I color my hair a lot. I recently decided I wanted to go from bright blue to my natural ash brown. The blue dye had ideas of its own, though, and I ended up going with my usual refuge when my hair thinks it knows better than me, black.

After a while I decided, with the encouragment of this product, to try again. I couldn't resist seeing if it could really remove the black dye while leaving my hair healthy enough to re-color.

Well, one thing I can't complain about is that it did the job well. It was much gentler than a standard bleach, and I am really impressed by the results. They were exactly as promised in the package insert, and I was able to use a permanant medium brown dye right away, no problems.

The applicator bottle, however, is about the most irritating thing I have ever used while dying my hair. As you can see in the picture above, rather than having a regular applicator, it has a flip top. Even with a finger over its tip, the texture of the product is so thin and watery that it leaks while you are shaking it to blend the powder inside the applicator bottle with the liquid peroxide you add to activate it. I also found it very difficult to to get the mixture to blend properly as the powder clumped and stuck to the bottom of the bottle as I added the liquid.

The powder clung to the inside of the applicator bottle before adding the liquid too; I suspect it would be difficult to get it all out into a bowl if you wanted to mix it outside of the container it came packaged in.

The super fluid texture of this product also makes it much harder to apply than traditional creme or gel formula hair colors and bleaches. There is far less accuracy if you only want to do certain areas of your hair.

Last, but not least, get your own gloves if you want to try this product. The gloves that come with it are the old school "peel the flat glove off the paper the instructions are printed on" style that does not fit any human hand.

I find it really frustrating that a product that works so well has so many design flaws. Hopefully we'll soon see this product with big, bright stars on the front boasting "New and Improved".