Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Schwarzkopf Live Steel Silver 098 review and before and after

Schwarzkopf Live Steel Silver 098 review and before and after
After Stylepeaches' review, I was really excited to try out Schwarzkopf's silver hair dye, so the last time I bleached my roots, I put this over the top. A bit of a mixed-bag review from me if I'm honest. I bought this when I was having a bit of a 'hair emergency'- I'd just bleached my roots, but I forgot I'd left my ride or dye grey hair dye (Makki professional colouring mask in grey) at home, so I really needed something that I could buy from town quickly, and something I knew would probably work.
Schwarzkopf Live Steel Silver 098 review and before and after

Price// 

at £4.50, this was pretty affordable. But the tube is pretty small- only 50ml. I only did my roots and I used up half the tube- if you've got long or thick hair, you're probably gonna need two tubes. It came with a pair of gloves, the 50ml tube of colour and two packs of conditioner. 

Before// 

My hair was mostly silver (from faded Makki grey), but my roots were a custard yellow because I'd just bleached them.

Application//

Because it's a fairly thick paste, I actually found it quite hard to apply this. You're supposed to just put it onto (gloved) hands and smooth it out with your fingertips, but it was quite hard to smooth it out and get an even finish. I think if you mixed it with the conditioner you'd get a better application but the colour would be lighter, which wasn't what I was going for. I still managed to get the colour on though. The first time I tried this, I left it on for the minimum 20 minutes because I was in a huge hurry to go out, and the second time I left it for the full 30. It didn't seem to make much difference in terms of how long the colour lasted, but I think I got a more even finish the second time.

After//

The first time I used it- it covered my yellow roots pretty well and blended in perfectly with the rest of my hair:
Schwarzkopf steel silver review
 I think I managed to get a more even finish the second time:

Schwarzkopf steel silver review

Schwarzkopf steel silver review

Schwarzkopf live steel silver 098 review

It gets an A+ for covering my yellow roots, and I think the colour looked pretty cute! It also left my hair feeling really smooth- I think the Schwarzkopf conditioning pack did it's job! Seriously, I need to try and find a big pack of this.

Longevity// 

This is where it really fell down for me- it says on the package up to 12-15 washes, but after only 2 washes it had almost completely faded. I had used colour protect shampoo and stuff, but I think grey is notorious for washing out quickly.

After only one wash it looked pretty yellow in strong light:
steel silver fade
And after two washes you could definitely see a yellow tinge to my roots: 
steel silver fade

Did it stain my hair?//

Getting weird tints left in my hair is always a worry when I try out new grey or cool hair colours, and luckily this one didn't leave any nasty green streaks. 
steel silver review

Overall//

It was a nice colour! I'd definitely recommend this to people who are doing silver hair for the first time, as it looks lovely, plus it's easy to get hold of. However, I can't see myself using this again because it is such a bother to keep re dying my hair every two washes. Honestly I think that next time I want 'silver' hair, I'll just use makki colouring mask in grey and mix it with more conditioner, as it's a lot easier to use for me (although it definitely doesn't leave your hair feeling as silky this one does.)


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4 comments

  1. It's a shame that the colour only lasted two washes... you'd think it would last a lot longer! And super expensive if you're going to have to keep dying it. It is a lovely colour though!

    Lizzie Bee // hello lizzie bee

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    1. Yeah, I'm definitely going to have to go back using the makki dye. It's a shame though because I really did like the colour of this one. Ah well :') I'm glad I tried it at least :)

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  2. Schwarzkopf now do a permanent silver colour in their Metallics range!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! <3 I think I might pick that one up and try it next, if it's as pretty as this one was then I'm sold!

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