Skip to main content

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Hair Color Review


It's been nearly three months since I colored my hair with Olia and I was finally ready to say goodbye to the red. Three months of root growth looks pretty lame when the dyed color is reddish and the natural color is a greyish-tinted mousey brown. Since I've had a stash of Vidal Sassoon coupons, I decided that would be the brand to try. At this point, it's probably the only brand of home hair color I haven't yet used.

To mask the red, I chose an ashy cool shade of brown, the Pro Series 5C Medium Cool Brown. Though there are 18 Vidal Sassoon colors to choose from, including 8 browns, I found the only box of medium cool on the shelf. I'm starting to think my Minnesota location is the reason there are always way more light browns and blondes in the hair color section than medium and dark browns.

My biggest fear with trying a new product was what happens if the color comes out way too dark. It's always easy to fix light hair, but near impossible to safely lighten unintended black dye. I've been there and it stinks. Normally, I first choose a light ash with a new brand, just in case, but this time, I took the risk and just went for the medium. I'm at a point where I don't want to keep coloring my hair over and over to find the right shade.

Vidal Sassoon promises 8 weeks of lasting color with 100% gray coverage. I rarely have a problem covering gray hair, but 8 weeks, I laughed at that. If it does, I'll be sure to post a follow up.


There is nothing unusual in the box. No special oils, no extra steps. Just mix the color and the developer in the applicator bottle and apply to your hair. Like most products, a small tube of conditioner was included, and gloves to keep fingers free of color stains.

Unlike Olia, it was incredibly easy, like it should be, to mix up the color. The bottle fit in my hand and was easy to squeeze.

My hair is pretty thick, but it's only shoulder length, so I expected one bottle to be enough product. Unfortunately, I was a little short, so I didn't color entirely underneath the back, where no one would notice. If I use this color in the future, I'll have to buy two boxes. That isn't enticing.


I had relatively few drips, but it wasn't as messless as the Olia. You can see a few skin stains on my neck in the photo. I also dripped a bit in the sink, but unfortunately didn't realize it until after I'd washed my hair, 45 minutes later. Sink cleanup required Lysol with Bleach - just an FYI.



Here's me after coloring, using the provided conditioner, and letting it dry naturally. There's no product in my hair yet, but it was noticeably dryer, more dull, and a bit frizzy. Since coloring, I've not yet flat ironed, but I have tried enhancing the curls with some curl spray, and tried Aveda's smoothing serum. Unfortunately, I think the frizz is here to stay.

Regardless of the frizz and extra cleanup, I actually like the color. It's almost exactly like my natural shade, meaning less noticeable roots, and it's almost exactly the color on the box too!

The ends are a shade darker than the top half, but my husband said it's not noticeable. One or two washes with clarifying shampoo just on the ends should even things out.

Honestly, if it didn't require two bottles, I would probably use Vidal Sassoon again. I can live with a little frizz. But until my hair is another three inches longer, I don't think I should require so much product. That just kills the affordability factor.


Related Posts:
eSalon Hair Color Review
Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Hair Color Review: UPDATE

Comments

  1. Try blow drying your hair with a large round brush after applying a little serum on hair after shampooing. Will take care of frizz and bring on the shine.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Pottery Barn Kids Lunch Bags: Cute, but Annoying

When my daughter transitioned to "big kid school" this fall, I bought her a personalized lunch bag from Pottery Barn Kids. This was our first time having to send lunch to school, so I wanted her to enjoy carrying the bag and also have it be practical. She's just turning 4, so it was important that she be able to open the bag herself and carry it from the car to the lunch cart without assistance.

Pottery Barn Kids offers a slew of fabric patterns and four bag styles. Penny picked the MacKenzie Chocolate Zebra classic lunch bag, which is a fairly standard size and shape lunch box. We paid $7 to have her name embroidered on the bag, which I figured was worth the price to ensure her box isn't mixed up with another kid's lunch. I let Penny pick the font and thread color and ordered online.

Our classic lunch bag has now been used every weekday for nearly three months, but it looks more like a year old. It's still functional in that Penny can carry it in to school, o…

Switching from Olay Regenerist to L'Oreal RevitaLift

I've been using Olay Regenerist DNA Superstructure UV Cream for years now. I love the SPF 25 (it's now 30) the thick moisturizing quality, and how fresh my skin feels once it's absorbed. It's really thick, so it tends to need more time before I put on foundation, and it does leave my skin a touch lighter than it is in real life. The sunscreen ingredients mean this moisturizer smells just like traditional sun protection, and even a bit like my daughter's diaper cream (ick), but I know it's doing it's job and I've been really happy with it.


I intended to buy some more during a trip to Walmart today, but L'Oreal RevitaLift Triple Power Day Lotion had a $2 off coupon attached, and the base price was less than the Olay product, so I took a chance and bought  the RevitaLift instead.


L'Oreal's bottle is prettier with a similar pump mechanism. Like Olay, the product is in an opaque container, which helps keep the contents from being affected by ligh…

eSalon.com Hair Color Review

It's now May 2014 and since my original review, I've had a chance to fly out to eSalon and see how orders are processed, learn the right way to apply color, and find out the differences between box color and eSalon color. I learned a lot and have a totally different perspective now and would definitely recommend giving eSalon a try.

When you order from eSalon, be sure to upload a current, well-lit photo of your hair and don't hesitate to ask their color experts for advice. The eSalon team are experts. Let them help you find the right shade and apply color correctly. It's a learning process if you're used to box color products.

Last August, I tried eSalon. At the time, I found the color was fine in that it was even and matched what I had seen online for that shade, but it wasn't really what I was going for. eSalon's customer service was helpful, with a colorist calling to explain how their product differs from what I buy in-store and the risks of going darke…