Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hair Color that Froths, not Foams

Clairol Nice 'n Easy Foam Hair Color Review:

Hairdressers across the country tell us that more and more people are opting to color their hair themselves. The foam colors seem like a great option to avoid to the do-it-at-home mess.

The ads for Clairol's Nice 'n Easy foam make everything look so simple. Although we like the color, we detest their delivery system.

What was Good:
The color had adequate grey coverage. We applied it to the roots first, then distributed the color throughout the rest of the hair. We also left the color on longer as recommended on the box to better cover those resistant greys. What was surprising was that the newly-dyed hair actually matched the color depicted on the box. That doesn't happen often in the at-home hair color world.

The Ugly Truth:
The bottle has issues! We made a HUGE mess! We got hair color on: The tile grout, the sink, the wall, the mirror, an eyebrow, one cheek, and an arm. Oh yeah, the shirt we were wearing got color splotched on it too. -That rarely happens to us!

Here's How it Works:
You dump one solution into another, then reapply the regular cap. And then you shake... and shake and shake. Next, you take off the top and apply the foam nozzle. Then, you have to SQUEEZE the color out! Although the product looked foamy, it was actually the consistency of frothy eggs. So, we covered the bottle tip and shook it some more - a process we had to do many times.

At first, it seemed easy to apply the color directly to the roots, but the product seemed to run. Although there was clearly solution left in the bottle, we had a difficult time getting it out about 2/3 of the way through. So we had to shake some more. Finally, we gave up and dumped the hair color into one hand like a shampoo. That helped get the extra product onto the ends of the hair.

Again, the favorable result and color coverage was surprising after our drippy application ordeal. One thing we did notice was a blotch higher up in the hair from where the product was squeezed out of the bottle. This happened even though we thought we had done a good job working the color through the hair. The stress of cleaning up the color spots before it stained our skin and work area was probably the culprit.

With Clairol's Nice 'n Easy Foam, the tresses may look good, but the bathroom wall will need a paint touch-up.

The color gets a GLAMBO KISS but the Dispenser gets a GLAMBO DISS. (Since this post, Glambo has reviewed two other foam hair colors. Click John Frieda Precision Foam and/ or L'Oreal Sublime Mousse to see our comments.)


  1. thanks for this review, i was wondering if anyone had tried it. I certainly wanted to see if it was all it's cracked up to be.

  2. Thanks for your comments. We love sharing our experiences with our online girlfriends. We are testing other foam haircolor brands and will post about them soon.


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