Although I have always been brave with changing my hair colour and style, I’ve always been quite conservative when it comes to my hair. My colours have always ranged between brunette at it’s darkest and white blonde at it’s lightest. Most recently, I have headed back to where I feel the best and that’s an uber blonde shade with ashy tones and some root stretch, which I feel is the most flattering to my colouring and personal style, plus the upkeep of having a root stretch is so much easier when it comes to having it coloured and touched up. With work standards, I’ve never been able to have an alternative style of hair, so as I’m off work recovering from a slipped disc, I’ve been able to delve into the world of colour. The new L’Oreal Colorista range has been the first colour range in a long time that has had me really excited. A range of semi permanent 1 to 2 week washout colours with a huge selection of shades, I picked up three shades; pink hair, lilac hair and mint hair. After popping a photo on Instagram, my lovely hairdresser Tasha asked me to come to the salon so she could try them out as well – plus I couldn’t wash my hair myself so it was great to be able to have someone help me out in times of need.
Before we started with the L’Oreal Coloristas, a toner was placed on my hair for ten minutes to bring the blonde back to a really clean and creamy shade before the different colours were applied to dried hair, using foils for a multi textured and tonal look. The shades only need to be on the hair for twenty minutes before rinsing off, however they were left on much longer which has really intensified the colours and gave the overall outcome a more vibrant hue. Using the three shades on one section of hair, the end result has given my hair a mermaid/unicorn look which we were aiming for.
It’s now three weeks later and my hair has been washed around 5 times. I have been washing my hair with an organic and natural shampoo and conditioner with no SLS and parabens and using lukewarm water which has helped in keeping the colour intact. Although it’s not at the same level of vibrancy as when it was first coloured, it has faded into a beautiful pastel hue towards the ends whilst a lot of the hair has kept hold of the vibrant colour. I think if I continue to use this method of washing, I will get at least another two weeks out of it. L’Oreal do also sell a fader shampoo to get the colour out if so needed, however I want to hold onto it for a long as possible.
I feel like I’ve really been repressed when it comes to having coloured hair and I’ve found a new lease of life with having these shades. I feel like a new person, brave and ready for anything. It’s quite funny as I forget that I have colours in my hair and when people stop me and comment on it, I’m wondering what they’re talking about! It’s really made me want to experiment more in the future and I think when these shades have washed out, I fancy a pretty rose gold hue. Who know’s what could be next, but with the L’Oreal Colorista range, anything is possible.