I have always been tempted to experiment with unusual hair colours, but aside from a brief bright red phase when I was a teenager, there has always been something holding me back. I'm just not keen on the idea of bleaching the life out of my hair for the sake of indulging my inner Ramona Flowers.
So when I heard that Loreal had released brightly coloured hair chalks that work on dark hair and disappear after two washes, I knew I had to try them. I opted for the shade Blue Ocean Cruise and I have been very impressed with the results! Unlike conventional hair chalks (which completely perplex me), the Loreal hair chalks are liquid. Little applicator pads are provided, which would be a godsend when applying small streaks of colour, but as I was going for a dip dye effect and covering a rather large area, I found the best approach was to apply the product with my glove-covered hands, as I would with a regular at-home dye. Prior to purchasing the product, I had only read reviews by bloggers with blonde hair, but I was amazed by the intensity I managed to achieve over my medium-brown hair and I quite like the way it looks against a darker base. As the product coats your hair rather than actually changing the colour, the coloured hair can feel a little strange - almost like synthetic hair - and it definitely loses its shine a little, but I can live with that! Surprisingly, the product is nowhere near as messy as you might expect it to be. The dye did run a little when I accidentally got my hair wet whilst washing my face, but my white pillowcases made it through the night unscathed.
At £15, this is definitely the most expensive at-home hair colourant I've ever used, but unlike ordinary dyes which need to be thrown away immediately, you can get more than one use out of these little bottles. I've already used a fair amount on my own hair and my sister's, and I still have plenty left! The only downside is the lack of gloves - they don't come with the product, although the instruction leaflet advises you to use them. At £15, I don't think Loreal should be incurring customers the additional cost of having to purchase gloves separately in order to use the product. Nonetheless, this is a really fun way to change your hair up at the weekend, safe in the knowledge that it'll be back to boring old brown come Monday morning.
Would you ever dye your hair a crazy colour?