Be sure to notice the update down below as well as a link to the new post about the line.
Since 1907 when the founder of L’Oreal created the first hair dye product, women have continuously colored their hair to match fashion trends and celebrity looks. Women can change their appearance and cover up unwanted grey hair either at the salon or at home. So, it is no surprise that Avon has launched its line of new hair color. This made so many representatives very anxious to try the product so they can show off to their customers the amazing results. Before I jump right into my experience with the hair color I chose, I want to give you a short rundown of the reasons why it’s a great product.
Over 80% natural, ammonia-free formula
• 100% gray coverage that stays true for up
to 8 weeks
• No parabens, PABA, phthalates, PPD,
gluten or sulfates
• Comes with a deluxe size of our sulfate-free,
color-safe CHI Essentials shampoo,
conditioner and serum
• 1-800 number with direct contact to CHI
The line so far contains 12 colors. Ranging from a dark brown to light brown, to two reds, two darker shades of blonde and two what I call mature colors. That being Medium Silver Blonde and Extra Light Silver Blonde.
Now, on to my thought of the product I used. I bought the Medium Silver Blonde. Why? Because I am already getting some beautiful grays. I am not ashamed. For a long while, I said I wouldn’t dye my grays and hide them. I find no fault in getting gray hair. I know that many women and men don’t like this factor of aging. I understand. I do. I just find that there is something to be proud of in getting older. True, we aren’t as young as we were. Many of our late nights are gone. Especially after having kids. Some of us are lucky and don’t gray much as we age. Others start to gray in high school.
About the Ingredients Not Found
The fact there is no ammonia in this product makes it great in that there is no harsh smell. In fact, it is a relaxing smell. Two big thumbs up in that department. It is one of the many reasons why women don’t like dying their hair. The smell is overwhelming. But not with Avon CHI Essentials Hair Color. I like being able to work a product in my hair without feeling like my nose will fall off.
As for grey coverage for up to 8 weeks, I can’t say just yet how long the color will last. I did frost my hair before putting on the product so I could better show the color it can produce. I will update this post in March to let you know how well the product stayed true to not fading. I also can’t speak for it covering grays. In truth, I feel it blended the gray I already had. I am not upset by this.
None of the bad stuff people don’t want in their product. I’ll briefly touch on the ingredients not found in Avon CHI Essentials Hair Color.
Parabens, as noted by phhairscience.com, are “Parabens are a common category of preservatives used in cosmetics and hair care products. Compared to other, safer alternatives, they are cheaper and mimic anti-microbial agents in plants. However, they also have the ability to mimic estrogen and cause breast cancer. Research has found that parabens and mineral oil may cause considerable damage to the hair and scalp,” last accessed January 27, 2020. This is good news for people not wanting to continuously damage their hair from repeat dying. After my experience of lightening my hair a few years ago to go plum purple, I can safely say I don’t want to have brittle hair again. And thus, having to use a hair balm to repair.
PABA is generally a natural product but due to some being sensitive to it and not being able to use it to the benefits it can have, it is taken out of products for allergy reasons. For those who are sensitive to PABA,, according to mdsun.com, “People with a PABA sensitivity will develop allergic contact dermatitis and may suffer photo contact dermatitis when exposed to sunlight after applying a product with PABA to their skin. This can cause burning or stinging and a rash. Since PABA is frequently mixed with alcohol or other synthetic materials in order to be absorbed into the skin and be active, even those without a PABA allergy can still be sensitive to those products.” mdsun.com does offer great insight into how this ingredient isn’t always bad but also lets you know why it may not be suitable for people with sensitivities.
Phthalates are used in a wide range of products. There are also a few different forms of it. Not just one. It prevents stiffness and brittle outcomes. Like in nail polish. But has been scientifically found to interfere with male and female hormones. Making is best left out of this line of hair products by Avon.
PPD is used in hair dye to help give it a more natural look. But, just as with PABA, people may have an allergy to it. Its side effects are pretty much the same as PABA. Symptoms can calm down after the ingredient has oxidized but that still doesn’t mean a reaction can’t still occur. Therefore it isn’t in this product line.
You may be wondering why this product is gluten-free. Isn’t gluten a food item? You ask. Yes. Yes, it is. But it can also be used as a preservative. Even in food and hair products. Many people are not gluten-free but some are gluten-free due to the condition known as Celiac Disease. I have known roughly three people with this condition. It is no laughing matter and they take the condition seriously. In fact sometimes even with taking precautions, symptoms can still occur from the least likely products. Even contamination from other products with it posses a threat to those with Celiac. I want it to be known that you can also have a sensitivity to gluten but not have Celiac. It’s a different kind of precaution. As in that case you can’t say by how much of that ingredient will cause a reaction. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
So what does it have in it if it doesn’t have all that other stuff? This line has many ingredients but to name a few of the great ones:
• Aloe – with vitamins and essential nutrients to help nourish every strand
• Silk – a natural protein that helps strengthen hair
• Olive oil – infuses hair with replenishing moisture
Get on with it already, you must be thinking. Alright, alright.
The product contained:
Everything you need:
• Bottle of color, 2 fl. oz.
• Developer, 2.5 fl. oz.
• CHI Essential Shampoo, 1 fl. oz.
• CHI Essential Serum, .5 fl. oz.
• Pair of gloves
• Shower cap
I first frosted my hair, it is similar to highlighting and a once very popular way of adding subtle color to hair for a long while. I have very dark brown to black hair. It is near impossible to lighten if I want to add a color that is better used on lighter hair. Then I used the chosen Avon Chi Hair Color in Medium Gray Blonde.
The results were wonderful. It blended with my hair. I did use the color all over my head after frosting it. I didn’t want to waste product. It added a subtle change to my natural hair. Blending in the color it gave to my newly lightened hair. It blended the handful of grays I already had. The smell was great. I didn’t itch while waiting for it to do its work. It washed out rather easily. You know how frustrating it is to wash out color after more than five minutes. And then I gently washed with the small bottle of Chi Hair Shampoo and Conditioner. The next day I used the serum that was also provided in the kit. It added moisture to the hair. Ensuring the color stays and is hydrated. A must when you dye your hair. Especially since I did lighten some of it. The color has stayed in since. I am happy and have had compliments on it already. I am providing a link to the video I made that included the product as well as others which I have also written on. I highly recommend this product. The color is wonderful. As always, make sure to do a patch test to ensure you don’t have any reactions to the product. And call the professionals in the number provided on the box if you have any questions. You can get a refund through me if I am your rep, or through your already established Avon representative if you feel the product didn’t live up to your expectations.
Update (April 7, 2020): The grey has faded for the most part but where it was my hair isn’t exactly blonde after I did the highlighting. Also, given the recent popularity of this post, I have created a new post about all the other colors and determining which is right for your skin tone. Read it here.