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I first dyed my hair around 3 years ago, when I would have it done at the hairdressers however this soon became too expensive to keep up with and although I said I never would, I decided to begin dying my hair at home.
I chose this specific one because the Clariol Nice and Easy is one my mum used on her hair and she recommended it to me as she liked it and had used it for a long time with no problems. I therefore chose the correct colour and my mum coloured it at home for me. It was easy to do and the kit comes with all you need. My hair is very long and thick and I would use 2 boxes to do my whole head.
Washing the due off is such a long tedious process for me because of the length and thickness however this obviously wouldn't be the case for everyone. My hair always feels very soft after I have used the dye and the conditioner included in the kit is brilliant, especially as it can be purchased for 99p in boots between dying hair again.
Another good thing about these hair dyes is that they are always on offer somewhere and you can usually buy two for £10 which isn't bad.
I would say however that recently, I don't know if the ingredients have changed but my head has felt like its burning. I mentioned this to my mum and she said the same thing however for me I felt it a lot worse and actually took the dye of earlier than I usually do because my scalp was burning that bad. This has happened the last two times using this dye in the colour before black which is also the same one as my mum uses and I don't know if I will continue with this product because I don't think the burning was a one off.
A real shame because I've used this product religiously and never tried another dye once, but the feeling I am now experiencing is simply too much. This could be down to me of course but I haven't changed anything at all, not even shampoo and conditioner so I don't think it is.
I often colour my hair at home, rather than visiting the hairdressers, just as I find it a far cheaper process. I have tried a number of permanent hair colours in the past, but my favourite and the one that I use most often is from the Clairol Nice 'n' Easy range. They normally cost around £5.99 in Tesco and Boots and are usually available on a 2 for £10 deal in store too. It is a permanent colour.
I have naturally light brown hair but have always dyed it blonde, with my usual colour from the Nice 'n' Easy range being Natural Ultra Light Blonde, number 87. I have found with this colour that I can achieve a very even and natural look. The colour is not so bright or brassy and I don't think it looks entirely noticeable that I colour it providing that I keep on top of my roots. It is available in 42 different shades of red, brown and blonde so I assume that there is something for everyone.
What's in the box?
The kit comes in a white box and inside there is a pair of gloves to aid in applying the colour, a small bottle of colourant, a bottle of activator with a nozzle attachment and a ColourSeal conditioner to use after application. There are also a set of clear instructions.
Safety and Preparation
The kit should be kept well out of reach of children.
Before use, a safety check test should be carried out on a very small section of your hair to ensure that no adverse reactions to the testing kit will occur (the instructions provide full and clear notes on how to do this)
To prepare the kit for use, the gloves are placed on and then the colourant is poured into the activating agent bottle and the top replaced. Then the bottle is shaken for a minute to mix the two together and it's ready for use after a small cap is snapped off the nozzle head. The nozzle is there to help give a precise application.
Using the Kit
The gloves are huge on my hands and although my hands are quite small, I would assume that these would be big on any woman. They are not stretchy in any way and are so baggy that they actually get in the way a little when applying the colourant to my hair. I section my hair with a hair bobble while applying it to my hair to ensure that I don't miss any areas but even that is a bit fiddly! The kit advises to start at the roots and work down, using small sections which I do.
The colourant is a thick white paste, which I apply rather quickly and more so to my roots now with a small covering across the rest of my hair, colouring the underneath sections and then the sections on the top. The instructions advise to leave in the hair for 25 minutes but up to 45 minutes in the case of stubborn greys. I don't have greys just yet but I still always leave it in for that time to ensure that I my roots are adequately coloured as I have washed it out in the past at the 25 minute mark and it hasn't coloured my roots enough and a clear 'step' in the colour could be seen between the old and new colouring with the roots being slightly darker then the rest of my hair.
The white paste of the colourant is fairly thick so I don't find that it runs off the glove easily, although I always ensure that I wear old clothing and an old towel as I have accidentally ended up with the paste on my clothing in the past and it permanently stained them. Even though it isn't runny, it is still so easy to catch it on other items.
On the first use, I applied it to my whole head evenly, but I now find through continued use every few weeks (I'd say around every 8 to 10 weeks) that I need to apply it to my roots more so than across my hair as a whole because the colour on the main part of my hair keeps very well between uses anyway and doesn't seem to fade very much at all. I just apply a thin and even coverage across most of my hair and find that that is ample to just give the colour a bit of a lift. I was a little concerned that with the blonde colour, it would start to look brassy, but I've never found that to be the case. The resulting colour is very natural looking and it gives a series of different blended tones so it doesn't look like one block of colour - it looks more like highlights in my hair. I don't even use the GlossSeal conditioner afterwards but I would assume that wouild only help enhance the colour it gives. I feel that the colour given could rival that given by a salon - I remember being charged over £100 in a salon a long time ago when I asked for highlights (and I wasn't even happy with the results!) whereas here I pay £5.99 and achieve a look that I am very pleased with. It is also handy to be able to use the kits as and when I feel my hair colour needs a boost, not having to bother with making appointments and spending hours at the hairdressers!
