I decided to use the Colorista Ombre kit by L’Oreal. I’d had it a while under my bed and as I was lifting my hair it made sense to use it. In complete honesty I wasn’t going to review this product. But decided as many people still search my blog for the L’Oreal Preference Glam Bronde kit (Review here) and struggle getting it. I thought I would do the review as the 2 items are almost identical. The only difference being the shape of the brush/comb tool.
Here is a little information about the L’Oreal Colorista Ombre Kit….
Design your Colorista Effects Ombré look, then follow with Colorista washout to play with pastel hair colours or leave as is for a seamlessly luminous look.
Colorista DIY Lightening Kit to create ombré effects in a stroke.
The gentle formula lightens hair and the after-care conditioning formula nourishes hair.
For natural results, apply onto tips for 25-35 min.
Leave in up to 45min for more intense lightening results.
DIY comb applicator designed for seamless lightening in one stroke.
I’m not going to get super technical in this blog post. I think I’ve reviewed enough bleach kit products that if you want more technical information you could view those. This is a strict review on how I found the product, the results on my hair and whether I would recommend it.
A little hair history if you will. I haven’t bleached my hair since March but have applied a permanent colour since then (Which I removed last week – review here on the Revolution Pro Colour Remover, Review here). I’ve been left with almost my natural hair colour, just a little warmer.
I currently am girl crushing on Brianacisneros cut from a while back and liked how the blonde set off the cut. So it made sense to add some blonde again. As I have bleached ends, my aim it to lift those back up lighter. To take the blonde a little higher to my roots and have more of a lighter, fresher feel. I know if I want it blonde this will be a double process. So this is just about lifting my hair lighter for now. I have something else planned for afterwards. I am expecting a warm result as this is on dark blonde hair!
The kit comes with everything you would need for a ombre look (Or just lifting your hair). The instructions are quite thorough and easy to follow. Apply the product on DRY HAIR. I hadn’t washed my hair for a few days before using this kit and also applied a little coconut oil (Do not wash this out, apply bleach over it) a few hours before to my hair to help with condition and porosity.
As with all colouring kits a 48 hour before sensitivity test is a must. Plus remember to do a strand test (Especially important with bleach) to know how long to process. This kit recommends anything from 25-45 minutes with the bleach processing. After the bleach has processed I generally rinse the bleach out, shampoo my hair with my regular shampoo and then apply the conditioner in the kit. Here are my results.
As with all colouring procedures, the result I achieved with this kit may not be the same if you used this kit yourself. When doing bleaching, I recommend (If you cannot have a professional do your hair) you ask a friend so you get a more even application.
As you can see I got around 2-3 shades of lift with this kit. The condition of my hair after was very good. I can’t say whether this is the Colorista or Coconut oil that did this. Maybe a combination of both. Either way as scary as this warm blonde/bronde may be, I had achieved what I set out to do.
With virgin hair (Hair that has not been coloured at all before) the results would probably be lighter. The bleach had to cut through previous tints the colour remover did not grab. I do feel the Bronde kit I previously used was stronger as my results were better. But also wonder if this was down to other factors (The colour remover, development time, previous colours in my hair).
To conclude the L’Oreal Colorista Ombre Kit is probably best used on virgin hair or hair that’s previously been coloured some time ago. This kit is best used on nothing darker than very light brown. Less you want orange or are willing to double process – which shouldn’t be done within the same week! The condition of my hair was good after wards and for the price of the kit, plus the brush which is pretty good for ombre/balayage – its not a bad product. I just feel I’ve used stronger ones with better results and minimal damage before.