Haircare: Maria Nila Cacoa Intense Colour Refresh review

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Maria Nila Cacoa Intense Colour Refresh Shampoo review
Swedish brand Maria Nila, launched in the UK earlier this year.  They have an interesting 'Colour Refresh' range which is suitable for both natural and coloured hair, so I eager to try one out.

I haven't dyed my hair with any properly permanent colour for a long time, as my hair gets very easily damaged.  Instead I prefer to use semi-permanent dyes for a bit of a colour boost every now and again.  When I was introduced to Maria Nila's Colour Refresh range I knew they would be perfect for me.

What is it?
Colour Refresh is basically like a deep conditioning hair masque combined with non-permanent colour pigments which are blended into the formula.  You can use it to give natural, dull looking or coloured hair some extra vibrancy.  It's made with 100% vegan friendly ingredients, and is also Sulphate and Parabens free.  
Maria Nila Cacoa Intense Colour Refresh Shampoo review
How to use?
The formula comes out quite thick like a traditional hair masque and is coloured to whichever one you've picked up.  You just apply it to freshly washed and towel dried hair, spreading it all over to ensure a good even coverage.  Leave it on for 3-10 minutes and then rinse.  Tip: as the masque is already coloured, I'd recommend using plastic gloves to avoid staining and make sure to thoroughly rinse your shower or bath area after application.

Results?
Results will vary depending on whether your hair is natural or coloured to begin with and what shade it is e.g if you have blonde hair, you can use any of the Colour Refresh shades and see some really vibrant results; whereas colours will be more subtle in darker hair. I used the Cacoa Intense Colour Refresh with my natural dark brown hair and it added much more depth and shine which is what I wanted and I loved the finish it gave.  My hair also felt really soft and swish-worthy!

  Maria Nila Colour Refresh* is available in 13 different shades, each priced at £16.99 (300ml).  You can purchase them from Sally stores nationwide and online at sallyexpress.com

Do you use products like this to refresh your hair colour?
Have you tried anything from Maria Nila?


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16 comments

  1. This looks like a lovely brand and one I've not heard of before!

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    1. They're well worth looking into - have a full range of general haircare as well as these Colour Refreshes :)

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  2. I've heard so much about Maria Nila, I really must get round to trying the brand. Not too sure which of the colour refreshes to go for with my naturally Auburn hair but the other products I've spotted sound just as tempting.
    Lucy at Lucyy Writes

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    1. I think you could for a few different shades depending on what result you want?

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  3. I've heard a lot about this brand and I really want to try something! My hair always needs a bit of help colour wise!

    Stephanie xxx
    https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/hope-freedom-love-3436251

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    1. I imagine this one would work well for your hair Stephanie! xx

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  4. This looks very interesting, good value for money for a paraben and sulphate free product :-)

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  5. This sounds like a great idea!! Love the packaging too, something about it draws me in! M xxx

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  6. Oooh this is something I need! It might just get rid of my grey hairs! Or at least hide them... :D

    Dannie x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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    1. It's a good coverup for them :) x

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  7. I'll definitely be looking into this for a more natural way of colouring my hair. Thanks for the heads-up! xxx
    www.justemma.co.uk - natural beauty, affordable fashion, everyday life

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    1. My pleasure, thanks for reading Emma! xx

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  8. Just received, want to use this morning will it cover gray at all?

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    1. It depends on how much grey you have, but I don't think the colour pigments in this are strong enough to fully cover them up as it didn't make much of a difference when I tried it on my mum's hair. It also depends on how porous/dry your hair and what the overall condition/health of your hair is - only way to find out is to try it! :)

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