Hey Beauty Buddies…
It’s Friday, fall is on the way & I’m ready for the weekend *excited air punch* 😀 Yes, bit of a cheery chappy today chums as I’ve spruced up my follicles and banished those pesky greys back to where they belong. With the turn of every new season I seem to break out a new hair style or colour… my own way of welcoming change I guess! Of course with autumn virtually on our door steps it was time for me to browse the shelves in search of a sassy new hair look that would (hopefully) compliment the rich vibrant tones this time of year brings.
After what seemed like an eternity mulling through a sea of DIY hair colourant kits, I finally set my sights on L’Oreal Prodigy shade 5.30 Tan. A rich warm brown with a hint of auburn, just the ticket for new fall follicles don’t you agree?
Wanna know how I got on? Then grab your cuppa & let’s get started…
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Unique Selling Points:
L’Oréal Paris introduces the latest technology in permanent, home hair colour: micro-oil technology. Our micro-oil system perfectly diffuses a blend of colour revealing ultra-fine colour full of highs & lows. Each shade is made of a luxurious blend of multiple tones for an extraordinary natural-looking colour, all without ammonia.
Beautiful, lively, multi-tonal colour – the colour particles are diffused from root to tip, reflecting light to reveal an extraordinary natural-looking colour. Improved hair texture & radiant shine – the micro-oil technology leaves each strand feeling smoother and cared for. Hair looks enhanced: improved visible condition, with healthy radiant shine. All this without ammonia. Up to 100% grey coverage – strand by strand up to 100% grey coverage that always looks natural.
1) Extraordinary Colour Cream
2) Developer Cream Emulsion
4) Two part mixing bottle
6) Mixing stick & Gloves
The Box Contents: Contrary to the usually cheap gloves and flimsy instruction manuals included in home colour kits, the quality of the content was pretty impressive. I was rather taken by the handy little mixing stick and black stretchy gloves that somehow gave a much more professional feel to the preparation.
The Formula: Most dyes I’ve used in the past have been pretty runny & messy when squeezed from the bottle – this one however was so easy to apply and didn’t drip or splatter. As for quantity there was more than enough in the bottle my thick mass of shoulder length hair. However if you do have longer locks then I would suggest investing in two boxes – just to be on the safe side. Better to have a little too much than too little right?
The smell: Now you girls all know how utterly sensitive I am to smells. Most hair dyes tend to leave my eyes streaming however this wasn’t the case with this one. No nasty chemical filled boudoir or half an hour of wheezing whatsoever – very impressed!
The Conditioner: If any of you are familiar with a 90’s teens perfume called Tribe then you might very well be in for a treat as the smell reminded of it so much… it is gorgeous! It’s quite fruity/florally – refreshingly different to many of the conditioners that are usually included in home hair dye kits. More importantly though; it left my hair feeling soft, bouncy and super healthy with an amazing shine.
If you’re in a mad rush then the half an hour developing time might leave you tapping your impatient foot. Yep, there’s faster developing hair dyes available, however on reflection, I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to be something many tackle whilst racing the clock! If you’re anything like me then you’ll actually enjoy taking your time with any beauty process – it’s all about enjoying a pamper. Catching up with your favourite YouTubers *Confetti & Curves – ahh hmm* 😉 & a nice hot cuppa will pass the time quicker than you realise!
Okay, it may not be the cheapest option on the shelves but in my experience spending that little bit more on decent colourants goes a loooong way in gaining a much better result. Like most home colours, it did turn out a little deeper than the picture suggested on the box, however the shade usually this lightens after a few washes so it’s not something I’d grumble over too much.
One thing I did find a bit off-putting was the sizing of the gloves. They are incredibly neat fitting with very little stretch – might be a bit of an issue for those with slightly wider hands or long fingers!
Before: Looking a tad washed out and in need of some oomf!
After colouring (and a little sprucing up)
Much better… wouldn’t you agree chums?
As you can see it’s really lifted my rather dull looking dark brown hair by added a little more warm & depth. There’s a slight red tone to the shade which is perfect for me considering that my natural hair colour is actually quite auburn – it brings out the vibrancy just a little bit more. Personally I think it’s the ideal shade for autumn: not too dark, but not too red for constantly maintaining an exhaustive upkeep of re-growth on the roots. Perfect!
Most definitely. If you’re looking for an easy to follow hair colourant that leaves your follicles looking & feeling fabulous then I’d urge you to give the L’Oreal Prodigy range a go. The colour is beautifully rich & left my hair feeling silky smooth & smelling divine! For the price tag it’s well worth the investment ladies.
Have you tried L’Oreal Prodigy? What’s your thoughts on DIY home-hair dyes? Do you have a favourite brand or are you sworn to your salon? Whatever your thoughts do let me know in the comments below!
Wishing y’all a fun filled weekend…
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