Product Type: L'Oreal hair care products
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"Ammonia Free Hair Colour"
L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss
Member Name: ScotShelle
L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss
Advantages: Ammonia and oxidant free. Great revitalising conditioner. Promotes shiny and healthy hair.
Disadvantages: Very strong smell. Not permanent.
L'OREAL CASTING CREME GLOSS
L'oreal was begun 100 years ago in 1909 by inventor Eugene Schueller. Not only known for it's make-up or skincare it also now boasts a fantastic haircare range too.
L'oreal Casting Creme Gloss appeals to me because it is not as harsh as some of the other hair colourants on the market and contains no ammonia. However this means it is a tone on tone colour and is more suitable when you want to dye your hair a similar colour, cover greys or go a darker shade.
If you want to go lighter you really do need a colour with ammonia and an oxidant such as found in L'oreal Excellence Creme.
L'oreal Casting Creme Colour Gloss is the only colourant I have found which contains no ammonia yet delivers similar lasting results to a Permanent Colour.
It lasts for twenty eight washes and gradually washes out and doesn't come out suddenly as some other semi-permanent dyes do.
I like using it before a special occasion to enhance my hairs natural beauty and to protect my natural colour at the same time. I also find this product gives my hair a naturally vivacious shine and seems to be great for the comdition of my hair. I think this is because the after-colour conditioner is particularly excellent.
It is really easy to choose what colour you want because the collection is split into three main sections, The Glossy Honey Collection, The Glossy Blacks and The Glossy Chocolates.
As this dye works best when you choose a colour similar to your own my advice is to go with the category which your colour falls closest too and chose a shade within that range.
If you really want a dramatic change then I would go for the range one darker than you currently are.
I have tried several different shades within The Glossy Chocolates but my favourite has to be shade 630 otherwise known as Caramel!
Before applying I strongly recommend doing an application test, even though this is a more-gentle product as reactions can still occur. This is easily done by dabbing a line of the unmixed colourant product behind your ear or on your elbow and leaving it on for 48 hours.
Usually no reaction will occur and you are safe enough to use the product on your hair.
When I dye my hair I used to do it in the bathroom but the smell was intoxicating and so now I do it in my kitchen where the ventillation is better and I have access to both a fan and a window.
The L'oreal Casting Creme Gloss comes with easy to read and follow instructions and contains a method for re-touching roots as well as a full head application.
As this dye does wash out in 28 washes I do not find that I ever have any roots to re-touch as the grow out is very gradual but I suppose this could be used to cover roots which have been previously dyed with a permenant colour.
This dye is rather messy even if you are very skilled at the application, it tends to flick to places you would not expect! I always wear one of my husbands old shirts and have plenty of old towels lying around.
It is also not great to do this over a carpet but on tiles, lino or wooden floors the dye easily washes off.
When applying I think it works better if you cover your scalp first then gradually work through the rest of your hair.
If your hair is really thick and or long it may be a good idea to buy two packs incase you run out midway through the application. However I have had this problem with quite a few other makes but for me there always seems to be plenty of the Casting Creme.
Remember to carefully read the instructions and only leave on for the recommended time as generally it will go the colour it is going to go and leaving it on for longer will not darken or change the colour but only likely to be worse for your hair.
Before I rinse the dye off I find it easier to add just a little water and work all my hair into a lather. I like to massage it well before starting to rinse.
Sometimes it can take a while to get the water to run clear but I think it is worth persevering as if you add the conditioner to quickly I have found in the past the dye tends to wash out quicker.
When using the conditioner I also like to leave it in a little longer than advised and sometimes leave it in as long as ten minutes as the properties seem to be really nourishing and intensive.
After I have finished conditioning I like to re-rinse my hair with quite cold water as again this seems to make the dye hold for longer.
With L'oreal Casting Creme Gloss I also find it lasts a little longer if you wash your hair with a colour enhancing shampoo of a similar colour.
Overall I would highly recommend this product if you fancy brightening your hair up or enhancing your natural colour. I would not recommend it if you want a drastic colour change especially if you want to lighten your hair as ammonia free dyes are really not the best product for this.
This dye cost me £5.99 from Superdrug and usually stays in my hair for two to three months. In my opinion this is excellent value and L'oreal Casting Creme Gloss is definately a healthy way to colour your hair.
Summary: The best and longest lasting semi-permanent dye I have come across.