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daniel field watercolours - any advice re colour to use?

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MizZan Sun 04-Jan-09 21:49:51

Hi - I'm about to take the plunge into trying to cover the grey at home, and want to try out Daniel Field watercolours. But - they don't publish the colour chart on their website and I also am feeling nervous about going too dark - I'd say my hair is normally sort of a light ash brown/dark blonde, and I'm doing this to cover a bunch of grey streaks but really don't want to go darker overall as I'm afraid I'll look too washed out (too pale skin). Does anyone use this product and have any advice to share? thanks!

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tattycoram Mon 05-Jan-09 08:51:36

I use them but I've got dark hair. They do come out quite dark, so definitely go lighter than you think you need. If I were you I would give them a call, I spoke to them once and they were very friendly.

fishie Mon 05-Jan-09 09:18:29

google them, there are two different sites selling it and one does have colour chart. i have bought from both, they are both good.

i use burgundy red because i am after something blue based which is quite hard to find. i also have darkish hair.

extremelychocolateymilkroll Mon 05-Jan-09 10:28:21

I'm also about to take the plunge with Daniel Field to cover grey streaks. I read on that apparently is an imposter site. I too tried to access the colour chart yesterday but wasn't able to so will give them a call today. I've got dark brown hair - any suggestions as to which colour I should get?

extremelychocolateymilkroll Mon 05-Jan-09 11:07:24

Have just called Daniel Field and they were very nice. They also said that they come out dark and recommended that I go for shade 5 Oak Natural Brown - my hair is very dark brown and looks blackish, maybe because I am so pale. The true Daniel Field website is this one and they are in dispute with the other website as you can see on Daniel Field's personal website.

LackaDAISYcal Mon 05-Jan-09 11:14:07

flipping heck. I bought what I thought was Daniel Field hair colourant from Sainsbury's. I didn't realise it had nothing to do with Daniel Field at all.

I'll order from the pukka site from now on, which has a wider range of colours anyway.

fishie Mon 05-Jan-09 11:32:20

how confusing. but the other one sells the same stuff, identical bottles etc. and i bought a refill kit from one of them, 60p cheaper without the mixing bottle and now neither of them seems to ahve it and i don't know which one it was.

Connieblue Sun 24-May-09 22:13:15

Hello I have been using Daniel Feild Water Colours for over a year now, & pleased with the results , allthough if left on too long can go quiet dark, & this was supposed to be a dark copper blonde shade I too was very confused with the web sites , First of all I must have bought from the original Daniel Feild mailorder that dont sell just refills. then some how next time I ordered I went into the other web site thinking it was where I bought the first one from ,I also thought was D Feild & bought a refill, but I must say I didnt notice any diffrence with the colour or product , even the same style small bottle the powder comes in. All very confusing these web sites with the same name.

NK2a692057X1254f4b6b77 Wed 02-Dec-09 12:13:35

Hi Somebdoy told me that the compny that sold in sainsbury's is the correct Daniel field. Apparently they brought the business from Daniel Field himself about 5years ago.

THe other business is based in a shed in dartmoor. They are much more expensive, charge for postage and sell old chemical bases shampoos etc.

I always go to

Hope that helps

Big Betty

danielfield1 Mon 28-Dec-09 16:12:33

Hi, it is Daniel Field himself here. I have read these posts and comment as follows. I lost control over the trade mark registration (UK only) of my name. This was due to my brother, who was my partner at the time sending the wrong paperwork to Jane Redfern, the present owner of KFV Ltd. She was supposed to be taking on a Daniel Field franchise on a license, just to sell my products via Sainsburys and other UK retail outlets only. This clerical error meant that Jane Redfern felt she was now free to trade generally under the Daniel Field name without any recourse to me. The products she sells are not mine and the formulations do not fit into my philosophy. Daniel Field Direct Ltd and is my only mail order and internet distributor in the UK. It is based in Devon, in a state of the art warehouse. The products available are genuine and include my current ranges and a number of old favourites where there is still massive demand. Postage is minimal and there is a proper pre and post sales service. I receive a very high level of positive feedback from this service whilst sadly I remain distraught with the KFV Ltd situation. I am embarrassed my name is connected with that company. I take no responsibility for the quality or philosophy of the products they sell under my old trademark and their lack of proper customer service causes me embarrassment every single day. I hope one day to get back my name back but in the meanwhile we continue to develop the brand on a global basis.

catinthehat2 Mon 28-Dec-09 16:32:02

Hmm, wonder who NK2a692057X1254f4b6b77/Big Betty really is - seems to have posted just on this one topic.

CantThinkofFunnyName Mon 28-Dec-09 16:37:02

Ooooh - I know Daniel Field and go to the salon regularly as its literally over the road from my house - I didn't actually realise he was this popular!!

I'd recommend phoning the salon actually - the staff are absolutely lovely and will be very happy to advise you.

Lindareflexologist Tue 30-Aug-11 22:07:05

Hi, just wanted to give a big thumbs up to Daniel Field Hairdresser. I had 2 very bad experiences at firstly a local , and then at a very large ,well know (and expensive) hairdressers. The first over processed my hair which resulted in severe breakage and the second managed to pick up the wrong client card which resulted in my blonde hair going brunette. I was not happy to have any strong chemicals on my hair, so after scouring the web I found Daniel Field who does not use ammonia or peroxide. I rang them up and as they were so helpful I booked an appointment. although 90 minutes car journey it was well worth it. I came out feeling a million dollars with a treatment to use at home. 8 weeks later my hair is still in great condition..I cannot recommend Daniel Field highly enough!

confusedaboutdaniel Thu 19-Jan-12 15:12:21

Am trying to decide whether to switch from having demi colour to Daniel Field Water Colours which I have only just read about on internet. I gather it is permanent and there will be regrowth, but it sounded good (no peroxide/ammonia), then I came across this post on a longhair forum:-

"What you should know, though, is while the 'no ammonia or peroxide' thing is not technically a fib, it is highly misleading. DF Watercolours contains sodium perborate, which when you add the water to it to mix, releases peroxide! So your hair is being coloured using peroxide! That's how the colour sticks permanently, but it is very naughty of Mr. Field to mislead customers this way IMO."

