So here’s the ‘before and after’ post for my recent dalliance with at home hair dye. I’m no stranger to an at home hair colour experiment, having turned to the bottle rather than the salon a few times previously – mostly for money reasons. I have naturally blonde hair, so I am lucky that I don’t need highlights doing all that often. But sometimes it is definitely easier, and cheaper to go for an at home version when the overall result for me is happily comparable to that of a salon.
Colour wise, the shade that was selected for me by Jonathan Long is ’97 Extra Light Natural Beige Blonde’ – not the lightest shade in the Clairol nice’n’easy range, but light enough that it will suit my skin tone and create an overall lift on the darker bits of my hair – brightening things up, whilst keeping them natural and at the beige side of things, rather than ashy or golden.
The top two are the before (with the gold & silver striped top) – where you can see the darker under sections that show through. Then the bottom two (in the mint t-shirt) are the after! I’m really happy with the overall effect – lighter, bringing the darker under layers up to meet the lighter top layers – creating a brighter, fresher look that still looks very much ‘me’. It also really works with your natural highlights and low lights – so it doesn’t leave a flat colour as some at home colours can be known to do – this definitely isn’t the case for this one.
In terms of the process, the product really does live up to its name – it’s very nice’n’easy (sorry, bad joke – but very true!). Simply mix two products together (bottles 1&2) and shake – then apply. First at the roots, then down to the tips. Being careful not to massage into the scalp, because as much as this product makes hair look good – it is some pretty strong chemicals so you don’t want to irritate the sensitive scalp skin. The fine nozzle makes it easy to apply right into the roots and in terms of the amount of product – I only used about 2/3 of the overall liquid for my hair (fine, but long).
I did find that the chemicals have quite a strong scent – as to be expected for anything hair-dye like, especially lightening ones – which did make my eyes water at first, but opening the window stopped this.
One of my favourite things about the nice’n’easy kit has to be the colour and gloss conditioner that you use after rinsing the colour off. It smells amazing and leaves hair feeling fantastic. Will be using this weekly for the next few weeks – along with some special shampoo and conditioners to maintain the colour.
I do love the effect a fresh hair colour has on my confidence – even when the colour is very subtle – it just lifts you and makes you feel that little bit more happy, confident and ready to take on the world!
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