Wednesday, 5 August 2015

#GoBronde... A Cautionary Tale


This isn’t the “ta-dah look at my lovely new highlights” post I hoped it would be. Sadly my DIY balayaye turned into a hair disaster but I wouldn’t be a very honest beauty blogger if I didn’t share the good, the bad and the downright patchy!

If you’ve been visiting these parts for a while now you’ll know I’m a fan of the L’Oreal Wild Ombre Kits. I’ve used them on myself twice before (see it here) with pretty good results, even my hairdresser was impressed. With two successful DIY jobs under my belt, me and my inflated confidence thought we were ready for the next trend, balayage. Cue L’Oreal #GoBronde. Have you seen the adverts? My hair queen J-Lo – I’m not a blonde, I’m a bronde! Yes, me too J-Lo. It’s a sign, let’s do this. 

A bit about the kits and the how to…


There’s five kits in the Glam Bronde range (£6/Boots), No 1 being the lightest, No 5 the darkest – I plumped for the “safe” middle option No 3 for light brown hair. They’re designed to give a brush-on balayage effect, adding subtle, blonde layers all over the hair for that just-back-from-holiday look. Similar to the Ombre kits they’ve very easy to use, instructions are clear, come with a “handy” triple-action expert brush designed to do the work for you etc. I even watched the recommended youtube video to pick up some tips, sadly I didn’t read any reviews!

My experience


Application was tricky! Unlike the ombre kits where you’re basically colouring in the bottom sections of your hair, balayage is designed to add small amounts of colour all over the hair. Application near the roots requires way more skills and I didn’t have a clue what the back looked like – it was a “reach-n-drag and hope for the best” approach. The brush ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. It does NOT distribute the product evenly, it dolloped the majority of the product at the roots, a patchy residue of colour in the lengths and by the time I got to the bottom there was nothing left. This meant I had to go back over at the ends, causing more patchiness. The instructions tell you not to apply too much pressure at the roots, and not to start too close to them, even with a light pressure and staggered starting points I still ended up with giant blobs of colour near the roots. Recommended development time is between 25 and 45 minutes, after 20 minutes my hair was already looking YELLOW! Sh*t, Sh*t, Sh*t – I quickly washed it, towel dried, looked in the mirror, gasped at the yellow/orangey streaks *Stay calm, stay calm* dried it, OH DEAR!   

The Results


Brassy, patchy and way too light. Bright blonde near the roots, orange/yellowy in the lengths. Obvious blonde clusters near the roots and around the back where I applied the product first, bright orangey blonde streaks near the front where my hair was already a bit lighter. All in all a complete disaster. Looked nothing like balayage, looked nothing like the box!

Did I mention this was on Friday night and I was going away for “surprise” weekend on Saturday morning! Cut to me spending the next hour panicking, asking google what do to, calling around hairdressers, texting my friends, more panicking. My regular hairdresser couldn’t get me in until Monday (and there was no way I wanted to go away for the weekend looking like THAT) thank heavens for the Metrocente (out of town shopping centre open until 9pm for those that don’t know). I actually went there with the intension of buying a hair colour stripper from Boots (worst thing I could have done) but fortunately stumbled across a hairdressers Sherlocks that managed to squeeze me in. They put a darker colour through my roots to disguise the blonde and a temporary toner through the lengths and ends to tone down and even things out. I was so grateful I nearly kissed the girl that did it. All in all I spent 5 hours and over £50 to end up looking, more or less, like a did before. Overall I’m a little lighter and a touch more “ginge” than I was to begin with but you live and learn and I will never do-it-myself again! NEVER!


Sorry about the lack of after photos – understandably the last thing on my mind at that point was a photo shoot. I did manage a dodgy quick snap in the hairdressers before the fix up began.

Lessons Learnt 


Read the reviews – I can’t believe I didn’t do this! I guess I was feeling falsely confident after my previous positive experience. I’ve since checked out the reviews and discovered most people have had a similar experience!
Don’t do it the night before you’re going away for the weekend!
Don’t leave it on for the full recommended time.
Don’t apply near the roots. 
Leave it to the professionals. There’s a reason hairdressers train. 

