I cannot remember the shade I used.. I think it was Dark Natural Brown. This is about the same price as any regular color, and personally I think demi/semi permanent should cost less! I like the color, and it is the color on the box, but the smell while and after coloring is awful. It's not strong, but not pleasant like the avocado fruit oil in the original. I've also noticed that my hair feels different. I hadn't colored my hair in over 5 months and it almost seems to leave a film over your hair. The conditioner that came with it was very thick, as thick as a hair mask. I liked that, but I will use the original Garnier Nutrisse from now on. It just works so well (more like salon color), and 9/10 you get long lasting color that matches the box shade.
I used this product 3 times. The first time I got it in Dark Natural Brown. My hair was completely virgin hair that had never been dyed. I had a medium ashy brown with some which looked a bit orangey in the sun. I dyed my hair and I noticed it looked very dark (almost black) and it had a reddish tint in the light which I didn't really liked. The next 2 times I bought it in black. The black color was nice. My hair had a faint smell of bleach afterwards even though it's a semi permanent dye. The reason I give this a 1 is because this dye makes your hair fall, and I mean a lot. Since it's the first dye I ever used, I thought it was normal to lose a lot of hair. But I looked up reviews on this and a lot of people were saying the same thing. I was losing clumps of 20+ strands while washing this stuff out. I have since tried a new dye and have found that this is not normal, especially since we're talking about a dye that isn't supposed to have bleach. Please, spare your hair from the loss. Do not buy this product.
I tried this product twice. The first was in Dark Opalescent Brown, which turned out quite orange. It was easy and quick to apply, and the conditioner felt as though it had left my hair in good condition. My hair was very shiny afterwards, and had a lot of extra body. But the shine soon disappeared and it became clear that the extra body was because it had damaged my hair.
I tried it once more, about two months later, this time in Dark Purple to get rid of the orange. I really loved this colour, a dark burgundy, but the damage to my hair was even clearer second time round. It was left swollen and scruffed up, and it seemed to react to certain conditioners by becoming even more swollen. I was kind of intrigued by the effect, because I've always had fine hair, and suddenly I had Big Hair on demand. But it wasn't healthy looking, and it had a tendency to knot while I slept.
I wouldn't call this a semi-permanent dye, because the colour didn't wash out. It faded from the top four inches or so of my hair, but from my ears down it stayed until it was cut out.
I almost certainly wouldn't use it again, but if I did use it, it would only be on virgin hair. That is, I wouldn't use it over hair that had already been dyed by HerbaShine, because the layering of the dye really seemed to magnify the damage. continued >>
I have naturally dark brown hair. I started going gray last year (only about 5% at this point) and have had my hair colored professionally about three times. It left my hair very dry so I've been giving it a rest. I've been growing out a dark brown dye job that was becoming faded and brassy so I decided to use a semipermanent ammonia-free color to deepen it and take away the brassiness. I chose Garnier Herbashine in Medium Ash brown, #510. First, the reviews on this site almost caused me not to try it. I did anyway and really liked the results. It was easy to use. I didn't have trouble working it through my hair--it was much like the consistency I've experienced when having it done professionally. It was not at all messy, rinsed out easily and I didn't lose any hair. I liked the conditioner. And the color is exactly what I wanted -- on me it came out a deep, rich brown. I still have a little residual red but I think it's because I only left it on for 7-8 minutes. Oh, and my hair feels soft and manageable. For someone with no experience with at-home dyeing, it was amazingly fast and easy with good results. I'd definitely use this again, try other colors and leave it on longer.
I think this product probably works better on dark hair--it seems to me the reviewers who are most satisfied have naturally dark hair, or want dark hair, so the depth of color doesn't freak them out. It does skew dark, which is why I went with a medium brown; dark brown would probably make my hair black. A friend of mine uses this and her hair is jet black--it looks great. The only reason I gave this a 4 is I have nothing to compare it to, but I also plan to stick with this product. Beats paying big bucks at the salon and having fried hair.
Herbashine gives you really nice color! I started dying my hair last year and after a few months I found Herbashine. Part of the reason I love this is because it only lasts through 28 washes (although I've had some last longer and some last shorter than that). I've used many of the colors ranging from the red-browns, to black. The colors that have more red in them get redder if you keep dying over them with the same color, and it's kind of hard to get rid of red (for me it took a few months of dying over with a regular brown color). The color that I think lasts the longest would be their soft black. I had never had black hair before so I wanted to give it a try. The color itself was nice, but after a few weeks I wasn't so sure I liked it anymore. The soft black definitely did fade during the 28 washes, but after a month my hair was still quite dark, but luckily I was able to dye over it to bring it back to chocolate brown (with another brand). The application of the color is fast and easy, but I find some colors have been more difficult to wash out than others. The conditioner leaves your hair soft and smooth. Overall- Herbashine has many great colors and ultimately leaves your hair in good condition. I would recommend this to people who are just starting to dye their hair, or people who are still trying to find their perfect color.
