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A lovely base colour, not awful smelling

" im  a ginger"

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I have been debating going darker for months now, and everyone i know seems to have done it. Ive really got fed up with doing my roots every month! My friend came to visit and asked me to colour her hair for her! Armed with her box of toasted coconut colorant we set upon the job!

The box comes with two layers to the box the first layer contains everything needed to apply the base colour:

A bottle of Developing Creme
A tube of protective Creme-Gel Colourant

The 2nd layer contains the hi-lighting kit.

A bottle of Developing Creme
A sachet of lightening powder
A plastic stirring stick.
A small application brush.

There is also a generous tube of conditioner.

Fully dressed in my lovely gloves I squeeze the tube of colourant into the developing creme, which then has to be shaken to mix the two together. I applied to the hair beginning at the roots, then massaging in to the whole head of hair. Timed on the clock for 25 minutes, I then rinsed the hair till the water was clear.

Back in the hot seat, my friend a little weary of the next step!! I carefully mix the developing creme and lightning powder with the stick provided. Once mixed i took the application brush to hand, loaded up with the mixture, i attempted to apply to a small section of hair! Attempted is the word, it seem to get caught up in the hair strand and not much mixture getting applied. I decided against using the brush, and opted for my fingers!! Once the last section of hair is hi-lighted it needs to be left on for 15 minutes!
Next step is to gently rinse with warm water, then add half the tube of conditioner to the hair and leave for 2 minutes, before rinsing!

After my friend had blow dryed her hair ...voila, perfect, a hairdresser couldnt have done better!!

I then got to thinking about colouring my to tescos and £9.50 later i had perchased the colour golden hazelnut, which looked lovely on the packet! We set off through the instructions as before. Once the base colour was applied and rinsed off i took a look in the mirror, and was very pleased with the result. An eager friend shouts to me to sit down so she can apply the hi-lites. I can honestly say i had felt dubious about putting them on the base colour, and wish i had listened to that little voice in my head telling me "DONT DO IT"!!

Can to the rinsing of the lightening mixture, and my friend became very quiet! She advised me to look in the mirror! AARGGHH, i could have died there on the spot, it was an awful shade of ginger! I quickly rang the helpline and the lady told me there was nothing i could do to get it to a lighter shade, and that id have to put an even darker shade on , or grow it out! Distraught i went to the hairdressers that told me the same thing! A week later i bought the same kit ,but only applied the base colour, hoping the ginger would disappear! I have now got a livable( although i hate it!) colour of a reddy brown, which i am going to have to live with untill it grows out! Im off to the hairdressers on saturday to have it all cut very short!


Well the blonde shade my friend had used was absolutly beautiful, and i would definetly recommend for the toasted coconut shade!
But my experience i wouldnt wish on anyone! If in doubt go and have it done at the hairdressers, i wish i had ! Its now going to take me months to getting back to being blonde, and im soo depresses!
To be hoest i expected more from this colourant, especially as it had cost £9.50!
There are quite a few different shades to choose from which we haveot tried:

9.1 Iced Latte
9.0 Meringue
8.3 Nougat
8.1 Champagne Ice
8.0 Toasted Coconut
7.3 Darjeeling
7.0 Biscotti
8.4 Apricot Nectar
6.46 Morello Cherry
6.34 Ginger Twist
5.35 Cinnamon Stick
6.3 Golden Hazelnut
6.23 Rum Coffee
6.0 Brown Sugar
5.3 chocolate macaroon
5.1 Chocolate Duo
5.0 Caramel Glaze
4.3 Mocha Chip

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speedbird 14.03.2005 12:03

Blimey - poor you. Fiona.

MAFARRIMOND 11.03.2005 23:36

I am always a little wary of colouring my hair. Maureen

HotBabes 11.03.2005 14:46

I'd be too scared to do it myself! :-)

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Long Name Couleur Experte
Type Hair Care
Genre Hair Colour
Manufacturer L'Oreal

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