John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in 4N Dark Natural Bown – 2 Month Test and Review

John Frieda Precision Foam Colour

John Frieda Precision Foam Colour

Regular blog readers may remember a while ago I reviewed the Garnier Nutrisse Hair Dye and although I did like it, I wanted to try something new. I had seen this hair dye advertised on the telly and thought it looked perfect for a mucky pup like me as it promised no drips. So off I trotted to the local supermarket and picked this up back in November. November seems like ages ago, but I wanted to do a full wash n wear test of this before sharing my thoughts. So I have had this colour on my hair for over two months now and I do have a bit of rootage on show ,you mostly notice the grey roots, (and yes I have grey hairs at 23, I have had them since I was at least 15, maybe even younger, what can I say but Cheers Mum and Dad!). Saying that, I have an older brother and he has fewer grey hairs than me and he looks more like my Mum in terms of build and facial features etc, so I think I will blame my Dad for this one! The grey hairs do bother me, but the main reason I am using a permanent and not a semi permanent hair dye is the red. I dyed my hair red using the XXL Live dye in my final year of uni and it was amazing until it faded. Now I am stuck with a reddish tinge until it grows out, which I envisage will be another 18 months as I have quite long hair. So on to a review that I haven’t done many of this type before, so bear with me!

What John Frieda Says

Our revolutionary, non-drip foam covers every strand perfectly – so you are assured of flawless, natural-looking results you thought you could only get at a salon.
Quick and easy application
Spreads quickly and easily into roots and those hard-to-reach places, such as the back of your head and your hairline.
Ultimate conditioning
Our nourishing, after-colour conditioner seals in colour for long lasting tonal richness, while keeping hair soft and silky.’ –
John Frieda

Shade Range

Shade Chart, with Salon Exclusives shown with a Star

Shade Chart, with Salon Exclusives shown with a Star

This comes in 26 shades available for home use, varying from blonde to brunette and red to black. I think there is something here to suit everyone whether you want to hide the greys and match your natural colour or be adventurous and try something completely different. This is a permanent hair dye, so if you are very light and want to go dark or very dark and want to go lighter, it is probably best to see your hairdresser.

Shade Chart on the Box

Shade Chart on the Box

I’ve included a little colour chart from the box and as you will see from the picture I have included later on, it is quite accurate. I am somewhere around the Dark brown mark naturally, although in winter my roots do come through darker as the sun and my hair don’t get on and it ends up majorly lightening it.

What’s in the Box

Handy Pump Bottle

Handy Pump Bottle

Colour and Conditioner

Colour and Conditioner

A Decent Pair of Rubber Gloves!

A Decent Pair of Rubber Gloves!

Not very exciting, but I thought I would include it in case someone is new to home colouring and a bit scared. Generally as usual you get the 2 part colour which consists of a developer and a colour. Also included is a pretty generous tube of deep conditioner which lasted me for around 6 weeks when used once a week on my ends. I know it seems trivial but I really liked the inclusion of a proper pair of rubber gloves. If you have ever home coloured you will know how irritating those pesky little plastic horror are that we normally get.

Application

Clear Instructions

Clear Instructions

Included are some very clear instructions, so no need to panic on what to do. I followed the guidelines and mixed the two parts together, shaking as directed in the instructions.

Before and After Shaking

Before and After Shaking

Don’t worry if it starts off looking very pale, you haven’t bought the wrong shade, it just needs a good shake. Notice how in the bottle it is liquid and not very foamy at all. In the next picture I have shown the foam straight out the bottle and on the hair. Out the bottle, it looks white, but as soon as you rub in on the hair it turns brown. I found the one bottle of this enough to cover my entire head. The foam was extremely easy to apply and I managed to not get any on the floor, my clothes or generally anywhere it shouldn’t have been thanks to the non-drip formula. Winner!

The Foam out of the Bottle and on the Hair

The Foam out of the Bottle and on the Hair

The big downside of this hair dye is that it contains ammonia and did stink a little. My top tip would be to leave the bathroom window or door open and apply the dye as quickly as possible.  I found the dye was really easy to spread throughout my hair and normally after application I wrap my hair in a Tesco bag because I am that classy and wait for the dye to take. With the foam colour, I found no need for a bag as there was no drips and my hair stayed piled nicely on my head in a mound.

The Results

My Hair

My Hair

You all expected a selfie didn’t you? Well I don’t enjoy standing in front of a camera pulling silly poses much, so I took a picture of the bit that matters, the roots. And yes, they are beauutifuuullly and evenly covered in luxurious dark brown, This did cover all my greys and blended in quite well, so I was happy. Now fast forward 2 months and I am still reasonably happy. The dye faded a little, which is always to be expected, but with everyday washing and drying it fared up pretty well. The condition of my hair has deteriorated rapidly since applying this, but I have a feeling it may be down to switching shampoos, but that is another blog post. All in all I am pretty happy with this and will probably buy it again. Actually I did go to buy it again, but Woody insisted I tried the Olia hair dye because it has no ammonia. So the man does pay attention to beauty. Who would have thought it?

