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.
Our nourishing, after-colour conditioner seals in colour for long lasting tonal richness, while keeping hair soft and silky.’ – John Frieda
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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?