What better way to quickly refresh your appearance than by changing your hair colour. I have very thick, curly hair in which I believe makes for good testing on how long products last and how smooth the product makes it. I used to go to the salon and get highlights but since I have become self-employed, I wanted to make everything as cost effective as possible. As my hair is quite dry, dying it darker every now and then seems to help improve the condition. Plus, it is nice not having to worry about regrowth from my highlights after a few weeks of getting it done.
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L’Oreal Casting Crème Gloss – Cocoa Moccaccino (388)
I used this colour the first time I dyed my hair from blonde in September and have purchased it again. My hair had not been coloured in about six months when I used this. The colour applied really well and my hair was transformed to dark brown. What I love about this colour is that it reflects red tones when caught by the light. I much prefer this to plain dark brown colours.
Check out the Casting Crème range as there are a ton of different colour options.
Is this easy to apply?
The box comes with everything to you need to colour your hair at home. Inside the box are instructions on how to apply and a few tips. You could apply this yourself but if your hair is thick you may need some help, my mum does mine. As you can see in the image below; inside the box, you will find a pack of gloves, creme colourant, developer creme and luminizing conditioner.
How long does the colour last?
This is a semi-permanent dye meaning the colour will come out of your hair in 28 washes. Considering I dyed my hair in September and am now using it again in December, it hasn’t done too badly. At first, it did look slightly patchy from missed areas but as the colour faded it just looked more like highlights. I dyed my hair brown a few years ago and found that my fringe faded very quick, probably due to straightening every day. This time around this did not happen. Overall, the colour fades to a slightly lighter brown shade.
Worth the price?
If like me, you are trying to keep your expenses down this is a great way to do so, without neglecting your hair colour. I purchased my last two boxes, which were on offer at Superdrug, 2 for £11. Or they are £6.79 per box. As I said, I have very thick hair and the first application required two boxes. The second time around I applied this to my wet hair, which is recommended on the box and only used two. If you have thick hair, get two boxes even if you don’t use them.
Comparing the salon vs at home colouring over a six month period. I can spend around twenty pounds colouring my hair at home or spend between 60-100 having my hair done at a salon.
Will I repurchase?
I will most likely buy this product again, maybe go for a different colour next time. I have tried other brands in the past, for example, Garnier Olia and L’Oreal mousse absolue (now discontinued). As I used these years ago, I can’t really comment on how good they were. For the time being Casting Crème Gloss is definitely my favourite. I love how soft my hair is after using this and conditioner that comes with it. Plus, it smells really nice and does not contain ammonia.
You can see pictures of my hair colour both blonde & brunette on my Instagram: hayleyxmartin
DISCLAIMER: I am not a hair professional by any means. I have seen discussions on how box dyes can be bad for your hair. If you are worried it is best to do your own research and ask a qualified hairdresser before doing it. Also, if you have never used a hair colour before, be sure to do a skin test 24hrs before using.
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