I am very happy to recommend the Nice 'n' Easy colouring kit, rating it four stars. I've removed one for the huge and baggy gloves as they do hinder the application a little but the actual colour given from the kit is superb - very natural and a fraction of what the hairdressers always want to charge me!
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I wonder if anyone is really content with their hair? there are hundreds of products around to help us achieve the results that we want. In my case it is to turn my tough grey hair an attractive light blond thus trying to disguise that I really am very grey and give my ego a boost and hopefully induce prospective employers into giving me a job!
I have dyed my hair for many years and never really enjoyed the process as the results I get are not great no matter how long I leave the dye on. I decided to have a change from the Garnier Nutrisse and range go a little more expensive lured my a 2pound off offer in my local Morrisons in Gibraltar. You know Gibraltar the place where you have to sit in a queue for hour after hour to cross the frontier depending on the whim of the Spanish politicians!
The dye I chose was Clairol nice'n easy in shade 97, natural extra light beige, blond. It promises 100%grey coverage and lasts up to 8 weeks and says it is the ultimate in natural looking colour. On the reverse is a little colour chart showing the results with varying shades of blonde hair and it is recommended that you use this on blonde rather than dark hair to enhance your natural colour.
Inside the box are a bottle of colour blend formula labelled 1 in a jolly blue colour, a frosted white bottle of colour blend activator with a snap off top which is number 2 and,number 3, a gold foil tube of colour conditioning glossThere is also an envelope containing gloves and an instruction leaflet.
There are lots of, I nearly said, dire warnings, but I won't, about allergic reactions so you have to do a test 48 hours before applying the dye. This is a bit of a faff because you have to mix a little of bottle 1 with a little of bottle 2 and apply to the inside of your elbow and then do not wash it off. You must apply a plaster if you do wash and then quickly take it off. I prepared the mix as instructed and have to say that it was a strong chemical smell so I was a bit worried about when I would apply the whole lot to my head. Luckily I did not have an adverse reaction but the warnings are so strong that I did falter in my resolve a bit to beat the grey. I also did a strand test with the left over mixture and found as expected that I would have to leave the dye on for the maximum time of 45 minutes.
"I may be some time."
Armed with a towel to protect my clothes and a watch for the all important timing, I opened the bathroom window and began. First on with the gloves which are really not too clumsy and then I carefully snapped off the top off bottle number 2, opened the bottle of number 1 and poured it into number 2. I then placed my gloved finger over the top and gave the bottle a good old shake to mix it. Taking my finger off the top the gel like liquid worryingly spouted out but then settled down.
As advised I tried to part my hair and apply the dye in a logical manner but as ever I soon get bored with this and end up just squeezing it all over and working it through. The smell was quite strong to start with and made me close my eyes but it did get weaker as I put more of it on. It was easy to apply thanks to the gel like consistency and the fact that you really had to squeeze the bottle to get the dye to come out. This works for me as I found I had more control over where the dye went. Bottle empty I went and had a cup of tea. My husband said after a while, "Is it meant to be orange?" and indeed I had orange stripes through my hair, I looked a bit like a marmalade cat who had attacked the hair gel! I resisted washing it out and waited the whole 45minutes before donning my gloves again and adding some water to my hair. a quick massage and then a thorough wash out until the water runs clean.
Next came the application of the colour sealer. you are supplied with enough for 6 weekly treatments and it really is very nice. A thick white cream with a lovely scent which you work through your hair and leave on for two minutes before washing out. This is also sold separately and I shall be on the look out for it.
Results and Opinion.
Thankfully the marmalade cat effect washed out and I was left with my hair looking a lot brighter and shinier, not exactly blond but not predominantly grey and it looks completely natural! The promise of covering even the toughest of greys had been fulfilled and as it says on the box the grey hairs appear lighter than the non/grey for a highlighted effect. I would recommend any one with hard to colour hair to try this brand as I am well pleased with the results and will continue to buy this in the future. Choose your colour carefully and follow the instructions carefully. The smell is a bit strong but I am willing to put up with this for the results.
4 out of 5 stars from me, one deducted for the strong smell.
Boots are currently selling this at 5.99pounds according to their website.
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I must say now my review may not be typical of all hair dye reviews, as I purchased this dye for slightly different intentions than most people do, but I will cover all the aspects that people looking for a dye will look for. Now most people buy a hair dye intending to dye their hair that colour, after all, that is the initial intention of the dye.
