I bought and tried the L'Oreal Excellence Cream #4 Dark Brown. I usually use a Japanese brand but thought I'd try this out because it was easy to get and it was cheap. This made my hair completely JET BLACK. Even in the sun my hair was black. I was so disappointed. The color was nothing like the box. My hair before was caramel brown, and some parts of my hair were almost blonde. I'm not sure why my hair came out with barely any hint of brown. I've been doing the vitamin C/clarifying treatment to lift some of the hair dye. So far it has lifted a shade or two, and it is now showing hints of brown, but this dye is really hard to get rid of. I guess that's a good thing if you really liked your color.
I give two stars for not damaging my hair as much as other hair dyes I've used. It made my hair shiny and felt moisturized. The packaging is pretty standard as any other hair dye. Also I had to buy two boxes (my hair goes down past my mid back). One was definitely not enough, but two was plenty. The smell was pretty bad, very chemical-y, which lingered in my hair for couple days. It also burned my scalp for the first 20 minutes of applying. This dye is really long lasting, it doesn't seem like it will fade fast. For me I'm hoping it will fade to more of a brown hair color in a month or two, and I'll go back to using my old brand for the summer. Sadly I don't think I'm going to be buying this again.
This is my very first time writing a product review, so please bear with me!
My hair is damaged, to say the least. In the span of a year, I've gone from overly highlighted blond, to a lovely dark brown, then to a bleached mess (done at home, like a fool), and finally to a somewhat believable medium blonde.
Of course, as beauty addicts are apt to do, I craved a change. So I headed to the nearest drugstore and purchase two boxes (I've shoulder length, very thick hair) of L'oreal Excellence Creme in Medium Golden Brown. I'm somewhat of a hair color novice, but the process was not all that difficult. This is a creme formula, so it's noticeably thicker than the traditional formulas I've tried in the past. Interesting to note is the inclusion of a small tube of pre-color serum, which I applied to my (very) damaged ends as instructed. My hair is slow to process, so I amped the recommended processing time up to forty minutes and then hopped in the shower to rinse. Like most haircolors, the smell wasn't pleasant, but it wasn't unbearable either. I wasn't expecting much, to be honest. The lower six inches of my hair are still fairly fried, though it's not nearly as bad as it was four or so months ago when I decided to play hair stylist and bleach my own hair. Due to the damage, most haircolor initially takes, then quickly fades out within a weeks time. I'm happy to say that Excellence Creme proved to be a pleasant surprise! It's been two weeks since I colored my hair, and the color remains just as pretty and vibrant as it did initially. As a plus, my hair actually feels a touch healthier than it did previously. Highly recommended!
I tried the L'Oreal Excellence Creme CC1 Soft Medium Ash Blonde on shoulder length hair. I had half virgin hair growth and half previously highlighted growth on ends.I have a dark shade of ash-blonde Level 5-6 in the professional world. (You can look up levels on the Internet) I left dye in for recommended time plus 10 min's for grey time to ensure product would color my hair properly.
My advice would be to get 2 boxes as I only got one box when using this product, I don't know if it was the fact of not using 2 boxes or the dye it self but it left a some what copper tone to my hair, that ends up drying to a blond with light copper. It looks like a ash blonde in real sun but under yellow light it looks very copperish.
I used John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde Color toner (Shampoo & conditioner) to tone down the copper in the color, it changed it slightly then I used conditioner (Any type, any color) and put blue food coloring in it stirred it VERY well making a paste and put it in my hair, washed it, it also toned it down a bit.
The product was easy on my hair and comes with special treatment for damaged hair, which was pretty neat. Neither the front or side of the box was accurate AT ALL, with the results I had obtained.
I liked the cream texture it came it, it was easier to apply because of this, which I did myself.
The special applicator that came with it is a piece of garbage I found it harder to use the tool then the regular applicator bottle (This is my 1st time dying my hair myself)
The smell was pretty awful compared to the salon highlighting product. It is the second day and It smells pretty funky.
Although I was completely shocked to find out that a woman used this product over and over again and died from various problems. Because of P-Phenylendamine I guess i should of known since it seemed there was alerts everywhere on the sheet in big red letter's to do allergy testing almost excessively. They want you to put a blob of it on your skin and let it dry for 48 hours prior to dying. You can do this by adding a little bit of dye and colorant mixing it in a bowl and applying as a first skin/strand test.
It was pretty pricey for ending up with coppery hair. It is the second day and still pretty coppery I will be trying another treatment of purple shampoo and if it doesn't lift enough to my satisfaction I will go and use L'Oreal Brass Banisher and hope for the best.
Overall I wouldn't use this product again, I don't like copper in my hair and the possible danger is not worth it to me. I think I will be sticking to more natural made dyes from now on. This product claims it is a "Ash" product which I feel is a lie. There is no ash in this product more coppery blonde so "Soft Medium Ash Blonde" technically is a bunch of crock and should be changed on the box.
