copper to ash to strawberry blonde.

Currently I am grey. A silvery blonde grey that I like a lot, but even though it is called “Silver Steel” it doesn’t have that dark steel look that I have been craving.

On a recent trip to LondonEdge, there was a fabulous stand there for Herman’s Amazing Colours. Now I had seen them at LondonEdge before but had never had a reason to try the product.

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Hermans!

I got chatting a lovely lady about the Herman’s product and she told me that all the colours were semi-permanent, vegan friendly and non-animal tested. This sounded pretty good to me. My hair was already peroxide blonde from bleach, which meant I didn’t need to re-bleach it.

A bonus to this product was that the product contained no extra bleach, as my hair has been suffering with a lot of damage recently. The lady on the stand reiterated that it was a semi-permanent colour and would last approximately 20 washes.

Now if you followed my blog about Colorista (8 wash colour) you will know that the blue streaks are still visible in my hair over four months later, so I was quite optimistic that this colour would work even better for me, especially as I am naturally curly with pre-bleached hair, which should be the optimum kind for colour lasting.

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Still some blue in there…… 16 weeks later!

So, I ummed and aahed over which colour to go for; Should I try Sylvia? Or how about the Gilda?

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What colour to choose?

I handed over my money and chose a pot of Gilda, a dark steel colour.

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Gilda

Two days later and I was eager to try it out. Firstly I washed and towel dried my hair as per the instructions.

I then spread a thin layer of coconut oil on my neck, forehead and ears to stop any staining.

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Grey?

Popping on some latex gloves I started plastering my hair in the thick coloured cream. Application was very easy and felt like I was covering my hair in a conditioner. The cream slid through my hair easily and coated it very well.

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It’s on!

The instructions stated to leave for anywhere between 15 and 40 minutes. I wanted a strong grey colour so left it for the full 40 minutes.

The cream was of a thick enough consistency that it didn’t drip or run. I clipped it up with a plastic crocodile clip to keep it off my skin and sat back to read my book.

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Good coverage

Getting the colour off after the allotted time was very easy. It was just a case of washing under running water until my hair was clean. I then conditioned it as per normal.

I left my hair to dry naturally as I am trying to reduce the amount of heat that is used on it at the moment. When it was eventually dry I was really pleased with the results. A medium dark grey with a slight purple tinge – Just what I was looking for.

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Wet, but Grey!

The next morning I got up and styled my fuzzy mop of hair and I have to say I was pretty impressed. A great amount of coverage, without any damage being done.

Whilst the cost of the product is quite a bit higher than my normal product (almost double) this is an easy to use product that gave me the results that I wanted AND caused no damage to my already ruined hair! This means it is worth paying that bit extra for the bonus of not making my hair any worse than it already is.

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The finished effect

So, how do I feel about it now? Well I have to say that whilst I like the product and the ease of use, on my first time of usage the colour hasn’t done too well.

I was advised that the colour would last UP TO 20 washes. Whilst that is great, I was happy if there was some loss after maybe 10 – 12 washes.

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From the back

However, I went to a family wedding at the weekend, with very steel grey hair. It looked amazing. I washed it for the first time the day after the wedding and a LOT of  the colour has come out. There is still a tinge of colour there, but it is definitely not the steely grey it started out, more of a silvery steel.

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Happy with the result…. so far!

It seems when I want to lose a colour out of my hair, I can’t get it to shift. However when I want one to stick…. it runs all down the drain!

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Not quite steel

I do have a little bit of the dye left so I may put that on in the next couple of days and then see just what happens.

At the moment I am indecisive about the lasting power of the colour, but will give it the benefit of the doubt and try again.

All I can say is…. Watch this space!

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  • Super Busy Mum

    Oooh, some of those hair dye colours are STUNNING! And you really suit the colour you chose.

  • Aww no way – sods law that this wouldn’t stick around after the Colourista fiasco. You really do suit the colour though, might be worth looking for something a little more permanent.

  • Wow!! I LOVE that colour on you, it looks amazing!! It’s too bad it didn’t last so well though! 🙁 I’ve tried going grey using Directions dye in the past, but it didn’t absorb into my hair at all! I might have to give this brand a try though, the shades Stella and Tammy have really caught my eye! <3 xx

  • Jinzo_2400

    How cool to have some such an adventuresome spirit,the color looks so much like you.
    Let us know how long this lasted in your hair….

  • Kegs

    Next time try it on dry or very lightly damp hair, then put a shower cap on and leave as long as you’d like. These semis won’t damage your hair at all and using on dry hair will concentrate it a little. Xxx

  • Leah Shafik

    I love this colour on you. I want to see them all on your hair at some point! I haven’t dyed my hair in a long time x

  • I really love that color on you! It doesn’t wash you out, too bad it doesn’t last longer! I haven’t dyed my hair in so long I wouldn’t know where to start!

  • Melanie

    Love the dress and envy how you are so brave to try out all these fab hair colours…which you seem to be able to pull of every colour! 🙂 x

  • My OH is always trying to find different hair colour products, but there are so many bad ones. Gonna have to show her this.

  • I bought some red dye from the same brand last LondonEdge and I found the same thing, the colour didn’t last very long although it made my hair feel great x

  • Im loving the sound of this product especially as its Vegan as well and you can do it at home, loving the new look on you x

  • I am a lover of bright hair colours, I have blue and black hair currently. I have tried pretty much every colour going. Haven’t heard of this brand though, I love that it lasts up to 20 washes that’s really good for bright colours! x

  • semi permanent colours can be so tricky! It’s a gorgeous colour on you. I have pink ends at the moment but it’s not sticking so I’m going a darker purple I think

  • Funky colour Tan, looks like there’s a hint of blue tones in the grey, nice choice xx

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    What a lovely colour! It’s fairly subtle, but still bold enough.

  • Kira L Curtis

    Firstly, you look gorgeous in that dress in the first photo! Secondly, I do love the colour and I love how simple it seemed to be to put on!

  • Baby Isabella

    Love the colour on you and its great that you can experiment, shame the tone didn’t last longer x

  • Sarah Ann

    Love the colour and it really suits you. It is frustrating though when dyes start washing out quickly and don’t last as long as it says they will.

  • Oh I am badly jealous of you being able to dye your hair – sadly I found out I was allergic about 17 years ago otherwise I would be trying every shade of the rainbow x

  • Kara

    I love the colour of your hair. I so need to try this – the Tammy would be my colour of choice

  • You look amazing!! Shame the hair colour didn’t last long but you do look fantastic! x

  • francesca

    Your new grey hair look fab!! I’ve been grey and it’s such a hard colour to maintain as it fades so fast!! The brand you have used though seems great but just a shame the colour does fade so soon!

  • Tricia Cox

    When washing it, try to use cold (as cold as you can stand) water.
    Hot water pulls the colour out quicker.
    And another trick is to mix some of the dye in with your usual conditioner and use that each time (leaving in for a few minutes). It’s a great and easy way to top up the colour

  • I love your hair so much! I think you should go pink next! You would rock it!