For a while now I’ve been seeing a few gray hairs pop up on my head. There never arrive at the same time I’ll get one and then a few weeks later a second will appear. I have been simply plucking them out as they arrive, thanking them for their willingness to cover my scalp but informing them their service is not needed and sending them on their way. I think that is why they started arriving in pairs.
They wanted the back up.
While I know several people who have gone gray and look lovely with it, I wasn’t too keen on the prospect. All of my grays were in one little area so I decided to try and grow them out a little bit to see if maybe I’d get a cool stripe or something.
I did not and they started to drive me crazy. Still I knew if I just plucked them and dyed the hair then as soon as I did, the gray would grow back. So I had to wait for a bit until the odd lighter spots stopped increasing. Thankfully it didn’t take all that long. I just had one weird spot of gray.
So I bought a box of hair dye.
At first I started to look up other product reviews for home hair dye but they were not encouraging. Most featured funky colors or bleaching attempts gone horribly awry. Sometimes a combination of the two. And then there were hairdressers and stylists maligning all store bought box dyes so I decided to just ignore them all for the first run through, pick a box from a company who makes other products I love and hope for the best.
So I came home from the store with L’Oreal’s Excellence Crème Triple Protection Color. I chose the shade 5RB Medium Reddish Brown because all of the straight up browns looked a little too dark for me, unless they looked a little too blonde. With the red mixed in, I thought it would give it some depth instead of looking flat.
I should point out that my experience with dying my hair oscillated between old school goth black and homemade colors involving kool-aide packets.
So I arrived home. I then set the box to the side because the world went mad.
Now I decided that a nice bit of self-care would be to actually use the dye, eliminating the grays and making me feel better when I look in the mirror. And if the dye makes me look like Ronald MacDonald then at least I am in isolation and will only traumatize my baby doll and not the outer world at large.
So into the breach.
Not exactly for God and Country, but still an attack of sorts.
So I stripped down to an old plaid shirt that I use for gardening when it is chilly or the mosquitos are out in full force. It already has holes in the elbows and along the bottom seam. I’ve never figured those out actually. I get the elbows wearing out, just not the bottom seam. Regardless I figured a little extra hair dye wouldn’t trouble it.
So dressed, I took L’Oreal into the bathroom.
The directions are quite clear and very easy to follow. The provided gloves took a moment to actually open and get on my hands. I started with the provided hair protector ant included, as per instructions. It gave me some home that my hair would not come out fried at the end of this process.
Then, feeling a bit like a mad scientist I mixed the dye with the activator, shook and applied to my head. It is thick and didn’t drip which I appreciated. It coated my hair well and even though I have rather long hair, there was enough dye to cover all of it.
I waited the recommended time and then took myself and the conditioner to the shower. They dye rinsed out well and did not stain the tiles. I used the conditioner as one does. I will say I was a bit surprised by the amount of hair that washed out with the dye and conditioner. It was more fall out then I usually see when I wash my hair and I was nervous. So when completely rinsed, I stepped from the shower toweled dry, dressed and went directly for my hair dryer.
Usually if I don’t have to go anywhere I let my hair dry naturally but I was too curious to wait. Plus I wanted to know if I was going to be bald.
I was not.
I was however very impressed.
I think the hair that came out was the older duller looking hair because my hair looked great. Perhaps I don’t brush vigorously enough to get those looser hairs out on a daily basis, perhaps they just decided it was time, I don’t know. But my hair had great color, with no grays showing. It also had excellent shine and body. I really liked how it turned out. I also want to find out if they sell the conditioner separately because it was fantastic.
My only issue was that while my hair ended up a nice brown with a slight reddish undertone, my scalp was quite red. It washed away after a day or two and was fine, but it would be something to remember for dying the hair when not in self-quarantine. In two days my scalp was back to normal and my hair still looked great. All in all, I am quite pleased. I tend to like L’Oreal products in general and I am glad I went with them on this.
It may be a bit silly of me, but I have to say I feel a little less tired and run down now that I am not looking at the odd tuft of gray in the mirror. It was only a little boost, but still much needed. Not bad for a $7.99 product and thirty minute wait time.way to go L’Oreal.