I bought this product about three months ago after reading many positive reviews. It was very inexpensive, $4 with a $2 off coupon from the paper. I have spent over $100 in the salon to get the look this product gave me, it's beautiful. It covered my gray completely. It looks especially nice in the sunlight. It didn't dry my hair out, and left it tangle-free. Before you blow your paycheck getting your hair colored, try it.
I have naturally black, healthy, thick, porous, and curly hair. I usually henna, but haven't had a chance in the last 3 or 4 months and then I got my hair cut quite a bit so there isn't any henna left in my hair. I read the reviews on this and thought I could get the look of henna without the hassle. Since I had never used a boxed hair color before and I heard they could be harsh on hair, I decided to mix the conditioner right into the hair color and developer mixture. I knew this might make the color not work as well but I didn't want to damage my hair. I left it in longer for that reason, about 4 hours. Henna used to be an all-day affair and very messy, so this was a piece of cake. But it smells awful. It rinsed out easily, and I had no tangles, but on wet hair I couldn't see a difference in color. Then it dried and it was still dark but I could see a bit of red highlights in the sun. It dried my hair out, so I applied leave-in conditioner and spritzed away. The next day when I showered, I just used water, no shampoo or conditioner, and though I didn't see any color leaving my hair, when it dried this time, it was lighter and more red. I don't want to say this added body to my hair, but my hair is quite fluffy since doing this and I need to use my leave-in conditioner and spritz to calm my hair down. I am happy with this color, and I would use this brand again, but next time I would use a less red color and more warm brown mixed with it.
This is a great warm medium brown color. I've been virtually every (natural) color in the book, aside from black and after a while, I thought, what's wrong with brown? So I took my level 9 head to the salon for an all over brown with some red in it (think Blair Waldorf from GG). $80 later for an all over, I was very pleased. Two weeks later, I was mousy. I understand that I went from a very light color, but I thought, I can't go back for a retouch - I can't afford it! So I picked this up and went to town. This color makes my pale, cool skin glow. I have blue/green eyes and the contrast just sets them off. I am not sure why I never went with darker hair before, but I just love it. My hair feels smooth and looks glossy, too. I process my hair fairly often and I have zero problems using this box color. Word to the wise, don't snap off that scented oil stuff in front of your face. It hurts your eyes.
I will definitely be touching up with this again.
I used this hair color last night. I agonized over my color choice. Based on the color on the box and the name of the color I thought this would be more red than it is. I have a lot of red in my hair naturally so you would think it would show up on me but this color actually has more of a gold/copper tint on me. Also, when I held my hair up to the color on the top of the box the color on the box was about a shade lighter than my hair. However, what I ended up with is about a shade darker than what I started with. So, I have to say that I think this color is about 2 shades darker than the color shown, which is about what I expected from a box of hair color. The browns are always darker than you think.
So, what I got was about 2 shades darker and much more gold/copper than what was on the box. However, I am very pleased with the color. It's really nice. It looks natural on me and I'm glad I chose this color.
The smell is bad but it's not any worse than any other hair dye. My hair feels super soft today but it's a bit limp. I think the conditioner might have been too much for my hair but that's preferable to having dry hair.
Medium Golden Mahogany Brown (Chocolate Caramel)
From just reading the color name and looking at the box picture, I would not have thought the end result color would have as strong of a red tint as other reviewers experienced. But I bought this product based on the Makeup Alley reviews because that is what I was looking for - something with a red tint to it. I applied the color to my hair last night. My "before" color was: about 2" of very dark brown roots followed by a medium brown base with faded out light copper and blonde hightlights and wild gray hairs mixed in. My "after" color is: a dark brown base with red tint. The tint is mostly noticeable when the sun hits it. The product did cover my gray hair very well and I no longer have any root line! However, I was surprised that my overall base became darker. I really thought it would have been lighter - or at least stayed medium - based on the picture. Also, the red turned out more of a "true red" on me versus a warm red. I guess I was just expecting with the color having the words "golden" and "caramel" in the description, it would lean that way. The color is still pretty but just different from what I envisioned even after reading the other reviews. I would like to go with something with a lighter brown base next time and if it has a red tint, I am hoping it will be a little more on the warmer side.