I like Garnier Herbashine, but it's not my favorite demi-permanent hair color. It applies well, albeit a bit messy, lasts about a month, doesn't sting my scalp, and doesn't dry out my hair. The smell leaves a bit to be desired. I really like that I can get it on sale for cheap at my local Food 4 Less and with the coupon from the Sunday paper, I pay $2.
My hair is naturally 1B in shade, but I think that middle age is kicking in and my natural color is fading. I was also getting grays that appeared overnight along my hairline. It was sort of shocking how fast they were coming in. So my two reasons for wanting to color were to really enrich the shade and cover the grays.
Although I already had a box of the Garnier Herbashine in Soft Black in my linen closet, I still read a lot of reviews here first. I was kind of shocked to read that so many women layer color over color and then expect the color results to be exactly the same as they are on the box.
I know nothing about coloring hair, but I would imagine it's like painting; you place one shade over another and it's going to show through, right? Even if the previous shade has faded...it just seems to be that the color will not be true. Anyway, what do I know. That's why I read stuff, lol.
I read through the instructions and got the timer ready. Found an old beat up tee shirt to protect my skin and got out the black towels. Looked at some YT videos to see what I could learn there. A lot of the women who used my shade had videos so that increased my comfort level a bit.
I combed my hair straight back and start making vertical parts going toward the back. Striped on the color, combed it through and repeated. Combed it through to the ends, twisted it and moved on the the next section. When I was all done, I poured the rest of the color right into my (gloved) hands and made sure I covered those grays on my hair line, all around my head.
I combed the color through again for good measure, got in the shower and rinsed with cool water for a good ten minutes. Added the conditioner that came in the box. I had no problems getting the color out and the conditioner made my hair super easy to comb through. I was shocked at how fast the dye had taken and the fact that there were very few drips. A big plus.
Same thing in the shower...whatever dye got on the (white) tiles came right up with my normal bathroom cleaner. The conditioner made my hair super soft and I could comb right through it. I let it sit on my hair while I washed and then rinsed everything out.
No dye transfer to the towels (I squeezed my hair dry with my (white) microfiber towel first). My hair looked super dark and glossy. I wrapped it all up in a black towel, dried it some more, added my normal 1 tbls. leave in conditioner and a few drops of PM Skinny Serum.
Blew my hair dry in sections. Then I could really get a look at my work. I was shocked that all the grays were indeed covered. The new color was super dark and super shiny black. Easy to comb and dried quickly. The Garnier website and reviews mentioned something about how the dye was enriched with keratin so that it fills in the "cracks" in the hair. I'm just getting familiar with this claim, but I do know that my hair felt and looked different.
The strands seemed stronger and my hair was shinier than usual. It also dried really fast for some reason. When I ran my flat iron through the sections my hair turned into glass - it was that shiny. I checked the bathroom floor and shower floor for breakage and saw no strands that were broken.
From what I have read, this product is a demi or a semi perm, which means it is supposed to last through 28 shampoos. Since I only shampoo once a week, were talking 6 months before I would need to re-colour again.
I was shocked at how well this worked for me and I have already purchased another box.
I remember when i used to be 15 i was dying my hair for the first time.i had my mom to do it for me,we use (i can't remember the name or the number)a meduim brown that shines a red glow in the sun,i really liked it at first but it started to fade after a week and a half,the packaging was sorta cheap,it didn't take but 15 minutes to apply and rinse off,it did smell funny to me after a while,for the first time it was a big disapointment,i guess i'll have to look for a different semi-permanent hair dye.i do not recommend this for anyone who's dying they're hair for the first time,or anyone for that matter.
I bought this after being a die hard regular garnier user. I didn't even realize it was a semi permanent. I wanted to tone down my red brassiness thanks to the pool and the colorado sunshine so chose medium brown. Hair is perfect color - shiny and soft so far! we'll see how long it lasts but loved the fact it only took like 15 min!
Tried this a little while ago. Mediocre product. Smells good and distributes a great deal of color. But after that I don't really have much to say on the "pros" side.
The color came out MUCH darker than the box indicated. It was only supposed to be a shade or two darker than my hair and it came out a good 4-5 shades darker. NOT what I wanted. It also took FOREVER to wash out. Which I guess is a good thing for others, but when your color comes out wrong, it's not a good thing.