Product Type: Clairol hair care products
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The Pros and Cons of Getting 'Touched Up'
Clairol Nice n' Easy Root Touch Up
Member Name: tb4ms
Clairol Nice n' Easy Root Touch Up
Advantages: Covers grey and adequate blending of colour
Disadvantages: Not enough mixture for all roots and expensive.
Now that I'm in my late 30s and my hair grows so blooming quickly my ever increasing grey hair is showing through at a frightening rate of approx 3-4 weeks.
I have been colouring my hair at home now for almost a year, saving a whopping £40+ per colour at the hairdressers once a month.
Given that it’s actually only the roots that really need doing so frequently so I thought I would Clairol ‘Nice ‘n Easy’ Root Touch Up a go.
Clairol produce 12 colouring blending shades for root touch-up and it can be quite baffling when faced with them all but the box does have a Colour Result Guide on the side of it to show what result to expect depending upon your existing hair colour, a great help to us amateurs.
What I think is particularly good is that it gives you ‘matches’ with other brands:
~ L’Oreal Excellence
~ Garnier Nutrisse
~ L’Oreal Preference
~ Garnier Belle Color
For example the medium brown that I plumped for would match L’Oreal’s ‘Natural Brown’, Garnier Nutrisse ‘Medium Brown’ and Garnier Belle Color’s ‘Brown’.
- What do you get? -
Inside the box:
~ Tube of permanent colour creme
~ Plastic bottle of colour activating lotion
~ One mixing and applicator bush
~ A plastic dish in which to mix the crème and the lotion
~ Pair of disposable plastic gloves which come in a card holder, very much like you get serviettes or hand wipes on the more expensive airlines.
~ An instruction leaflet
- Step by step guide on what to do -
You are advised to undertake a skin allergy test 48 hours before each use.
If you get the all clear on this, i.e no itching, redness etc then do the following:
1. Put the gloves on and an OLD towel.
2. Mix the colour activating lotion and the colour crème in the plastic dish that is provided in the pack.
3. Apply it to your roots with the brush, dividing the hair to get in to every section.
4. Leave for 10 minutes. (I always use the oven timer as I tend to get very easily sidetracked)
5. Rinse the colour from your hair with lukewarm water until the water runs clear.
- How easy is it to use? -
Very...............The step by step instruction leaflet is extremely simple to follow.
I would strongly advise that you use an OLD towel as combing it through etc is quite messy. I also put an old dustsheet over my legs just incase as this stuff really does stain.
Although this is said to be a non-drip product the mixture is a lot ‘runnier’ than the full-head hair colours that I have used over the past year and there isn’t a great deal of it, so if you have lots of grey roots it may not cover the whole lot, in fact mine didn’t so I had to decide which to leave and opted for the ones at the back of my head right under the lengths that no-one hardly ever sees!
Unless you have eyes in the back of your head and are very supple I would suggest that you get someone to apply the colour so that you get every last bit of grey and an even colour.
Since my grey hair is extremely stubborn, I actually disregarded the 10 minute time given and doubled that so as to leave it on for 20 minutes. I know that through numerous other products that I always have to leave the colours on for longer than suggested so as to get to the real ‘root’ of the problem!
The smell was like many other colourants, quite strong but not as bad as some I have used which resemble cat’s pee, not pleasant. This was strong but not to the extent of having to create ventilation in the room when applying it.
The product also stains your skin slightly but it can be rubbed off. I have this problem as the majority of my grey is at the hairline on my forehead so I would rather get total grey coverage and put up with rubbing the colour off the skin afterwards.
As for grey coverage….. it worked as well as any other colourant I have used it just took longer than what the packaging advises. The colour blend was fine, not a really noticeable difference between the roots and the rest of my hair colour as I had used Nice’n Easy’s natural medium brown 4 weeks prior to this. However I could see that the root section was slightly darker but no-one else chuckled to themselves when they saw me. Perhaps I saw the difference because I knew it had been applied!?
- Precautions -
Apologies to anyone not interested in these but some may be:
~ incase of a reaction during the process like stinging or a burning sensation, rinse immediately.
~ Don't use to colour eyelashes and eyebrows
~ Use a well ventilated room
~ Keep out of the reach of children.
~ Don't use if you have a sensitive, itchy or damaged scalp.
- Price -
I think that this is expensive for what you get.
Boots ~ £4.29
Tesco ~ £4.17 although they currently have an offer on. Buy two packets for £8 so a small saving can be made.
When you consider that the full colourant is only £4.78 or 2 for £8 it isn’t great value, that is for me, since it didn’t cover all of my grey roots as I have so, so many!!
- My Verdict -
I’m pleased I gave it a try although I won’t be going back to it for the reason stated above. However:
~ It does cover grey
~ It blends quite well and gives a natural like colour which does match well with your colour, that is if you have chosen the correct shade!
~ It is easy to apply and far less messy and time consuming than the whole coverage of your hair
If you want to give this a try and haven’t got a head full of grey roots then it’s certainly worth taking a look at the website, www.clairol.co.uk
This is quite a comprehensive site with colour charts and advise about choosing the colour you need according to the brand you use. Saves a lot of time, browsing the shelves in Boots or the supermarket.
Summary: A worthwhile product if your grey roots aren't extensive!