This post will be “slightly” picture heavy.
I was recently given the opportunity to test the Nexxus Color Assure system for colored hair. I have been really bored with my hair lately, the color, the style, everything. When this opportunity came up, I was so excited, because it was the push I needed to make the change I had been craving.
My normal hair color is a light brown/red. As I have gotten older, my hair color has faded considerably. I have gone back and forth playing with color, made some mistakes, but always gone back to my “roots.”
Here is my hair pre-color (totally natural), almost exactly one month ago. BO-RING.
I had a blast at the salon. I got lucky that my stylist is also my friend, and I trusted her to make me look fabulous, and did she ever!
We mulled over color for a little while. She brought in a fellow stylist to confer.
This is me being dramatic over my indecision.
A little pre-color pep talk.
Color is mixed. I won’t lie, this freaked me out a little bit.
Color is going on! I think I have a bit of a sassy smirk going on here.
I look like a Doodlebop, or Devo’s newist bassist. If you don’t already know what a Doodlebop is, spare yourself.
Another view of the color.
Here is the completed color, she blew my hair out straight, and gave me an angled cut.
Isn’t that color amazing? It has been a little over a month now using the Nexxus system. Lets take a look at it!
Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer.
“The NEW Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer is a pre-treatment to shield hair in the shower. It helps to repel water*, so color stays longer and more vibrant. The Pre-Wash Primer is sulfate-free and infused with a blend of clear oils, including almond, coconut and argan oil.
- Almond oil is known to lock in moisture, nourish hair and reduce breakage
- Coconut oil is known to provide softness and elasticity
- Argan oil is known to improve shine and vibrancy
- White Orchid Extract is known to provide moisture and works to seal and protect hair by repelling water** and keep it from entering the core.
For best results, follow the Pre-Wash Primer with Nexxus Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo and Conditioner and finish with Nexxus Color Assure Glossing Tonic.
How to Use Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer:
Before you shower, apply 5-7 pumps to dry hair, starting at the ends and working up to the root. Only apply enough so that hair is soft and silky, but not saturated. If your hands are greasy after applying the Primer, then you have applied too much.
I am covering this product first, because it is the first step in the system, and the most crucial. It pumps out looking like a hair gel, but it has a slightly oily texture. To properly coat my hair, I used a small amount at a time, dispersing through my entire head. I knew when I used too much if my hands were oily after my hair was coated.
The purpose of this primer is to repel water, which helps to maintain color. I will say, the first time I washed my hair, despite using the primer, I saw ALOT of color washing away. This is probably due to the fact that red hair is more porous, and doesn’t hold color as well in general. I saw loss of color for the first 2-3 washings, and after that it stopped.
The primer definitely did it’s job, as far as repelling water. My hair wasn’t soaking wet when I got out of the shower. It wasn’t even really dripping, like it normally would. It towel/air-dried much faster, as well as blowdried faster. I was very satisfied with how it worked, in this aspect.
It did smell good, and it was very easy to use, as long as you didn’t use too much.
The one thing I will say about it, I did NOT like how it made my hair feel. It felt coated and heavy, I felt like my hair looked dirty very quickly, thus the need for more washing. I have low maintenance hair, and this product prompted me to wash a lot more than normal.
Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo.
“This rich, sulfate-free formula provides a luxurious lather that gently cleanses and nourishes hair for long lasting color vibrancy.”
Free of Sulfates, this low shampoo promises to protect color on color treated hair. It absolutely smelled divine. It did get my hair clean, despite the heavily coated feel the primer caused. I did a trick my mom taught me, the “squeak test”. After I rinsed, I would run patches of hair between my fingers, and if the hair squeaked, I knew all of the soap was out.
Now I will admit, I did some experimentation. I washed without the primer one time, and the shampoo produced more lather than with the primer. The amount of water mixing with the shampoo must have made all the difference.
I did quite enjoy this shampoo. The scent, the lack of color loss, and the luxurious feel, made it a success.
Color Assure Conditioner.
“Our exotic orchid-oil infused formula moisturizes hair while preserving color vibrancy. For hair that’s soft, smooth and nourished.”
I’m not a big conditioner user, in general. A combination of laziness and time constraints are the factors. I REALLY like this conditioner though, and I use it everytime I shampoo. It smells wonderful, is the perfect texture, and leaves my hair soft, detangled and manageable.
Color Assure Glossing Tonic
“This weightless exotic orchid-oil infused formula provides a fine mist that dries quickly and instantly brings out color’s luminosity. It’s the perfect finishing touch for reflective shine.”
I really enjoyed this product. I felt like it was a bit of a treat. I sprayed it on lightly, and scrunched my curls to get it throughout my hair. It would instantly enhance the shine and vibrancy of my hair. Along with helping tame some of my frizz to some degree, it also smelled SO good.
Overall I think this system was great! my color stayed fairly vibrant, but there is some fading, and the inevitable regrowth to deal with now. I am planning on keeping this color for a while, and it should be interesting to see how it holds up, especially when I run out of these products and if I change to something else.
Here is my before and after, as of a few days ago. I am still loving it!
I wish my hair was this sleek and straight all the time, but I am luck that my daughter is a WHIZZ with a flat iron!
ABOUT THE NEXXUS COLOR ASSURE SYSTEM
The NEW Nexxus Color Assure System is the first oil-infused color care system by Nexxus, and it provides 2X longer color protection* Look for the Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Conditioner and Color Assure Glossing Tonic in mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.”
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*I received these products free of charge in exchange for review, from Nexxus and Conde Nast. My opinions are my own.*