Maria Nila Colour Refresh Review
Maria Nila is a brand I fell in love with as a hairdresser. Their products are beautiful and give amazing results – and they are Cruelty Free! The line that has always stood out to me are their Colour Refreshers, and even though I have moved on from hairdressing I still swear by them. An important thing to note – these will not “change” the colour of your hair, for example if you have dark hair and use a red refresher you are not going to automatically have red hair. What they do however is enhance your hair colour and tone. I have previously had red hair (and loved it!) and used their Bright Red toner every time I washed my hair – it kept the colour so bright and vibrant.
However, I am now very much a blonde. I started with the silver grey hair colour and have gradually transitioned this to grow my natural colour into an ombre effect, and these toners have been everything to me!
On a side note for anyone looking to achieve the silver grey hair colour, these featured toners are exactly what you need. But, you do also need to have super light hair to start with. I’m talking serious bleaching so make sure you get professional advice before starting as you could do a lot of damage to your hair! Once you have a really light blonde (similar to the inside of a banana) then tone tone tone!
Even though it is a lot more intense with the silver/grey, I still use the same products and mix ratios now. So lets get into it!
Maria Nila Claims:
Nourishing masque with colour pigments that will quickly freshen up your hair. 2 pair of gloves comes for free with every ordered Colour Refresh.
Pearl Silver 0.20
Pearl Silver is the ultimate shade in my opinion. Similar to a purple shampoo, this removes any yellow or brassy tones in blonde hair. As mentioned earlier depending on how light your hair currently is will depend on the results, but toning all blonde shades with this is an absolute dream. This product forms the bulk of my toner, and I wouldn’t be without it.
Most people find this shade a bit scary, but there really is no need to be daunted by it. This is the part that gives the ash tone rather than just removing the warmth. Black will take your toner to another level, and it is key for getting that silver blonde that I have spoken about.
White Mix 0.00
White mix is super versatile, and is used to create your own unique toners. You could just use a white conditioner for this, but the White Mix does have a thicker consistency than most conditioners so is easier to work with. Mixing this with any of their other toners will mute down the colours, for example using it with a pink toner will create a pastel candy pink (again the results will depend on what colour hair you are starting with).
My Mix Ratio
So for me personally I have used the same combination of toners for a long time, and this works for whatever level of blonde I happen to be at that time. To cover my whole head, I use about 7-8 pumps of Pearl Silver, and 1 pump of Black. I then mute this down with the White Mix or conditioner, and usually match the amount of coloured toner I have used – in this case 8-9 pumps. This can vary on how yellow my hair is looking at the time, and if you are looking for a clean white blonde or a grey / silver tone, then use more Black and a bit less Pearl Silver. Think of it as mixing paint! It will look dark in the bowl so don’t’ panic, just stay on the safer side to start with if you are worried. Another point to mention, with ombre or highlighted hair start on the roots/darker parts first, then finish off with the parts that are already pretty blonde. I tend to put it on my roots for 5-10 minutes and then run through the ends before rinsing out, or use it all over with a white coloured hair mask.
Overall, there are so many shades to enhance so many hair colours, and because they are all mixable you can literally create your perfect toner. The packaging not only looks sleek, but the pump makes it easy to control how much product you are adding. And another bonus to these? The smell!! I can’t quite put my finger on what the scent is, but an attempt to describe it I would say like a sweet, vanilla perfume. It is glorious! Whether you are a professional hairdresser or just toning at home, I cannot recommend these toners enough. They really are perfect.
Have you tried these toners? Let me know your thoughts!