I spent a little too much money this month so decided to go el-cheapo when it came to buying hair color. I color my naturally straight, black Asian hair all the time (about once a month) and even though it's extremely drying, I usually use Feria because it's the only thing that actually shows up on my hair. It's been hit or miss though with brassiness, and it's pretty pricey. I picked up a box of Colorsilk because it was cheap, only $4.49 at Walgreens, and bought Medium Ash Brown. I am pleasantly surprised and a bit regretful that I didn't try this longer. Cheap in price does not equal cheap in quality. It covers my hair beautiful and my end color look *just* like the color on the box. Wow! I definitely will be using this again next time I color; it's my favorite brand and I've tried Feria, Garnier Nutrisse, Herbal Essences, Hydrience, 100% Color, and the one for black women and this has worked the best.
I had previously tried L'oreal Feria in "Starry Night" to cover my bleached hair, but it washed out after a couple of shampoos. I didn't just use this once, but I gave it a go again. And it still sucked just as much. So I know it wasn't just that the first box was bad. I've also gone to a salon to dye my hair back to black sometime after it was bleached again. It eventually faded to an ugly brassy orange brown. I don't think I'll ever let anyone talk me into bleaching my hair ever again! Well, after I spent a lot of money on that salon coloring, I decided to pick up a couple boxes of Revlon Colorsilk when I came across this line of hair color at Wal-Mart. I didn't use them until two months ago. I can hardly believe it's lasted this long, considering it was only $2.97/box. I figured, "I don't have much to lose trying this." And I'm so glad I did. I haven't had to dye it again till just yesterday cause there was a strip of hair on each side of my face that had faded to a dark brown. But this time I thought I'd tone the metallic blue a bit by getting the regular "Black" shade. I'll let ya'll know how this comes out in the long run. Natural Blue Black is such a beautiful color by the way. My fiancee was a little disappointed that I changed it.
I tried this today. I was nervous about buying this in the past because of the really cheap price but I came on here, checked the reviews and decided to go for it. The upside of this is basically just the price. I don't hate this line of hair colors but I definitely don't love it at all. I didn't use the conditioner it came with because I was too nervous of it being drying. Like everyone else said also the gloves are really really cheap so you'll probably have to use your own. I have past shoulder length hair and only had to use one box though and I even had a little extra left over (my hair is not really thin either). Overall, I wouldn't use this again. It didn't make my hair in any worse condition, but I think i'd be fine paying the few extra bucks for something better.
The dye color I used was Black. The color is pretty but turned out much more blue black than I anticipated. Another thing is typically dark browns/blacks are fairly harder to wash out for me but this dye was near impossible to wash out completely.
I love this haircolor. I was always hesitant about buying it since it was so inexpensive but I finally bought it after reading all of the great reviews. I used Dark Mahogany Brown and I love it. It is my favorite haircolor that I have ever used. I had to use 2 boxes because I have shoulder length hair but that is fine since it is inexpensive. I will definitely stick to this hair color. I am so excited that I finally found my perfect brand of haircolor!
I have been dying my naturally very,VERY ASH blondish brownish hair for more than 12 years alight auburn/strawberry blonde. My hair naturally grows extremely fast (it is not a blessing!) so i must dye it every 3 weeks (really the roots show up after less than 1 week, by week 3 it looks terrible but i just wont dye that much) Anyway, the point is that i have to dye it often so sometimes to save on expense i will get this stuff just to do my roots. If i use it too often it dries out my hair...i never realized this until i started to use garnier nutrisse. i thought this and the excellence i was using was doing a great job then i used that stuff and realize it is far superior (for my hair) and is soooo moisturizing...
Back to this product, the smell is horrid and lingers for a day or 2. My husband detests this smell! No other bothers him as much. I dont have any greys but my mom does and i do her hair for her. after getting this (usually use excellence for her) she said never get it again, didnt cover greys enough.
So, i may be bashing this a bit but i probably will but again. I love my garnier and the price is only 3 or 4 $$ difference but i cant always find my color so this stuff isnt that bad obviously if ill buy again. I just feel it really is a bit inferior.
Before I jump the gun and review this haircolor, I thought it was VERY important to reveal the natural state of my hair prior to coloring. So here it is...
My hair was in pretty good shape prior to coloring. I had only colored my hair 4 times this year. I used to average once every month and a half. I have used L'Oreal Feria Starry Night, Revlon Colorsilk Natural Blue Black, Feria in September and Colorsilk Burgundy #48 earlier this week.
My hair grows pretty fast, so my natural color started to come back in. Despite the black, my hair had faded to a light brown with red undertones. The ends of my hair, of course were stained about 75% black.
My hair is below shoulder length. I haven't cut my hair in almost two years. So you can imagine there is some damage to the ends of my hair that hasn't been cut since March of '06. It's nothing that Pantene Ice Shine Conditioner can't control! (I will be adding a review for that shortly) I decided to lightly bleach parts of my hair to bring out my red and blonde tones to color with burgundy. Parts of my hair came out lighter than the rest, which was to be expected. I've done this many many times. I have been fantasizing about coloring my hair this shade of burgundy for two years. Of course, it wouldn't have penetrated my blue black hair!
