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on 8/5/2009 10:06:00 AM
More reviews by moonandtheriver
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
Natural Instincts is a DEMI permanent hair color, not a SEMI. It penetrates the hair shaft slightly, not just coating it as a semi would. To those who think demis can't lighten hair....thats wrong. It can. It won't lighten it much, but it can and does in many cases. It does have peroxide in it, and a small amount of peroxide can lighten hair slightly. That said, I wanted a neutral light brown that covered my stubborn grey hair and mostly washed out eventually and didn't fry my hair. I went with the MENS line of Natural Instincts color in medium brown and light brown mixed together. After calling the company I found out the mens line is all neutral colors as men generally do not want red or gold tones in their hair. Its also gentler than the womens line (which they make this way so men can dye facial hair with this too.) I have sensitive skin and scalp and this formula didn't burn or sting me at all. The woman on the help line said women CAN use this line, its just neutral colors with a gentler formula.I ended up with hair that was much darker than I expected it to be, but very neutral...no red or gold jumping out at me. I admit I was nervous at first...it was dark, but after about a week of it fading a little (see profile pic.) I found I was liking it very much and got several compliments on the color and how it looked on me. My original color shined through here and there, leaving me with a multi tonal effect which was very realistic and not "dyed looking." My greys that even pro colors wouldn't cover were totally colored, and my hair looked very healthy. My length came out slightly darker than the top due to previous colorings, but that was my own fault for not spraying on a neutral protein filler on the length first- something I will change next time. A month later my greys are now all showing again, my hair still looks healthy and shiney and the color has faded naturally, leaving me with close to the color I started with. Given more time I think it will be completely washed out. I was afraid it was dark enough that it might turn permanent color on me, but it hasn't. No lines of demarcation, no brass, and no permanent committment, exactly what I wanted.Next time I will go lighter when mixing the medium brown with the light- as others have stated, these run DARK. But overall Im very happy with the color I got and the look I ended up with, even though it was darker than I hoped for, it turned out lovely. No noticeable damage to my ends either. For $6 a box ($12 total as I mixed colors) I got covered greys with zero damage, versus the last Redken permanent coloring I had and added lowlights from the salon, where my hair came out brassy, still showed all my white hairs and was very damaged...for $90...I am VERY pleased with the Natural Instincts!
16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.
on 7/3/2013 11:05:00 AM
More reviews by DeliaDelyons
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
I mixed #12 Toasted Almond, Light Golden Brown and #14 Tweed, Light Cool Brown half and half and successfully neutralized brassy golden toned highlights in my hair, while achieving a rich Dark Brown allover color that is luminous and quite soft and silky.I started with Medium Warm Brown hair (not exactly my natural color, but not dyed - I had used Color Oops back in the winter to remove a bad dark dye job with great success, but the ammonia in the dye had lifted my color to the warm brown). I also had brassy gold highlights that had been professionally done in an Aveda salon in late May. The highlights were nicely done, and evenly placed all throughout my hair, but the tone was not good for my cool coloring. Not really the salon's fault, I got what I asked for.Money is tight, so I decided I wanted to improve my hair color on my own. I did NOT want to use permanent dye again. I had never considered demi-permanent dye before, but it seemed like just what I needed to correct my brassy color.I read a very thoughtfully written review on MUA from a girl with dark Asian hair that had blonde highlights - she had used a two step process to dye over her hair and cover brass. What she did was first process with Golden toned brown to turn her highlights reddish. She waited a month and then followed with an Ash toned dye to cancel the red and achieve a rich brown allover color with subtle highlights. What stuck out to me was that she mentioned that had she not used the Golden toned brown first, her highlights would have turned green when the Ash was applied. She really seemed to know what she was talking about.It seemed counter-intuitive to put MORE Golden dye into my hair when that was what I wanted to cover, but since she had achieved results like what I wanted, I decided to give it a shot (the fact I was using demi-permanent dye made the decision easier). But I did not want to wait two months to get the final result! I figured the key factor was getting both tones in the hair shaft to eliminate the unwanted gold/brass, so I thought "Why not just put both in at the same time?"I checked Clairol's website and in their FAQs, they state it is perfectly fine to mix colors so long as