Review of Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color in Cool Brown (Lightening for Darker Hair)
Going From Black Hair To Cool Brown
Recently, I came across a new product by Garnier Nutrisse. This new hair color, made especially for darker hair, lightens your hair without the brassiness. I've wanted to lighten my hair for a while now but hesitated because my natural black hair is very thick and hard to lighten without looking orange.
I've tried products in the past that ended up looking horrible. So, after two weeks of thinking about Garnier's new product, I finally took a leap of faith and purchased Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color in cool brown (B1) for just under six dollars. There is a lighter brown color available, golden brown cafe (B3), but I wasn't ready to go that light.
Before Applying The Product
My dark hair had not been colored for over two years so I was confident my hair would react well with the product. For the most part, recently dyed hair will not absorb color well, especially if the hair color is dark. Hair color products usually recommend waiting a few weeks before coloring your hair again, but I've found that with my thick hair I have to wait months before my hair is ready to be dyed again.
My biggest concern was ending up with orange hair that looked brassy in the light. I've lightened my hair before and it looked great inside my house, but once I stepped out into the sunlight my hair looked like a big pumpkin. I did not want that to happen again. So, after reading a few good reviews, I decided to give Garnier Nutrisse Ulta Lightening Color a shot. According to their website, "Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Lightening Browns is supposed to make dark hair up to four shades lighter without the brassiness and is exclusively designed to transform darker hair with visibly reflective, intense tones while providing triple nourishment of avocado, olive & shea for richer, shinier, silkier hair." It sounded good, but would the product deliver these amazing results?
Things To Consider:
- Carefully read the instructions before applying the product.
- You may want to do a skin allergy test 48 hours before applying the product.
- Everyone has different hair. What works for me may not work for others the same way.
- Get old towels ready in case it gets messy.
- Remove your nice bath mats and towels from the bathroom.
- Cover your sink area and floor with old towels in case the hair mixture falls. It can stain.
Garnier recommends applying the hair mixture to dry, unwashed hair. I recommend not using any hair products on the day of application—it may not react well with the product.
I followed the instructions and combined the ingredients to make the lightening mixture. I put on the gloves provided in the kit and began to shake the bottle away from my face. After shaking the bottle for a few minutes, I noticed the mixture looked white and thick. Garnier mentions in the directions the mixture may turn a darker color during application, but this is not indicative of the color results. I then applied the mixture only to my hair lengths and ends, making sure to save some of the mixture for my roots.
The mixture is left on hair lengths and ends for exactly 20 minutes. Later, after the 20 minutes is completed, you finish the process by applying the rest of the mixture to the roots and wait an additional 10 minutes. The total length of time for the lightening process is 30 minutes.
Things To Consider:
- Kit includes only gloves for application
- The mixture is creamy, not a foam
- Be mindful to saturate the hair
- Make sure mixture is evenly applied
- Use a mirror to check the hair in back
During the first 20 minutes, I did not notice any color change to my hair lengths and ends, but during the last 10 minutes, after applying the mixture to my roots, I began to notice a slight color change, especially at the top of my head. Follow the directions! Your roots absorb the color quickly and will begin to lighten immediately. Also, light reflects off the top of your head, creating the illusion of lighter hair. Do not exceed the recommended length of time.
After exactly 30 minutes I rinsed the mixture out of my hair. The mixture had turned a dark brown color during the processing time so I made sure to rinse my hair until the water was clear. I shampooed my hair and applied the conditioner provided in the kit. I left the conditioner on for five minutes and then rinsed. My hair felt silky and smooth, almost healthier than before the lightening process.
When I looked at my wet hair in the mirror I did not notice a big difference in my hair color. Only the very top looked slightly lighter, but after a quick blow dry, I instantly noticed a HUGE difference. As you can see from the picture below, my hair turned out at least two shades lighter.
So, I'm sure you are wondering if I would purchase this product again. Yes, I already bought a second box to use in a few months. =)
Do I Like the Color?
What I like about my new hair color:
- Feels shiny and healthy
- Reflects the light
- Adds depth to hair
- Hair has different tones
- Haircut looks better
- Looks natural
What I don't like about the new color:
- Not sure if it looks a little orange in bright light
- Wish it could be a little lighter at the ends
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.