Product Type: Nice 'n' Easy hair care products
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Magenta's hair disaster Part 2
Nice n' Easy Perfect 10
Member Name: magenta23
Nice n' Easy Perfect 10
Advantages: Quick, easy to use
Disadvantages: Price, did not quite achive desired results
Colouring hair takes ages
Colouring my hair, apart from recent unsatisfactory results, has one main drawback.. it takes so long! Not just in the process of mixing, applying and rinsing which is tedious enough, but the half and hour (sometimes longer) developing time. Surely the scientists could come up with something that works quicker, for people with hectic lifestyles that just don't have half and hour to waste? Well now they have. I've seen a few brands have launched 10 minute colourants recently, I opted for Clairol's Nice and Easy Perfect 10.
As some of you who have read my last review may be aware, I've had a few hair horrors recently. After attempting to strip my hair of colour and go back to natural, I ended up with blonde roots and light brown hair. I bought this product to try and rectify the situation, bored to tears of the whole kerfuffle already, the fact it would take 10 minutes was a real bonus.
I bought my Perfect 10 from Sainsbury's priced at £6.99. A little on the high side for hair colour, but I guess you are paying for this time saving formula. I have since seen it cheaper in Tesco and some other places on introductory offers (typical) so shop around.
I opted for the nearest colour to my natural hair colour as possible (No. 6, light brown), in the hope I could dye the lengths without any real colour change and the roots would match as they had been lightened anyway. Fingers crossed.
Before you start
Whatever the colour, from black to bleach, I make sure I'm not going to dye anything but my hair. I put Vaseline around the hair line, back of neck and ears to prevent staining. Old clothes go on, newspaper on the floor, old black towel, stopwatch, comb and mirror to hand!
Using the product
First thing as with all hair colourants is to pop on the glove provided in the box. I like products with good quality gloves that feel like you are not wearing any and don't go in the way. No such like here, the flimsy plastic polythene things were too big and a pain in the backside.
After grumbling about the gloves, I mixed the tube of colour in with the developer lotion. Give it a good shake and you're ready to go.
I loved the design of this bottle, it has a top which is shaped like a comb, so you can squeeze the bottle and cob it though all with the one hand. For a while this worked well, and a brilliant idea in theory, in practice it doesn't work as well after a while. The dye started to seep out the sides, around the rim of the top and it all go a bit messy. In the end I resorted to combing it through with my fingers as I usually do. I started at the roots, as these were lightest and the bit I wanted to darken, to make sure they had the longest time dying. I then worked the rest of the product through the lengths.
As the instructions stated, I then waited just 10 minutes. Bear in mind this 10 minutes colourant means 10 minutes developing time not 10 minutes from start to finish. By this time, I'd already been at in half and hour.
After the 10 minutes was up, I rinsed and applied the conditioner supplied in the box. This little tube says it contains 6 treatments for you to use once a week after you've coloured. Now these conditioners supplied with hair colourants never seem to be enough for my long thick hair. This one did have enough in, but 6 weeks? No way!
Moment of truth
After dying my hair I saw that the product had worked to some extent but had not sorted my problems. The lengths had definitely darkened a lot and was a lot darker than the 'light brown' stated on the box. The roots however were a gingery brown and still noticeable. Maybe, a colourant which was left on longer would have been needed for such light hair to get the desired shade. The hair wasn't particularly soft either and I felt like it needed a a wash again straight away.
Overall, a surprisingly good result for a 10 minutes treatment and I would use again providing I had an even blank canvas. Alas, this wasn't the product to correct Magenta's hair disaster.
Summary: Not bad for the time it takes