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I don't normally do product reviews but in this case I decided it was time to start. I can't help but notice that witch's and gothic people do tend toward black hair so I feel that this is relevant to the readers of Haunted Confession.
Recently I discovered a new hair dye called Bigen Permanent Powder Hair Color. New to me that is since Bigen has been around for a while. I purchased 4 packages of #88 Blue Black from Amazon.com. I ordered that many because shipping actually costs more than 4.99 so I wanted to spread that cost out. It was around $25 total which seems like a deal compared to picking up four $10.99 hair dye kits from the store. What attracted me to Bigen was that the product is powdered and all you have to do is mix it with water. I think that's pretty cool because you don't have to use the entire contents and discard the unused portion like you do with regular off-the-self hair dye if you have short-ish hair or just want to touch up your roots.
Before I go through my experience I should advise you that the company strongly warns against using the product to dye your eyebrows or eyelashes as it may cause blindness. Also I didn't bother with the 48 hour in advance allergy test. I mean really, who does that anyway? In my case that is probably stupid because I am allergic to certain brands of Black hair dye although not all brands. It's been almost a week though and my face didn't puff up so I guess it's cool. I did include the manufactures instructions below however, which I pretty much ignored.
Ok, so my dye gets delivered on time by UPS, yay! I opened up one of the boxes and read the instructions which like I said are included below. I don't have any rubber gloves and was in too much of a hurry to look for a towel to wrap around my shoulders. I did have a black tee on however and I didn't think anyone would see black dye on a black shirt so I left it on. I also don't have any cold cream to protect my face, neck and ears from getting stained. What I did have though was a dye brush and little plastic mixing tub that I had saved from another dye product neither of which is included with Bigen Permanent Powder Hair Color
Now we are going to go into the actual dyeing. I wanted to see how far the product went so I started by mixing only half the bottle according to the mixing instructions. My hair is shoulder length and kind of on the thick side although the hair strands are fine. My hair was previously dyed black but the color was wearing off in places. I had around an inch and a half of roots showing also. Knowing what I know now I should have probably mixed the whole amount the first time.
Everything is now mixed up to a gel like consistency and I am using the dye brush on the roots like you'd normally do during a touch-up. Cool it was covering nice and I only had a few dye oppsies on my face and ears. When that was done I took the remaining product and globed it on top of my head and started combing it through my hair like you would normally do with a refresh during the last ten minutes except Bigen recommends that you do as part of the process at the beginning. It would have helped if I had a fine tooth comb but I made do with a tangle resistant Conair comb that has thick soft teeth. It kind of worked. Anyway, I finally finished and used my ungloved hand to ball my hair up on the top of my head. I washed my hands with soap and water - they weren't stained. Later during the rinse process the oppsies on my face washed off also.
Now that all is said and done I have to say that I have no complaints about the color and it's not fading so far. On a side note, the bottle the powder comes in is glass and is kind of cute. If you could figure out a way to wash the inside thoroughly the bottle could probably be reused. Maybe for essential oil or even powered herbs although it's a tad bit tiny for the later.
The environmentally conscious will be happy to know that the cardboard container Bigen Permanent Powder Hair Color comes in is roughly half the size of a normal hair dye kit and the gauge (thickness) is as thin as is practical. There is also a plastic blister packaging material which protects the glass dye bottle and the plastic measuring container. Compared to what you have to dispose of in a standard off-the-shelf dye kit however the waste you would have to dispose of with Bigen is minimal.
Caution: This product contains ingredients which may cause skin irritation on certain individuals, and a preliminary test according to accompanying directions should first be made. This product must not be used for dyeing the eyelashes or eyebrows, to do so may cause blindness.
Pour Bigen Powder into a non-metallic bowl or cup. Add room-temperature tap water.