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As I have got older, I have noticed the appearance of one or two grey hairs (I say one or two, but over the past year or so they seem to have multiplied at a rather alarming rate). I find them both unsightly and incredibly aging, and therefore do my best to ensure that they do not remain on show! I've never been confident when it comes to colouring my hair, usually opting for a natural(ish) colour and only ever semi permanent and temporary colours or glazes. However, I decided I needed to bite the bullet, gain some confidence, and go for a permanent colour to allow me to get rid of the appearance of these pesky greys for longer.
Faced with a shelf load of different colours, creams, liquids etc finding a colour to suit me was not an easy task. Eventually I found the garnier 100% colour range, which appealed to me for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was a brand I knew and trusted, having in the past used some of their products, such as the fructis shampoo. Secondly, the picture on the box (I opted for shade 415 - Frosted Deep Brown), showed a lovely, glossy, rich deep brown colour which I felt I could carry off. Finally, it promised 100% grey coverage (yay) and the application process looked easy enough.... The price was pretty reasonable too, at around £5.
The hair dye is a permanent colourant. It comes in a cardboard box which is red and white in colour with a picture of the model with very shiny, glossy hair in the colour of the dye. On the back of the box it also shows the result that you can expect depending on your natural hair colour. The back of the box also has a perforated circle on it that you can pop out and use the box to hold the hairdye during the application process - a nice touch as hair colouring can be a messy business!
Within the box, there is an applicator bottle, tube of colourant, sachet of conditioner and instruction leaflet. Attached to the instruction leaflet are a pair of clear plastic gloves for use during application.
The instructions provided were really clear and thorough, so after reading only once I was very clear on the process. Firstly, you need to pierce the foil tube containing the colourant and add this to the applicator bottle and mix. Once I had done this, I noticed the cream turning a chocolate brown colour - this got richer over time. After through mixing, the top of the plastic applicator can be snapped off as directed and application commenced.
I found the gloves to be a good size and fit, although perhaps a little loose on the fingers - although this didn't hamper me at all in applying the dye. For the initial application, I needed to apply the dye all over my hair and leave to develop for thirty minutes. For my top-up applications after this, I needed only apply to the roots initially, leave for twenty minutes then apply to the lengths for ten minutes. It is important that the dye is applied to dry, unwashed hair as this helps the colour to take more effectively.
The cream is quite runny but the applicator bottle has a thin nozzle that allows you to direct the cream accurately and ensures that you do not apply too much product at once. After the cream is applied, I then rubbed the colour into the hair using by (gloved) hands. Once this was applied I left my hair for the necessary development time. Although the cream was initially runny, it stayed on my hair well and did not drip at all during the development time.
The amount of dye provided in the pack is more than adequate for my purposes as I have thick, shoulder length hair. However, I would say that, for anyone with longer hair, two boxes may be required to ensure adequate and even coverage.
I found application to be a fairly messy business! The dark colour that I had chosen, together with the runny consistency of the cream meant that my bathroom suffered a few splashes - I would recommend removing towels, covering carpets and applying prior to cleaning your bathroom! Any spots were easy to remove from the sink or tiles, but not so from towels etc. I also ended up with dye around my scalp and ears, but this was easy to remove using warm cotton wool - even if left to dry - so wasn't too much of a problem. The smell is also quite strong of the chemicals in the dye and I need to always apply with an open window (even in winter) to prevent inhalation of these.
After the development time, the hair needs to be rinsed with a little water and then rubbed (as if you were shampooing) to emulsify the colour. This was, again, a messy business with a lot of brown splash marks appearing over my bath. After this, the colour needs to be fully rinsed out and the conditioner provided applied. I found rinsing the colour until the water ran clear a very long and difficult process (with a bit of neck ache from the time spent bending over the bath thrown in!). The colour really seems to cling to the hair and is quite difficult to remove thoroughly and completely - this usually takes me a good 15 minutes.
The conditioner comes in a sachet and, unless you remember to open prior to starting to apply the dye, is difficult to open. The foil is hard to rip where you are supposed to and I usually need to use scissors to do this. You get a decent amount of conditioner, which smells rich and fruity. It is a thick white cream which applies to your hair nicely. I usually leave this on for 10 minutes and this is easier to rinse off than the dye once done!
My hair is left a lovely chocolate brown colour - my hairdresser always comments that it is a lovely colour - and all greys are successfully covered. The conditioner supplied leaves my hair incredibly soft (I wish they sold this separately!) and easy to run my fingers through. The colour results are even and not at all patchy and my hair looks glossy. This glossy effect usually lasts a couple of weeks before the colour starts to fade slightly.
