Clairol Nice n' Easy Foam

Clairol Nice n' Easy Foam
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243 reviews

25% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.8

Price: $$

Package Quality: 2.8

Price: $$


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on 4/18/2015 7:18:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

UK based. I've been using Nice and Easy Foam in "warm blonde" shades for around four years now.

It was reformulated last year and since then it has been damaging my hair REALLY BADLY. The difference in the quality of my "pre-reformulated' treated hair and "post-reformulated" treated hair is astonishing.

I've done so much damage over his time, because I've only just realised the reformulation is the cause of this problem - on seeking advice from a friend tonight, she told me she stopped using this foam last year due to the same issue and only NOW do I understand why my hair is looking so chronically bad. Previously, I assumed the problem must be dietary or something. Doh. Well, now it all makes sense and I'm kicking myself for not realising sooner because It really is quite obvious...

The TOP 6 inches of my hair [i.e. the newer growth, which has been coloured with the new formula] is quite literally FRIED. Horrible, gnarly, frizzy and drier than straw. Also, I saw a photo of myself from behind recently and to my horror, I noticed that the top 6 inches of my hair at the back [where it has not yet gone grey, so this area lightens from the peroxide] is also considerably DARKER than the PRE-reformulated colour treated hair. I literally have a band above/below 6in line, despite not changing my box-colour or brand. Also, it no longer takes to the grey at the front very well at all.

The hair BELOW this - i.e. the hair that was coloured with the OLD formula is in much better shape - but that is fast becoming irrelevant as my hair is now snapping close to the roots.

So the 'new formula' seems to have been about cheapening the ingredients to increase profit - that is all the reason can be, given the formula is now much, MUCH more damaging and much less effective in lightening/colouring.

Last year both Superdrug and Boots stores pulled this product. They did this in the first few months after the reformulation. Unable to find it one day in Superdrug, I asked the cashier and she told me they had taken all the boxes off the shelves because the product had been RECALLED! She said she didn't know the reason but it was unlikely they [SD] were discontinuing it, as it was one of their best selling box dyes. But they did indeed discontinue it - it never hit the shelves in there again. They still sell Clairol box colours- just not THIS foam dye hair rot. I think it's clear why!

Unfortunately [with hindsight], instead of choosing a different product, I started buying it from my local small pharmacy.

I am on here now looking for an new brand of box colour, as my hair [previously luscious, thick and almost to waist length] is now SNAPPING close to the roots. It is - quite literally - rotten and looks terrible, with many broken and frizzy hairs that are just over an inch long, sticking up skywards.

I have left my roots to grow out for 2 months now, as I am in terror of colouring it again in case it finally gives up completely and falls out. It is in that bad a state! have one box of the foam dye left and I do not DARE use it!

Total hair rot! Steer clear.

on 2/15/2015 2:14:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I am so disappointed with this product, and I wish I had read the reviews about this prior to dying my hair. Before dying, my hair was a medium brown colour, and I purchased the dark brown to bump up my hair a shade. First of all, yes, the product smelt bad - but it's hair dye, what do you expect? Second, the pump is a terrible idea, the nozzle is not even a pump, you have to squeeze the bottle by its sides; and when you have hair dye all over your gloves, the bottle becomes extremely slippery and messy. Thirdly, the product foamed coming out of the dispenser, but it did not foam in my hair like it shows on the package. It instead made my hair feel heavy and hard, like I was slathering gel into my dry hair. I was anxious when applying the product because I wasn't sure if it was spreading evenly since what seemed like a lot of foam turned out to be very little dye. And I was right to be anxious. When I rinsed my hair, applied the conditioner (which I actually liked), and dried my hair, I could see blotches of my old colour, new colour, and orange (of all colours, why ORANGE!?) popping out. Most of the coverage is the new dark brown (which was MUCH DARKER than the box lead to believe), but there are so many spots that are noticeable lighter and blotchy. Since it was my first time using a foam product I tried to do the best job I could do applying it so that I obviously don't mess it up. Anyways, its only been 1 day, I haven't washed my hair again so I'm not sure how much more the colour will bleed. But, none the less, I am so unhappy with this product. I hardly ever box dye my hair, and I don't think I will for a long time to come.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This was hard for me because I love the ease of foam application (I have really long hair). But I was so upset at the color I ended up with. I have naturally dark brown hair. I will often get shades of medium brown, or light brown to try and lighten it just a tad. With home dyes it often comes out super dark anyway. This was no different, only this left my hair BLACK. Not to mention it didn't even do a great job covering the few gray hairs I have on my temples. I have maybe 5 grays total and it didn't even cover them! The dye stayed in my hair for months. It's still quite dark. If I was to put a lighter color over it, I'd end up with hot roots. Basically, it was a huge disaster for me. I wish it worked for the foam delivery alone. Unfortunately, it was a fail.

