Product Type: Laboratoire Garnier hair care products
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Belle is not a gel, but still works well!
Laboratoire Garnier Belle Colour
Member Name: jeffjen
Laboratoire Garnier Belle Colour
Advantages: Good results
Disadvantages: A little messy on application. Conditioner not as good as others.
As I frequently colour my hair, I think I have tried most of the products on the shelves over the years and whilst I have one or two favourites, there is nearly always a promotional offer on hair dye no matter where you choose to purchase them from and it can really pay to shop around if you can.
Indeed I check the supermarkets and other stockists such as Boots and Superdrug when I am out shopping and if I spot a bargain price I will purchase a dye and keep it until I need to use it.
Whilst Clairol is probably my preference when it comes to colouring my hair, there are a number of other dyes I have used which have given me satisfactory results and Belle Color by Garnier is one of these.
I noticed in my local Asda that Belle Color was on offer priced at just £3.58, which is good for a permanent hair colourant and knowing that it is one I don't mind using, I took advantage of the low price and purchased one. It has been quite a while since I last used Belle Colour, but I was confident it would still give me the satisfactory results I have experienced in the past.
Belle Color is a permanent hair colour which Garnier state will provide you with truly natural looking results. It's unique multi-tonal formula, enriched with jojoba and wheatgerm oils, is said to recreate your hair's natural tones and highlights, whilst providing up to 100% grey coverage.
I don't personally believe that there is anything 'unique' about this multi-tonal formula as many hair dyes offer this, but it is something I look for in a hair dye.
Belle Colour is also enriched with jojoba and wheatgerm oils, to leave your hair feeling soft.
Although my hair is naturally dark brown, I do like the vibrancy that colouring my hair provides, as well as covering the grey strands which seem to be increasingly appearing and so the promise of covering all grey is another requirement of mine. I don't always purchase dark brown shades, I often experiment with various red shades too, but on this occasion I opted for the dark brown shade.
The preparation is simple. Inside the box there is the usual colourant, developing lotion, conditioner and gloves. After putting on the gloves provided, you squeeze the contents of the colour creme into the bottle of developing lotion and give it a good shake. Then just snap off the top and it is ready to apply to your hair.
Full instructions are provided, as well as information about carrying a strand test first, not only to test the colour but also to test if you are allergic to the product.
I personally prefer to use a hair dye which you apply to dry hair, as I find it a much easier and quicker process, therefore I am pleased that this dye is to be applied to dry, unwashed hair.
Starting at the roots, I began squeezing the contents of the developing bottle onto my hair. I prefer the product to have a gel-like consistency as it makes applying hair dye easier, because otherwise you can end up with the product running down your face and neck, which can get quite messy and also stain your skin, so the fact that this is a 'creme' and not a gel is the downside to using Belle Color for me.
Having said that, Belle Color is not the worst creme I have ever applied to my hair. Whilst it was a little messy applying it to my hair, once it was on it did not drip or run which is a bonus as many of these types of hair dyes do! And so although this wasn't the best consistency I have experienced, it was by no means the worst and also there wasn't a strong peroxide smell as you often get with some hair dyes.
The creme was a white colour when I began the application and gradually changed to brown during the application. After applying all of the dye to my hair, I then piled my hair on top of my head and left it for 30 minutes as advised for a full head coverage, before rinsing it all off under the shower.
You then apply the conditioner which is included in the box, to your hair. This is the other thing I am not so keen on when using Belle Color, as I don't really care for the fragrance of the conditioner. Also when I had rinsed it all off, my hair felt as if it still had some product remaining in it and despite another thorough rinse it continued to feel this way. Despite all this however, once I had dried my hair it looked and felt fine. My fingers glided through my hair easily and it felt soft.
Overall I was very happy with the results. The shade was a shiny dark brown and exactly what I wanted. There was no sign of any grey hairs either. I have long hair and found that one box was enough to colour my hair evenly.
The colour lasts well and doesn't fade as quickly as one or two others I have used. The only niggles I have is that it is a little messy to apply and I don't personally like the conditioner, but the results outweigh the negatives for me and so I am happy to recommend Belle Color. It's not my favourite, but it gives good results and that's all I want from a hair dye.
Summary: Not my favourite, but gives good results.