I desperately needed to cover greys that has grown about almost an inch. After previous failed attempt, I decided to used something that’s known to work in the past. Well, most permanent colors I’ve used work great with grey coverages. It was unfortunate it didn’t work last time.
L’Oreal Paris Excellence Creme hair color in 5.6 Rich Auburn. This normally RRP at A$19.95. As usual, I bought it when it was discounted to A$10. I can’t remember where I bought it. I usually stock up hair colors when they’re discounted at stores like Chemist Warehouse or Priceline, or any pharmacies.
I’ve used hair color from this range in the past, but I can’t remember if I have previously used this shade.
I think this has been repackaged because I don’t recall it had a protective serum. See the small tube in the front row in above photo? That. It’s the step 1, to be applied on ‘fragile’ parts of hair (ie lengths and ends), and to be left in while applying the hair color.
The rest of the contents are quite standard in most home coloring kits. The developer, the colorant and conditioner. It comes with comb applicator that’s to be used for the lengths, but I didn’t get to use it. Gloves were missing from this box, either the person who packed this box forgot to include the gloves or they were stolen from the box.
I like the creamy formula, which means it’s not so liquidy and doesn’t drip all over the places. However, it has the bad ammonia smell. I can live with it. There are brands and / or other ranges that has essential oils added to cover up the smell and I wonder why it’s not included given that it’s been repackaged and given that its price range is on the higher end.
The conditioner makes hair so soft and smooth. It’s not strongly scented. I like that it’s packaged in a bottle and can be conveniently re-used subsequently on weekly basis.
I have longer than shoulder length hair. This is good enough to cover 1/2 of my head from root to mid-length. This is fine with me as I planned to use another color on the ends to get ombre hair effect.
This is the expected result according to the box.
The actual result on my hair, taken outside without direct sunlight on the left and under direct afternoon sunlight on the right.
My hair was previously dyed brown. Prior to that, it was different shades of reds. The result is not exactly the same shade as shown on the box and . I’m not too fuss about it. As long as the color is changed, and most importantly, as long as the greys are covered!
My hair is usually quite dry and rough after coloring. Perhaps it’s the protective serum or perhaps it’s the formula, my hair is still quite soft after 2 washes, without using the conditioner it comes with after the initial usage. Not the silky soft you get immediately with hair mask, but it’s soft and manageable when compared to other hair colors.
Like: Non-dripping. Covers greys. Hair is still soft after usage. Conditioner packaged in a bottle.
Dislike: Ammonia scent.