on 6/9/2014 6:04:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I picked up this product cheap in Big Lots knowing very little about it, and after using it, I am feeling torn. On the one hand, it is a foam product that is very simple to use--easy mixing, simple directions, and easy application with no dripping. I liked the conditioner, and the color, although a bit darker than what appeared on the box, was, as promised, "Dark Reddish Brown," with a natural appearance, nice highlights, and good coverage for my few grays. (See posted photos.)

Unfortunately, I had several issues with this product as well. First, it had an odd smell, sort of like burnt coffee--definitely like no other hair color product I've ever tried. I could live with that, but it was also messy. It was fine AFTER application, but when I dispensed the foam into my palm as instructed, it caused splatters. Luckily, I was applying the product over my bathroom sink, but it was annoying to constantly have to wipe down the sink and surrounding area. I also found that the first day I colored (before I washed my hair), my scalp itched like crazy!

Finally, this dye stained my skin worse than ANY hair color product I have ever used. I usually don't bother with Vaseline around the hairline, as I've found this isn't necessary with most products (and I have tried many), but with this foam, I found that my hairline was stained so dark AFTER my shower that i had to scrub at it several times AND wipe away the excess product with makeup remover pads. Despite this, even two days later, I keep finding dark patches of dye in random spots of my scalp that I have to try to remove.

So, even though I was happy happy with the color, I don't know that I would purchase this product again given all of the issues that I experienced.

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on 3/31/2014 3:06:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Black

I am pretty surprised at the low ratings of this product. I actually like this foam a lot; it's not very pricey and I like this more than the Garnier Nutrisse Foam. My natural hair color is a soft black with reddish-brown tones but I adore deep black hair with cool tones so I picked up 2BB - Blue Black. I tried the Garnier before in the same color and besides the fact that they are foam-type colors, they are quite different.

First of all, the Garnier smells awfulthe typical repulsive hair color scent that requires you to open every window in the housebut the Clairol doesn't smell bad at all. It doesn't smell delicious per se, but it's not unpleasant either. Secondly, the foam is thicker and fluffier than Garnier's, which almost instantly turns liquid the moment it touches your palm, so there's less drip. Thirdly, Clairol's foam is easier to dispense, because you simply squeeze the bottle. Garnier has a pump dispenser, which isn't bad until your hand is covered in the liquidy foam and gets slippery. Also, Garnier's pump doesn't touch the very bottom of the bottle so there is still a bit of product left, which can be a waste if you have long hair.

Clairol's Blue Black has a smidge more blue in the sunlight than the Garnier, which has a more subtle blue, almost silver. Both of them, though, are still not as blue as I would've liked, (I find that L'Oreal's blue blacks contain more blue than Garnier or Clairol) but it stills looks very striking. If your natural hair color is lighter than black, the blue will most likely show up better. It will also make you look more dramatic and it makes your features stand out. However, it can wash you out if you're very pale, so you might have to apply blush or bronzer more often. Still, I do get compliments, which is good!

One thing I am impressed about, which goes for the both of them, is that the amount of product is just right. You don't need to purchase a second box because they have enough product to cover long hair, which means you can spend less just to color your hair.

In terms of performance, both are about the same. They fade faster than most colors, despite claiming to be permanent, which is why I took off a star. Creme/gel colors usually fade less than foams though. Clairol's conditioning treatment works well, but Garnier's conditioning treatment is a lot better. It makes hair soft and shiny, and I would buy dozens of the conditioner if they sold it in a bottle! It's that good, so a point for Garnier on that one. But both of the conditioning treatments smell equally good.

My verdict: I would recommend the Clairol foam, as the hair coloring experience is easier and with less hiccups. If you want long-lasting color, this one is not for you. However, if you would like to try black but you're afraid of the commitment, then by all means, go for this one!

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I have so many mixed feelings about this hair dye.