However the colour I purchased was shade 102 - Natural Light Ash Blonde. What's strange about that? You might say, well actually what is strange is that I have naturally black - darkest brown hair, also I have the tanned skin of an Indian and this blonde colour would look rather tacky on me. But I didn't buy it to turn my hair blonde, after a week of youtube research, many girls had shown dying their black hair with a light blonde dye, causing the hair to go a nice light brown colour. Before I used this dye, I have never dyed my hair before. I know typically dying hair as dark as mine requires some not-so-friendly bleach, and when you have hair as thin as mine, you don't want to subject it to as much terror. (I would like to point out that hair bleach is peroxide, and all permanent dyes have some peroxide in them, so my hair was technically bleached, but not as harshly as it may have been). Also, I took the risk in dying it without a professional first time, knowing my results would not be perfect. In order to ensure I could avoid any catastrophes, I had already purchased another packet of dark brown dye - the foam dye by Garnier, just in case the worst happened.
Once again I had 48 hours to do research, as I had to wait the time for the allergy test, despite all the girls on youtube dying their hair with blonde dyes, none of them were using the brand I had purchased. I must admit this dye was purchased slightly on whim, when I had the idea I just popped off at the local Co-Op and picked the "safest" looking ash blonde shade. The reason I chose ash blonde is that many claimed it will not turn your hair coppery/ginger looking compared to other shades of blonde dye. To add to it, this dye also claims for those that do want to dye their hair in this shade, it will tone over any copper/redness in the hair. Luckily for me I found a blog post by another girl that had used the same dye, starting off with a black hair shade like my own natural shade but she claimed it took her 1 hour and 10 minutes to take her down to a brown shade she showed once she had it done. I was wary as I wanted my money's worth. I also performed a strand test on a small section of hair and after 50 minutes my hair had shown a slight change, so when I dyed my hair the next day I decided to take the risk.
The dye kit is typical of any home hair dye: gloves, colourant, developer and conditioner. The dye was to be prepared in a squeeze bottle the developer came in, of which the colourant was added, typical of any hair dye. I dyed my hair 48 hours after the allergy test, as this meant my hair was also more greasy, which is advised when dying hair, as the oils help protect the scalp from harsh chemicals and the dye also sticks better to the hair. Since my hair has a tendency to be weak, I also applied some coconut oil to my hair too. Despite my thin hair, I used almost all of the dye to ensure a full coverage, massaging it through hoping for even application: I must admit I found this rather difficult using just my hands and a squeeze bottle, the method was not as simple as people on videos made it look! In fact, after doing more hair dye research, I actually purchased a hair dye brush for future dye jobs, as this tool is used by professionals and makes dye application a lot easier.
I covered my head with a plastic bag and left it on for 1 hour and 10 minutes, this is well over the recommended maximum time of 45 minutes, so if you want the blonde shade on the box from a lighter hair colour, DO NOT exceed this time. I must admit since my hair is thin that this was too long for me anyway. Despite trying to apply the dye as evenly as I wanted, my roots and fringe were a much lighter brown/ almost ginger colour! The box specifically said no coppery tones, but my hair wasn't an extremely orange colour so maybe it had dyed over that. Even so, my hair was darker at the ends, going to a darker brown colour, lighter than my original hair. I think I felt this hair colour was too light for me due to my skin tone, and despite friends saying I should keep it, it looks "alright", I felt the camera I had used to show people was deceiving and made the colour look nicer than it . I was happy with the ends and middle of my long hair but not the roots, so to my rescue I dyed just my roots again, after applying some oil, with the garnier foam dye. The foam dye was far easier to apply compared to this one, I can see why they have increased in popularity over the last few years. I only left this dark brown dye on for 20 minutes, because I didn't want it as dark as the box, and once it was done, my roots matched the ends of my hair and I was completely satisfied with the results - a mid to dark brown colour that's rather shiny.
My overall "dye" experience with Clairol Nice 'n Easy:
For those that want to use this dye to achieve the actual colour, I wasn't fully satisfied with the dye experience. The dye smells particularly strong, the second foam dye I had used had a more pleasant smell. The bottle application was rather messy and due to my results I could tell it was easy to get uneven application with using just the bottle alone. However, I had some fears that dying my hair for so long would result in hair loss, I am not sure whether it was the protective layer of grease in my hair but my hair actually felt lovely once I had washed it out, it was rather soft and manageable and the conditioner the dye came with (which can also be purchased separately) felt rather soft and creamy, and smelt much nicer than the dye. It made my hair feel nice and soft, despite being for the "blonde" shade of hair, it did it's job rather well.
I wouldn't purchase this dye again mainly because of the shade, the price was decent at £6.49 where I got it and I know its significantly cheaper online, so if you are skilled with applying dyes and don't mind a strong smell, then I would suggest this to you, as it technically did it's job.
My mum recently gave me a nice and easy permanent dye as she had one going spare and my greys were starting to show! I dont usually go for this brand but since it was going free I thought I would try it.
