John Frieda • Precision Foam Color • Hair Color

rated 3.3(348 reviews)

Average Rating.3.3
Would buy this product again.55%

rated 3 of 5 aliciahaha on 8/30/2013 6:14:00 PM more reviews by aliciahaha

Age: 19-24   Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Blue    

I had medium-dark brown hair and dyed it with the color Dark Red Brown. The application was easy, very little mess, and the color was alright but it didnt change much. Just a tint of reddish purple over my other hair color. It looks nice, the only thing that really bothers me is how my hair feels after dying. The roots feel gross as if there residue? I'm sure it will wash out, just kind of gross. This hair dye was alright, I'll probably end up trying something's different next time. One good thing though is that one box covered my entire head! Usually I need two, because I have long, thick straight hair but this dye saved me money. :)

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rated 1 of 5 Mramsey12 on 8/29/2013 4:31:00 AM more reviews by Mramsey12

Age: 19-24   Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium   Hair: Black   Eyes: Blue    

I got this product with a free coupon. It did nothing. I used one of the darker brown shades to try and get coverage. My hair is about 4 inches past my shoulders, so I used the entire bottle, which was more than enough. I left it on for the 30 minute max. After I washed it thoroughly and blow dried my hair, I came to the conclusion it did nothing at all. It was as I had just washed my hair. I would never use this product again.

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rated 5 of 5 daynas on 8/25/2013 1:15:00 PM more reviews by daynas

Age: 44-55   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

I have been coloring my hair for many, many years and this has been the best product I have ever used both for ease of use and for coverage of roots. The most difficult thing when coloring one's own hair is to get complete and consistent touchups of roots all over the head. The foam approach accomplishes this well and also makes the entire process much less messy than the earlier generation of hair colorant products. In the "old" days, I used peroxide and drabber to achieve the light ash blonde color I need (my natural hair color varies from light blonde near the temples to dark blonde at the back of my head). Gradually, I shifted to the prepared products. I found Preference too harsh and used Excellence until I tried John Frieda. John Frieda does a better job in covering roots than Excellence, partly because the foam penetrates areas that can be missed using other techniques when one attempts to touch up roots by oneself. But it is not a product I would use if I wanted to dramatically change my hair color. For that, one needs to use a two-step process and probably have it done professionally.

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rated 3 of 5 suzieyellow on 8/18/2013 10:00:00 AM more reviews by suzieyellow

Age: 19-24   Skin: Other   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

I got this in the colour Deep Cherry. It was on sale for AUD$12, but it's usually $25, which is extremely expensive for an at-home dye kit.

Firstly, it smells quite nice. It does smell a bit like hair dye, but no where nearly as strongly as other home hair dye kits. Wow!!

The foam is easy to work with and to distribute throughout your hair. My only problem with this is that a tiny amount of the liquid will result in a large amount of foam. So after 10 minutes of putting foam in my hair, I'd only gone through half of the dye in the bottle, at which point I gave up and chucked the rest out, which was a bit of a waste.

It came with 50mL of conditioner, which is very very generous.

After washing it out, my hair felt quite soft, which was a pleasant surprise. Some dyes do damage my hair or make my hair not as manageable, so I was glad it wasn't the case here.

The colour wasn't particularly vibrant, though that might have been because I'd chucked out half the dye. I guess I'll see how the colour holds up in the next month.

Basically, a great product, but one lippie off for a) the price and b) the fact that it would take ages to foam up all the dye.

EDIT: Took one lippie off because the colour didn't last very long (though perhaps that was my fault for not using all the dye). In a few weeks you could see all my old regrowth :(

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rated 1 of 5 Reviewsonly on 8/10/2013 11:27:00 PM more reviews by Reviewsonly

Age: 44-55   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

Absolutely the worst! Not only did it dry my hair out, but it didn't cover ANY of the gray! I rinsed it off, and all the gray roots were still totally visible. Expensive too - it was a total waste of $14. Save your money - so far, the best foam color I've used is Garnier Nutrisse, and I'm going back to that.

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rated 4 of 5 Lkessler41 on 8/5/2013 9:31:00 PM more reviews by Lkessler41

Age: 36-43   Skin: Normal, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Green    

I like the Precision Foam Color. I've noticed that people don't generally like the price--well, it is pricey hair color, but compared to other stuff, it's generally worth it for me.

I hate messy hair color. It takes time to prep your head for coloring if you're doing it on your own. This hair color reduces the mess and the likelihood that the color will run.

The first time I used the color, I read the instructions. Please don't attempt to over-shake the product. It doesn't mix any more no matter what you do. Follow instructions to the letter. 8-10 gentle shakes of the bottle from side to side will do.

If you have never dyed your hair, it always pays off to do a test on an inconspicuous area. Do it if in doubt. If you have any sort of reaction in your test area, DO NOT USE THE HAIR COLOR! Return the box that you did not use for the test to the store and get your money back.

For extra thick hair: buy a second box. I have to do this. I don't complain--I like my hair to be entirely saturated to ensure good coverage. If you have thin to normal hair that isn't long (ie. beyond shoulder length) one box should do. Any more hair, err on the side of safety and ensuring proper coverage--buy a second box.

