Product Review: Clairol Perfect 10 hair color

by Jami Summers on April 11, 2009 · 57 comments

I rarely waiver from my trusted Ion Color Brilliance hair color (available at Sally Beauty Supply in case you’re wonderin’), but I do get the itch to try a new brand occasionally. Mostly I wonder if I’m missing out on some new fangled hair color wizardry. In a moment of wonderment, I picked up Clairol’s Perfect 10 hair color. It was on a huge discount at Walgreens and I figured I wouldn’t be out much if it didn’t perform.
Product Review: Clairol Perfect 10 hair color

Mix the color like usual and then apply. This is where Perfect 10 has a leg up on many “over-the-counter” hair color systems. Perfect 10 has this nifty comb topped bottle that allows you to basically brush in the color. Like I said- nifty. Really nifty!

It’s also quick and non-messy; although I consider myself a pretty expert at-home colorer. I’ve been doing my own hair since I was 16 at home. So it’s pretty much a routine for me. Anyhow, I let the color sit 10 minutes according to the instructions. Plus since I do have incredibly stubborn grays I waited the recommended extra 5 minutes (My grays are more stubborn that a teenager you’ve told can’t go out with his friends because their room isn’t clean. Trust me, it’s bad.). My total cook time equaled 15 minutes.

Hop in the shower, rinse thoroughly and conditioner with the enclosed condition. I have to mention the color rinsed well, didn’t stain my hands or shower floor and the conditioner was scented nicely (so many included conditioners smell like they haven’t changed since the seventies…).

My grays were covered, yippee! I was amazed that something could cover those suckers in 15 minutes! Unfortunately the bad side of my Perfect 10 experience- in less than a week, all the color had washed out. So for me, Perfect 10 is a great quick fix if you need to touchup before a big interview, date, whatever. But it’s not a permanent color if you have resistant or hard to color hair.

For those of you blessed with hair that takes color easily, have at it. I wish I was you. I’ll just stick with my $3.99 Ion color from Sally’s.

Clairol Perfect 10 is $13.99 at Drugstore.comProduct Review: Clairol Perfect 10 hair color and similarly priced in the brick and mortar stores.

Stay colorful and bionic,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog