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on 9/10/2016 1:29:00 PM
More reviews by pamelasummer
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine
It has been a week since I made the huge mistake of using this product. And I can see it is going to take a while for my hair to recover from this disaster. This product is the latest incarnation of Natural Instincts (not the one that had the "refresher" in it, apparently people hated that version). This is the latest, but not the greatest. It is actually the worst thing I have ever used on my hair, and that is saying a lot. I chose this because I needed a non-ammonia hair color, I had not tried it in years and it was on sale plus with the coupon I got it for about $2. That is the ONLY good thing-- that I did not waste $7-8 on this. I bought the light brown shade, my natural color, and that is the color I use in Revlon's Colorsilk, which was doing a pretty good job (but, of course, I thought I would give this new stuff a try!). It had been about 4 weeks since I had colored my hair, and it had been deep conditioned a few days before and was in good shape. For reference, I have about 20-25% gray at the roots and my hair is full, naturally curly, fine textured, and I am caucasian. Moving on to the disaster: the color as it is mixed did not have a bad smell, but most non-ammonias do not anyway. It applied rather thinly. It is the exact consistency of the old Clairol Loving Care if you remember that from years ago, sort of a gel like liquid. I suspect they have just combined the Loving Care and Natural Instincts into one brand now. The Proctor and Gamble company seems to do that-- I have noticed that Pantene, Herbal Essences and Aussie shampoos and conditioners all seem to have the same basic ingredients in the same order on many of them and they are all P and G brands. Cheaper to produce, I guess. Anyway, the color is supposed to sit for 10 minutes, which sounds good because who likes to sit with haircolor on for 35 minutes. Thought that would be a plus (turns out I was wrong!) Time to wash it out-- and as I am rinsing I notice how dry and rough my hair feels, WAY drier than it has ever felt with any hair color brand. Okay, let's try some of the conditioner. This helped somewhat, except that the conditioner leaves my hair feeling like plastic coated hay. Oh boy. So, I let the hair dry naturally and the result is a horrible flat medium-dark reddish brown with no shine and absolutely NO gray coverage. None, only a lighter red-brown root area! Now, I started the color at the root area, after shaking the bottle well to make sure the color was mixed well and followed directions exactly. You can expect with any hair color that you may not get total gray coverage and obviously gray hair is going to turn out a bit lighter than brown hair, but the difference with this color was so extreme. And now of course, after about 10 washings, hot oil treatments, deep conditioners, I am STILL left with the strange red brown mess that won't leave. Normally, a semi permanent would be washed out completely after all that. Bottom line is that I will NEVER use this brand again and a bargain is not always a bargain! I had really thought that if the color was not what I liked, then it would just wash it pretty easy like most non permanent hair color does without the dry, brittle feel to it, and I could go on without any problem. Wrong again! This may work for some people, but for my hair it was the worst of the worst. Just a word of warning if you have never tried this and were considering it- proceed with caution!Clairol has been changing their formulas more in the last couple of years than I have ever seen any other company do- are they cheapening the product, or are some ingredients being banned and they are reformulating for that reason? Who knows. All I know is I have to get this mess out of my hair and pray for it to get back in shape and recover. I know a salon job may be better, but if you cannot afford that, then you have to color at home. And the Colorslik does do a decent job without wrecking my hair. I'll stick with what works from now on.
on 8/25/2016 3:48:00 PM
More reviews by Sakuraharu
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
First off if you are going to use this haircolor, I recommend that you read plenty of reviews here. Because the color on the box most likely isn't the color that you will get. Thank you so much everyone for your reviews! Hair dye is so tricky!This review is for 7/9N Dark Blonde (coastal dune dark blonde). The color turned out darker than the picture on the box. I agree that blonde turns out brown as another reviewer wrote. (My pictures are above, the one that is more "ash" is the "after" picture, the other is the "before" picture.)I am very pleased with the outcome. I wanted to tone down the brassy tone of my hair with out damaging it or turning it green, which this dye did. That's why I chose the dark blonde instead of dark ash blonde. It also blended my grey. What surprised me was that it lightened the roots of my hair. So that portion was more reddish and resembled the box color more. (Naturally, I have medium ash brown hair.) So next time I will do the roots only with a darker color. The smell to me was better than the ammonia dye but not very different smelling from other non-ammonia dyes that I have used. The application was tricky. Before you mix the dye it is very watery. Then when you mix it it turns almost gel like. I could use 3/4 of the dye to cover my thick, fine, chin-length hair. I don't know if I will always use this semi-permanent dye from now on. It depends how it wears on my hair. Once the very damaged portion is cut I may try different permanent dyes than the ones that I have been using and see which has better mileage. I really don't like that damage caused by ammonia hair dye and the smell and those are the dyes that seem to cover grey best. Hopefully this dye will cover my grey for awhile. I will try to update my wear time.FYI, Hair back story: Previously I have been coloring my hair with Nice 'n Easy Age Defy Permanent Hair Color (Medium ash brown 5A) for the roots and to get rid of grey. The rest of my hair was bleached and dyed with Preference beige brown (discontinued). As result my hair was damaged. Both of the permanent hair colors faded with in 2 weeks to a brassy color. The age defy wasn't covering my grey (few) and my hair dresser told me that my hair was really damaged. UPDATE:It blends gray for 1 week. It toned out the brass for about 2.5 weeks. I probably won't be using this routinely because it doesn't last long and repeat usage would cause more hair damage.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
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on 8/1/2016 3:51:00 AM
More reviews by YvetteN
Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I have to agree with another reviewer on this product. I will never buy this product again. I chose a red that looked different from the one pictured on the box. The color washed off completely in patches which I thought I had done but upon reviewing the instructions I realized I had followed them to the letter. Nope. No more Ms. Clairol products.
on 7/28/2016 5:55:00 PM
More reviews by debstar75
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium
I'm writing this review to remind my future self to never buy this product again. I've tried this several times over the years, always thinking that a gentle, non-permanent color boost is just what I need. This one just doesn't work for me, for the following reasons:• It disrupts my curl pattern, making it more difficult to style. My normal ringlets were flattened out, leaving me with a weird frizzy wave pattern that isn't cute. Many stylists recommend semi & demi permanent dyes for curly girls, since they're supposed to preserve the curl pattern more than permanent ones. This obviously wasn't the case here.• This also reduces the volume and bounce of my hair, leaving it flat and sad. • Similarly, this changed the texture of my hair in a negative way. It was almost too soft to style, if that makes sense. There was no grip left to form curly ringlets. This would be great for someone who wants straighter & flatter hair, but that's not me.• The smell! Even after thoroughly rinsing and making sure that every trace was gone, I noticed that icky "hair dye smell" would return every time I got my hair wet for the next couple of weeks. Yuck.• While the box says it will "blend away gray," that did not happen. At all. My grays are still there, in all their glory, prominently visible. • The color on the box is misleading. I had to choose a color 2 shades lighter to match my hair. In my case, I have medium brown hair, and had to use a blonde shade to match.If that wasn't enough, the conditioner that comes with the kit smells horrible! Note to self: If you think about buying this again, don't. Go with Herbaceuticals instead.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 5/6/2016 1:02:00 PM
More reviews by goodie
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium
I colored my roots yesterday. It looks great today. I had grey coming through and needed a fix ASAP. I have gone to an Aveeda salon every 4 weeks for over a year now. I love Aveeda, but I was searching for a lower cost alternative to keep me away from the salon longer than 4 weeks. I used medium brown hazelnut. My main concern was will it cover greys? It did! Is it 100% full coverage? No, but unless someone gets a magnifying glass to search for them, you can't see them. It's about 97%. I see the greys sparkling a little, but it could be the color i used. The hazelnut color is just a tad lighter than the rest of my hair. It looks really good. A friend already complimented me and said she would never have guessed the color was out of a box! I have used other permanent box colors before and my hair ends up very damaged after about a year. I may continue to use Natural Instincts and ditch the salon for a bit. It depends on how long the color lasts and if I still like how it looks. Overall, I'm extremely happy with it and even happier of my savings$$$$. This, at under $10 a box is much less than $160 every month!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 4/26/2016 7:24:00 PM
More reviews by Lisa03
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
I used to love this stuff they changed the formula and now it burns my scalp bad. it's a shame cuz the old stuff was great made my hair shiny and made my thin hair look and feel thicker. it's was amazing. if it's not broke don't fix it!!!!
on 4/21/2016 5:29:00 PM
More reviews by amyhuskiewicz
Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
As with many things in life, there are positives and negatives to this hair color. If there were one perfect hair color for everyone, then nobody would use anything else and the world would be much more boring. That being said, this color (medium golden blonde) suits my current needs fairly well. I am pregnant, looking for something to blend away the numerous grays in my medium/dark blonde hair without making me feel sick or like I am poisoning the unborn with the stink of ammonia. This only takes 20 minutes of stink-free coloring to mostly achieve that goal. The gray coverage is eh. I can still easily see them, but they are a bit less noticeable. I understand that as a semi-permanent that's probably about all once can expect, but my grays don't stand out that horribly from my blonde hair already - I'm unsure if this would work well in someone with darker hair. There is not a lot of dye included in the kit - I have hair slightly below my shoulders and can barely cover it all. There is a generous amount of conditioner included. The conditioner has a tropical scent and leaves my hair soft and shiny. After dyeing and conditioning, my hair does not feel damaged or have any more problems than usual. The color is a nice, natural medium golden blonde, as advertised. It does not go red, orange or bright yellow on me. The color seems to fade a bit, leaving my hair a little lighter than usual so be aware it CAN lighten hair - this can be a good or a bad thing depending on your goal. The price isn't bad with coupons/sales but given that it only lasts a few weeks, it could add up. Overall, not a bad product, especially for those with scent-aversions.
on 1/31/2016 3:03:00 PM
More reviews by Cooper77
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I literally just finished dying my hair with the 6G. I have to say I was pretty scared to do it. My natural hair colour is light brown with a lot of warmth to it and with lighter ends. The light brown I had was virgin hair. So, I followed the directions. Rinsed it off after 10 mins and I can sort of tell a different. I really wanted it a bit darker but with all the reviews saying Browns go really dark, I went with the 6 gold. My first purchase was the castings color creme in 5CB which was really what I was after. Just too scared for it to turn out black.
on 11/12/2015 4:44:00 PM
More reviews by annabee87
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
This is a review for the Clairol Natural Instincts 5 Medium Brown, former 20 Hazelnut. A little over a month ago I used Garnia Olia and while it worked okay, I wanted to try something else because the way it faded left me looking in need of a serious dye job! I picked this up after a friend who has been using it for over 10 years suggested I give it a try, price is very inexpensive (I want to say this is like the second or third cheapest dye that I saw). It was very easy to apply, instructions very clear, and I really like that you only have to leave it on for 10 minutes! I felt like there wasn't enough product in the bottle and I used the very last drops, not sure if this is because my hair has gotten longer or what, but either way it ended up being fine. The conditioner included left my hair feeling soft and silky and I have not noticed any damaging effects from the dye as of yet. Now, I have to say...this dye has EXCELLENT coverage. It is not splotchy or weird looking in any places and it looks even throughout. Which is a PLUS especially because I'm always worried I'll miss a spot. I have to be honest, but the color is a bit darker than I expected but I do like it. On me, it looks more like a very dark brown/nearly black but I'm assuming this will fade with a few washes so no big deal. I'll try and post a picture of the results on here if I figure out how to. The color is also very glossy and not flat, which is a huge plus! Overall, I am very pleased with how this turned out BUT I would caution some people if they want a lighter shade of brown to pick a light brown over a medium because this may be too dark for some. I will most likely repurchase again, in a month or so when it fades.
on 10/29/2015 10:47:00 AM
More reviews by blueberryfrost
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
Wow, okay, I am amazed that this worked for me as well as it did. I used the color Nutmeg/Dark Brown.I am trying to transition away from henna - I do like henna a lot, it's a great thing for hair but it's too time consuming for me now that I am a mom. I just don't have several hours to devote to it anymore. I've been trying to get back to my natural dark brown hair color as close as possible and I have been having a hard time with permanent dyes. I kept getting hot roots and I could NOT understand why - all I wanted was to get natural looking dark brown hair and to cover my minimal grays! Not to much to ask, is it?!I realized that the 20vol developer in most dyes were lifting, when I did not want lift. So out of desperation I thought I would give a demi permanent a try before throwing in the towel. Anyway! So I used this in Nutmeg and it gave me the results I needed!!! Sorry for the exclamations, but I've been so fed up with all the dyes I've used, and getting crappy results. It's such a relief to find something that works for me. This gave me dark brown hair AND covered my grays and the whole process was done in less than 20 mins while my baby was napping. Yes! Quick and easy!At first, the color was very dark, just a touch lighter than black. After a few washings it became the perfect coffee brown, semi sweet dark chocolate brown, Coca Cola brown, etc, you get the idea. Perfect. It looks exactly like my "virgin" color.It's been over two weeks since I dyed it, with almost daily shampoos, and my grays are still covered and I can't believe it. It has faded a touch but not much and it looks so natural. Looks like I have never dyed it.It left my hair feeling just the same as before, too. Not dry at all like with permanent dyes. The dye itself kind of smelled nice too, fruity or something. I also like the large tube of conditioner, plenty for several weekly treatments. Smells great too, like a pina colada or something similar.I'm really super pleased with Natural Instincts Nutmeg. Hopefully it continues to hold up for at least a few more weeks. I think I finally found my color!UPDATE: Okay, so the Nutmeg lasted me for a month with daily washing before my grays were super noticeable. 4 weeks is about average for me for permanent colors, I've had some permanent dyes wash out in like two weeks, actually. So that's impressive. I chose to use Hazelnut Medium Brown this time to see if it would work as well as Nutmeg without going through that super dark/almost black color phase. The medium brown did not cover my grays at all. Some grays are lightly tinted but still really noticeable. So, bummer. Maybe I should have left it in a few minutes longer. But I I'm definitely sticking with Nutmeg from now on since it worked so well for me.
6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
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