Back again for beauty themed Wednesday, this time I’m talking about when I died by hair purple.
Now for those of you that have had a peak at my About page, you’re probably thinking. Didn’t this chick tell us her hair was uncoloured? Yes, yes it was until I played around with the new colorista range from L’Oréal. For a while now I’ve considered the idea of adding some cherry red lowlights to my hair so when I saw the new L’Oréal Colorista range in Boots, I just had to try it.
I was torn between choosing two colours:
I did however opt for the Burgundy hair as the Red hair appeared far too bright on the box, although the picture doesn’t show this.
L’Oréal Colorista comes in 3 types:
- 1 Day spray ( 7 colours)
- 1-2 Week Washout ( 13 colours)
- Permanent Paint ( 11 Colours)
The 1-2 week Washout retails for £6.99 and is a semi-permanent hair dye. Whilst there are 13 colours abailable, it must be noted that these colours are divided into 2 categories – pastels and vivids. Pastels are for lighter or pre-lightened hair and the vivids are targeted at darker hair but can be worn by those with lighter hair. The pastels should be left on the hair for a max of 20 minutes whilst vivids should be left on for up to 30 minutes. There is also a fader shampoo that can be purchased to help the colour fade faster if you need.
Before discussing application etc, let’s take a look at the product details. The L’Oréal Colorista Washout range states:
L’Oréal Paris Colorista Washout fades gradually over 1-2 weeks so you can switch and change your hair colour whenever you want.
Based on Chroma-Cream technology in a conditioning hair-mask base, it softly colours your hair while caring at the same time.
It washes out gradually, shampoo after shampoo.
You apply this to clean and dry hair ( that hasn’t been conditioned) as there is a conditioning hair mask within this product. Within the box are 2 pairs of disposable gloves to apply the hair dye.
I recommend purchasing your own, or using your own if you already have some.
Now what I found different about this hair dye is that because it’s centrally a hair mask the consistency it’s very gel like, this made achieving an even application pretty difficult. I did attempt to search my good friend YouTube for assistance but it let me down. I purchased this product pretty recently after it’s launch so there wasn’t many YouTube videos or posts on this product, and if they were I couldn’t read the language.
Like I said, the gel consistency made application slightly difficult so I applied the product onto my hands (using the gloves obviously) to warm up the product and attempt to spread it evenly. I do not recommend apply directly to hair or scalp!
I managed to apply half of the squeeze tube across my hair, pinned it up with a chop stick and left it to sit for 40 minutes. I am aware the box said for 30 minutes but I felt my dark brunette hair needed longer. After the time passed I washed the product out as said in like warm water until the water ran clear.
I never finished the squeeze tube because I felt that I did not need to and I had more than enough left for a second application. This product also allows for you to customise the way in which you apply the dye. You can apply as a highlight, all over application or to deeper or lighten your ombré style that is already in place.
In the above picture, this is my hair after I had completely applied the product. I let the product sit for longer in the hopes that it would result in a nice deep burgundy but as I am sure you can see in the picture, my hair turned out purple.
It didn’t apply evenly at all!
Once washed out there was a lot of patches that were visibly more purple and stands of hair that were still my natural colour. This was somewhat annoying when I tied up my hair and had a purple bun but brunette hair everywhere else.
If you were to use this product I would recommend doing so by using a hair dye brush, purchased separately, to achieve even coverage. But I still enjoyed the product, trying out a new colour was exciting and it lasts for a long time. I washed my hair a few times in the last 2-3 weeks since applying Colorista but I can still see hints of purple in my hair. So it’s fairly long wearing.
I would also recommend applying the whole squeeze tube, if you are applying all over the hair, even if you think you don’t need it. Just to ensure a rich colour with even coverage.
I would definetly re-purchase again and potentially in the red hair colour and see what happens. It’s a shame that it turned out purple but oh well, I still rocked it!
I’ll include a bunch of pictures of me and my purple hair. If youve used Colorista let me know! How did it go? What colour did you use?