Product Type: John Frieda hair care products
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John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Hair Dye
Member Name: cyberem78
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Hair Dye
Advantages: Easy to use. Isn't as messy as regular liquid dyes.
Disadvantages: Can only dye whole head of hair.
When I went to get my dye from Boots I was a bit dissapointed in their range of shades. They only stocked four colours although I believe there are 20 shades available. You may be better off trying to buy online or from larger stores to ensure you get the shade you really want. The shade I chose was Medium Chocolate Brown 5B which looks like a warm mid-brown colour. The shade I chose is not to far from my natural colour. I should say that for people choosing this shade that it has quite rich red tones in the brown so be careful if you don't want an auburn sheen or if you are colouring lighter hair as the red effect may be too extreme. I would say the image of the expected colour result shown on the box does not accurately show how rich and warm the colour really is.
The dye comes boxed. You have an instruction leaflet, conditioner, gloves, colourant, developer/foam dispenser. It all looks very trendy as the gloves provided are thick black things that look like they belong in a professional salon. They are good quality and the type of rubber that moulds itself to your hand so it can fit any size. The instruction leaflet is glossy and slick and easy to follow and gives big pictures as well as text instructions.
It's an extremely quick and easy process to get your dye ready for use. You add the colourant to the developer liquid inside the foam dispenser bottle then replace the bottle top and tilt the bottle so that the liquids merge. An important and I mean VERY important factor here is that you shouldn't shake the contents of the bottles together. You must only gently TIP the liquids to mix them together. This is fairly implicit in the instuctions but if you are a scatter brain you may miss it! My mum did exactly that when she used this dye and vigorously shook the contents together as you would with a 'normal' dye. In this case the liquid turned into a strange half fluffly-half watery mess that didn't foam properly and dripped too much. It really ruins the foaming effect if you shake it and although the dye will still work the application process will be a terrible ordeal for you!
It only requires slanting the bottle a few times before the contents are fully mixed. You may be confused here as the liquid in the foam dispenser still appears to be runny. However when you squeeze the bottle the liquid comes out of the bottle's spout as foam - hey presto! The bottle is malleable and you just need to pinch it ever so slightly for the foam to come pouring out. You should not turn the bottle upside down or tilt it too much. It's unnecessary and will not cause the liquid to emerge out of the spout. The bottle is well designed and it's easy to hold your hand under the spout so that the foam goes into the very center of the palm of your hand.
You should apply the foam much like you would a shampoo - rub it in and keep rubbing as you apply more and more foam until the hair is totally saturated. You should actually end up with your hair piled up on top of your head and the foam so thick over it that you almost can't see any hair strands. You should look like you are wearing a hat of foam! The more you massage the foam into your hair the better and richer and more even the colour will be. I find this to be an easy process although at first the foam does not sink too well into dry hair the same way a 'normal' liquid dye would do. Instead the foam seems to vanish into the hair shaft until you apply it a few more times then it finally looks wet and coated. There are virtually no drips - well no drips at all but you might drop a dollop of foam of your hair if it's long and hard to pile up on top like mine is. You also should be aware of staining around the hairline and neck. I find it is nowhere near as messy as a 'normal' liquid dye though and it's also easy to wipe away when you spot the marks.
The hair dye should be left for 20-30 minutes depending on your needs. To cover grey, for instance, you should wait the whole 30 minutes. It's really easy to rinse off, doesn't have any horrible chemical odours and leaves hair feeling soft and manageable after you have applied the conditioner. It's a 50ml sized bottle of conditioner and you should keep some of to use weekly until your next dye. The conditioner has a mild peachy fragrance which is lovely. It's a tad too thick and waxy but with a little massaging it can be worked into the hair. It needs to be rinsed well as it's quite stubborn to remove. It does leave hair protected and sleek though. John Frieda also claim it will help to keep "long lasting multi tonal richness".
After a few weeks after colouring I don't notice any fading of this shade on my hair that is brown but on my grey streaks I can see a tiny little bit of fading so that the hairs appear sun-kissed. It's not bad though.
What I really like about the dye is that it makes it easy to dye your hair - you can even walk around with the foam on your head if you want to. I also love the particular shade I use as it's very rich and brings my hair to life. What I see as a problem with this hair dye is that it doesn't allow for precision colouring. Previously have used regular liquid dyes to create a streaked effect through my hair but this is not possible with the foam dye as the volume of the foam spills over and requires you to cover the whole area to an excess. I would also like to see the conditioner improved. Apart from that though I'm really happy this hair dye is here although the price is a bit high at the moment. It is supposed to be £9.99 but it has been on offer quite a lot as the brand encourage people to try it. I would like to see the price fall a little but will probably buy this in the future.
Summary: Great colour, really easy to use.