Well, there’s a first time for everything.. readers who have been reading BBB for a while might remember I did some work with Olia a year or so ago – I was required to dye my hair and it was pretty much the first time I’d ever done it. I loved it and I’ve stuck with Olia since then. At the time, I was impressed that it didn’t smell like hair dye but with limited personal knowledge of dyes, I really didn’t know then what I know now thanks to Clairol Nice n Easy.
I’m honestly not sure how this stuff is even allowed? I couldn’t find my Olia so I just grabbed this one instead (I know, I didn’t do the patch test.. I KNOW) because the colour looked about right. So, I got everything ready and did the mix up – pretty much the same process I imagine as any other dye, but it was when I started to apply it to my hair that I was shocked. I was kneeling with my hair brushed forward so I didn’t miss any back bits and it created a sort of tent for the fumes – literally I was coughing, my eyes were running and I could hardly breathe. So, I flicked back my hair to catch my breath, and guess what? Dye splattered everywhere. Because it’s SO runny.
I’m so annoyed.. I don’t even know how anyone can put up with this stuff on their head – it is SO strong it feels illegal! I will never, ever use this again. Never. Tomorrow I’m going straight out to buy a TON of Olia. And, to add insult to injury, it’s stained my beautiful green nail polish.. and yes, I used the gloves.. it can only have been at the washing out point..when I, er, didn’t .. #pennydrops…
In the interests of fairness, the finished result was excellent; shiny, even and soft hair. But the getting there? NOT worth it.
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I used to use Garnier Nutrisse and had to put an old bed sheet down and wear old pjs because it would go everywhere – and dying my hair red made it look like there had been a murder in the bathroom! Xo
I am shocked! I love NicenEasy – I used the foam and it was so …. niceneasy! Was a bit whiffy though!
I think if you aren’t used to the smell it’s a shock.. I can’t believe how strong the amonia or whatever it is was.. eyes were streaming.
I nearly always use Schwartzkopf which is excellent – I recently used a L’oreal one and it was appalling – hard to use and the colour didn’t take well and started to wash out after a few washes (and yes it was a permanent!) – the Schwartzkopf ones are awesome – not too smelly and they do the job really well!
The smell of the ammonia is really overpowering in cheaper dyes and can leave your eyes streaming and give headaches – I always have this problem, even with other home use products such as the Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL Range (which I would personally recommend to anyone, despite the smell). However, the thing I really take issue with is the Nice N’ Easy product itself – I’ve used it twice before, with different shades (I’ve been pretty much every colour in the spectrum), and both times I’ve been completed disappointed. I don’t know what it is, maybe my hair just isn’t receptive to this particular dye (although, again, I’ve used many varieties and not had issues with these) but I’ve found the colour is never true to those advertised on the boxes and doesn’t given a particularly even coverage. Everyone always raves about this product so it’s refreshing to see someone else be unhappy with this too!
I’ve had that happen with hair dye. I think it was Herbal Essences. Some hair dyes have a stronger smell than others. If it happens again, open the nearest window before your eyes get too watery.
I think unfortunately most of the ‘old school’ hair dyes are the same. They used to have to put so much active ingredient in it to work they smelt awful – it seems like N&E haven’t updated their formula in yonks! I haven’t used this, but I do use Garnier a lot and have no complaints.
Just don’t EVER use a mousse/foam dye as the concentration isn’t strong enough to cover hair effectively. You’ll end up with a patchy mess… Something I can attest to!
I tend to find that all the old style dyes smell like they’re going to corrode your lungs! I stick to foam and cream style dyes now and there’s hardly any mess or smell 🙂 xx
I actually used this shade a few weeks ago, and it was absolutely fine, i guess i am used to these “fumes” as this is my go-to hair dye. The funny thing is, my partner can’t stand the smell, and he always leaves when he remembers that it’s hair dye day. Used Olia once, it’s true, it was absolutely gorgeous, however i am still waiting for them to release a medium ashy brown shade like a 5.1 or a 5.13
I’ve used this one for years as it’s a good price and a lovely colour that doesn’t fade like some do. I have used Live a few times and find that smells worse and stains a LOT more! x
I believe it is the ammonia since N&E is known for covering greys which actually helps since greys are so resistant. However, with hair technology advancing today, I find low ammonia or even no ammonia haircolor covers greys and or colors hair just as well. Even the demi-permanent colors do well.
I do however, pre-soften my hair (my roots since they are dark) for better penetration of color with 30volume peroxide. Then apply the haircolor.
I use Nice N Easy all the time and it’s absolutely fine. I apply it looking in the mirror, roots first then pile up the ends and apply. I love the fact that it’s runny because it’s quicker to apply! You don’t have to wet your hair first so it doesn’t drip and in 20 minutes I can rinse. Easy!
I personally a big fan of Clairol, Nice’n’Easy and have been using it for almost 4 years with no problems at all, and I actually really dislike any Loreal dye product. So I suppose it’s a matter of personal preferences.
Schwarzkopft’s new colour mask is excellent and no nasty smell, but you need more than one box of it if your hair isn’t short.