It comes in a simple looking white box, not as attractive as other hair dyes on the shelf but I suppose you should judge it by its packaging, but this is probably the reason why I have never picked it up and bought it before. Inside the box you get a set of instructions, a tube of conditioner, the colourant and the cream, oh and a pair of plastic gloves to protect your hands.
Its basically the same as all the other hair dyes out there, you add the colourant to the cream and shake the bottle well until it is all combined then add it to your hair. Leave for 24 minutes then rinse out, using the conditioner afterwards.
I have to say I am not really a fan of this hair dye and I wont be buying it again. Its a nice enough colour and it covered all my greys well enough, however I found the smell to be absolutely horrible. It smells much worse than other hair dyes, a bit like a dirty toilet - which I did not like at all. My other problem with this is that it left my hair feeling really dry, even though I used the conditioner afterwards. When I dried my hair it wasnt the usual shiny and soft feeling that I get after dying my hair using Garnier Nutrisse which is my usual choice.
Overall its an effective dye and does well to cover grey hairs and gives a nice colour, but the smell and the way it left my hair feeling afterwards means I wont be investing in this one ever again.
Much as I would like to have my hair coloured professionally the cost of a haircut alone is pricey enough, so when the grey hairs in my fringe were becoming too prevalent for my liking I began to explore the idea of using a DIY hair colouring kit. The choice available on the shelves in Superdrug was fairly bewildering, so I sought advice from a friend who I knew coloured her own hair. She recommended Clairol's nice n easy and even offered to do it for me first time around. This was really helpful as although the instructions are clear there's nothing like a bit of personal experience to help out when trying something new and especially something with the potential to go drastically wrong! That was a couple of years ago and as I have been quite happy with the results I have remained loyal to this brand over this time, although I have tried out several different shades.
Nice n Easy comes in a vast number of shades from the most platinum of blonds through dark blonds, ash colours, auburns, chestnuts and black so I think you would struggle to not find something to suit your individual preferences. The shades are numbered with the lower number being the lighter shades. I find this quite useful as sometimes it can be difficult to tell which will be darker for instance of an ash or champagne shade. A photo on the front of the box models the shade as well as the entire lid, but I find that three diagrams on the back that demonstrate various different current hair colours and how you can expect this dye shade to leave your hair looking if it is already a certain colour, are the most useful.
The dyes are available in a semi permanent or permanent form, which is stated in reasonably small print on the box, so check carefully. My review is of the permanent variety. Other than the shade we are informed that these products contain colour blend technology, or in other words that tones and highlights are built in, that it is long lasting (up to 8 weeks) and that it will cover 100% of grey - hip hip hooray - just what I needed! The usual warnings are given that allergic reactions may be caused and not to use if you have a rash, sensitive or damaged scalp or if you have had a reaction to a hair dye or henna tattoo in the past. Eyebrows and eyelashes should also not be coloured. There is a list of ingredients on the underside which include large quantities of unpronounceable chemical sounding things that I have no idea what their purpose is, but I guess any product which is going to permanently change your hair colour is going to contain nasty sounding elements. This is why it is so important to read the warning the first time you use this.
**What's in the box**
Each kit will contain a pair of plastic gloves (strong thin surgical type gloves that enable you to use your hands dextrously still, as opposed to the marigold type), a pot of colour activating crème which has a spout type lid through which you will apply the dye to your hair, a blue bottle of colour blend formula which you will need to add to the activating crème once you're ready to apply and a conditioner. Finally there is an instruction leaflet.
One of the most important things on the instruction leaflet is the advice to carry out an allergy test 48 hours ahead of use to ensure that you won't have an adverse reaction. The step by step instructions are clear and include a diagram as well as written instructions.
**Ready steady go**
Are you messy? Well I am, and using this product could be a perfect way to ruin clothing and soft furnishings, so the first thing I do is dye proof my work area and myself. I place a waterproof mat on the floor and an old towel over the chair that I sit on in front of my bedroom mirror and then dress in my painting clothes! Maybe I'm a bit over cautious but I do get it everywhere. I put moisturiser around my hairline to prevent staining of my skin and have an old flannel to hand to wipe up drips. After mixing the 2 components together it is time to get going.
Wearing the gloves I apply a generous amount of the dye to my parting as this is the area where my roots show through the most and then continue to part my hair at about 1 - 2cm intervals working out from my parting spreading the dye over the roots of the whole of my head. I make sure that I also apply plenty on my hairline of my forehead and as I wear my hair up in a pony tail a lot I'm also really careful to ensure that the hairline in the nape of my neck is well covered. The first time that I use any dye shade I use the entire contents at once also applying it to the length of my hair and then I leave it in situ for the 25 minutes that it is recommended. It does advise that for stubborn greys or for ultra light blond shades the dye can be left on for 45 minutes, but I've never needed to try this and am usually promptly rinsing off after 25 minutes to maintain as natural a colour as possible. I ensure that I use an old flannel to wipe any dye from my skin to make sure that I'm not left with purply brown skin around my face.