Where to Buy?

This is currently on offer at Boots for £6.66. You can also but the conditioner, which I did like very much, but I am not sure it is any better than my normal deep conditioner.

Have you tried anything from John  Frieda? What brand of home colour do you recommend I try next?

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20 thoughts on “John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in 4N Dark Natural Bown – 2 Month Test and Review

  1. Yaaay glad you liked this! I’m not planning on using a home kit any time soon, but you’ve taken away the mystique and made it much less scary by doing this post, so thank you very much 🙂 that foam does look very satisfying. I’m also really jealous that you only need to redo it every two months – my hair grows so fast that after about two weeks I have distinct rootage. So irritating! xx

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    • My hair does grow very fast too, but I dye it the same colour virtually as natural, so it doesn’t really become that noticeable until I get about 1.5 inch long grey bits at the roots, which is after 2 months. I’ve seen a lot of people who dye their hair either very dark or very light with massive roots after 2 or 3 weeks, which would really become expensive. Hair dye is easy if you aren’t being too adventurous. xx

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      • That’s an excellent quote! Yeah I suppose roots are much more obvious if you’re deviating from nature more. I don’t cover my roots when they come in, but still wait for the full six weeks, so it’s expensive but not too horrendous. I do look a bit naff by week 5 though haha. The nice thing about grey is that it’s not that noticeable too, I get the impression it’s not that difficult to cover either 🙂 xx

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        • Its quite noticeable in dark hair, but in blonde not so much. Its a total pain in the backside to be honest having to dye my hair, but once the red fully disappears I will dye it less frequently I think as I don’t want to destroy my hair. I still couldn’t be bothered to pay every six weeks to get my hair dyed, hairdressers are so expensive! I bet your roots arent that noticeable, its probably just you that can see them. You could always go lighter/darker to match your natural colour a bit more and make them less noticable or get some high or low lights put in? xx

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          • Good idea, it’s nice to be kind to your hair. I think mine is coping ok as it was really greasy before (like my skin!) but much better since I started dying it, so even though it’s drier than before, it still seems healthy. I actually went blonde very gradually and didn’t really like the in between phase, but the high/low lights thing sounds good, thanks! I think if I were to run out of money and abandon the blonde I’d do it in one fell swoop and dye my hair back to my natural colour. But I wouldn’t like to, am still enjoying the novelty of being blonde! How long ago were you red? Apologies for the essay xx

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            • Yeah I know what you mean with the grease. I guess as long as it works for you, then no reason not to keep doing it. It was just over a year ago and I sort of regret it now. As much as I did like it, it’s ruined on hair. My hair is normally pretty glossy and soft but this dying it has made it a bit frizzy. Not good. I had highlights once or twice, but didn’t like them. The roots drove me insane. Xx

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            • Oh that’s such a shame! I’m sure you’ll be able to find a product that helps you get that shine back. TK Maxx is the dream! They had KMS California stuff in the Manchester branch. Yes the roots are problematic with going lighter haha. Nightmare xx

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            • WordPress decided you were spam for some reason?! Haha. Woody just told me I should go blonde. I know I have brown hair for a reason and its because blonde wouldn’t suit me. And yes, roots are always an issue if you deviate more than 1 or 2 shades from your natural.Pain in the bum xx

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            • Alas! But given the amount I comment on your posts, that makes sense! Haha bless him, are you sure you wouldn’t suit it? I think it depends on the eyebrows sometimes. Mine are pathetic so they don’t clash with my hair, whereas if my sister went blonde she’d look ridiculous – her brows are fabulous, dark and thick. Jelly. Roots are indeed a pain in the bum xx

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            • My eyebrows are like slugs haha, thick and black. So I would look horrific. Had highlights before and they were gorgeous, but annoyed me after 3 weeks. I don’t deal with roots. Your comments arent spam, i like them xx

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            • Haha ok then, perhaps your eyebrows aren’t quite suited to a blonde head! I’m sure they don’t look like slugs though. I wish mine were full enough for that comparison! Fair enough on the roots front. I think WordPress just takes the volume of comments to mean that I’m a spammer haha xx

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            • You really don’t want eyebrows like mine. To keep them perfect it means plucking every second or third day, which lets face it I never have time or remember to do. And I think if my eyebrows weren’t so dark I might be tempted to try blonde, but it would be so expensive. Hmm. Maybe we just need to find a friend who is a hairdresser. Xx

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            • Yes going blonde is expensive 😦 maybe we should learn the very grown up skill of networking and then we will have a multitude of friends who are crucially placed and skilled in everything. Sort of like when Anne Hathaway knows the right person who knows the right person to get the Harry Potter books in The Devil Wears Prada. Except with hair. And possibly laundry. Xx

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            • Haha yes it’s very hard! I also really like wearing simple colours like black and navy sometimes, and I feel like they stand out nicely against the blonde. I’m mostly the same shade but have gone slightly lighter in the summer previously xx

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