you keep it in the same brand/formulation and don't mix very drastically different levels (like white blonde with black).After reading reviews how girls with color-treated hair all seemed to get unexpectedly dark results when using demi-permanent dye, I decided to use Light browns for my mix, with the assumption I would get Dark brown results. I just eyeballed it when I poured half of each bottle of dye into the developer (saving the rest), and shook the developer up to mix. The initial mix looked orange-y, but the developed liquid was brown.Mixture was runny, but didn't hinder application too much. Smell was fine, nice even. Halfway through, I was worried there wouldn't be enough for my shoulder-length fine hair, and getting the last few squirts out was tricky. But I knew I had a whole another kit to mix if needed, so I didn't hold back, and still the one application was in fact enough.I started my stopwatch and opened a beer.I turned my shower on at the 8 minute mark and got in at exactly 9 minutes (instructions say leave in for 10 minutes after applying). I thought it rinsed out reasonably quickly; it wasn't the forever-and-ever rinsing process that some other reviewers had (maybe only the darker dyes take forever and ever.) It *did* splash all over the shower walls, but rinsed clean.Conditioner smelled good and slipped right into the hair, de-tangling quickly. I left it in while I shaved my legs.After rinsing the conditioner out, my hair felt very nice. I squeezed out the extra water, ran a wide tooth comb through and allowed my hair to air dry.Next day: My hair is soft and bouncy and has luminous shine that just looks healthy. The resulting color is a rich dark chocolate brown on my base, and my formerly golden, brassy highlights look like milk chocolate ripples. I won't mind if it lightens over the next few days/weeks, and I'm sure it will. The color is dark, and is not what one would typically expect from hair dye labeled "Light Brown" and left in for only 10 minutes, so be warned and pick your color wisely. I like myself with dark brown hair though, it's a natural with my cool fair complexion. My hair color is rich and has nice dimension, possibly from using the mix of two tones, but perhaps just because it's good hair color.I will update this review if there are any drastic or unexpected changes over the next few weeks (too-rapid fadeout or return of brass) but I have to say, I'm really satisfied with the results I've gotten and will likely use Natural Instincts again.
12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
on 8/28/2004 10:00:00 AM
More reviews by Surreptitious
Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral
I used shade 13 Suede (Light Brown) on my previously colored medium coolish-blonde hair. The result was a bit darker than the box, and a bit darker than my natural color (using my 3/4 in. roots as a guide), but I'm happy with the results.I did a strand test the day before coloring. This is so important! I just grabbed a small section of hair; laid it over a piece of foil; applied the color; folded the foil over and used a clip to hold it in place. After ten minutes I rinsed the color off. Easy as pie. Taking the time to do a strand test like this lets you see the results on your head. I don't know why the directions suggest you cut a section of hair to do a strand test- that is ridiculous.Anyway. It smells so nice while processing, and it left my hair feeling soft and looking shiny. I'll update this review in a month with how long the color lasts. I'm hoping that since I used a color darker than my previously colored hair the results will be more permanent.I should also note that I sectioned out very small segments of my hair (using foil) that I did not color- so my hair looks like it has subtle highlights. I was afraid the darker color would be too stark, and I am glad I did.October 6 update: This really did last nicely. It did fade quite a bit by the end of the month, but as I had hoped, it left just enough color deposited that my natural color can grow in nicely.No Ammonia Colorant Ingredients: Water*Hexylene Gycol*Ethanolamine*Propylene Glycol*Soytrimonium Chloride*Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate*Fragrance*Ethoxydiglycol*Oleth-5*C11-15 Pareth-9*Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract*Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Extract*Panax Ginseng Root Extract*Anthemis Noblis Flower Extract*Oleth-2*Dilinoleic Acid*Cocamidopropyl Betaine*Oleic Acid*Resorcinol*Erthorbic Acid*Sodium Sulfite*Oleamide Mipa*C12-15 Pareth-3*2-Methylresorcinol*P-Phenylenediamine*N,N-Bis (2-Hydroxyethyl)-P-Phenylenediamine Sulfate*Oleth-10*Panthenol*EDTA*M-Aminophenol*1-NaphtholDeveloping Lotion Ingredients: Water, Hydrogen Peroxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Steareth-21, Oleth-2, Oleth-5, Peg-50 Hydrogenated Palmamide, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Oleyl Alcohol, Etidronic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Simethicone Deep Conditioner Treatment with Aloe Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glutamic Acid, Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, EDTA, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone continued >>
9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.
