Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam Review

The hottest thing in hair color is foam hair colour.  The foam is much like a mousse and deposits colour all over the hair.  I’ve already tried L’Oreal Sublime Mousse Hair Color and I didn’t love it because the coverage wasn’t great.

Now, I try Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam which is out on counters already.

I’ll start by saying that no, I still haven’t found my holy grail of products but that this was better than the L’Oreal Sublime Mousse.

The Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam inched ahead because it actually has excellent coverage and I really like how my hair looks after using this foam.  The colour is opaque and shiny which is what I’m looking for!  All my grey was covered.

But, what this has in colour, it lacks in design for this product was a terror to use.

Unlike the L’Oreal Sublime Mousse, this foam is not fine and dense.  Instead it comes out as a loose and airy foam, with large to medium sized bubbles that pop really easily.  When a bubble pops, the liquid splashes all over the place, making this a very messy product to use.  Yes, it was easy to apply in the hair and I could do my whole head with one bottle, but when I was done, there were tiny splashes of colour all over my bathroom and all over me!  This was quite unusual and something that I hadn’t seen with the L’Oreal Sublime Mousse.

The foam is also deposited by you squeezing the whole entire bottle rather than just the top, so what that ends up meaning is that you take your wet gloved hand and try to grasp the bottle and squeeze.  What happened with me is that once or twice the bottle actually slipped out of my hand and fell into my sink.  I had to be really careful, which wasn’t hard, but it was a bit of a nuisance.

Again, I have to say that although the application was a pain, I can see myself using the Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam again because the colour was so great.  I used Dark Brown and I have nothing bad to say about it.  The product is on drugstore shelves already and retails for $12.99.

I do think that the foams are here to stay because they give just the right amount of color, but the packaging and delivery of the product needs some fine tuning before it’s perfect.  If I find a system that comes out in a convenient mousse type bottle, then I’m going to try that.

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37 Responses to Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam Review

  1. Great review. How long does the colour last? Does it wash out quickly?

    Thanks Henna! 🙂

  2. Glori says:

    I too tried this product and because of the packaging I found having to squeeze the bottle rather use the “faux” pump very awkward. Continual squeezing exasperated the pain in my hands/wrists and I agree I would have prefered more of a mousse-like consistency. I like a lot of ‘slip’ and found the foam, like you said, a little liquidy. Because I had to cover my “white highlights” in a hurry, and because the advertising was so convincing, I used light brown over my professionaly colored caramel color. The color is a little darker than I’m used to, but very rich and natural.
    If the packaging and consistency is changed it would be a winner for sure.
    How does one go about getting a manufacturer to make changes?

  3. Glori says:

    p.s.,
    I find the mention of a pump in the advertising and of course the photo on the packaging very misleading.
    Why have a pump if you can’t use it?
    A usable pump would be a very good thing.

  4. Amy Howard says:

    I used the #5 medium brown, and my color turned out darker than expected. Also, after blow-drying my hair, I realized that it left a brown residue all over my scalp. I rinsed my hair very well in the shower, then used the conditioner and rinsed again. I did not use shampoo, but the instructions just said to rinse and condition. I will have to wash my hair again now, and hopefully the residue will come out when I shampoo it.

  5. Henna says:

    Hey Amy,

    I had that residue too and I often get it when I dye my hair, but yes, it will come out with a shampoo.

  6. Luci says:

    I have colored my hair for about 18 years and for the last 6 years with Nice & Easy so I thought why not try the foam. I have to say it was the WORST hair coloring experience in 18 years. The foam does not distribute well – very hard to run through the hair once applied. I have hair just below my ears and the bottle barely was enough to cover my hair. It left very dark streaks on my face which thankfully washed off in the shower. The conditioner was a pain to get open. I used the Light Brown – my result is dark brown. Definitely returning to the regular Nice & Easy.

  7. Wanda says:

    Just tried the LIGHT BROWN (usually use a Medium Brown) … but thought I’d try a ‘lighter’ colour … WRONG ANSWER!! Now I have very very Dark Brown hair!! If I attempt it again … will maybe try the MEDIUM BLONDE to attempt Light Brown?? Oh well … a new look for 3 weeks or so til the gray is back!!

  8. Joy says:

    It’s got both good and bad parts. I bought two boxes, figuring I’d need two, as I have longer hair. Bonus, it covered my grey in one box. However, it’s very strong smelling, the foam part is okay, but whereas the bathroom was easy to clean up, it got all over me, and did NOT wash off easily. I just did this today, and there’s still dark splotches on my skin, and who knows when they’ll come off. I usually use L’oreal Excellence, and although it’s messy in the bathroom after, everything else is great. I’m going to return the second box, and get my money back. The color itself appears to be nice, but this isn’t worth it. I’ll go back to the regular stuff!