If I'm using a particular colour for a second application or more I follow the directions for root application. In this case I stop applying colour when my roots are all covered and wait for 20 minutes before applying the remaining dye to the length of my hair avoiding my scalp and then rinse it off after just a further 5 minutes.
I always use the contents all up, but if you don't need it all it should be disposed of as a sealed container of this could burst if kept.
Once all of the dye has been rinsed from my hair I use the colour seal conditioning gloss. The tube advises that it contains 6 weekly treatments. This is a really thick rich feeling white conditioner and I apply slightly more on the first use leaving about 2/3 of the tube for the remaining weeks.
I don't enjoy the process of dying my hair and find it a chore that I wish I could put off for longer, but as I hate my roots showing I do find that I end up doing this about every 6 weeks rather than the eight weeks that it is supposed to last up to. The colour has in no way faded over this time, it's just that even though I've always thought that my hair grows slowly, I do end up with an unsightly greyey brown root line which I definitely feel needs covering by this time. I may try their root touch up in the future to see if I can prolong the time before colouring my hair.
I don't find it hard to use these products and the speed at which I can apply it has reduced with practice to about 10 minutes. I used to find that my arms ached holding them above my head for so long. The dye has a chemically ammonia type smell to it but it is not too over powering and it does not have any adverse effects on my breathing which can often happen when I'm using cleaning chemicals. Occasionally my eyes will smart slightly when using this even though I'm not aware of any having actually gone into my eyes.
I've been growing my hair lately and it is now shoulder length and I'm finding that the one pack is just covering my hair, but if I grew it any longer I would then need to use two boxes per application and it would then becoming pretty expensive. With a short bob in the past I easily covered all of my hair and had plenty extra to apply to the main root areas that show.
I've read some hair colour reviews that suggest that some makes can take forever to rinse out and that even on subsequent washes there is loss of colour and staining of pillow cases etc. There have been no such problems with this and within a couple of minutes the water is running clear from my head ready to apply the conditioner. The conditioner is wonderful. It has a gentle flowery smell and is a real treat to use as my hair is the softest and smoothest it ever is after using this.
I do need to be careful when using the dye as it is a fairly runny liquid and can easily drip. I often end up with brown patches on my legs that need to be wiped away. I've never left any dye on my skin to see what the permanent effect of spills would be. The old towel and flannel that I use do have brown patches on them that don't come out with regular washing so do avoid having anything around that could be damaged. Ideally I would apply this in the bath but as I am not clever enough to apply it in the right places without a mirror I'm unable to do this.
I've always been pleased with the end result and feel that the colour on the box is a pretty good likeness to what I end up with on my head. I do find that if I continue to use the same shade repeatedly it gets lighter each time which obviously reflects my technique where I am probably applying to far more than my roots in the initial application. I think that it must be easier to apply this correctly to somebody else than on yourself. The colour also lightens with exposure to harsh sunlight, just as my natural hair does. I don't have as much variation in tome as I used to when my hair was natural and professional hair colouring will probably always give a more natural look, but overall I'm really pleased with the effect that I get and I'm definitely not tempted to change to another brand. There are sufficient similar tones to be able to swap regularly to get out of the lightening of colour cycle. Best of all the grey is well and truly hidden!
I only ever buy nice n easy when it is on offer as it frequently is. Asda are currently (Oct 2012) selling this for £5 per box and Superdrug have an offer of 2 for £9.99 or £5.99 each plus reward points. It is also £5.99 in Boots. This seems good value when compared against the cost of a visit to the salon. I give it 4 stars.
I will always stand by this product, it has always done everything that it says on the box and more. The instructions are clear and simple, easy to follow and easy to use. The box gives examples of how your hair colour can change using this product and my hair colour has always changed to a near match of the colour which is advertised on the packaging. There is always ample amounts of the colourant so you are insured to get full coverage no matter what length your hair is. I have never been let down by this product yet and I always colour my hair on the recommended amount of time which the packaging states, which is approximately three months. The colourant never fades and it always lasts the time length that it says on the packaging, making it an exceptional and money worthy product, as well as being faultless and easy to use. The after use hair colour retainer is also a great essential to be included in the box, it keeps your hair looking supple, freshly coloured and healthy in the weeks to come after colouring your hair.
Home hair dye is a difficult one to master, the risks are 1. dyed towels 2. stained bathroom furniture 3. stained face 4. terrible colour! The positives are its cheaper and you dont need to sit at the hairdressers fpr hours (I get bored!)
I have tried a few home hair kits and I have to say I am a fan of Nice and Easy.
