It started when I was 16 years old just out of the blue, I wanted change, and I wanted a new look. So it was then that I had decided to dye my hair. My natural hair color is a deep dark brown, not a chestnut brown but more a dark bark color. My hairstylist at the time informed me that my hair color was mousy and I should consider coloring it or adding highlights to brighten it up. At the time I didn’t take his advice but I was already familiar with the process since I helped my mom (who is handicapped) to dye her hair several times a year. Well over the course of the years my hair has seen numerous shades, everything from blond highlights to browns to reds. In my twenties I settled on black hair, I really loved how a strong lip color can “pop” against the contract of black hair. I also continued to dye my hair because I saw my first gray hair at the ripe old age of 21. Needless to say I have tried and tested every hair color on the block. I’ve been dying my hair since my teen years and I have continued to do so into my 30s.
I recently tried a new hair color by the name of Bigen. I was intrigued since the product states that it’s ammonia free, peroxide free and there is no harsh odor. One thing that I don’t enjoy about dying my hair is the scent that it leaves behind so I was really looking forward to trying something new. Bigen hair color is recommended for those that are looking to darken their hair or to cover gray hair, the colors range from Auburn to Deep Burgundy. I tried Rich Medium Brown color, which is in the range that I usually get. So, here’s what’s included in the box:
In this hair color kit you get the Bigen Powder, a measuring tray and gloves. Unfortunately there was no conditioning packet that I usually get in other kits that I’ve tried.
Pictured above is the Bigen hair color powder which is activated with water. When I saw how much (or rather how little) powder there was I was a bit concerned. The package insert indicated that one box is enough for touch ups but long hair may require two boxes. I have shoulder length hair and I was only doing a touch up on my roots so I hoped that this would be enough.
I mixed the hair color with the proper amount of water and the mixture turned into a gel like consistency (see above). From glancing at the mixture I was not sure that this would be enough to cover my roots – and I was right! I was only able to cover the front, the sides and the crown of my hair before I ran out of the hair color. Luckily for me, I only hair a few strand in the front of my hair but of course I wanted to cover all of my roots for a consistent color.
The pros are that the color formula works, is gentle and really is odor free. My little gray “friends” now match the rest of my hair and my hair does not smell like ammonia or any kind of chemical. The hair color is easy to use, left my hair soft and took care of my little gray problem (mostly). The cons are that compared to other at home kits there is just simply not enough product, so long haired girls be forewarned that you will probably need at least 4 boxes to color your hair.
Bigen Hair Color retails for $4.99 (0.21 fl. oz/ 6g) and can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Sally’s Beauty, CVS and other fine retailers.