In categories other than shampoos and conditioners, Allure has rated the following as the best of 2015 for color treated hair.
Top products in the color treated hair category
- eSalon Made for You Custom Hair Color
eSalon is technically not a product but rather a fairly new concept in customizing hair dyes (based on your hair type, history etc.) and delivering to your door as an at-home dye kit. This is a well rated service because it provides the customer an individualized attention, instead of a generic dye blend in regular hair color kits, and without having to visit a hair salon. Additionally the costs are relatively reasonable in $20 price range.
eSalon is really well received among customers close to 5 stars (512 reviewers on amazon) with about 6% complaints. Despite great reviews for performance, complaints seem to be mainly about the ammonia smell and auto-enrollment into subscription. But if you’d like, give it a try here.
Word of advice: because hair damage and quality can affect how your color turns out, the results might turn out differently from what you expected despite the ‘customization’ aspect of the service. If you have overly processed hair, it is best to discuss this thoroughly with eSalon before ordering anything.
- Color Wow Root Cover Up
What it is: Camouflage for your roots with a powder compound that adheres to hair ‘without being sticky or oily and without looking dry‘. This product is meant to cover grey roots instantly and to camouflage dark re-growth on lightened/high-lightened hair. It comes in several basic shades and can be found here.
How it works: Think of it like your conditioner. Except that here, the technology uses positively charged zinc particles bonded to a mineral pigment (gives color). These positively charged particles are attracted to the negative charges on hair. They thus wash away only after shampooing.
Main complaint: The pigment also colors skin, some have found that it doesn’t stick to hair as well as they’d want it to and many have complained about the price vs. the amount that is offered.
However: This product receives 4 out 5 from 465 reviews on Amazon.com, with about 19% rating it a 2 and below. And thus it seems to be performing well for most.
- John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss
This product is a color and shine booster and is fairly well rated among customers on amazon with a rating of 4.2 out 5 from 536 reviews (22% rated 2 and below). The foam or gel adds shine and deposits some pigments into the hair thereby ‘reviving’ color. It is not a hair dye, and not meant to color gray. It comes in a couple of shade options including cool blond, cool red etc.
Complaints are mostly about it having no effect or the reverse effect. Could it be that it works more significantly for certain shades than others? Beware of the mess that the product creates in the shower.
However, it seems to do wonders for most and might be worth a try. Check it out here.
- Manic Panic Manic Mixer Pastel-izer
This is not a hair dye but it is a diluter for your manic panic dyes. These are said to tone down your bright electric colors into pastel shades. This product seems to have mixed reviews among customers. On amazon for example it gets a 3 out 5 from 5 customers, and on sallybeauty.com, it gets a 2.5 out of 5 from only 2 reviews. While, these are too few reviews to get a true sense of how well this product fares, complaints have mostly been about the price and how ‘they don’t do anything that a cheap conditioner won’t’. You can check it out here.
So there you go. These were the Allure awarded products for 2015 for color treated hair. Are these all worth the Allure stamp? What do you think?