L'Oreal Superior Preference Hair Colour

3.5

195 reviews

63% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS



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Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I had light brown hair that went too warm, almost reddish, from a previous hair dye several months before. I saw online that the 8.1 from L'Oreal Superior Preference can cool down this type of color turning it into a nice beige brown. It didn't do that for me, my hair turned slightly yellow, with full blown orange at the roots. This has been my favorite hair brand for a very long time but now I am completely disappointed and unfortunately will have to spend a lot of money to fix my hair at the salon. I do not recommend this product to anyone that wants to go ashy or beige.



Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Bought this in the amber brown colour (#65) which looks very close to my natural colour on the box in an attempt to dye my henna/indigo-ed hair back to my natural shade. Now the box dose say not to use it on hennaed hair, though that is due to some premix henna having metals in them which can react with the chemicals of the dye and i mixed my own so i wasn't worried. I have about an inch of undyed regrowth. My roots ended up an orangey red colour, and the rest of my hair seems to be the black brown it was before, which doesn't surprise me. The reason i gave this product only 1/5 is not because it didn't dye my henna/indigo dyed hair but because my natural hair is now almost orange, instead of the medium brown it shows on the box.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I found this color in the shade Deepest Indigo (NF02) at the dollar store. Went to the Superstore the next day and saw it there for almost fifteen dollars, so I lucked out big time!

This is the best Blue-black haircolor I have ever used, and Ive tried almost every brand. This makes my hair oh so shiny, and it looks amazing. Blue shimmer every time it catches the light. I'll be buying this ANY TIME I find it on sale.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have never used this before, I bought "medium golden brown". I do have a lot of grey, I'm guessing 20% grey, so I decided to buy the Superior Preference. I usually buy Ash medium browns, but felt like a change. The inside of the box has instructions with a warning that should be on the "outside" of the box. It states that due to three different red dyes (they list) that anyone with over 25% grey should not use. Most would think the "superior" would mean for a lot of grey coverage. At least I thought that when I bought it. I know usually the warm shades have more red dye so I'll try this in Ash if after a while too much red is in my hair. This first time, it looks really good and has much more shine than after using Nice & Easy, it rinsed out easier, and the large tube of conditioner was better and does NOT smell like fruit candy which is dislike, so that is even better.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I used L'Oreal Excellence for years, but finally switched because no matter what shade I tried it always ended up leaving me with this cheap red looking tint. (I know someone else who uses this brand and they don't have the same problem.) I was initially quite happy with the Preference because I finally lost the red tint. Unfortunately, after a year's use, my hair is in very bad shape. I can't believe these two hair dyes are made by the same company. To add insult to injury, Preference is more expensive than Excellence. Maybe the Excellence's pre-conditioner is a miracle worker, I don't know. I'm now trying Garner Nutrisse. Hopefully, I'll be able repair this damaged mess.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Kinky, Fine

Eyes: Hazel


First time - COLORED MY OWN HAIR - grabbed a color from drugstore
Mistakenly bought 5CB = medium chestnut brown

Did in garage with hubby hale

Did not even do the roots, plus all over - just all over - no strand test - just timed to 25 min

CONS
1). STINKS - stay in a well ventilated area
2). Stings will burn damage your eyes
3). Difficult to do on your own = smell = eyes


PROS
1), My hair came out so soft, and true to color and SHINEY
2). It pulled red (DUH) and thus I would say it is true to color CHESTNUT brown (duh!)
3). The cream they give you / conditioner is awesome
4). Much of my frizz was gone
5). Was fairly even all over perhaps ends a tad dark got a hair cut


E-SALON 8 WEEKS LATER CUSTOM COLOR
I tried E-Salon 8 weels later sent in photos and described what I wanted

PROS
1). Did not smell as much No Stink, paint on with brush, not sure it was any easier
2). Did change and correct color - removed red
3). Needed a trim, ends too dark

CONS
1). My hair was LIKE STRAW - unbelievable no silky soft feeling
2). Had to super deep condition over and over
3). Color Did not last long, my hair color faded, turned red and had tons of frizz
4). Seemed to get color all over me and not easy to remove (elbows, hairline, etc)


BACK TO LOREAL SUPERIOR PREFERENCE

Went to a lighter color 6 Natural Brown

PROS
1). In 25 minutes, my hair wnt to a frizzy yucky multi colored mess to a silky medium chocolate brown
2). VERY Silky Hair
3). Smooth easy - easy to blow out - no frizz
4). under $10 for a gorgeous just as good as the salon color (saved me $100)


CONS -- none really

I was more careful this time, watched my eyes and skin, had hubby help 25 did in garge and was well ventilated

In 25 minutes I had a gorgeous silky mane

It is a tad dark but will lighten up in a few washings

NO RED - nice chocolate brown color - slightly warm

Do need to get my ends trimmed (has been 3 mo) as ends are a tad dark and too long


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Best hair colour ever !!!!
This is the only PERMANENT HAIR COLOUR
Every other colour eventually washes out but this one doesn't ....

It somehow lightened my hair about 3 shades without bleach (from nearly black to Brown)
It's colours are so vibrant and it comes with a massive tube of conditioner ....