I am extremely displeased with this product! The product is actually still in my hair as I type this. It's supposed to only be in your hair for 30 minutes but I have left it in for 50 hoping that it would change my hair color and it hasn't. I didn't do my whole head I just was doing my roots, I'm not trying to cover up grey I'm just trying to cover up my dark blonde roots! I can't imagine this ever covering up greys. I will not buy this product again. I've waisted $15.00 and now I will have to spend another $15.00 on another product that will hopefully actually dye my hair. Buy this product at your own risk! I do not recommend using this product.
I had previously tried to lighten my hair and it had turned really brassy and was too gold for my liking. I picked up the shade champagne blonde with the hopes that this cooler shade would tone down the brassiness. My hair was also pretty damaged and fragile and I was scared to re dye it again but I went ahead and did it and I am so happy I did! It toned down the brassiness and gold and made it slightly darker blonde- which was fine by me. It looks natural and my hair isn't totally fried liked I thought it would be. I have used other hair dyes and they made my head sting and burn when I applied it. This was pretty gentle. I will use this again.
This made my scalp itch and made my hair feel dirty even after washing it. The color was so dull looking. I used dark brown, It almost looked like a dark gray/blue tone to it. Very horrible color washed me out.
I haven't ventured into the box dye territory in quite some time, since when I was a brunette prior, I always used dyes I could mix myself, usually purchased from Sally's. My hair was a very pale shade of blonde, one level above platinum, so I was spending money at a salon to get it (& keep it) at that color. However, my hair has been through a lot, not to mention I enjoy flat ironing it since i prefer the straight look to my natural waves (short hair doesn't always look so great with bozo waves...or Joan River's hair), so there was a lot of dryness that wasn't going away even with regular trims, regular oil treatments, & deep conditioning like it was my business. My hair at 24 just can't handle what I used to put it through when I was a teenager. While my natural color is a dark, dishwater ashy blonde, I've never favored the color on myself; usually I go really light, or really dark. I literally have not been able to figure out my skin tone since it falls into both categories, so being a more 'neutral' toned skin with blue eyes, slightly fair to medium skin...I decided to go for a red brown shade.
Side note: Going from VERY pale blonde to any brown color can be a big issue if you are unsure of the proper steps. So really, I would suggest going to a salon, but since I have been there, done that a million times (& have friends who do hair), I felt just fine doing it myself. Just wanted to give fair warning to any of those reading this review & are in a similar situation ;)
The color I chose specifically is 5RB, Medium Reddish Brown. Going from nearly platinum required using a filler before hand, though since I had to add the red tones in anyway, I more or less...skipped that step entirely by using the red brown. That way my blonde wouldn't turn a mucky shade of green or khaki color, which can happen without putting in some sort of warmth. Plus, I tend to enjoy the browns that have some sort of kick to them instead of a pure brown tone. I initially went for an auburn color (from the Preference line, though), & thank goodness I did not. That one was MUCH more red than this, which on the box only has a subtle hint, yet mine did pull more warmth simply due to my previous hair color. I knew that going into it but red also fades rather quickly, so I'm not worried. It still looks surprisingly natural despite being a bit more red than initially planned.
The application, like with all dyes, can be messy, but it's nothing I didn't anticipate. The dye wasn't runny at all which was nice. The pre-treatment also helped my really dry ends not soak up more color, so the color is even throughout. I did dampen them slightly as well just for extra insurance ;)
My hair is very shiny & very soft, & I can't see any visible damage. I'm in love with the color & will post some pictures on my profile page tomorrow :)
(For the record, I did leave some blonde in the very front just for a slightly fun effect. ;) Just in case anyone will be wondering what the odd white streaks are, or are concerned I am greying prematurely).
I got this in blue-black. While I nor anyone else could see the blue, my hair was VERY BLACK (a black hole, in fact, as my husband described it haha). But in the couple of times I washed it since, blue has been coming out in shower but at least not the black. It left my hair in better condition than before and it's very shiny. Usually use Preference and I like that as well but thought I'd give this a try. Btw uses a 25 vol developer which I thought was kinda steep for a depositing color. Usually black comes w 20. Overall a win!! Will repurchase.
The color I used was a 7A. So a dark ash blonde. It didn't look promising and didn't turn out promising. It didn't change the color of my hair, just kept it light brown but with a bit less red tones. In about 3 days my hair was loaded with red tones again. So this product does absolutely nothing and it's expensive too. I've gotten better results squeezing a lemon on my head. HOWEVER, I did dye my hair a 5A with this brand once and it turned out merely ok. You'd be along better off using this product to darken your hair because it's not strong enough to lighten any. The smell of this product is horrendous though. The smell is the reason I'd never but it again.
I've used this in product 6RC (Light Cherry Auburn). Not thrilled.
First off, "Light Cherry Auburn" is not, in fact, a red based color at all (despite packaging claims). No coppers, no rich red. It's purple. Purple based, purple tones. Like it literally looks like I colored my hair purple and then put a red semi permanent over. Awful excuse for a "Warm Intense Red Collection" color. However, if you're looking for a good red violet shade, this might be for you. Just not what I wanted.
The all-inclusive box is convenient, but in my opinion, you're far better off going to Sally's and buying supplies separately for the price. For a bit more, you could get a tube of color and bottle of developer 3-4 times the size of this box.