I litterally popped out this afternoon to post this and I've been so impressed with it I thought I should write up a quick First Impression post.
I have been contemplating getting hightlights for a super long time the only thing putting me off is bleach, granted my ends are dyed blonde but everything else is my natural hair, I've not dyed it or anything for the past year and a half! eeep! The thought of putting something on it that would break it and ruin all my hard work really upset me so I put highlights off. While reading a few reviews, and everyone saying it was non damaging and their hair felt exactly the same, I rushed out to buy it!
The idea is you gradually add a sunkissed look to natural hair. It advises not to use this on dyed hair which I can only assume is because it's only hydrogen peroxide. I studied hairdressing for around 5 years and from what I can work out, hydrogen peroxide is a hair stripper, removing colour and oxygen it comes into contact with. However L'Oreal have formulated this very gentle hair lightener, that within 5 uses lightens the hair to a blonde colour of your choice, Of course you can stop at any point, and apply it where ever you wish.
I as I said have blonde ends so I kept this product clear of the already dry bits. Splitting my hair into three sections, one at the nap of my neck with all my natural untouched long soft hair and clipping it all up and out of the way, I then spilt the rest into two sections either side. Putting a 10p size amount each time in my palms I then combed in the product through my roots and lengths with my fingers being sure not to touch my ends and my scalp as I am actually allergic to hydrogen peroxide however, I didn't use the gloves as I am a naughty hairdresser and never wear gloves, but my hands didn't react in the slightest to the lightener which is great, normally a 10% peroxide leaves my hands itchy and red. I think that just goes to show how gentle it is.
I then blow dried my hair, using a round brush and to be honest, it was a different experience. The forumla is similar to a thick serum and it just felt like I was blow drying in a lotion. There was no sicky residue and nothing to show I'd previously slathered the jelly in! Very impressed, next was the colour assessment although it didn't appear straight away over the course of an hour or two I started noticing very subtle but very natural highlights my medium brown hair. I will say I wasn't expecting much but with regular use I can see me buying this for a very long time. The whole process maybe took 15 minutes? Amazing! Once this lightens I'll move on to the 03 which is the lightest shade they sell.
I've put a photo of my hair below just to show you what one application can do, my hair was previously all the colour of the darker area's towards the front and underneath, a very subtle change but a good one, I'm so excited what this product will do over the next 5 uses, I'll of course try to do an update for each stage. I think the only thing I would advise is to use a protein conditioner even though it feels like no damage has been done it does strip your hair no matter which way you put it so it would be a good idea to add some goodness back in once a week!
Will you be using this gradual lightener?