I had a hair-mare this weekend. This is not the first time I had a hair-mare…but it began when I decided to throw caution to the wind and try the new Clairol Easy Blend foam dye in Dark Brown…
A small picture because I don’t like you.
I wanted to go dark because my hair was starting to look a bit brassy. I thought it’d calm down the overall ‘lunatic’ look I was sporting too.
I am a long time devotee of foam hair dyes. This is my first foray into a Western foam dye.
Clairol’s comes in the standard pack with your conditioner, dye, gloves.
Can I just say the gloves are rubbish? Japanese hair dyes give you a super duper cow birthing pair of thick rubber gloves. The Clairol ones ripped on my as I put them on. Second thing I noticed was the smell – it reminded me of soy sauce. It’s not gross but it’s not ideal either – most unusual.
The texture of this stuff is super liquid – yes I get that it produces foam, it it’s sort of like fairy liquid foam. It dissolves easily and this was just too runny it was a bit too easy to spill or get everywhere. Which I did – got it everywhere.
A truly good foam dye produces a truly rich, cream foam which will stay like a foam for the 20 minutes – not become a liquid that drips everywhere. You can feel how creamy soft a good foam dye is, it spreads evenly and there is always enough product.
The Clairol bottle was fine – at least you get could right to the bottom of it, which you can’t seem to with Japanese ones although the pump nozzle is a bit tricky to press. I’ve seen better mechanisms, such as a easier to press pump OR where you can just squeeze the bottle to get the product out.
I applied this dye as I apply all dye – with abandon. Mess everywhere – this does NOT happen with the Japanese ones I use. It also stains so quickly! I had a stain on my wrist, on the side of my head and also on my chest which was a nightmare to get off – a bit old school that, it’s been a long time since a hair dye managed to dye my skin.
I was surprised how little product there was – I just about had enough – when I use something like the Prettia, it goes a lot further.
This is supposed to be dark brown. What did I end up with? DARK BLACK. Dark lego black. With brown roots. Trust me I got my roots covered but they’re brown and the rest is black.
Is this a disaster? Oh yes. I spend my life avoiding lego hair and there it was – about a trillion shades darker than advertised.
I know it doesn’t ‘look bad’ but trust be it’s a hideous black in real life, devoid of any tones or subtleties. Who do they test these dyes on, witches?
To be honest I would never consider a Clairol hair dye, I’ve been using Japanese hair dye for years with minimal problems. I only tried this because of the foam element and I feel conned, like I went in for a massage and came out with a tit job.
If you tried this dye let me know what you think. If you really want to try a foam dye I suggest you get yourself on Adambeauty.com and buy yourself a Prettia dye, it’s easy to use and there’s lots of lovely colours.