Lately, I found out that the latest trend is natural ad healthy hair. Bye-bye extensions and bleached-blonde hair. Not that I follow trends that often but I decided to change my hair color from super blonde to my natural hair color, which is dark blonde. Not a very drastic change, you say, but it is once you decide to go it yourself. "How hard can it be to use all over hair dye? Not like I'm doing highlights myself" - said I to myself. Turns out harder then I could imagine. I barely use drug store hair dye or dye my hair myself, so had no idea how to chose the color or do it in a right way. I decided that it should not stop me. As I returned from my local drug store I decided not to waste time and get down to business.
Let me tell you my experience with L’Oreal hair dye. First of all, choosing your color might be tricky since dyeing your hair requires long and complicated chemical process. Mixing two colors that cannot be combined can surprise you. Remember, if you have cool complexion use hair dye with warm reflections (gold, honey). If you have warm complexion- use hair dye without reflection. Also, make sure you do a skin allergy test 48 hours prior to dyeing the hair. Do not bleach your hair more than once in 3 months.
After you have chosen the color desired, the fun part begins. Each box of hair dye comes with 2 bottles of mixtures, conditioner, and some kind of applicator, gloves and instruction. Always read instruction, because it is not the same for every hair dye. Excellence To-Go takes only 10 minutes to process and develop the color, leaving it longer may result in darker color or complete damage of the hair. Following steps in the instruction is crucial in self-dyeing. Wear gloves to protect your hands and towel to protect your clothes during the coloring.
Always start with the bottom layers of the hair, working your way up. After you've put hair dye all over your hair, work on your top section and your roots. L’Oreal’s non-drip crème formula has 100% grey coverage. As you've covered the entire hair with the hair dye, leave it for 10 minutes exactly. No need to wrap your hair in a towel let it breath and watch as the color develops.
After 10 minutes, rinse your hair until the water runs clean. Conditioner that comes in the package is a must. Never skip this step. I wish L’Oreal would sell that kind of conditioner separately in a big bottle instead of tiny tube that it comes in, because I never had such an amazing result before. It really makes your hair soft and silky. Leave the conditioner for 1-2 minutes and rinse the hair again. Voila! That's what it takes to dye your hair at home.
I am very surprised by the quality and the result. I doubted I could be this pleased with the outcome but I am. Also, please their website at http://lorealparis.com/ where you can watch how-to videos and use tips from L’Oreal hair experts. There is a mini quiz that will help you chose the right color and tone.
You can purchase L’Oreal Excellence To-Go in any drug store and beauty shops. Current price $9.99 + tax for one box so if you have long or curly hair consider buying 2 boxes just in case.