The kit comprises of a set of instructions (which are clear and easy to follow), a set of gloves (to protect your hands), a colour tub, a colour developer and a conditioner. As per the instructions you need to transfer the colour tub into the colour developer and shake shake shake until its all mixed up . This is easy and takes only a few minues for the colour to be consistent. Hey presto apply to your hair and leave for fifteen minutes to develop ( as a tip I suggest rubbing vaseline around your scalp to prevent transfer of colour onto skin - if this does happen a baby wipe usually removes.) I also use a comb to transfer colour consistently throughout my hair.
After 15 minutes wash hair until it runs clear and apply conditioner for two minutes. Rinse through and you will have lovely fresh colour!
The colour is consistent across the hair and the conditioner leaves hair feeling soft and nourished. The colour usually lasts about 6 weeks. Also important to note that there is a slight smell with this as with all hair dye but its pretty non offensive compared to most.
Nice and Easy have a range of colours and you should be able to find one to suit you! Oh and please remember to do a patch test 48 hours before application (putting a tiny dot of colour onto skin to make sure you dont have an adverse reaction to the chemicals in the hair dye)
I have been dyeing my hair on and off for 4 years now and I have pretty much exclusively used Clairol dyes because when i have tried others I have found them to lack the same quality, colour and coverage. I'm 22 years old so I don't exactly have grey hair, though my natural colour is a plain mousy brown so when my roots grow through it looks grey against the darker browns that I dye it. This and my easy onset of hair boredom means I dye my hair every 3 months roughly in order to both try something new and cover my ageing roots.
Clairol Nice' n easy has also been a very dependable and easily available brand for me. If I can I buy my hair dye from Wilkinson's because they off the best value, if not I opt for boots/superdrug or a supermarket. The dyes always comes in at £5 or under which isn't so bad if I am dyeing it four times a year, and certainly works out cheaper than at the hairdressers. The nice' n easy range offers a wide selection of colours which is great for me as I don't tend to stick to one, but chop and change depending on how I'm feeling at the time of purchase.
The application is really easy and straight forward, the instructions are super simple to follow and tell you everything you need to know. You basically mix two of the bottle together, give them a shake and start applying with the squeezy nib bottle. I tend to get someone else to dye my hair for me because it's a major challenge by yourself if you have long hair. This is usually my sister or my mum, though I did have one disastrous occasion where I forced my brother to do it (needless to say neither of us will be trying that again). The formula is very liquid and does tend to drip so we usually put bin liners on the floor and chair because my mum goes bad if she find hair dye anywhere. Even so there is a certain amount of splatter involved that isn't great and it can stain not just you but everything else too.
You apply it throughout your hair and then leave it for the allocated amount of time, for thorough coverage I usually leave it ten minutes longer than recommended. I've never had any issues with this other than the unpleasant smell, and I find it doesn't really effect the feel of my hair but just covers my natural colour a little better. I always opt for the permanent dyes as I find semi-permanent last no time at all and are a big waste of money quite frankly. The only other major issue is that the dye does tend you stain your face and other places if you get it on there and leave it. I usually wait until the dye has been applied, which can take up to 10 minutes for longer hair, and then use a face wipe to remove any excess which works really well. You just have to be careful with areas like your ears and neck because it is more difficult to see these bits. The coverage of this dye is always really good and the colour is vibrant. On the back of the box it gives you an indication of the colour your hair will go with this dye, this is really useful and always accurate so it gives a great idea of what to expect.
Overall, this is an affordable and easy to use dye that works well for me. If they could eliminate the drips and staining I'd be laughing!
I have no idea what my real hair colour is these days but judging on my roots at the moment I would say it's a very light shade of grey! I am 46 and even my mom at 68 has hardly got any grey hair. Surely this is not fair?!?!
This leaves me no choice but to reach for the pack of Clairol Nice'n easy again! Having my hair coloured in salon, as blissful as it sounds, is simply not an option as I just could not afford to have it done professionally every 5 weeks and pay about £40 each time .At £5.61 a go Nice'n easy is far more gentle on my finances. With a bit of luck I might even pick up a 2 for £10 deal in Boots !
I have been using the same colour for years " warm auburn" and god forbid Clairol ever discontinue this particular shade! It seems to work well for me and various hair stylists have commented on how nice it looks. They were indeed surprised this was the result of a home colouring kit! This has got to be a great endorsement for this product.
The instructions clearly state that you should always do a strand test, even when you colour your hair regularly. It is possible to have a very serious allergic reaction to hair dye and I have read about fatal cases. I am ashamed to say I do not do a strand test.
I can't say I ever look forward to actually colouring my hair but I have done it so many times, I guess I'm pretty good at it by now. For a first-timer, it might be a good idea to get a little bit of help from a friend, especially if you have long-ish hair.
First you have to mix the products and put on the gloves. Then, you start applying the dye to the roots, parting your hair in small sections. The nozzle makes the job easy and reasonably mess free. With that done, you wait roughly 20 minutes and then apply the rest of the dye to the rest of your hair, wait another 5-10 mins, rinse, condition...and done!
