2nd November 2010

John Frieda Precision Foam Colour

By Get Lippie

I’m a little paranoid about home hair colour.  One too many colouring disasters has left me totally unable, these days, to even think about using a box dye myself.

I’ve lost count of the towels I’ve ruined, the ears I’ve dyed to match my hair (and scalp), the grouting I’ve spattered with various shades of black, red and blue – long story, don’t ask – and, the patchy results always but always drive me nuts.  When you have long, dark hair that has been greying since your 18th birthday (as mine has) it can be difficult to use, particularly on the roots around the back of the head, as I’m not a contortionist!

So, when I was invited to preview a range of home hair dyes from John Frieda I was somewhat sceptical, particularly when we were told that this was something “entirely new” in the field, then found out it was a foam.  I remember foam dyes when they were first introduced in the 80’s.  Invariably a shade of red, the only thing they coloured in any way was your skin.  Certainly, they never made any difference whatsoever to my hair!

However, having watched a model use the product live in front of my eyes, I have to say I was impressed with the results I saw recently, so much so that I inveigled a member of my own family to try my sample box.  Essentially, the colourant is a mousse, you mix a dye and accelerant together in a bottle, then add a nozzle applicator and squeeze it to release the contents. 

The bottle:

This is actually after it had been in use – these were the dregs!

Here’s the hair we started off with:

Some serious rootage there.  I know that feeling well …

In progress:

And after:

I have to say, I’m very impressed.  Major points in the colour’s favour:

Low smell – it barely smells of anything at all.
Ease of use – my model was packed off to the bathroom with just the box and a 7-yr old “helper” and left to fend for herself, she soon figured it out!
Non-drip – once this stuff is on your hair, it doesn’t budge.  Maison Lippie is a palace of white, floors, walls, seats and surfaces (it’s beautiful, but not the most practical place to dye your hair, really) and there wasn’t a single drip anywhere at the end of the process.  No marks in the bathroom, and no trace of her progress anywhere else in the place, either.
Non-staining – any dye that got on skin (my model was determined to dye her ears black for some reason) was very easily removed with just a baby-wipe.  There were no stains left on skin anywhere.
Short developing time – the entire process was done and dusted in less than an hour.  45 minutes if you don’t include drying time.
Good results – Now, whilst the results weren’t perfect (we didn’t leave the dye on the roots alone for quite long enough, so even though the grey was entirely covered, it was a tiny bit lighter than the ends – this was pure operator error), they were much better than expected.

So, even though the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour is a tiny bit more expensive than most box dyes – it retails at £9.99 from the likes of Boots and Superdrug – my model was impressed enough to change her regular box dye for it.  My mum has one of the blonde ones, I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to seeing how she gets along with with it!  I’ve dyed her hair for years, and find it such a boring chore, this foam may be the one to change all that!

The Fine Print: PR Sample – but a very welcome one.