I used Crystal Gel on my hair before a color service a few days ago. It took all the demi color out of my hair and removed all of the buildup with none of the discomfort that comes with a color balance or bleach wash. After coloring, I used Miracle Repair. My hair is now SO MUCH MORE shiny and has so much more bounce - so much more that I was actually shocked! I really like these Malibu C products. It was my second time using them (the first was on someone else). I'll be using these products whenever possible instead of using the color balance. It works much better, is much more comfortable to use and so much gentler for the hair! I can't wait to try more Malibu C products!