I am not left with any tell tale patches of colourant on my scalp or skin as these all rinse off easily. The only sign of colouring is the slight smell of dye that lingers on the hair until it has been washed. I usually find that the dye provides coverage of greys for about 6 weeks to 2 months before I get any regrowth and need to think about colouring again.
I love the results that this dye gives me and the fact that the colour result is even and not patchy despite my lack of expertise at applying hair colour. I find the dye quite messy to apply and with an overpowering smell but this is something that I am happy to put up with for the results achieved.
My concern however is that I have had trouble finding this dye in shops lately and I had to order my last box online. Looking around the web, it appears that the range may have been discontinued now so I may have to find a new dye - I'll have to check out some reviews and recommendations on here!
This is my 3rd review on hair colour so I think it's obvious by now I'm a bit of a hair dye junkie. My hair is quite resistant to dye if that makes sense - the dye is always fading fast or just washing out completely. I'm always trying out new brands to find one better then the last but this dye has definitely been one of my favourites. I used the shade "Frosted Deep Brown". You can buy it for under £5 in most supermarkets and drugstores but the availability of colours will vary. The box contains a small sachet of conditioner, gloves and all the usual mixing gear.
The application cream was very smooth and silky, and bottle was quite easy to control and wasn't too messy. The smell wasn't too bad but it didn't smell as nice as the Nutrisse range. If you have long or thick hair definitely get two boxes because it was running low on my hair. I left it for the recommended 30 minutes and then rinsed. I had a good feeling about the dye just by how it rinsed out - the water actually went very close to being clear unlikely the majority of dyes I've used which never stop running! The conditioner contains a few applications and it smelled very nice and fruity like all Garnier stuff.
I was very pleased with the colour although I did think it was a little dark at first but it faded to the shade I wanted within the first week or so. The colour ran during the first week as expected but overall I was very pleased with how well the colour stayed put. The hair dye also claims to work with your natural tones so if you have any highlights they won't be covered by the dye! Overall this is a great hair dye and very reasonably priced.
After dying my hair for the past 13 years I have tried many different brands of hair dyes but none of them compare to Garnier's 100% Color.
The range of colours are vibrant and eye-catching - definitely not for the feint hearted! From ice white blondes to the most rich reds and intense blacks. Personally I have tried the Intense Deep Red and the Blue Black - both of which I was really impressed with. The price is much lower than their competitors which suggests that it is not a quality product but this cannot be further from the truth. I regularly pick this up for around £3.80 and cheaper when found on offer.
My hair is very thick and half way down my back so had to use two of the products. The mixture was quite runny in the bottle but I found it very easy to apply. The smell was very strong and made my eyes water and is prone to staining your skin for days after so remember to take precautions against this.
Even though it does not state to do so in the instructions, I find that my hair colour lasts much longer when I wash the hair dye out and shampoo my hair to get rid of the excess, then shampoo it again and finally once you have rinsed that out apply the conditioner - the colour will last so much longer than if you just rinsed with water and followed by the in-pack conditioner.
I was very pleased with how rich the colour was. In direct sunlight there was a nice blue tinge to my hair and in the dark it appeared black. My hair felt soft and sleek and did not smell like peroxide. I was amazed at how long the Blue Black stayed in and did not fade to the dull black that other brands have and the colour is stunning! Even after 7 weeks the colour was still the same as it was on the first day.
Garnier 100% is a 5 star product that I cannot fault.
The story so far
I love experimenting with hair colour, however it doesn't always turn out according to plan. My favourite shade to go is black, the blackest black possible and when previously experiments go pear shaped, my motto, if in doubt, dye it black has served me well!
My recent attempt to go back to my natural mid brown didn't really go according to plan as I'm sure some of your are aware. I'd given my hair a week or so, and a few washes after my last dying disaster to try and rectify the situation. This was my last resort before going to the hairdressers with my tail between my legs and getting her to sort it out. This of course would get expensive, so I was hoping going back to black would solve my problems.
The Product and Price
Most colours of dye give varying results on the shade of hair you are dying, hence my patchy results with lighter shades. The little diagram on the back of Garnier's 100% Colour in 210 (Intense Blue Black) showed one result for all hair colours. Good news.
I bought this dye over others as it was on offer in Tesco for just £3.37. Not bad at all for a branded dye, good even, for an own brand. This was about 3 weeks ago, I'm not sure if the offer is still on. I belive the product is around the £5 price mark proper price.
Before I started
With black more than any other colour I am so careful when using it. The entire floor is covered with paper with old black clothing on, old black towel, mirror, comb and stopwatch to hand. I cover my hair line, ears and most of my face with Vaseline as this stuff stains! Even be careful washing this out if you use it. You may think the danger is over by then but even the dyed water will stain things.