The procedure is slightly different if it's your first time and timings may vary slightly from person to person, especially if like me you have A LOT of grey to cover!
At this point, I would like to point out how much I love the conditioner that comes with Nice'n easy. It is by far my favourite conditioner and the tube provided will easily do for at least 4 or 5 times after you have coloured your hair. You can also buy it individually in a small tube for about 99p. Great to take on holiday.
I am always very happy with the results. The colour is natural yet vibrant and my hair appears like it has natural highlights'. The grey is always perfectly covered.
The colour does fade eventually but considering I wash my hair every day, I can honestly say it lasts a good 4 to 5 weeks. I used to swim a lot and that was not so good for my hair and colour faded a lot quicker
So overall, I would be happy to recommend this product to anyone, especially if you can find a shade you really like.
For years I've been having my hair highlighted at the hairdressers but as I'm trying my best to save money these days I decided a few months back to stop having it done and try just dying it myself instead. My hair is naturally what I would describe as a mid golden blonde (as you may be able to make out from my profile photo which was taken before I ever started highlighting or dying it), and I decided to try a lighter blonde. After looking around I decided on Nice 'n Easy in shade SB2, which is described as 'Natural light cool summer blonde'. I paid £5.89 for it but I have seen it on offer quite often.
In the box you get 2 different sized bottles, the larger one having an applicator nozzle on it, a tube of conditioner, a pair of gloves and an instruction leaflet. The instructions are easy to understand and follow and includes all the relevant safety information including how to do a strand test before using it.
I wasn't sure about doing this myself the first time having never dyed my own hair before but I gave it a go and found it surprisingly easy. All you need to do is pour the contents of the small bottle into the larger one, shake it up until it's fully mixed and you're ready to start applying it to your hair. Applying it to my whole head was extremely easy, just a case of sectioning my hair and making sure it's applied evenly. Subsequent applications, just doing my roots, were a little harder and took more patience as you need to make sure you get all the roots without getting it on the rest of your hair, but I've still managed to do it on my own fairly easily and quickly.
The one main thing I noticed about the dye while I was using it was that although it didn't smell too strong, the chemicals in the air made my eyes sting a little, but this was only for a few seconds before they got used to it. The dye has a creamy texture which is the perfect consistency to allow it to be spread easily over the hair without it splashing or dripping.
How long you need to leave it on for will depend on your hair type and colour so they suggest doing a strand test first to see how long it takes to get to the colour you want to achieve. I didn't bother with this and decided to just leave it on for the maximum time which is 45 minutes as it says if you want the lightest shade possible from this dye to leave it for that time too, and I decided that's what I wanted.
After it's been left for the required time you just add some water, massage it in and then rinse it thoroughly from your hair, before applying the conditioner, which you leave on for 2 minutes. The conditioner is lovely, it has a scent which is fruity and creamy at the same time and it leaves my hair so soft. I was impressed with how healthy my hair felt after using the dye and the conditioner.
The colour did not turn out how I'd expected at all. On the box the colour looks about 1 shade darker from proper white blonde, and on the side of the box it said that that's the result you should expect if your hair is naturally medium to light blonde, which mine is, but it turned out only slightly lighter than my natural colour. I was disappointed that the colour wasn't what I was expecting but it does look very natural and shiny, so I decided to keep it this colour.
One of the great things about this dye is that the conditioner that comes with it is supposed to last 6 weeks, which is already more than most dyes which have enough for 1 or 2 applications, but I find on my hair because it's fine, it lasts me much longer than that. I've used the dye 4 times now and I've only used 1 and a half tubes of the conditioner.
Overall I do think this is a decent dye, it's easy to use and left my hair looking very natural and healthy, it just wasn't the same as the colour on the box.
Clairol Nice N Easy
The Facts and Figures:
I most recently bought this for £5.11 from Tesco, I have seen it on sale upwards of £6 but usually shop around and pay around £5 for it. If you have longer hair, you may well need more then one bottle.
Contained inside, you get a bottle of Colour Blend Formula and a bottle of Colour Activating Crème, which you mix together to get your dye. If you have used home dye kits before, you will be familiar with this but even if you haven't, its very simple and the instructions are straightforward. My only small criticism is that the necks of both bottles are the same size, it would be a little easier to add if the neck of the smaller bottle fit inside the neck of the mixing bottle, so you could pour from one to the other with no risk of spilling. I only noticed this in comparison with other home dyes which seem slightly better designed in this respect. That said, it is easy enough to do with only minimal care and attention.
You also get a pair of gloves and a tube of Colourseal Gloss Conditioner. The gloves are separately packaged in their own cardboard sleeve which to be honest, I find a bit unnecessary and wasteful. However, they are excellent quality and I have never had any problems with them. Another bonus is that they are powdered inside, so they are easy to slip on and don't get clammy. This is especially useful if you are applying as a root touch up and need to take your gloves off for a time in the middle of the application, as they are just as easy to put back on a second time.
