Product Type: John Frieda hair care products
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Foam = less mess, but less coverage
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Hair Dye
Member Name: claire405
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Hair Dye
Advantages: Very easy to use, drip-free, excellent conditioner, natural-looking colour, not too smelly
Disadvantages: Coverage of grey hair is not the best
I have been using home hair colour on and off for about 8 years now. It used to be mainly to get a different colour, or to brighten up my hair and make it more glossy. These days, I am mainly looking to cover grey hair :(.
It is quite often on special offer in boots or supermarket either as multi-buy deals, or just a special purchase. This means you can offer get it for around £4-5, sometimes less.
You apply the colour to dry unwashed hair. As far as I am concerned, this is the best starting point to colouring your hair, as minimal preparation is required and which helps to keep the whole process quick. Furthermore, adding the colour to dry hair makes it very easy to see which areas you have missed.
The supplied gloves are thick and black. They're really good quality and don't fall apart or split and the colour doesn't get through to stain your hands. They're proper gloves, not those hand-shaped sandwich bags you sometimes get with this type of product. I work in a lab and used to take gloves from work to colour my hair, but I don't need to with this hair colour. However, I would say they may be a little snug if you have medium to large hands.
The first step is to add the colourant to the developer in the supplied bottles and mix gently by tilting. This is all very straight forward and it's easy to see when it is mixed enough as the bottle is just about transparent enough. The instructions say to tilt 5x, but it usually needs a few more. You then replace the cap with the supplied foaming spout cap and tighten it up. The dye is dispensed by squeezing the bottle and the liquid turns to foam as it comes out of the spout. The foam really is non-drip, which is just brilliant. I remember the days when there used to be little splashes of stains all over the bathroom no matter how careful I was. This doesn't happen with this product and I can go of and do something in another room without worrying about. You add a tennis ball size amount of foam to your roots at the parting and repeat working your way out to cover all your hair and it is completely saturated, then massage it in. This is then left for 20 minutes, or up to 30 minutes if you have course hair or stubborn greys. The smell is quite strong, but not as over-powering as some hair dyes which give off a strong ammonia smell.
After the developing time, you just rinse it off and use the provided conditioner. The provided conditioner is very good, I would say it is salon quality. The bottle should last about a month and really leaves the hair glossy and soft - it's almost worth the money just for the conditioner.
The final finish is very good. The colour is rich and my hair always looks and feels healthier after using this product. As far as the colour matching the description goes, this depends on your natural hair colour. I have very dark brown hair and use the the 3N deep brown-black colour. Th picture is lighter than my natural hair colour, but actually makes my hair a shade darker.
The only problem I have with it is that I don't think foam hair colours give as good coverage of grey hair as the liquid ones. I have used other brands of foam colour and had the same issue, so it's not the John Freida one that is causing the problem, I think it just doesn't saturate the hair as much. Having said this, if the main reason for colouring your hair is to give you a natural glossy finish, I can highly reccomend this product.
As with all hair colours, they recommend that you do the skin allergy test 48 hours before colouring your hair even if you have used this product before. This involves applying a small amount of the mixture to you skin, allowing it to dry and leaving it there for 48 hours to see if you have any reaction to it.
Summary: Salon quality hair colour at a fraction of the cost.