Buying this product has cut down on my salon visits for sure. I buy the dark auburn and it is perfect for me. My only complaint is that there isn't much product there, to really do my hair well I would probably need to buy two packages. I will certainly buy again though, it beats paying $50 at a salon!!
I normally have brunette hair and about two months ago went blond. My roots were growing back in but i didn't want to have to pay $100 at the salon again just to get them done, so i decided to try this. It somewhat lightened my roots on the top of my head, but not nearly to what it said it would. Also, when i washed it out my entire head of hair hair a reddish tint to it! I was super frustrated because now it just looks even worse and have to go to the salon anyways, now to get all my hair done!
update for fairness--- I no longer use this or color at home. My hair needs professional help, so I stick to my expensive yet worth it salon coloring. If you need a quick touch up for emergencies only then this is fine.
-------I have used this product about 5 times. The first 3 I had great results! It did cover the small amount of gray coming up on my 33 year old dark brown curly hair. In fact, instead of my normal 5 weeks between every salon color, I stretched it to 6-7. Though my hairdresser is like, "what are you doing to your hair!" He can totally see the color. I used this stuff again 2 weeks ago and my grays are so NOT covered. Its looks like I didn't even touch it. I did not see the reviews here to leave it on longer than 10, so maybe that would have helped? Anyway, I just bought a nice looking color of L'Oreal's Natural Match. I am hoping to lighten my color just a bit and tackle the grays as well. For you more experienced colorers, Is it too soon for me to use my new color or should I wait? I hate to wait cause you can totoally see my gray- but I don't want to ruin my hair.
I saw glowing reviews of Natural Match here and on TV (Ivillage). Tell me your thoughts if you have em-thanks!
Hair type/history: almost 100% gray, been coloring since age 23, mostly salon coloring until this past year. Short, dark, pixie (think old school Winona Ryder), thick and coarse due to underlying gray texture.
I haven't seen 6-8 weeks between colorings since my early 30s and if I had the cost of every dye job back, I could send my child to college on cash alone. You can imagine now that I'm down to every 3 weeks at the very latest for a color job, that I'm good and sick of it all. I am considering going all gray. But until I take that jump, I got this stuff.
Reviews on here are mixed but I just got finished using this and here's my two cents: it works for what is is. For someone like me, it might just be a godsend (I won't say that until I see how it really wears). This stuff is NOT going to cover your whole head. There's not enough product. What it WILL do is cover what drives you bats and is visible most on your head. With my short hair, if I'd had a tablespoon more product, I could've reached coverage with most spots but the amount did fine for my hairline all around my head, including the back, and most of my part/crown. We all know how to style around gray or other roots so no issue there.
The flimsy mixing tray is silly for the price. My opinion is still out on the brush, which some people have reviewed as great. Apparently, I'm better at bottle application because I made more hairline mess than usual but I did save the brush for future use with a full coloring because I figure if I can apply mascara, I can get the hang of the brush.
I used Medium Brown which mixed up rather scarily with some red tones that I don't really see now that it's done. My usual color, for now, is Clairol's Nice and Easy Gray Solution in same shade. Until it does me wrong, I'll stick with that full color formula. And, because it's Saturday morning and I live on the edge, I did rinse very well then wash.
My hair is soft and the gray is gone for the most part. Listen, we all know that 10 minutes isn't gonna cut it and for that, shame on Clairol's advertising. If it takes 25-30 minutes to cover ANY roots (gray or otherwise), 10 isn't gonna cut it. But I tried 15 expecting to still see some gray and nope. Where I covered, there isn't any.
I'll continue to use this because it's fast and relatively easy. I'll also update on the wear and tear. If I see any gray in the next two weeks, I'll demote this sucker quick.
After being unsuccessful the first time I used this product, I went on this website and saw that people were saying to leave the product on longer than 10 min. So I left it on for 25 min (I have stubborn gray) and so far, I am very pleased with the results. I may even cancel my coloring appt for next week!! It was easy to use, plenty of product and the brush worked really well.
I love this product! I have my hair colored professionally every 4 weeks. My hair is naturally a dark ashy strawberry blonde, which is have colored to an auburn/ copper color. By the 4th week after coloring, my roots really start to annoy me. I just tried the Light Auburn color of this product and it blended my roots beautifully! I can still see where the line is, but no one else will be able to. This product was only $5.99 at Target, which in my mind is a bargain. I really don't understand the other complains about not having enough or the brush being too hard. I thought there was plenty color and the brush was fine. You are only supposed to color in your part and at your hair line. I'm very happy and I'll be purchasing it again. I may leave the color on a little longer next time though. I'm not sure 10 minutes is really enough.
I've used this a few times for my in-between salon visits. For a cheap product, this works great. Covers up my grays and buys me some time before I have to get my touch-up again. The only downfall with this product is there is just enough to color the top of your head (center part) and the sides. They seem to have cut back on the amount and it just about covers me with one box($7.99). I bought the medium brown and the color blended well but I can see a slight reddish tint to my crown which kind of throws off the whole color because I'm ash brown with light blonde highlights. Not that noticable, tho, so I don't think it will stop me from re-purchasing.
The brush makes applying this product a breeze. The color lasted a long time, too.
I have dark brown hair that I dye black with about 20% grey hair. With my dark hair, the white hairs really stand out and I get roots. Before, I always got a brush from Sally Beauty Supply for more precise application and I use less than 1/4 of a box of normal dye and throw the rest away, which I thought was wasteful. I like how this product comes with a brush and a tray but my complaints are that they give you too little product and that the brush doesn't have a sharp edge allowing you to make precise parts and the slightly high cost of the product. Other than that, this is really convenient for root touchup; it did a great job and matched the rest of my color precisely- but that's not hard to do since it's just black. However, next time I could just buy a brush and tray and a cheaper box of dye and get the same results, but better and cheaper. Oh yeah and this stuff stinks, but then again I think all permanent dyes stink.
I wanted to touch up my roots, and decided to give this a go. I picked the medium ash blonde shade and set at it. My hair is naturaly dark blonde/light brown. The mixture looked like disgusting porridge before mixing, which you do in this little plastic thingy they give you. I kind of liked that better then shaking the product, because I hate the crap squirting on me. Then I took the brush and went at it. I had trouble with the brush and keeping the dye just on my roots, it seemed to spread. However, I had very little roots, so that might be why. It smelled like it was trying to smell nice but failed, which is fine by me becuase I normally use L'Oreal Preference and that smells horrible anyways. I washed it off after the 10 minutes, and the colour looked fine, a bit darker then my normal shade, bot not noticable enough to complain. It was a very nice shade, and very close. The only reason my rating isn't higher is a) I hated the brush concept, I think I would have ha more control with the regular dye and my fingers and b) it costs the same as my regular hair dye, and seeing that I prefer the regular applicator, it only makes sense to just dye my roots with my normal hairdye. Now if it was considerabley cheaper, I definietly would go this route. It might match better on darker shades also, lightening hair is always a hard process, and differs from brand to brand. I can also see it being helpful for inbetween expensive salon colorings, which seems to be what it's for anyways.