First of all, the application process is so flawed. The "pump" style bottle doesn't pump at all, you have to squeeze the dye out. I don't know if the bottle I got was deformed, but I literally had to squeeze "pump" this like ten times to get a good enough amount in my hand.
It took me half an hour just to cover all of my hair, since this dye does not spread well at all.
I finally got pissed off and just took the cap off and started pouring the foam into my hair.

However, it gets the job done nicely.
I got the color black, and I used it on my extremely damaged light copper hair.
Since this dye spreads worse than frozen peanut butter on bread, there are a few parts of my hair that still have a slightly red tint.

While I was rinsing it out I began to panic because my hair felt like straw, but after using the conditioner included with the dye, my hair became so freaking soft, and even after blow drying, I still can't stop touching my hair.

I give this product 5/10 thumbs up.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Awful, Awful, Awful product! Save your money and your hair ladies and gents and do NOT buy this product!!!!!!! This product STUNK and smelt awful, it was icky and gross. I do not expect hair dye to smell like daises trust me but this hair dye smelt NASTY! I applied it like the instruction leaflet said and when I attempted to massage it into my hair as though I was shampooing my hair it wouldn't foam. My hair was stiff like gel the entire time it was processing and it was HARD! I have never had my hair feel like that! It was hard and stiff and when I put my head under the shower to rinse the dye rinsed out purple! I was using 2BB Blue Black and was expecting it to rinse out at least blue but nope it rinsed out purple. The conditioner that came along with the hair dye did sweet diddly squat for my hair to soften it or to condition it. My hair felt like STRAW when I was done with rinsing and conditioning it with the crap conditioner that came with it. Non the less I blow-dryed my hair and when I was done it still felt hard and like straw and the color is alright, not anything to write home about but it got me the black hair I have been craving (I formerly have been dyeing it semi-permanent to see if I like the color which I do much better then my natural hair colour) but it isn't shiny or soft at all. It is gross! I went to use my barrel waver as I am going out shortly (This ALL happened today) and it made my hair quite difficult to style, the waves weren't as nice as they were pre-dyeing my hair because of the texture my hair has been left with (I will albeit temporary until my next shampoo/condition in 3 or so days) and the waves look less defined and it has made my hair just gross. I am SO not happy and will NEVER buy this product again! I bought two boxes so next time I need to dye my hair I will finish up the second box but next time I am going to buy the John Frieda Hair Dye Foam that I originally had my eyes on buying.

on 12/11/2013 2:38:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I tried this product for the first time today and decided to read the reviews After I've put it in my hair so I expected the worst ... to be honest this product is fine - it doesn't stink, didn't turn my hair into straw dry or hard, didn't irritate my scalp. I needed to lighten my roots and it did what its supposed to do. At first I was a bit skeptical about the foam as it looked like it wouldn't work as effectively as the traditional ones (I've tried at least 10 different brands in the last 15 years) but to my surprise it worked just as well as all the other ones. I really am not sure why it got such a poor rating but after reading the reviews and actually using it, I felt that I needed to step out and tell my honest opinion !

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Do NOT use this unless you want it sticking around like a bad ex-boyfriend! I dyed my hair with the Darkest Brown 3 a year & a half ago and I made an account on this website just to come on here and give this review. Yes, the color was nice, I remember liking it a lot. I can't remember how it smelled but I do remember it was messy. The thing that makes me regret ever using this is it has left behind a horrible red color in my hair that can't be highlighted or bleached out. I tried getting highlights 6 months after using this product (which had since faded & I had almost forgotten I had used it). My natural roots took a beautiful highlight & from the point where this dye grew out to down was a pale red. I tried getting more highlights a few months after that & the same thing happened. Now today, a year and a half later, I just got done bleaching my hair & half of my hair is blonde and the half that was dyed this color is STILL RED. It will not lift out!! Today is the 2nd time I've bleached this week and I even used Colorfix a month ago in preparation for this and nothing is working. I really really want to go blonde and this hair dye has been ruining that for me for the past year. I don't know what they use in this that's different than other dye, but I seriously regret using it. I'll have to wait at least another year for my hair to grow out to a length that I would feel comfortable chopping all this red off before I can go blonde, or any shade lighter than the red that's been left behind for that matter!

on 3/12/2014 8:42:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I really liked the ease of application with the foam. I felt the coverage was thorough and even, though I am not an expert in hair color application. The foam does not drip or spill like regular liquid dyes- I even trusted my husband to put it on my hair after I broke my arm! I've used this product numerous times, but now I'm having trouble finding it in my area. I would definitely recommend using this product.

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