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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
By Lesley Ellen Mirza
Does anyone know what my real hair colour is?
In fact, do I even remember what it is?!
I’ve been colouring my hair since the year dot. At first, it was out of sheer boredom and wanting to spice up my look. Now, it’s pretty much out of necessity; to cover those pesky grey hairs that scream out to everyone “hey, she’s gettin’ old folks!”
Every four to five weeks, like clockwork, I can be found sitting in a salon chair, reading the latest fashion mag and having blobs of colour applied oh-so-expertly to my roots and then ends. I’m there for quite some time. I have a nice cuppa tea. Chat a bit. And then fork over wads of cash.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love my salon, and the folks there are super nice and they do a great job. However, I’d love to spend that money on something else, but still on me!
In the past I have tried boxed hair colour and it was ok. The coverage was good but the whole process was messy and I usually ended up staining some part of my bathroom. (Have you ever tried getting hair colour out of grout? It’s a nightmare!)
In December, I attended an event for the new Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam ($9.99-$12.99). I was honestly thinking it was “just another permanent hair colour” until the PR gal—wearing a gorgeous cream knitted outfit—began colouring the model’s hair. She didn’t even use a protective smock, just the usual hair colouring gloves. Then I said HELLO! What’s this?!
This drip-free foam allows you to colour your hair at home without making the usual huge mess—or is that just moi? And to ensure perfect coverage from root to tip, the foam liquefies once it comes in contact with the natural oils on your head. And it stays there until you rinse it off. So smart Clairol!
I of course had to try it myself, but wanted a little support to ensure no mistakes were made—especially when choosing the right shade. So, I went straight to Luis Pacheco of Yorkville’s trendy salon, Hair on the Avenue, who is also Clairol’s Consulting Colourist.
Luis felt that I was HOT (my words…not really his J) as a redhead and that 6R Light Auburn would be a great choice for me. Perfect. I settled into the salon chair and waited for him to work his magic. But, he made me do the work…sheesh! To be honest, it was so easy to use this product that I really did not need any assistance. Luis stood and watched to ensure I coated my entire head—which I did, and we basically chatted and gossiped. So much fun!
Since colouring my hair with Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam, I have been receiving compliment after compliment. LOVE IT!
Who knew box colour could look so good?
Top image shows before (left) and after colouring hair.