I'm a brunette with red undertones. I've never colored my hair at home, but I got tired of the hassle and expense involved in going to a beauty shop. It had been a year since I'd had my hair colored with permanent color at a salon...My husband helped me. I don't see how one person could color their own hair and expect to get good results. I used Cherry Truffle which is a medium brown with reddish tones. This product is pleasant to smell. I particularly liked the royal jelly conditioner that came with the colorant. We left on the color for the fifteen minutes recommened, and that was plenty of time. I haven't washed it yet, but, at this time, it looks wonderful. It's very shiny and glossy. It wasn't very messy, and the towels that I used to keep the colorant off of my face went directly into the wash, and guess what? The colorant came right out. So, I saved a lot of money and found out one more thing that my husband is good at. A very positive experience. I'll never go back to salon for color again. Hope this product stays on the market.
This my first review on here, I don't usually write them but I liked this product so much that I am compelled to write one :)
Ok, so a bit of background on my hair. I am naturally a dark blonde with quite a bit of red undertone, also I haven't colored my hair since shaving it bald for charity in March. So I have true virgin hair. I was a little undecided on whether to go darker and lighter, so I gave a call to the folks at Clairol to try and determine shades that work for me. long story short I got a verbal ear bashing from the rep for being unable to make up my mind. Eff Clairol. L'Oreal it was.
A local run to my CVS and I was able to view the products on the shelf. What sold me on this product was the fact that it's a Level 2 dye, meaning no roots for me. Also no , which is a huge plus. Plus the number one point I liked was that it lightened hair without being harsh and a permanent thing. Anyway, I chose the color Vanilla Creme which is #8 and is a medium blonde color.
It was a very pleasant and quick experience applying the dye. It was a total of 10 minutes processing time (love that!) My hair came out a beautiful golden medium blonde and looks like I've spent a week on the French Riveria. The only slight downside is that my hair is a touch dry, but that was easily remedied with the conditioner that came with it. Great product overall!
I used the cool chestnut brown. Naturally, I have very dark brown but sandy hair?! I wanted something to enhance my color. I love this color, but I did not like the way the product made my hair feel. I have natural african american hair and the product just seemed drying or like it was missing something as far as conditioner. Normally my hair is silky after I wash, condition, blow dry and flat iron my hair (Right?) Can't wait to wash my hair so that I can use my HG hair products (Kenra). Love love love the color though.
I used Cool Chestnut Brown. It is dark, but I expect all semi-perms to be darker than the box. There is a cool toned red undertone, pretty much as depicted on the box, but hard to see indoor under regular light, shows up more outside. It's pretty...not super unnatural, but the cool red does give it away as not 100% natural.
Feels like my hair is a bit drier than with Natural Instincts, so that is not great, but it still looks good. I'm not disappointed, you roll the dice anytime you color your hair with something new, but I will probably move on to something else. If you are starting with hair that is anything other than dark brown, this will probably give a very purplish look.
I used this product and it turned my hair gray. I wanted a medium blonde and I start with a light blonde. I will never use again. It also feelt super dry and it didnt have a healthy look so they should change the name of this product to dull look.
APPLICATION: I was hesitant at first because it is to be used on dry hair, so I thought it might be harder. But it was actually just as easy as wet hair, and 1 box was more than enough for my long hair.
RESULTS: It's almost unbelievable how shiny my hair is, since using this product! I can't stop looking at it, lol. Also, my hair feels healthier than ever. It didn't stain my skin at all, which id very impressive - especially for black!!
VERDICT: It's a bit more expensive than Natural Instincts, but the shine is worth it. So I will definitely use this from now on.
Background: I have naturally light brown hair, with oodles of old blonde highlights.
I decided that I wanted to rid myself of these highlights, so figured the best way might be to use a temporary hair colour matching my existing "brown" to achieve this.
I am no stranger to hair dye, however I am new with temporary dyes. I just wanted to try a temp dye because I find that most hair dyes REALLY go dark on me. And I wanted to avoid anything unnatural looking.