on 9/27/2014 1:53:00 PM
More reviews by blplea
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse
Thought I'd write a review, since I recently had a wakeup call about just how much I loved NI Medium Brown (#21, here in Canada anyway). I used it for 5 years and it always left my hair shiny and gorgeous. It did leave my hair darker than I had expected it would, but I kind of liked that. And I never had 'roots' as the colour faded. I don't have tons of grey - just a few strands here and there, but I know where they are, so it's easy to tell how efficiently they've been covered and how long it's lasting. Usually I'd start seeing grey peek through just after the 3 week mark - sometimes longer if I'd consistently been using a shampoo/conditioner for colour treated hair...but that stuff can build up so I'd often use a regular or just moisturizing shampoo, etc., because that's when I would get deep shine. Loved it!THEN, I started wondering if I 'should' be going lighter again - ya know, considering I'm late 50's. And a hairstylist family member kept dropping hints that I should go MUCH lighter, that I would look soooo much 'better' that way, considering my skin tone. Paranoia developed...'gee, maybe I've been thinking I look good, but don't.' :/ So I took the plunge, letting her lighten it up with highlights, etc. I have (and always have had) thick porous hair that's quick to process (I warned her). She kept a good eye on things, but it wasn't enough - highlights (even with Joico products & a respected hair stylist), I discovered, ruined the texture, ruined the shine, and gave me hair from hell. Note to self: That soft little inner voice that builds before a hair appointment that says "Gee, but I'm really loving my hair the way it is! I'm enjoying it!" - that voice is smart. Listen carefully for that voice - the one that always tells you what 'i' really want. It never screams messages of 'horror', but it will tell me what I 'really' want. For some gals, that voice might have said 'highlight' - DO IT!!! In which case, do it. But reiterate note to self: "No one knows what's best for me. I am the boss of me. If I'm loving it, it's all good!!!!" lolI'll be doing another NI colour in a month or two - though, probably a lighter one next time. I'll do an update then. ;) Thank you to all reviewers who validated my instinct to stay away from that 2-week colour refresher package that comes in the box. I'd always avoided using it, because my gut told me to leave it alone. I'm glad I listened.
8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
on 8/7/2013 11:35:00 PM
More reviews by snowshoe1066
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." This is a saying that Clairol should have taken to heart. Natural Instincts was working just fine before they decided to "improve" the formula. Now it's not quite as good as it used to be. This new formula doesn't seem to color as well as the original, and I have more grays that didn't take color. The color wasn't too far off from the box: I have dark brown hair and selected a medium brown to warm it up--which it did. My hair did emerge feeling better than it did pre-coloring, and the conditioner is awesome. The color lasts a month, which is about what I'd expect from a demipermanent dye. Usually by 28 days, I'm itching to redye it anyway. The Color Refresher is a joke: it reminds me of those color-depositing shampoos that were in vogue several years ago. Too red (even though my color was a golden brown), too garish, and stains far too much...I'd rather have an extra bottle of the conditioner.So overall, a mixed bag. I'd probably keep buying it again because it's a brand that I know, plus there aren't many other demipermanent options out there. Two things to remember: colors in demipermanent dye tend to come out darker than pictured, so if you are at all uncertain about which shade to get, chose something slightly lighter than you'd usually get. Also, demipermanent dye can't lighten hair--it can only cover gray and change hair tone (yes, it could darken it, if you prefer flat haircolor that is nearly impossible to get to fade out). You have to stay within two shades of your hair color for the best results; otherwise, get a box of permanent dye.