  9. Tara says:

    I do not like this product at all!!!!! When I wash my hair, 5 days later, every time I was it, the dye is STILL COMING OUT!!!!

  10. Tara says:

    I meant *wash it

  11. Pam says:

    This foam product SUCKS!!!!! What a MESS, not easy to use at all, I have never had such a mess in coloring my hair before, there is NO doubt that I would not ever use this crap again! Even if they paid me to use it!!! I want my MONEY back!!!!!!!!!!

  12. vicki says:

    I have used Nice n Easy for a couple of years. I thought this process was easier BUT my color came out MUCH darker than usual! I used light brown and my hair is dark medium brown! Will go back to the original next time!

  13. Amanda says:

    Worst product clairol has ever made
    It dripped everywhere stained my floor and walls a dark brown colour
    My roots are now red and my hair has three different colours in it
    Never ever buying this again such a waste of money and now I have to spend even more to get my colour the way it’s supposed to be
    Rrrrg

  14. mary says:

    I tried the Nice and Easy foam and while I am happy with the colour, I am not happy with the staining of my scalp and hairline.
    I will not use this product again because of the poorly designed pump(why not develop a true pump instead of having to squeeze the bottle)
    I will also not use it again because of the very disagreeable smell of this product. It smells like beer and the smell stayed in my hair for one to two weeks after I coloured. Sublime foam does not have this smell and has the proper pump so I will probably use it again. The only draw back woth the sublime mousse is the fact that it takes 30 minutes to colour and it does not cover 100 percent of grays(even though it claims to)

  15. CJ says:

    I too have used the foam and I am so disappointed ! It does not cover well and washes out with every shampoo. So in two weeks or less it is very dull and the grays are there like it has been six to eight weeks since I colored !!!

  16. Christine says:

    This is the worst. What a mess. It took me almost 20 minutes to clean up the dye that splattered all over the sink and mirror. I will never use this again. I hope they don’t stop making the old one. If they do I’ll be switching to another brand. To bad because I’ve been using Nice N Easy for over 20 years.

  17. Kris Sebree says:

    Ditch it! The foam is not user friendly.! It flies around and is very very messy! I won’t use it again and it did ruin part of my bath mat in the bathroom as it silently flew down in a puff!

    Nope, not for me – I will try anything once but not this product, never again.

    Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice – shame on me.

  18. denise says:

    This product totally sucks! I just tried it and the above reviews are quite accurate. Messy, messy, messy! I have been at-home colouring my hair for 20 years and this is the first time I got dark spots on my face, ears & neck that absolutely would not come off without using rubbing alcohol! It is also on my bathroom sink and countertop. The “foam” has the same consistency of my 5 year old’s hot chocolate after he puts a straw in and blow bubbles! So runny & drippy. The most surprising thing was the “pump” which is not a pump at all–you squeeze the bottle to get it out. Very deceiving. Thank God I got it for FREE from Facebook, but I honestly wonder if there was any product testing on this at all. Boo!

  19. Jaycee says:

    Just used it, absolutely terrible, messy, was sloppy and all over the place. Didn’t like squeezing the bottle. Won’t use it again & now I see from above comments the color doesn’t last.

  20. Karen says:

    I have been using Nice’n easy for years. Today was my first experience with the Nice’n easy Foam and I HATED IT!! It was sooooo messy. I had foam everywhere, and it dripped and dripped. My bathroom was a total disaster. My skin was stained from the hair color, I never had this problem before!! And believe me; I know what I am doing when I color my hair. No mess no problems until now! I like nice’n easy hair color but I will NEVER use the foam or recommend it to anyone.

    Tips for Foam hair color. Stand in your shower naked to apply, be prepared to stand there for 25 minutes. Otherwise you will drip on your smock or floor. The whole idea about squeezing bottle for the foam to go in your hand is a joke. This is a watery mess, not thick foam like a mousse. This is flimsy watery foam. I ended up just squeezing the foam directly onto my hair to avoid the drips from hand to head. UGH!!!! HATED IT!!!

  21. peggy says:

    I so wish I would have found these comments before I tried this product. What a disaster. I have been coloring for over 20 years and never have I had stains that won’t come off my sink, my skin, or my floor. So dissapointed with Clairol for putting this product out for loyal customers and letting us all down with a huge mess.

  22. Alaina says:

    used the #5 medium brown, and my color turned out WAY darker than expected. Also, after blow-drying my hair, I realized that it left a brown residue all over my scalp. I rinsed my hair very well in the shower, then used the conditioner and rinsed again. I got back in the shower and rinsed again and the residue is still there. DAY 2-4 washes and the residue is STILL there. The mouse was such a mess. I will never use clariol again.

  23. Henna says:

    Alaina, the same thing happened to me!!! I will not use this product again because of the many problems that come with using it.