I colored my hair first with the light ash brown (I wrote a review). I loved the color but it did not cover the blonde hightlights in my hair and they ended up looking green (my hair is naturally dark brown)!
I bought this color based on these reviews - I didn't use the entire bottle, just enough to cover the highlights. It covered beautifully and I love it! Especially in natural light, it is shiny and brownish red, but exactly what I wanted - not too noticeable and a medium color.
Excellent. The color is beautiful with my Asain skin tone. It left my hair soft and shine. I bought this after read the reviews here. $9 at Wal-mart. I'll definitely buy it again. Thank you MUA members for sharing good products.
Funny... but I was just coming onto this website so that I could look into prospective new brands and shades as I'm feeling a bit adventurous with my hair lately. After all it's just hair! When I happened upon this product review and realized, hey, that's the color I usually use. I enjoy this color because it gives my dull dark ashy blonde hair the boost I need. I'm very pale so the reddish hues in this color give me a bit of vibrancy. It is very nourishing, but I find my ends tend to get very dry which surprises me because I do my best not to pull this product throughout my hair. Many people tell me it's very bad to pull general store brand hair dyes all the way from root to tip. Who know's what is true. Anyhoo, I may stick with this color until I find something new. I'm interested in a true chocolate brown shade as of now, but will settle for Nutrisse as you can't beat the price.
I usually use Garnier Nutrisse in Light Auburn or Light Reddish Brown, but decided to try a darker shade this time. This color is gorgeous! It truly is a golden mahogany..in some lights it looks reddish in others just golden and deliciously chocolaty. Very rich and shiny looking!!! Like all haircolor, it will start off darker then fade a bit in the first two weeks. I should mention that it's nothing like the model's on the box, it's darker and redder (it's much prettier than hers IMO). I am a huge Garnier Nutrisse fan, and have never been disappointed with the results...this shade is no exception. I think I may try "Chocolate Peanut Butter" next time, but will def. use this shade again!
Price: (about) $7.49
1st time i've dyed my hair- i got it bleached, dyed brown & got golden highlights in one session (professionally). my hair was very damaged at this point.
2nd time- (5 months later) i was tired of seeing my roots grow in (my hair's naturally black that gets lightened by the sun to a dark brown) so i just dyed it "dark brown" (or as i found out later, pitch black) with some japanese hair dye. that gave very little damage however, the tips of my hair were light brown from the bleach.
so yesterday (or the 3rd time), i dyed my hair again because i hated how dark my hair still was (it didn't get lightened to brown). so i resorted to garnier nutrisse based on the positive reviews. in the store, i couldn't decide what color to get. i wanted either a burugndy-brown or a lightish brown color (not too light) and the burgundy looked to "fake" for me, so i got chocolate caramel. the picture on the box was very light brown (for me anyway) but since i didn't wanna bleach my hair again, i bought it immediately before i could turn back. i followed the directions on the box, (btw, the fruit oil concentrate smells absolutely DELICIOUS!) then my mom helped apply the hair dye. even though it said leave it in for 25-30 minutes, i left it in for around 45-50 minutes, just in case the color wouldn't show up (because several friends & online searchings told me black hair doesn't get lighter unless you stripe the color/bleach it.)
after that, i rinsed out all the color, then put the tiniest bit of shampoo, worked that through my hair, then used to avocado conditioner. that, i must say, is FABULOUS! it wasn't very thick but when i blowdryed my hair (because i was too impatient to wait to see what color it'd turn out), it made my hair really soft and shiny! it didn't look damaged at all and was really pretty! plus, based on the previous times i've had my hair dyed, this smelled the best. even though the scent lingers, it doesn't make me nauseous like the time i had it done professionally in a salon. the color ended up an orangey-brown but more towards the brown side and it's not extremely obvious and i've gotten compliments so far of how soft it looks and about the color!
therefore, i recommend this hairdye :] it smells nice, the avocado conditioner is great (i think other people commented that they should make them individually, i agree) and the color is nice so far :] oh yeah, and it's CHEAP! (cheaper than l'oreal as well). if there's any signs of fading however, i'll edit this post! but as of now, 5/5! continued >>