Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ion Color Brilliance Brights Review

If you keep up with my blog at all you’ll know that for my daughter’s 16th birthday I dyed her hair. The goal was to get it as pink and purple as we could. She has a relaxer in her hair so I didn’t use bleach to lighten it (the goal was to color her hair not melt it off).

What I did instead was use a blonde color to lift some of the darkness out of her hair. So I took her from a dark brown to this...

I could have gone lighter but you live and you learn. We chose not to dye all of her hair and strategically placed it so she can part her hair to show as little or as much of the pink as she wanted to.

 I then went in with Ion Color Brilliance Brights in Purple and Fuchsia. I did purple on the bottom and Fuchsia on top.

                                                            Here is the final look…

Now here are my thoughts good and bad about Ion Color Brilliance Brights.

The Bad: 
The product is VERY thick. There for if you aren’t careful and make sure all of the hair is coated, you’re going to have spots without color. Thankfully I watched a lot of reviews on YouTube and found this out ahead of time. So I made sure to coat her hair top to bottom over and under (if that makes sense). In having to do this, I ended up using a lot of the product. I used half of the purple and 1 and a half of the Fuchsia.

The other thing I did not like was the Purple didn’t show up… AT ALL. In fact it turned her hair black. Where I applied the Purple it came out literally darker than her natural hair color. I was bummed out by that but hey, at least I applied it under the Fuchsia.

The good:
The color is affordable (around $5 at Sally’s). There is no peroxide or ammonia so you don’t have to worry about damaging your hair. You use it straight out of the tube so you don’t have to worry about mixing anything.

Since I didn’t lighten her hair enough she didn’t end up with Fuchsia hair but she absolutely loves the color she did get.

So now it’s my turn. However, I think I’ll wait until the end of summer to dye my hair. This is a semi-permanent and I plan on spending a lot of time at the beach.

s/n: I went with this product because when I first graduated from beauty school I went to the beauty convention in Las Vegas and I remember the representatives from Ion were amazing and I ended up trying out a slew of their red hair dyes and absolutely LOVED them.


  1. Your daughter is beautiful. Love how her hair came out, it looks fab. I love the ION colors. I always used them when I did my hair, my moms and friends hair. Happy 16th to your daughter.

    --Me And My Mini Me

    1. Thank you! I really do like Ion. They make good products.

  2. Use conditioner in your Ion next time. (Very late, but still!) Thats how I have been doing it- and the purple actually came out purple on my hair! It doesnt dilute, suprisingly, and makes that tube go much further. It came out very cute, though! Fuschia is definitely her color.


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