Well, I didn't. Because this dye was still quite dark, plus it was MESSY. It stained my bathtub, curtain etc. This could happen with any colour though. For the most part, I found that even though it had no ammonia, it still made my hair feel "damaged." It was by no means "shiny" afterwards. It was a very dark/flat colour. I covered it very well, but by "day 5" i could see PATCHES of highlights coming through the dyed hair. Not, strands - which would have been fine. But patches...how on earth that happens? No idea!
I have had no choice but to recolour to avoid the patches. This time I used clairol perfect 10.
Another strange thing? I noticed that it left a "film" on my hair. As though you didn't completely wash out your conditioner and it made my thin hair look stringy.
If you are going to use this, regardless. My advice if you are covering lighter/bleached/highlighted hair. Don't even leave it for 10 minutes. I applied this to my roots FIRST. As far as my bleached/damaged ends were concerned, I know they'd SOAK up the colour, so i basically rubbed the dye into them after I did the roots, left it for about one minute, then rinsed. It was DARK. I can't imagine what would happen had I left the dye in for longer. It would have been BLACK.
That is my advice. Less is more when going darker I suppose.
Oh, PS. I have a few greys at the front..this did NOTHING to cover those.
Experienced user of permanent/semi-permanent at-home hair color. I combined shade 4AR (the color that model Evangeline Lilly is wearing in magazine ads for the product) and 4G. A L'oreal representative once told me that combining different shades can often give the most natural result, so this is something I do fairly often. I was unhappy with almost every aspect of my experience with this product. The only positive thing I can say about it is that it didn't smell as horrible during application as most permanent hair color products do. Most importantly, my color result was not even close to the med/dark chesnut brown that I was going for. Starting out, my hair was (a bit brassy) med/light brown, and had been permanently colored 8-10 wks prior. After I colored with Healthy Look, my hair was very dark brown, almost black, with fairly pronounced auburn/burgundy undertones. It looks very severe (even after two post-color washes). I used the Healthy look post-color conditioner, and hated the odd smell; also found it to be much lower quality than other post-color conditioners I've used. Maybe that is why my hair feels so awful. I was expecting it to be soft and shiny, given how this product is marketed - not at all. My hair typically feels much better than this after I use a permanent hair color product (e.g., Nice N' Easy). Absolutely will not repurchase this brand of hair color.
Just colored my hair today. I usually use Clairol's Natural Instincts. The last time I colored my hair I used Natural Match by L'oreal and loved it so of course it was discontinued. I wanted to color my hair but the Natural Instincts wasn't on sale and this was so I was like why not?
My naturally dark, dark warm brown hair (I'm Asian) got really lightened from the sun over the summer and I've been meaning to fix it. I picked up the deep, dark brown color to correct the color.
The smell was not bad at all, obviously because it is a semi permanent. The texture was a creme so I found it harder to spread around then liquid colors but it wasn't impossible.
The results came out darker than I expected but because this is semi/demi color I'm sure if I shampoo twice tomorrow it'll be fine.
The conditioner smells nice, the color didn't dry out my hair when I rinsed it, and the price is right. I don't know if the Royal Jelly made a difference. That is what they're toting as so great about this product.Definitely give it a try if it is on sale.
UPDATE: This product does make my hair very shiny! I don't know if its the royal jelly or not. My hair color has faded like I wanted and it looks great now! The color is kind of dimensional not flat. Overall I would say this is definitely giving my Natural Instincts a run for its money!
I purchased 4AR Cool Chestnut Brown. It was around 9 dollars but on sale for 6, so it was hard to pass up. I followed all the instructions as they were written. I originally have medium to dark brown hair, never been dyed before. So I did everything it said, and I noticed the smell of the dye was not bad at all, it actually had a pleasant smell. I noticed that the crown of my head got a tad itchy and red, but that immediately went away after rinsing. I let the dye sit on my head for around 10 minutes like I was supposed to, then rinsed it out with tepid water. It rinsed out extremely easily and quickly. I then used the included conditioner, which I thought smelled different, but good. I applied that generously to the ends and got the roots only a little. I let that sit for around 5 minutes then rinsed with cool water. It made my hair very silky and shiny, and smelling nice. When my hair dried, the color did not completely replicate the look on the box, but that's what I expected. Instead, it gave me a gorgeous dark cool brownish red, and the red is very visible under a light, especially the sun. I will definitely re-purchase. L'Oreal seems to know what they're doing when it comes to hair color.