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I bought this hair colour in the shade RP07 Intense Red Copper after going through a rough patch with 'favourite' drugstore haircolour, Garnier Olia. I've been dying my hair at home for 5+ years, dabbling with a few shades here and there but for the most part, I am a dye-hard (sorry for the awful pun) redhead. Despite being told that dyeing your hair at home is horrible for hair health, and it is destined to not turn out, I have had many compliments from strangers and stylists alike on my straight from the box, red locks! As any "false" redheads like myself know, red is an all or nothing colour, go big or go home. Semi-permanent dye will not give you the vibrant results you are looking for since red colouring loses pigment faster than any other hair dye colour tenfold. I have tried dyeing my hair with semi and demi permanent dye time and time again and it simply never looks as vibrant and beautiful. Naturally as a result, dyed redheads will find their hair to be more damaged because if you want to upkeep your brilliant colour, it isn't going to be getting much of a break from the ammonia. Despite all this however, I take very, very good care of my hair and as a result, only suffer from the odd split end here and there. I am constantly going to a salon and getting a proper trim, or snipping off split/broken ends at home with barber shears and using masks and little heat on my hair because healthy hair = more vibrant, even colour.

Anyways....this shade had come to my attention while watching a commercial for Superior Preference and I was just blown away by how the shade had looked like what I had always envisioned for myself as a redhead. Since this shade of red is a Level 7, versus my previous colour which was Level 6, I needed to let my hair go for an extra long time without dyeing it that way I could remove a good portion of the darker dye before going in with a slightly lighter shade (for reference, my natural hair colour is a Level 6). I waited 4 months in between colourings and god my roots looked brutal. My strategy worked and when I went to dye my hair with Superior Preference which was about a month ago, the colour was able to lighten my hair sufficiently so there was no unevenness, or line between the freshly dyed root and previous colour. In terms of the dyeing experience, it wasn't terribly unlike others. Two things which I noted however was that the smell of the dye was particularly potent which was a bit unpleasant, and the dye was quite thin and drippy likely as a result of the colorant being a liquid formula versus the more typical cream formula. Usually when dyeing my hair, I apply the colour to the roots only and about 5-10 minutes before I need to rinse out the colour, I apply it to the rest of my hair to freshen up the colour. Since I was changing shades this time however, I applied the dye to my entire head and left it on for the full processing time which I believe was about 25 minutes. The dye washed out fairly easily, and I followed up with a keratin moisture mask. No hot roots were experienced.

It has been about a month since I dyed my hair and I must say that I am very pleased with how well the colour has maintained itself. Usually when I take a shower and wash my hair, there is a fair bit of red dye that comes off on the white towel (this washes off in the washing machine) and with this dye, I get practically none. The dream of every redhead out there. The colour is also that perfect shade that I have always wanted, more of a 'natural' redhead shade but still quite vibrant. I am incredibly displeased with the health of my hair however. I fully understand that when you dye your hair, you leave it susceptible to damage, I wasn't born yesterday. It is the nature of an otherwise pleasant beast. The degree of damage that this left my hair in is like nothing I've ever experienced before, my hair has been in better condition after being bleached at the salon!! My hair is broken in ways I had no idea breakage even existed...broken in 8 places, 5+ split ends coming out of the very same strand. Brutal. My hair was in excellent condition for coloured hair before and now it is on the bad side. I plan on getting a few inches taken off at the salon immediately before the damage works its way up the strand. For that reason alone, I cannot recommend this dye. I am incredibly pleased with the colour and genuinely hope that I can find another dye that gives me the same beautiful result that will not take such a toll on the health of my hair. Healthy hair is essential to good colour and if the colour is damaging my hair to such an extent, there isn't any point to colouring it. If your hair colour doesn't require quite as much maintenance then you will probably be very satisfied with this dye but otherwise, don't even bother.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Not too sure why there are so many poor/mediocre reviews on this product ! I personally love this hair color. I suppose everyone's hair is different, which is probably the main reason reviews are so mixed. For reference, my hair is long and dark ash brown. It's naturally wavy and thick, but fine in individual texture. My hair is not damaged, as I baby it very much lol. I've had damaged hair in the past, but over the years I now consider myself a bit of a hair connoisseur. I know how to repair the most damaged hair, and I know the best products to make hair healthy and strong. It's taken years, mind you, but on to the review ! This stuff is fairly thick, so it doesn't drip much. It gives nice coverage, coating hair without need for too much product. But the most important thing is, this color makes my hair feel silky and smooth after coloring ! Most dyes leave hair dry or stringy, but this stuff makes my hair feel amazing. It's also a beautiful color ! I use either medium ash brown or dark brown, I mix it up. This is the only drugstore color I have ever liked. I've tried Nice N' Easy, Loreal Feria, Garnier Nutrisse, Garnier Olia, and none compare. This stuff just leaves my hair shiny, and the color is so rich. It lasts a long time, too. Just take care of it by using color safe shampoo, and a nice rich condirioner. I can't wait to dye my hair when I use this because I know it'll be a great few hair days ! haha definite repurchase :)

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I give up. I cannot find an at-home hair color that will not turn my dark brown roots red. For reference, I have dark brown hair and all I want to do is cover some grays; I used the color dark ash brown specifically to counter the red roots that inevitably seem to happen with dark brown dye. The red is not as bad as Nutrisse, but the overall effect still looks cheap. I guess I'l have to go the salon, which is frustrating because my hair color is so single process and boring I feel I should be able to do this at home! Also, the smell that others have mentioned isn't awful, just persistent...I'm still smelling it on my hair after washing. And it did leave my hair drier than usual.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


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