on 9/7/2011 7:33:00 PM
More reviews by tightkitty
Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm
BRING OLD NATURAL INSTINCTS BACK!!! I USED THIS FOR YEARS AND LOVED IT!!!! IDK WHAT IM GOING TO USE NOW SINCE THEY CHANGED THE FORMULA. I BOUGHT ALL THE OLDER BOXES OF MY BELOVED NUTMEG AT MY LOCAL SEARS AND IM OUT NOW..WHY WOULD THEY MESS A GOOD PRODUCT UP??? WHAT AM I GONNA DO? IF ANYONE FINDS SOMETHING LIKE THE OLD NATURAL INSTICTS PLEASE LET ME KNOW
6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
on 5/1/2014 8:55:00 PM
More reviews by ldwells
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
I have been using this for years and it does a good enough job that no one really believes I color my hair or I am completely-100%- gray!!It does cover gray but you must leave it in for much longer than the stated ten minutes. One day while getting my hair cut, my hairdresser told me to leave it in for 40 minutes and I trusted her. It worked to cover gray hair, and it has not damaged my hair. Semi permanent color needs time to really penetrate the hair shaft... so if you are trying to cover gray, leave it in for 40 minutes and see for yourself.I use light suede at the roots, like clockwork every month. My daughter helps me to get all the roots by sectioning the hair. Then I use either pecan or another choice close to that shade on the rest of my hair every other month so my hair doesn't look so dark. The reason I do this is if you use a color with warm reds or gold's on gray, it will turn the hair pink or orange. This strategy really looks very natural and gives some variety in the hair color. Dark hair is aging. Light neutral brown or Suede is a light brown that comes out medium to dark brown. As other reviewers stated, go lighter. I throw away the refresher packet based on other reviews on MUA.
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 5/23/2014 10:21:00 AM
More reviews by Angelique79
Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral
I've bought the shade in Dark Brown multiple times to refresh my color in between appointments when I haven't had time to re-book for the salon. It works nicely, matches my color and the conditioner it comes with is really good quality. It's easy to apply and because its ammonia free if my clumsy self drips any, it wipes right up without staining. Nice!
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 6/18/2011 3:57:00 PM
More reviews by Lomon
I use #16 Spiced Tea/Light Auburn and the color comes out exactly as I want it to. I find the condition of my hair is so much better than some other makes.At the moment there is a recall on a bunch of colors because they put the new "Refresher" package in the wrong boxes, so I haven't been able to use it and used another make which didn't come out good at all.BUT, everybody, I found that using the "Refresher" after two weeks (which would be a great idea for reds as they fade much faster) does not work and leaves a sticky residue. So when it's on the shelves again in Canada I'll use it but nix the Refresher.
on 6/5/2015 7:35:00 AM
More reviews by Shizuku2
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool
I decided to switch to this demi-permanent hair color after using permanent color for almost 20 years (used Nice 'N Easy for about 5 years, then Revlon Colorsilk the rest of the time, both of which are nice), so this was my first time using anything other than permanent color. Because my hair is now about 40% gray, it's gotten drier and unhealthy over the years, especially with permanent color, thus why i switched to demi.Other reviews were right about some things: it turns out darker than expected, so knowing this beforehand, i chose a shade about 2 shades lighter than my natural color, which is very dark brown (with 40% gray). Also, people said to leave it on longer than the recommended time if you have gray hair, and sure enough, i left it on for a total of 30 minutes (the box says 20 minutes is the maximum time for gray), 25 minutes for the roots (had regrowth), and then i used what was left on the length for 5 minutes. It actually smells really nice, a lot nicer than other box dye i've used. Also, it's much more gentler, as permanent color always made my scalp sting a bit, and this didn't at all.I love it! It totally covers my gray, is easy to use, and relatively inexpensive (it's about twice as expensive as the other permanent box colors i was using, but is much cheaper than going to a salon). What's nice also is that because i'm "salt and pepper" naturally, when i color with a much lighter color than my normal color, it makes it multidimensional and almost looks like highlights (because the grays get colored but my natural color stays the same). The only con i'd say is that it doesn't last as long as permanent color (about 3 weeks to a month), but that's to be expected since it's demipermanent.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
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