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2 March 2017

I Dyed My Hair! | L'Oreal Paris Colorista #BurgundyHair

After seeing a tonne of youtubers rave about the new L'Oreal Paris Colorista dyes, I thought I would give it a go. The whole range is on offer at Boots right now and I managed to grab a bottle of the wash out dye for just £6!

L'Oreal have released a range of temporary spray dyes (perfect for festivals), wash out dyes, permanent paints (vibrant colours) and effects (ombre, balayage). As I'm still a little bit terrified of dying my hair permanently, I was really happy to see the range of temporary dies L'Oreal had in store.

Their temporary dye range includes a set of pastel colours, which are recommended for those with blonde or bleached hair, so I opted for the shades for darker hair and I had the choice of red, orange, burgundy, purple, indigo, mint, turquoise... the list is ENDLESS (and exactly why I fell in love with this range). Another plus of using the shades designed for darker hair, they are estimated to last between 5 and 10 washes, compared to the pastels only lasting between 2 and 3 washes. 

If you'd like to find out more about the range, visit the L'Oreal website, where they have a helpful diagnostic to help you find your desired product. I also found the Boots website helpful when I was researching the product. 

Naturally, my hair is light brown and a little bit boring to say the least, so I was really excited to inject some colour into my hair.

I've never dyed my hair and because of this, I was a little bit sceptical about how the Colorista product would work on my hair.. I bought the burgundy shade, kept my fingers crossed and hoped for the best.

The kit comes with a tube of hair dye, an instruction manual and two pairs of gloves, which I thought was a good idea if you have a friend offering you a helping hand with your hair. 

The instruction manual made it very clear a patch test was required 48 hours before dyeing. If you've tried one method of dye on your body and it was ok, please don't assume every product will work for you. I've seen adverse reactions to henna tattoos and eyelash tints on friends and it's not worth skipping a simple patch test!

The other side of the instruction manual gave guidance on how to apply the dye, including methods such as full head, ombre and highlights. I wasn't sure how vibrant the colour would turn out, so I opted for a simple ombre just to play it safe.

I made sure I wore an old tshirt and wrapped an old towel around my shoulders before I applied the dye. I tied up the top layer of my hair and started spreading the dye along my lengths, making sure not to go above chin level. I then took down the remainder of my hair and repeated the same process.

I would say I used 75% of the bottle to cover the lengths of my hair, but I ended up using all of the product anyway to make sure the under layers of my hair were covered. Bearing in mind my hair is very long, I doubt the bottle would be enough to cover my entire head. If you would like to dye your whole head and your hair is of similar length to mine, I'd definitely recommend investing in a second bottle just to be sure.

I started to scrub my hair between both of my hands to make sure every strand was covered and waited 30 minutes for the colour to develop. After 30 minutes, I threw my head over the bath and used the shower head to rinse the product out. Although the instructions say to wash the product out until the water is clear... the water is never really going to be clear with a wash out product until it's not in your hair any more. I rinsed my hair until I was certain the product was completely out and began to dry it. 


As mentioned previously, I had never dyed my hair before and I read a lot of mixed reviews on this product, so I didn't have high hopes at all. The colour is exactly how I expected it to turn out on the box and I'm pleasantly surprised. My hair feels really soft due to the conditioning properties in the dye and I'm really happy I can now experiment with my hair colour without damaging it. 

The photos above and below were taken this morning after I washed my hair. The colour is still very vibrant which I'm pleased about. I have it in mind to be extra careful when washing it over the next few weeks as the colour is transferring onto towels and pyjamas when my hair is wet, so I'm trying to dry my hair as soon as possible post-shower to prevent any further staining.

I'll definitely be picking up this product again in the summer months. The blue shade is catching my eye and I'm interested to see what a full dye would look like on me. The range is certainly perfect for scaredy-cats like me who are a little bit too nervous to commit to a permanent colour!

I'll be sure to update this post in a couple of weeks to see if the product lived up to its claim of lasting between 5-10 washes.

UPDATE (16.3.17): two weeks later and the dye has faded almost completely, but I can still see traces of the dye in my hair. I'd say the vibrant colour lasted 5 washes over the course of 10 days. As my hair has never been dyed before, I reckon the colour would last a lot longer if you have bleached hair, so the product has a bit more to hold on to. I'm still really impressed with the results nonetheless!

Have you ever experimented with colour? Which colour/style would you like to try in the future?


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