I finally decided to give this color a shot!
Revlon Colorsilk has always had great colors. This stuff is gentle on the hair and penetrates my hair well. The color was true to the box, probably even better. I love this color. I've never seen a burgundy tone thrive so beautifully.
I didn't color the black ends of my hair, but this looked pretty funky to have burgundy "fade" into black! After about two shampoos, I noticed some fading, which is to be expected. I think a lot of us fantasize about this color lasting longer than a few weeks. I've noticed that this color will fade faster on the hair that was pre bleached to blonde.
My hair color is a new project I'm working on!
This is a work in progress and one of the first steps in my "hair rehab" process. Funky red was my trademark. Since I've had blue black hair for so long, I decided to go for a change and switch to red for a while!
**This hair color was beautiful, but faded much too fast** I have since colored my hair black and I have yet to touch it. I've let my roots come in and I have to say, my hair is returning back to it's natural brown state. I have chosen to frost my hair in the near future. This will be much easier to maintain, if I need to maintain it at all!**
I was pleasantly surprised by this dirt-cheap haircolor! After years of using L'Oreal Excellence, I was hesitant to make a switch; but dry brassy ends, poor grey coverage, and frustration with Excellence's lingering chemical odor led me to take a leap of faith. Two weeks later and my hair is still richly colored, soft, and healthy.
BACKGROUND: My hair is below shoulder length, thick, coarse and frizzy with about 5% grey. It is naturally dark ash blonde, lightened to medium beige blonde.
THE PROS: ColorSilk actually colored my grey BETTER than the permanent haircolors I have used in the past (Excellence, Preference, Feria). The odor while coloring is much less objectionable than Excellence, although to me it reeked of alcohol. It was very easy to comb thru to my ends, without causing tangles like Excellence. Most importantly, there was NO lingering chemical odor after I washed out the dye. I have read complaints about the included conditioner, but I thought it was wonderful. It smells lovely and left my hair soft, without leaving my tub slimy like the Excellence conditioner. I would rank Revlon's conditioner up there with Feria, it's that good! And two weeks after coloring, my color is still pretty well saturated and my hair feels soft. And did I mention the price? Three dollars or LESS for the whole kit at Target, Wal-Mart or Walgreens - AMAZING!
THE CONS: If your hair is longer than shoulder length and you are doing a full-head application, you really need two boxes (although that is true of most haircolors, ColorSilk seems especially skimpy). One box would work for shorter hair and for root touch-ups, but it would be a stretch for full-head application. The included gloves are garbage, which is easily solved by a quick trip to Sally Beauty. Because the dye is of the runnier variety, I had more wayward dye-drops in my bathroom than I did with Excellence, and I wouldn't risk dying my eyebrows with ColorSilk (I know, it's never recommended, but I have done it for YEARS with Excellence with absolutely no problems). Although the color I used is acceptable (Dark Ash Blonde), it is a bit flat and I even got slight greenish tinges on my ends (they washed out, and it was my fault for dying ash over yellowy ends - OOPS.) For that reason alone, I can't give ColorSilk a "5", although I may try the Medium Natural Blonde next to see if it has more dimension.
So, in a nutshell, ColorSilk is a great dye at a great price that doesn't damage or dry out your hair as much as a permanent dye, yet has comparable results. I will post an update after it fades and I have to recolor (ColorSilk is a semi-permanent that is supposed to last 28 shampoos)
UPDATE: I changed my rating to a "5" after trying shade 61 - Dark Blonde. The color is not as dark and has a lot more dimension than Dark Ash Blonde, with no greenish ends. I actually love the color! My hair is now cut to shoulder length (but very thick) and one box was more than enough for a full-head application. Rave, rave, rave (and you just can't beat the price!)
HG!!! makes my hairs so soft and shiny....and its cheap as dirt! cant beat it. i use this in black and its very moisturiing and the color lasts. i havent tried lightening my hair with this, which could very well be drying.
seriously love this stuff
my HG hair color. i use either medium brown or medium ash brown, and mix it half and half with dark brown. it seems pretty gentle, since i do it every 6 weeks or so. i dislike the smell of the conditioner, but it works great. i always use a protein filler before, it seems to help the color last longer. my hair comes out a bit dark, but fades just a tad to the right color. the conditioner makes my hair verrrrry soft too.
yes, it does come with those horrible saran wrap gloves. i just go crazy with baby powder on my hands, and they go on fine.
i believe the cheap price is due to the fact that it has been around for so long, and that they do little to no advertising for it.
I almost always use this when going back to black hair. It doesn't seem to damage my hair, and my hair is always jet black when I'm finished. The only thing I dislike is the fact that it's more temporary than permanent; the black fades to a dark brown after a couple of weeks.