Using the product
My pet hate with hair dyes, this one had those horrible polythene gloves that are a real pain and too big which makes everything a lot messier.
Struggling somewhat with these, I add the tube of colourant to the developer bottle and gave it a good shake it doesn't take long before the mixture turns from white to brown to bluely grey liquid.
I liked the fact that ther was a pop out section in the box, that meant it could be used as a bottle holder, a great idea.
Missing a bit with a black dye is really going to notice so I take time to make sure I cover every bit of hair with the dye. This is time consuming. Confident it's all covered, the instructions tell my to wait 20-30 minutes. I wait for the full 30 to ensure everything is dyed as dark as it can be.
After the 30 minutes is up, I rinse off the dye, apply the conditioner supplied, leave a few minutes and rinse off (carefully) and can instantly see the difference.
Success!! A beautiful shade of blue black covered every little bit of my hair evenly. My hair is glossy and manageable and I'm a happy bunny.
Alas, with all black dyes on my hair, a few weeks in it's fading, the blue has all but gone and I now have black-very dark brown hair. It's still even and a nice colour, aswell as being good condition.
It seems as though I'm not going to have natural colour for a long while. When the roots start showing I'm going to have to start again, a regular job to add to my list, but I do think it's worth it as I'm loving my colour at last!
I use this product in the deep frosted brown shade, as I fancied a change from using semi permant colours.
It is easy to put on, you mix the developer together with the colour which comes in a metal tube this is quite easy to get all of the product out of as you can roll down the end to make sure you have squeezed it all out. The box has a press out part which you can use for standing the bottle up with and this makes it easy to mix.
It is easy to apply to dry hair, It rubs in easily and there is enough in a bottle to cover a whole head of hair mine is about 2ins below my shoulders and it is plenty. Is is quite thick so it doesn't drip everywhere and if you pull all your hair on top of your head to stop it going on your shoulders it will stay there.
It comes with plastic gloves these could be better as they are quite big and are thin plastic so don't fit your hand very well however once wet they do stick to you and they also reach quite far up your wrists so you won't get dye everywhere.
It takes around 25 minutes to develop into its full colour, this does seem quite a while as it does have a very strong smell so make sure you do your hair in a well ventilated room.
There is also a sachet of conditioner included in the box this is quite thick and smells nice. It leaves your hair feeling lovely and soft, however there is only enough for one application and with some other brands you get enough for two.
The colour itself has a really shiny finish to it which gets lots of compliments. It is quite a dark colour and if you redye your hair it will get quite a bit darker than the first time you used it so you may want to change your shade if you don't want to go too dark.
The colour lasted about 3 - 4 weeks but then it started to get a red tint to it this hasn't happened with any other dye I have used nor do I have red hair so I did find this quite disappointing as all the other aspects of the product were great. I tried using the dye again thinking it could have been other products doing this to my hair but the same thing happened.
I would recommend trying this product as it may have only been this shade that does this but I don't think I will use it again.
I was never too crazy about colouring my hair but at the age of around 28-29 I started noticing grey hair that seemed rather visible to any eye. This prompted me to go for a hair colour because I thought this way this will also help me make a fashion statement for hair colouring had become quite a fad. I decided to colour my hair in a shade of brown (something lighter than my original hair colour).
It's very important to check for any skin allergies before trying out any hair colour products.
Garnier was a trusted brand with me and the price was good so I went in for the 100% colour. It promised that it will give full coverage for the grey hair.
You must follow the instructions very carefully on the package of the colour and test this product 48 hours prior to it's use.
Wear the rubber gloves provided inside the package.
Open the tube of the creme colorant and empty the entire contents into the applicator bottle. Firmly screw the cap of the applicatior bottle and shake the contents very well to make a good mixture. Break off the tip of the applicator bottle immediately to avoid the bursting of the bottle because of the mixture. Wear a towel to avoid stainign your clothes. Apply evenly with the applicator bottle into the hair by making even partitions to give a full coverage. Apply first to the roots while separating the hair by the strands.
Massage the mix thouroughly into the hair, leave it on for 30 minutes and the rinse away with lukewarm water until the water runs clear.
Similarly you can do a retouch application by leaving the mixture for 20 minutes or even 10 minutes and rinse away with luke warm water.
My hair looked gorgeous everytime I coloured and there was no trace of grey hair left. The effect was dramatic.
The only problem I faced was that my hair started becoming fragile and was falling with frequent use of this hair colour maybe because of the heavy chemical content in it.