I love the gloves that come with the John Freida Hair Color. They're high-quality gloves, very similar to the ones used in salons (I dare say identical). They fit well and won't allow any hair color to seep onto your hands. (This is a huge pet-peeve of mine).

If you have stubborn gray, leave the hair color as long as you feel it needs to cover. I leave mine for an hour--and that's typical with me.

Finally, rinse thoroughly and condition--use a comb in your shower while conditioning. This will ensure that you condition all the way from root to tip. Leave the conditioner as long as you like. Again, rinse thoroughly. Go ahead and either let your hair air dry or blow dry... You'll be very happy with this hair color. I don't buy any other brands.

And when I want an outrageous change of color--please, go to a professional. No box of hair color can ever make a truly outrageous hair color change--and you could end up with orange hair. Is that really what you want?

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rated 1 of 5 gogo35 on 8/3/2013 7:36:00 AM more reviews by gogo35

Age: 56 & Over   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Blue    

I loved this product when it was first introduced but they reformulated it several months ago to make it liquify on contact...the foam now dissolves right away. Now it drips all over my face and neck. To prevent that, I covered it with a shower cap and that made the color grab too much on the previously colored portion so it was too dark. I still love the shade...medium chocolate brown, but now I am looking for another foam or something thicker that I can apply to the roots without it dripping all over. I have a box in inventory that I don't plan to use and when I wrote to the company about the dripping, they sent me a coupon for a free box, and I don't intend to use that either. I was truly unhappy and disappointed.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* denns on 7/29/2013 2:34:00 AM more reviews by denns

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

Surprised at all of the negative reviews for this line - the colors are all fantastic (I've tried about 3 different ones, each with beautiful results), the dye is long-lasting and the formula is so easy to use. I have long, thick hair that's just past my breasts and one box is enough to saturate (and I mean really saturate) my entire head - unheard of with normal box dyes, where I usually have to buy two. I've tried three colors from the line - 5A Medium Ash Brown, 5B Medium Chocolate Brown and 5R Medium Red Brown. I normally rotate between the three depending on whether I want to "warm up" or "cool down" my brown. Sometimes I do the red when I'm feeling a bit sassy. Unfortunately the red fades like any other red within 3-4 washes (booo) but it does fade to a really gorgeous brown with red undertones that never really gets brassy, even after ~2 months. 5B can get a tiny bit brassy but nothing obscene. I love the way 5A fades as it keeps color for a very long time and fades naturally. I love love love the formula of the dye as it leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny. The conditioner that comes with the dye is awesome, and its in a much larger tube than what comes with most box dyes. Fantastic product all around and I'll continue to repurchase.

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rated 4 of 5 JeanLE on 7/24/2013 5:59:00 PM more reviews by JeanLE

Age: 44-55   Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Blue    

I'm a hair color veteran of many years and various colors. I'm currently a dark red brown, sometimes more red, sometimes more brown. I came across a box of this John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in 6R Light Red Brown on clearance and I couldn't resist snagging it for a try. I've never used foam before and never this brand but the price was right. I loved the gloves provided, they were black which I've never seen before and fit like a dream! Directions were clear and there was minimal prep involved, just mix the color with the developer and very carefully tilt the combined ingredients back and forth 5 times. No shaking! I did as directed and pit the foam cap in for coloring. It very distinctly said squeeze from the middle of the bottle and onto your hand not directly onto the hair. I did it and it foamed pretty easily, 1st it would look white and then turn the red brown color. I applied it to dry hair until the foam in the bottle was all gone and my hair (medium longish layered with longest length past shoulders) was all looked like I had shampoo in my hair! I massaged it all in like shampoo and waited the specified time, think it was about 25 minutes. My hair is pretty porous so I knew it would come out darker than light red brown, but I was OK with that. It was more a medium red brown to start...then you rinse it and conditioner is provided. It was a nice amount of conditioner, not small like the Natural Instincts conditioner has become. I need a lot of conditioner!! This kit had kind of a strong smell, but not too bad and the conditioner worked fab!! Hair felt soft and combed pretty easily. I was worried about even coverage with the foam but it was awesome!! I love the color, it's a very dark rich red brown. I'm sure if my hair was a light red brown when I started, which it wasn't, it would've come out as advertised. But I wanted the darker color and it's so pretty. I'll have to see how it lasts, it's supposed to be permanent but some fading is inevitable, especially with the red tones. I'm not sure if I'd buy this full price but I might be tempted if it's lasts, it was easy to use and the foam provides great coverage in just 1 box!!

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rated 1 of 5 ochman on 7/15/2013 8:09:00 AM more reviews by ochman

Age: 56 & Over   Skin: Combination, Medium   Hair: Grey   Eyes: Brown    

I tried it twice, the first time I wrote to the manufacturer and they sent me a second (coupon) to try it again. Same result: my roots were not colored; the rest of the hair came out VERY dark brown with red tones, even though it was an ash brown which usually has light brown tones. It was easy; it was clean (didn't drip); there was plenty of product. However, the result was not at all desirable for me.

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