The conditioner is a very generous tube. You are supposed to apply it after rinsing off your colour, then use weekly for six weeks afterwards. I always find that there is more than enough for six applications, in fact I am usually only about halfway through the tube by the time my roots are rearing their ugly heads again.
Finally, as with all home dye products, you need to do a sensitivity test at least 48 hours prior to full application. As both bottles are resealable, this is easy to do. Likewise, if you are dying your hair for the first time or a different colour to normal, it is easy to do a strand test to ascertain what the end result is likely to be and to give you a guide as to how long you need to leave the product to develop. Grey hair or lighter shades will usually take longer, up to 45 minutes.
What are the claims?
Nice N Easy contains Clairol's 'Colour Blend Technology', which alleges to give natural looking colour with layers of delicate tones and highlights.
As the name would suggest, the dye is intended to be very easy to apply and give tones of colour in just one step. In my case, I use a very light blonde shade, which additionally promises to give maximum colour lift on just one application. The product is also suitable for covering grey hairs.
As mentioned above, the development time varies from 20 up to 45 minutes. As I go for a light shade, I always leave it on for the full 45 minutes if not a bit longer.
As with all home dye products, it is important to read the safety information thoroughly as, although very rare, allergic reactions can occur and sometimes prove fatal.
Does it deliver?
The product is very easy to use and simple to apply. The nozzle on the bottle makes it easy to control and the product is thick enough not to drip or be messy to use. In fact, I would probably prefer the product to be slightly less thick, as you can't really rub it in or spread it through the length of your hair too easily. My hair is just over shoulder length and quite thick, and I think I would need to use two bottles of this if I were going for a colour change as I wouldn't be sure of getting enough coverage through to the ends of my hair. As it is, my hair was much shorter when I started using it, so I only buy it for root coverage.
In terms of the end result, I have always been really pleased with this product. I find it gives a really natural colour which does work well with my hairs natural tones and shades. Also, the colour is identical to the colour on the box which in my experience is quite rare! In particular, the conditioner is lovely to use and leaves my hair feeling very soft and healthy. Not to mention the fact that it smells amazing! It is also a bonus that you get six weeks of applications as it gives my hair a great pick me up and saves on buying separate intensive conditioning treatments, which I have done in the past.
Would I recommend this product?
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who was used to home colouring and wanted a great end result. For a first time user, I would only be inclined to recommend it to someone with shorter hair than mine i.e. shoulder length or shorter, although if you are lucky enough to have someone to help you then you would probably find it easier. (I definitely don't trust my boyfriend to help me with his minutely short attention span!)
Basically a while ago i dyed my hair what was meant to be bright red, I dyed it with XXL live 'red passion' twice, and it didn't really go red, but it looked a lot more vibrant in the sun. I then decided a few weeks later that I wanted it brown again so dyed it a brown shade, can't remember what I used, but it went basically black, and still had red tints in it. I really want to get rid of these red tints, as I plan on buying some hair extensions and you cannot really get them the colour my hair was on the website I am buying them from, so I needed to get rid of the red tints.
It was on offer, 2 for 8.99 or something, 'cool medium brown' and I head cool/ash tones counteract red.
My first issue was on the front of the box it said 'permanent dye', yet on the back, it said 'lasts up to 8 weeks', which it has never said before on any permanent hair dye I've bought before, so I worried slightly.
After dying my hair, and washing it, and now it's dry, I have no idea HOW it happened, but my hair is DEFINITELY more red than it was before, and the rest of my hair is almost black again, it's a horrible colour, made not much difference at all, and i'm very dissapointed, and annoyed that I wasted my money.
Having read reviews of this product somewhere else, I found that most people had the same problem - 'doesn't turn the colour it said'.
This review is for the shade Cool Dark Blonde.
I bought this shade to try to get my hair back to my natural colour - mousy light brown. I had previously stripped dark dye out of my hair using Scott Cornwall Colour B4, which had worked a treat, but had left my hair with a slight orangey tinge. In theory, adding a cool, ashy shade neutralises brassiness, so I was hoping the orange and the ash would cancel each other out and leave a natural shade.
The application is much the same as any hair dye, slightly messy and not very pleasant smelling. However, the instructions advise a strand test to ascertain the correct processing time. It was lucky that I followed this as my hair needed a full 45 minutes - usually I wouldn't leave dye on much longer than 20.
The conditioner that comes with the product is lovely and there is enough for several applications. The nice fragrance of this makes up for the horrible ammonia/peroxide smell of the dye!
And the colour? Almost perfect. I can still see a hint of orange in certain lights, but generally, my hair is almost back to normal. After 20 years of dyeing my hair all sorts of different colours, I'm very impressed with Clairol Nice and Easy.