  24. Lori says:

    It was the smell that got me. I ended up washing it out after 10 minutes because i couldn’t handle the horrible odor. The foam was a pain, and the bottle was really hard to use…
    i definitely don’t recommend this at all. I too have brown splotches all over my arms. I have never had this problem before.

  25. Liz says:

    I love this product. Absolutely love it. Well, aside from the smell of the color as I was applying it which was enough to make my eyes water.

    However, it’s 24 hours later and my hair doesn’t stink like it does normally with a lot of other at-home coloring brands. The colour is beautifully rich (although darker than I expected – I went with the light golden brown, which turned out almost a medium brown but I LOVE it) and shiny. My hair is really soft today, which I was worried about since it felt like straw as I was rinsing the color out.

    I didn’t have any problems with the bottle slipping out of my hand, and maybe I have a strong grip, but squeezing the bottle didn’t bother me. Had it been a pump, I could have easily seen my finger slipping off the top of that.

    My hair is long (about 2/3 of the way down my back) and I managed to get my hair completely saturated with even a bit left over in the bottle.

    This is, so far, my favorite at-home hair color brand and system.

  26. Henna says:

    Hey Liz,

    Thanks for your comment! It’s definitely also nice to hear from people who this product worked for. Interesting to note though that even you found that the colour was darker than you thought it would be.

  27. Leigh-Ann says:

    Maybe you should try John Frieda’s foaming color. I’ve used it twice and I love it. It is a bit costly but I think it is worth it especially if you can buy it for cheap (I go to walmart, yay). Also, it uses the same type of application as this one but I’ve never had trouble with the bottle and I’ve never had any drip problems. The products in the box are very high quality and I am especially impressed with the gloves. They don’t look like “lunch lady” gloves they are nice black gloves that look professional.

    There is also something called FAT FOAM by Samy I believe. I’ve never tried it because I prefer bottles to scooping it out myself but I’ve heard good things about it when I was first looking into foam hair dyes.

    Good luck!

  28. Henna says:

    Hey Leigh-Ann, the foaming colour is not available in Canada yet, and it won’t be until 2012! I can’t wait to try it though.

  29. kathy says:

    the issue with the bottle was the least of my problems, the worst is the smell from the toxic odour I was worried myself but kept it on (for I called the 1-800) and I know I should have taken it off but I kept going. I tried washing the odour off but it still remains on my hair and I’m feeling dizzy from the ordour remaining. I will not buy this again. I switch from organic to over the counter and I will not do it again. Spend the money wisely not frugally!

  30. Dawn says:

    I had the same experiences as the others. It did not come out as a foam, more like a liquid with a few bubbles. It dripped and stained my white bathroom floor and sink(Apartment colours). I knew from the mishaps, I wouldn’t have enough probably to finish my full head of hair, so I quickly went in the shower to get the colour out. I expected more from this product. So much for the advertising. I won’t buy this again, and will warn my friends not to buy it.

  31. Candace says:

    I’m sitting here at the computer with the product still in my hair — I and so disappointed in this product that I couldn’t wait to rinse before commenting. I am covered in dye and it took forever to get the product into my hair. At first glance it looks very dark. I chose medium brown and looks almost black. What an ordeal. I will never buy this product again.

  32. adriana storey says:

    i recently purchased a box of clairol “light brown” mousse haircolor. Needless to say my hair turned out almost black. I’m extremely angry and disappointed in this product. You need to let me know how to fix this problem

  33. Lucy says:

    Having coloured my hair for 9 years, I do have lots of experience, but I found the foam difficult to apply. It took twice as long to apply as with a “regular” tip, and it wound up on my neck, my forehead and ears. I do not recommend this product.

  34. Henna says:

    I agree. I use a brush and regular colour and I’m done in a pinch and all my roots are covered too!

  35. Arlene says:

    I agree that this product was very messy to use. My shoulders, neck, and ears were smattered with colour, and it did not come off easily.

    The BIG problem, as other people alluded to, the colour came out much darker than advertised. I bought Medium Ash Brown which came out very dark brown, almost black.

  36. Betty Burton says:

    I recently clipped a coupon that stated :
    “buy one get one free” However when I tried to purchase 2 hair color packages, I was told at the store that the Free one was only the touch up kit. If you can make the first line of your ad in large letters so us 85 year olds can read it, why can you not also print the rest of the offer in large letters. I was truly embarrassed and feel that you are NOT doing a very good job of stating your intent.

  37. Elvera Barcelona says:

    I used nice n easy foam for years. I was very disappointed that target, walmart and drug stores do not carry any thing but black and red. I could use this very easy and it lasted at least 4 weeks. I went from a natural md. to dark brown to a dark blonde. I wish I could still buy my color. Can y tell me where I can buy this.

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