Friday, October 02, 2009

HAIR RAISING...

I may not have the answer to everything, but I do know this:

*If you buy L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss semi permanent hair dye in light brown, your hair will be light brown, then over the course of four or five months it will lighten alarmingly until it is gingery blonde. You will have root re-growth and will wonder how this can possibly happen since the dye is supposed to last *up to* 28 washes.

You have clearly not understood the situation as you then purchase L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss in medium brown to try and get your hair back to its (lovely in hindsight) natural shade. Your hair goes black. With dark brown/grey patches. You phone the L'Oreal helpline and they tell you that the dye is *tone on tone* so even though it says on the pack it lasts *up to* 28 washes it does not actually wash out. As if the words tone on tone explain this.

They advise putting Head & Shoulders (actually they're only allowed to say "a strong shampoo" and you say, "like what, Head & Shoulders?" and they keep saying, yes that one, the one you said, but they will not say Head & Shoulders) on your dry hair for 15 minutes, rinse it out and keep repeating and the colour will start to lift. After an entire bottle of Head & Shoulders you definitely do not have dandruff, but you still have extremely dark brown fried/destroyed hair.

When you go on the internet you discover countless horror stories about L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss, including those of people whose heads and eyes swelled up like balloons after using it. You are glad you only suffered a headache from the chemicals and hair that looks like a cheap black wig.

You go to a hair colour specialist who advises you not to strip the colour out and ruin your hair even more, then sells you another semi permanent colour which you do not use. You get used to it, only gasping when passing mirrors. You realise you have the same hair as your teenage stoner self.


At least now I can impersonate Rick Owens...

{photo credit unknown}

6 comments:

If Jane said...

oh the photo of you at the venice film festival is stunning!!! really! stunning!!

oh i feel your pain re: the hair dying...oh i could cry for you...

after i accidently dyed my hair green!! i decided...my amateur days of winging it hair-colour wise were over...and then found a colourist...my colourist...
and now i keep my hair short...so if i still decide to be silly and dye my hair (behind my colourists' back) and if i mess up...i cut my hair...;))

i hope you find a solution that is the least damaging to your hair! fingers cross!

Bombay Beauty said...

Like all well-told horror stories it sounds funny -- though I know it is heartbreaking.... As Indians, we avoid this lurking disaster, there's only one color in the entire country and that's black (ok -- ranges from dark brown to jet black...) Actually I have a friend who used a "temporary" dye to turn her hair red (to look like Wilma Flintstone for Halloween last year....) It lasted for almost 8 months...

Anonymous said...

aha, I had the opposite problem with L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss, the dye would just fade after one or two washes.
Too bad you are not happy with your colour, you have to study a makeup to go with it. But are you sure you can't deep-condition your hair for a couple of weeks and then have it dyed again by a pro?
xxx
Mia

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Poor you ! A year's supply of conditioner , a large bottle of olive oil applied daily to hair , a stunning hat , generous compensation .....would any ( or all ) of these lessen the likelihood of you running amok with a sabre at the company's head office ?

Apocalypstick said...

This must be the American version:
http://www.apocalypsticknow.net/2009/08/excellence-is-something-of.html

kitty said...

just get it trimmed regularly and use frizz ease miraculous recovery - it's a hair mask but i use it as a conditioner every day and it's worked wonders on my ridiculously damaged hair xxx