I want to thank everyone here for their positive reviews of Revlon Colorsilk hair color as that is how I decided what to use to color my hair for the very first time at age 68! I covered my light brown, graying hair with Medium Brown and I could not be more pleased. It was inexpensive, easy to use, and most people take a second look but can't quite figure out what is different as it looks very natural. I love the color and my daughter and her (high maintenance) friends gave their stamp of approval. I was so very much hoping that I could color my hair inexpensively and by myself. I can! I can! Now, I know I can!
i used the revlon colorsilk in number 03 "ultra light sun blonde". i used this to get blonde low lights. NEVER AGAIN. i waited an hour and a half for this damn thing to work. ok it turned my hair a shade lighter. not even close to what i wanted. i had tried the garnier nutrusse highlight color in H2 "golden blonde" first. that made my hair in to a light brown after 45 minutes.jeez. and the day after i tried this product and it made no difference. i will never buy this ever again. EVER.
I am 21 and have been box-dying my hair for 7 years. Saw all the good reviews and thought, "$3 hair dye that works?? Yes please!" Bad decision. I have bra strap length, thick hair so I used 2 boxes of dye. First of all, I spent 45 minutes trying to get all of the dye out of my hair and it still wouldn't come out. Now, a week and 5 showers later, I STILL have dye coming out of my hair and staining my towels. Now I just noticed that I have patches of brown showing through the black dye that weren't there before. Now I have to go buy my tried and true Natural Instincts to cover up the disaster on my head.
So I had wanted a deep black-brown for a while and changed my mind (wanted black). Well the deep black-brown faded back to my natural hair color (a dark brown). I was not happy with that hair color that I had bought for it. Now I tried this and guess what? I don't know if it was the lack of product or if I just wasn't careful enough but this did not cover my entire head of hair. I don't even have shoulder length hair either! It's not so bad that people have noticed (to my knowledge) but I can see it and it really bothers me. My hair is now damaged from dying twice so I can't fix this right away (I'll have to wait at least 2wks so my hair isn't damaged a lot worse than this). I think I might try Feria next since so many people rave about it. I didn't follow directions on the box. I left it on for 45 minutes because I want jet black hair. I don't know how this will fade as I probably won't let it (since I have to dye over the black-brown issue). I guess I'd rate this a 2 because it didn't cover everything and damaged my hair even more than it was (my hair would be straw without the conditioner included & my own deep conditioner). I think the only good thing about this product is the price. continued >>
This is the best thing I've ever seen in my life.
I've dyed my hair probably 10 - 20 times,
and every single time I've used this product, minus two.
The second time I dyed it,
I used something my friend had.
And currently, I'm dying my hair with another product;
only because my mom bought it and never used it.
I'm kind of worried, because reviews have said it makes hair dry.
ColorSilk hs never done that,
it's pure amazing.
I will be using this many, many many times in the future.
I'm in LOVE!!!! I have dark dark brown hair (almost black) the last two times I colored it I used Garnier and Loreal Excellence....they both gave me hot roots...I mean bright orange hot roots. Can you imagine how awful that looked with dark brown hair?!? I've been afraid to color it since. I spent weeks putting temporary color rinses on to try and cover the orange but my hair still looked washed out with orangy stripes.
Then the grays started popping through. I waited as long as I could and figured I would give it one more shot with the cheapest coloring I could find and......My hairs is back to it's original color! All the greys are completely colored and blended with the rest of the hair and no more orange. It really looks natural and shiney too.
I used #30 Dark Brown and left it on for 30 minutes as recommended for gray. (As some of the other reviewers said, it turned out darker than the picture but for me that's good because my natural color is darker).
