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I need to colour my hair every few weeks and because of this, I think I have tried most of the products on the shelves to date. I do have one or two favourites, favouring Clairol the most, but as I try to save money as much as possible and with hair colourants often available on promotional offers in both supermarkets and other stockists such as Boots etc, I am often tempted away from Clairol if that brand is not on promotion and another decent brand is. Garnier Nutrisse is a brand I have used before a number of times when colouring my hair, but it has been the 'Creme' colourant range I have used. I am always willing to buy Garnier Nutrisse when on offer as it is a decent enough product, although I do find the colour fades a little faster than my when using my favourite brands. However, the price saving usually justifies this to me as if it is available half-price for example and my favoured one isn't, then the saving I am making still makes me happier overall, despite the fact the colour fades a little faster. When the time came recently to purchase a hair dye once again, I noticed this Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Foam was on a half-price offer at my local Asda priced at just £4. I must admit, I had never noticed this foam range from Garnier Nutrisse before. Indeed I thought they only produced the creme colourant range I have bought on previous occasions. After reading a little of the information on the box, I decided this was worth trying and purchased the Dark Brown shade which is the one shown on the product photo here. I chose the dark brown shade as my hair is naturally dark brown, but with increasing grey strands appearing these days unfortunately. Apart from covering the dreaded grey, I do like the added vibrancy and shine that colouring my hair usually provides. I also experiment with dark red shades too at times, but on this occasion I stuck with dark brown. The preparation was simple and although a little different, it was certainly no more difficult than usual. After putting on the gloves provided, you are directed to pour the contents of the colourant bottle into the bottle of developing lotion as per usual, but instead of having a pointed applicator tip on the developer bottle to use to apply the product to your hair, it is a pump spray top instead. Also, instead of giving the bottle a good shake to mix the contents, you are directed to tip the bottle five times only. The gloves I found were just the flimsy thin type which are more often than not, too large and therefore don't fit my hands snugly. These gloves were again too big for me, but I didn't find this to be too much of a problem. I personally prefer hair colourants which you apply to dry hair, as I find them so much easier to use and less time consuming too, so I was pleased to discover that this dye is to be applied to dry, unwashed hair. I pressed down on the top to release some product and out squirted a large dollop of foam, which I began applying to my hair with my fingers. I was sure it was going to be messy to apply but I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't. Generous amounts of foam were released each time I pressed down and the foam was easily smoothed on to my hair without the product running at all. I was quite impressed. Nutrisse Nourishing Foam also has a pleasant fragrance just like the Garnier Nutrisse Creme Colourant has and is not as strong as some peroxide-smelling products I used in the past. After applying all of the product to my hair, I then piled my hair on top of my head and left it for 30 minutes as directed, before rinsing it all off under the shower. I have long hair and it is often recommended that you purchase two packs but I usually find one is enough for me. With this foam variety I found one was definitely enough and there was more than enough product for my needs. It appeared that because this is was foam, there is a lot of product to be had from the bottle. During the 30 minutes, I can confirm there was no running or streaking down my face or neck at all. It was also very easy to rinse out under the shower and once I had done this, it was time to apply some of the conditioner which is included in a handy little bottle. I am pleased to note that the conditioner was in a bottle and not a sachet, which in my experience can be difficult to tear open once in the shower (I always realise too late that I should have used scissors and cut it open ready to use) and then is equally difficult to extract from the sachet. All that is avoided thanks to this handy bottle which also includes enough for a couple of subsequent applications, which I always think is a nice touch. The conditioner is very smooth and moisturising, has a lovely fruity scent and feels lovely on your hair. My fingers glided easily through my hair whilst rinsing off the conditioner and my fair felt soft and smooth. I dried and styled my hair as usual and I was very happy with the results. The shade was an intense and shiny dark brown. Exactly what I wanted, as well as completely covering all traces of grey. My hair still felt silky soft and 'nourished' after drying and the fruity scent lingered all day. I do think overall, the colour is not as long lasting as one or two other products but it wasn't a major disappointment and I didn't have to colour my hair again any sooner than I would have, I just noticed it faded slightly faster than my favourite hair colour brand. Garnier state that this Nourishing Foam simplifies hair colour for women. They do recognise that although a foam hair colour offers an application advantage, it doesn't always give a satisfactory colour result and so they believe they have produced a foam hair colour which combines the best of both worlds - ease of use with rich, intense, even colour. I can certainly vouch that they have indeed achieved this, as I loved the colour result I achieved and so this Nourishing Foam is one I will buy again when on a price promotion and is one I am happy to recommend. If only they could work on a longer lasting colour then it would be perfect!