Is there anywhere on internet that gives facts and unbiased advice about this product?

danielfield1 Tue 17-Apr-12 14:09:04

Hi everyone – Daniel himself here, defending his honour!

I was sorry to read that it is being suggested that I have made exaggerated claims about my Water Colour.

Water Colour was introduced by me over twenty years ago and has been sold in Boots, Superdrug and Sainsburys at various times since. For the past twelve years has been available direct through my own internet site

I developed Water Colour in conjunction with Jos. Lowenstein in New York with whom I have a very special relationship. Our aim was to provide a hair dye that would not damage the hair. Water Colour is so special because it can activate the oxidising process without lightening the natural hair colour and therefore it cannot damage the hair at all. Damage occurs when peroxide developers are present and this is not the case with my Water Colour.

I accept of course that many people want to use a hair dye that will lighten the hair and there are many products in the mass market that will do this for them but bleaching in this way does damage the hair over time. Our regular customers want to blend in their natural hair pigment with progressively developing grey hair so as to maintain a natural look throughout their lifetime and leave the hair undamaged and feeling great and that is Water Colour is all about.


princesspixie Fri 27-Apr-12 11:46:25

I have been using Daniels watercolours for a few years now, i would highly recommend them, natural looking colour and covers grey well, and no damage to my hair,great customer service, i have naturally dark brown hair and use Natural darkest Brown.

DelfDark Tue 15-May-12 00:01:43

I've been using Daniel Field natural colours from for almost a year now. I've just read the comments on this thread by Daniel Field himself and feel upset that it looks like I've been using the wrong product. However, I had been very pleased with it, particularly with the money (and reduced environmental impact) the refils save me. Daniel, please could you explain how your product differs from this one and why I should switch to using your product, as I would really like to support the real Daniel Field!
Thank you.

quail Tue 15-May-12 13:15:24

Strange that this topic should come up again today when I've just been speaking to danielfieldmailorder because I wanted to emergency dye my hair with an old refill but had lost the bottle. I can confirm for the curious that they absolutely don't damage your hair, quite the reverse, although it is possible to go a bit too dark when redyeing and covering over - there are instructions for this but I'm never any good at following them, I have no idea how to dye just roots. Also the dye makes my hair so shiny and full I just want to put it all over. Anyway, I haven't used one in months, so my hair looks fantastic after today's. I also want to support the real DF, but yes, the shed post by Big Betty is scary! If that isn't true, I am strongly put off the other web site ( because who else would post that? But what if it is true? The people on danielfieldmailorder are incredibly nice on the phone. I used to use Daniel Field shampoos when they sold them in Boots in green bottles in the 80s. Real Daniel Field, you need some kind of Twitter-style verification!

gillwb Fri 29-Jun-12 08:19:43

I have quite a lot of grey hair and dying it back to my "natural colour would not suit my skin. I found Daniel Field colours a few years ago and I use a nice blonde shade which gives the effect of highlights among my brown hair. I get lots of compliments on my colours and my hair stays silky & well conditioned - not like a lot of dyed blond hair or from repeated highlights from other kinds of hair dye. It makes the grey blend in really well and takes years off me!!

Smoozy Fri 04-Jan-13 12:14:51

Hi gillwb, I have been trying to do what you have explained in your post for months and not known what brand/shade to use. I want to get that high lighted look with my 60% grey hair. Please could you tell me what shade of Daniel Field blonde water color you use? I have chocolate colored hair and a very pale complexion and also and battle not to look washed out.

Smoozy Fri 04-Jan-13 12:16:48

Ha, sorry about that typo.

RocketSalad Wed 03-Apr-13 11:44:20

I have been using Daniel Field Watercolours for the last 3 years via

My hair is very long and quite dark but smattered with grey so I use Oak - Natural Brown once every couple of months. My hair is in fabulous condition, regrowth is barely noticeable and the colour looks natural. I have had no experience with the colours being overly dark but I only cover my roots so perhaps not potential for build up.

I have had reason to call them on a couple of occasions and I am always met with great customer service.

So I don't care if they operate from a shed in devon, in my opinion the product and service are second to none.

readalot Sun 21-Apr-13 15:11:48

Could anyone send me a photo of their colour, please
I am looking at oak natural brown or similar
Thank you - i am struggling so much to get the right colour and a safe hair colour

Many thanks

blueamberuk Mon 17-Jun-13 23:40:50

Regarding the post by quail Tue 15-May-12 13:15:24 it is certainly interesting regarding "the real Daniel Field" quandry on speaking to the Hairdressing salon they say that is the fake company.

Obviously if people are using this product and are happy its irrelevant but it does make me a little perplexed as to which product to order as after all its very easy to proclaim to be genuine when you are not so I tend to feel that the salon info which seems more verifiable holds more sway?

Would love to get it 100% right.

TeriHatchetJob Sat 22-Jun-13 16:44:43

I've recently used Daniel Field Watercolours for the first time as I was fed up with the reddish tones I always get in my brunette hair when I use other dyes and I have grey showing through.

Although it does give a lovely colour with less (but not no red tones) I was really disappointed in how it doesn't cover all the grey as it said it would. And I left it on for an hour. Also, the colour only lasted 3 weeks or actually just a little bit less.

If you are still around this forum Daniel Field, please acknowledge my disappointment........

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