Review of L'Oreal Healthy Look Creme Gloss Color by maekay
My "buy again" rating is a light yes. I recently had a self-inflicted hair-coloring debacle over the weekend that involved L'Oreal Excellence (in a shade(Light Auburn) I see now could NEVER have taken successfully given my hair's shade prior JF light golden brown <----is actually WAY dark!). With orange roots developing at a rapid pace I hopped in the shower, washed 3x w/ shampoo and took one look in the mirror----panic----then, blow dry, change out of pj's, shoes, keys, purse and onward to Meijer's at 2 am where nobody would be on a Saturday night, oh, and thank goodness for the self-checkout! So! Purchase of 1 Color Oops, & 1 box of Revlon Colorsilk in Light Brown. I chose Colorsilk because it's ammonia free, well-rated here on MUA, and I figured my hair would've been through enough after the application of Color Oops and the 25 min. shower that follows. Woke up the next day to med. brown hair that was parched and roots that looked too light. How to fix this?? I recalled my hair stylist telling me that semi-permanent colors are better for your hair because they're so conditioning. I had tried Herbashine way back when I first started coloring at home to save $ and remembered getting nice results. That's what was needed here to add some weight and better color tone to my poor, anemic strands! (especially at the top of my head!) I ended up settling on L'Oreal Healthy Look instead because there was just a much better selection of colors. I chose Medium Golden Brown and lucked out with a sale and $5 in Extracare Bucks, so this box of dye only cost me $1.79, woo hoo! I left the dye on for the max. recommended amount of time, 15 min. I wanted it to set in as much as possible to really take to my roots and smooth them. Actually worked like a charm! Color is pretty much the same as when I had started, BEFORE the L'Oreal Excellence. Application was a total cinch with this, it is a bit gloppy and I wish they would've provided better quality gloves. I think since my hair was sooo damaged and had a nice base color in it from the Colorsilk it came out pretty fab. Nobody at work today once asked me if I had colored my hair recently=I pulled it off! I'll probably have to stick with semi-permanent color for the rest of the month to give my poor hair a break, as well as lots of deep conditioning. Nevertheless, the JF is SO purged from my hair and I'll get to start fresh with a new permanent color either by the end of this month or top of the next month. Shoulda done Color Oops and Colorsilk to begin with! Live and learn, ladies ;) I know I'm in the minority of positive ratings for this product but I think it probably only works best, as is the case with semi-permanent color, if you're planning to go darker and not far from your natural/starting shade. Conventional hair color wisdom applies here: err on the side of caution and buy a lighter shade than you think you want. I wanted darker just to be good and certain my roots would even out. I'll probably stick with this for the next dye session this month and go with light brown then.