Product Type: Clairol hair care products
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Clairol Nice n' Easy Root Touch Up
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Clairol Nice n' Easy Root Touch Up
Advantages: So easy to use, great results
Disadvantages: The smell
If you have read a number of my reviews you will have noticed that I am desperately trying to save money by cutting down on my expensive cosmetic habit. Now this includes my highlights, I get them done 3 or 4 times a year at a cost of up to £120 per go (including a cut and finish) BUT damn maternity pay being so low I can't afford this right now.
So a solution appeared in my local Boots branch - Clairol "Nice 'n' Easy" root touch up.
Where to buy and how much?
I paid a princely sum of £4.29 at Boots (well I lie - I paid with Boots points but who is counting). It is also available at Amazon and Ebay and Superdrug but Boots seems to be the cheapest place!
What is it?
Well it is a permenant hair dye kit which is intended to be used on roots only. You know - the annoying dark bits which grow through. It is also meant to be very good at covering grey hair. Unfortunately, due to my lack of grey hairs I can't comment on this.
Now prior to using this, my only experience of home hair dying was an experiment with Wella colour mousse when I was 16 and blond. I stupidly used an "auburn" colour expecting my hair to go a nice colour. It went bright orange and did not wash out so, I was a bit nervous about using this!
Who can use this?
One of the great things about Clairol roots dye is that their colours are guaranteed to match all the major brands. So, for example I used Medium golden blond. On the box a huge list of "compatible" brands / colours were listed. THese included:
So the thing to do is to look at the pack and match your normal colour to the Clairol one. I have highlights in my hair and know that they are medium gold (as I am a dark / medium blond naturally), the dye was perfect with this too!
Basically the dye should blend with any shade that is one darker / lighter, so again it is easy to get the right colour. The pack does say that you should only use a colour which is one shade darker / lighter than your natural colour too.
Follow those rules and away you go!
how to work it!
you are provided with gloves so put these on. It is suggested that you do a sensitivity test - put a little bit of both mixtures on your elbow or behind your ear and leave for 48 hours. If you feel any itchiness / burning or any other reaction then dont use. You can also take a bit of your hair and do a strand test. Now I must confess that I did do the sensitivity but didnt bother with the strand test.
When you are ready to go mix the colour and the "colouring solution" together in the provided bowl. You are given a kind of razor shaped comb / brush thing which you use to mix the mixture. THen you use this to apply it to your roots. Your hair should be clean and dry, free from products such as hair spray is the most important rule. Using the comb saturate your roots that you want to colour. I have got really thick hair and one pack provided plenty of colour.
Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse off.
AMAZING - the colour was blended in beautifully and looked almost salon professional standard. My hair was left soft and silky smooty too which was another worry that I had.
I found this product really easy to use - you could just literally mix it which took 30 seconds, then shovel it on and then wait 10 minutes and off you go. I was seriously impressed at how easy this was!
The smell - there is, as with most hair dyes a horrible chemical smell, I would recommend leaving the window open!
A fantastic product - great results and amazing value for money. Definitely worth a try if you want to save on hair dressers.
Summary: Give it a go