I've used ColorSilk off/on over the years since I was a small kid, it's a good dye (don't be fooled by the $2-$3 pricetag) and spreads by word of mouth. It's also popular with people in college who dye their hair (because they find their natural shade too mousy or boring). This is the only box dye I know of that's ammonia free, and Revlon also doesn't test on animals..this dye NEVER dries out my hair, and will leave it feeling softer (a rarity). My favorite shade is 71 golden blonde, Light Ash Blonde, Dark Auburn and Medium Golden Chestnut Brown (can't remember the numbers on those others I liked in the past)...which on my hair (both dyed blonde) and natural light, golden dirty blonde...comes out as a nice, light and rich golden blonde with a lot of warm gold & red tones is multitonal (I also get lots of compliments on this shade). Even if the packaging is cheap (you have to snip the tip off the developer bottle and only get a sachet of conditioner) Garnier isn't much better...since they only give a packet of conditioner as well, so I don't see what the big deal is with Garnier...their dyes are smelly and drying, and their shampoos and conditioners leave my hair damaged, and brittle. But because this dye is so cheap and simplistic, a lot of dumb people use it to expirement with hair. Rule of thumb- regardless of what dye box says...you can only lift up to 2 levels of color. Meaning if you purchase blonde dye...you can only go lighter or a different shade if your hair is dark blonde or lighter (why so many brunettes got orange hair. DUH...are you this stupid? Don't DIY it with dye then if you're this obtuse). You cannot dye over dyed brown/black hair with blonde dye..you will get hot roots. Dye over hair that is dyed a ash shade with a dye that has red/gold tones, especially box/drugstore dye...expect hot roots. Color theory also applies to box dye, and in my opinion, box dyes from Wal-Mart are more likely to give you brassy hair, or hot roots or fried ends because they aren't pro products (what you get when you use amateur color, especially as an amateur). Overall, even if it's a cheap dye with cheap packaging, it gives me the best results, is simple, is not drying or damaging and very good if you want a simple color change or color enhancement. Because it's ammonia free, it has less lift than a ammonia containing dye (although it maintains hair's integrity) so do not expect to go from jet black to light brown with this dye, or very dark brown to a very bright, light red. continued >>
Yes I would buy this again. I used #51 Light Brown. It's actually the box on the left in the pic here with the three difference boxes. My natural color is light/med brown that lightens easily in the summer. I lightened my hair with dramatic highlights to golden blonde about 6 months ago. I had some regrowth but didn't mind it. However, the lightened length had become even lighter just from the summer and some strands so light they looked washed out. Also, I was getting bored of the blonde but didn't want to go dark. I wanted to "erase" the blonde parts and blend it in with my regrowth.
Normally I would have chosen Natural Instincts for something like this. I have done that in the past when I wanted to tone some highlights and it came out great, and, I like the non-permanent aspect. But truth be told, Natural Instincts has a lot of funky changes happening to it lately. It seems like every few months they have new packaging, a new formula and a new line and I just don't trust it anymore.
I decided to give Colorsilk a try for this project. Even though it's permanent, I felt (hoped) it would be more gentle than other permanent colors. Also, it's very inexpensive! I avoided light GOLDEN brown and light ASH brown because on my lightened hair I was afraid the golden may come out red or the ash may come out with a green tint. So, I used plain old Light Brown. I did do a strand test to see what it would do to my blonde length and I was pleased enough with the strand test. This dye didn't burn and didn't have any offensive odor. I'm not knocking the performance of any other hair color but in terms of odor, my eyes burned and teared from the fumes when I used Preference, Garnier and Hydrience. Colorsilk has a mild odor but it's NOTHING like hair dye that contains ammonia. I rinsed after 25 minutes, did a cowash with VO5 moisturizing conditioner and air dried.
I'll be honest, I was happy with my results after coloring but the first three days after that, when I was able to see my hair in various lights, it seemed a bit too dark. I figured it must be my hair being very porous due to bleach damage as my hair seemed more of a medium ash brown. But, I cowashed daily and after about three days I began to notice the color fading and it suddenly didn't seem as dark or as ashy. Suddenly I could see the blonde barely peeking through, and the color became more of a true light brown. After about a week, the color is absolutely perfect. It's my natural light brown and not ashy or red. It's light brown with just a hint of golden highlights. It's exactly what I wanted and I'm so glad I did it.
I have naturally dark blonde hair that gets bleached really light by the sun. During a winter about 4 years ago I got annoyed of waiting for it to turn lighter so I dyed it. From then on I dyed it tons of different colors just for kicks and giggles. I always used Revlon Colorsilk.
This is the only hair color that my hair actually feels better after using, it makes your hair so silky and smooth.
Only issue is I have to use 3 boxes...I have super thick hair, so it can get expensive when buying that many boxes each time. My hair is back to its natural strawberry blonde, and I upkeep it with just a little bit of John Frieda Go Blonder Spray once every couple months.
If I ever have to go back to dying my hair...hopefully not anytime soon. I will definitely use this color.
This hair color is AMAZING! I tried it after reading plenty of excellent reviews on here. I'm very glad I took a chance with this product. I have to say I was very skeptical due to the price but I am a definite fan now! First, it is VERY affordable. I was able to get two boxes for less than I used to pay for one of my old brand. There is no ammonia and the smell was not bad at all compared to most hair color. I used a little less than the two boxes (my hair is past my shoulders and thick) and got perfect results! I got the best color results since I stopped getting my hair done professionally. It covered my grays and looks even and very nice. I used my own latex gloves because the ones in the box rip easily. I watched the video on the Revlon website and putting my hair in sections really helped to cover every area. HIGHLY recommend!