Monday, June 11, 2012

I've gone back to my roots! Thanks to the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour!

Oh ladies.  This is a joyful day.  After going from mousey brown to dark brown and then mad blonde, I decided recently that I wanted to go back to my roots.  My original hair colour.  Whatever that is...

Recently, I met up with Nicola Clarke, Creative Colour Director at John Frieda and International hair colourist and stylist when she was in Dublin to officially launch the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour.   Nicola works with clients like Kate Winslet, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and me.  Just kidding!  She did have the chats with me and helped me pick out a colour, but more about that it a minute.

Nicola has been using the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour herself for two years now and uses only that. So I felt even more confident that she knew what she was talking about!


Using innovative Japanese technology and 100 hours working with women's focus groups have brought us this Precision Foam Colour that was eight years in the making.  These are to be used to give an all over colour and Nicola advises not to go more than two shades lighter or darker than your current hair colour.  Something like that should be done in a salon for best results, not at home.  As I talk you through my hair transformation, I'll tell you more about what makes this colour foam different to other ones on the market.

So at the end of the presentation, we were colour matched by Nicola and she chose 7G for me after I attempted to show her my natural hair colour and explained I wanted to tone down the blonde a bit.  I've been working on the DIY ombre hair (not colouring it for months) and wanted a change.  So this is the colour I was hoping to achieve.  The swatch on the box looks more red in the photo than in real life.  Also, the swatch is nice and big so you can see what you're hopefully going to achieve!


Inside the box you get the developer, colourant, conditioner, pump dispenser and black plastic gloves.


I will say that it was weird having black gloves on and made me feel like a baddie from CSI, but on they went and I got colouring.  I added the colourant into the developer and I tilted the bottle back and forth about eight times until it looked like the two solutions had mixed together well.  We're told to tilt the bottle, not shake, so I did what I was told.  To get the foam to come out, you simple squeeze the middle of the bottle.  The mixed solution comes up to just under the word Developer on the bottle, but here's the mad fact, it makes 2 litres of foam, so you are guaranteed to have plenty to do your hair!  No more trying to even it out as best you can, or not having enough to do the second half of your hair and you have to scrape some dye from the first half.  No, I had absolutely plenty of foam and I piled extra on at the end, just to make sure.  


I followed the instructions from the leaflet and started at my roots, sectioning pieces off as I went.  The whole application process took about 15 minutes and although I didn't look like the ladies in the ads with all the foam on my hair, it held my hair up in a bun without needing a clip or anything else.  I waited the 30 minutes and as I could feel the bubbles popping, it tickled my noggin, so have a toothpick or something disposable nearby to have an aul scratch.  The handy thing with the foam is that it seeps through different sections of your hair, evenly coating your hair and there is no drippage.  My bathroom didn't look like I'd massacred someone in there and there were no stains on my top at all.  

Want to see some before and after shots?  Of course you do!

Before, after, before after.
I LOVE MY HAIR COLOUR!  It is exactly what I wanted!  It toned down the blonde, evened out the colour and it is perfect.  Seriously.  7G is the shade for me and it's so nice to be back to my natural colour again without having to grow out my poor locks again!  I'm obsessed with the conditioners that come with hair colours and this one is much bigger that the other ones and should last you 5-6 uses.

Please excuse the no makeup.  I just had to show you the before and after shot due to my excitement!

On Saturday night I was heading out with two of my pals for dinner and coloured my hair for the occasion.  Stay tuned for this make up look that I wore out that night with my newly coloured locks.  Am in The Ultimate Love with my hair colour if you hadn't realised that already and now that I've found the shade that works for me, I won't be deviating from John Frieda Precision Foam Colour range!


They will retail at €13.29 each which is more expensive than the other foam colourants on the market out there, but you will only need one of these.  I've always had to buy two boxes of dye in the past as my hair is so thick, so I'll happily be shelling out the €13.29 in the future.  There will be 20 shades available in Boots and Tescos and other retailers will have 12 shades.

You can find your shade here on the John Frieda website or visit the John Frieda Ireland Facebook page here for more tips and information.

Do we like my hair ladies?  Have you tried the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour range yet?
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20 comments

  1. That looks fantastic, so even!!! I'd be chuffed with that result too. Well done on a home hair colour success story :)

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    1. I'm so happy with it and if I can do it, anyone can!

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  2. You look fab Karen! Will deffo check this out. Love how even your colour is xo

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    1. So happy with how even it is, phew!

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  3. It's so warm and natural ... Lovely

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    1. Thanks Magaluf, I'm really happy with it :)

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  4. OMG such a gorgeous colour. looks great on you. I think I am warming to the idea of going back to home colour. If you are interested...I am hosting another global blog swap. This time the theme is Xmas in July. Hope you check it out and take part! Details are on the blog!

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    1. Thanks Mystique, I'll deffo check it out x

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  5. That colour is really lovely Karen!

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  6. It's absolutely gawjus! Perfect for your colouring & seems so simple to use.

    Fabulous!

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    1. Fanks CherrySue! is totes easy peasy lemon squeezy

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  7. Wow, defo suits you better than the lighter shade you had before! Beautiful colour! xx

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    1. Yeah it was time for a change and I love it :)

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  8. Karen you sexy bitch! What a fabulous job you did, the colour is totally perfect on you. Am envious of anyone who manages a decent home dye job xxx

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    1. I've messed it up in the past, big time! So delighted it worked out in the end!

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  9. Such a gorgeous colour, it really suits you x

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  10. Very, very nice missus :) You are a walking talking advertisement for that hair colour! Will Deffo be giving this stuff a try... Especially since it's a lot of yoyos cheaper than the hairdressers!

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  11. Love love love it! beautiful on you Karen :)

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