Have you tried the Bronde kits? Please share your hair disasters… it will make me feel better if nothing else. 


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20 comments:

  1. I used this Loreal Bronde Kit last year and it doesn´t worked for me either. My hair was completely orange and I had to dye my hair really really dark. I loved the ombre kit but this is a really awefull product!
    At least you had luck and they fixed your hair :) I had not and really damaged my hair beacuse I had to fix it on my own. I do hair experiments on the evenings too :D

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    1. I guess i just assumed they'd be very similar to the ombre kits because they were all made by l'Oreal. So the dark dye worked? I was worried about using a dark dye in case it didn't cover it and came out ginger/orangey x

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  2. Great post and amazing pictures :)...thx for sharing!

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  3. I used a kit similar to this with the same brush when I was living in Spain last summer (so not sure if it was in the UK (preference glam highlights or something) and it was absolutely amazing, my hair actually looked professionally done. Went back to brown, tried this a couple of weeks ago and omg. never. again. so orange, so red, so GROSS!! Shockingly bad, thank god for my hairdresser who had to sort it out for me xx

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    1. I think it must be something to do with the formula, everyone has said it made them yellow/orange. If only I'd read the reviews first!

      Glad you got your sorted x

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  4. I was tempted to try this but definitely won't now having read this! Great post! xx

    Beautylymin

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  5. Ahh no, what a disaster! I've tried the ombre kit before and liked it. I had highlights done a couple of times at my hairdressers but got fed up with the upkeep of keeping my roots blonde so decided to go ombre. BIG MISTAKE. I asked for my natural root colour and came out with a warm brown. Not too bad, I'll deal, I thought. Well, after the first wash it only turned ginger and has been getting redder with each wash. I called them back up and complained so they said they'd put a toner through it. Turned up and was told they couldn't do that and they'd need to re-dye it darker. Considering I paid over £100 a couple of weeks ago (£50 of which was for foils I didn't even ask for) I wasn't willing for them to mess it up again so now I'm faced with having ginger roots or forking out another load of cash at a different hairdressers!

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    1. Hi Kat... what a nightmare! You don't expect that when you go to the hairdressers to get it done "professionally". x

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  6. Oh noooo that's such a shame! I've used the Ombre kits as well and like you, gotten really good results, so its a shame they've got it so wrong with these. Balayage sounds way to complicated to do at home - there's a reason a good hairdresser is worth their weight in gold. Glad you managed to get it sorted out. You still look gorgeous!

    Sarah | www.seriouslyshallow.co.uk

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  7. Oh no! How horrendous, I'm no expert but I did live with one for 22 years (My mum is a hairdresser) and I'd imagine it's down to your roots being your natural hair and the ends being processed, they take colour differently then. I'm glad you managed to find a hairdresser to help you but as you said, more complicated jobs definitely require an expert!
    xxx

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    1. Hi Shen. That's a really good point about my roots being my natural hair. That probably explains why it took the dye so well. I'm leaving it to the experts from now on x

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  8. I used the ombre kits before as well and really liked them, although they made my hair crispy dry. Such a shame that the colour on the box is always so misleading, your hair still looks beautiful on the pictures though!

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  9. Ugh, I hate when things like this happen! I just got my hair dyed for the first time (grey ombre) and thanks god I went to a professional cause god knows what I would have looked like if I experimented myself, haha.

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  10. I got the same result too on Thurs evening with no 3 even though I'm more dark blonde than brown and had highlights originally it still went ginger and blobby looking like I had half dyed my hair blonde was a terrible look. Luckily I had a light brown casting shade at home threw that on Friday morning on roots and underneath to calm down ginger ness and weird line the colour had left. I used applicator to a tee but felt it left more colour at the top and the Middle section of the brush with no sides ment product fell off onto my bathroom floor mainly. My third stage will be applying a toner to lift yellowish blonde my hairs far to stressed and straw like to do this for a week or so. I am so disappointed after trying ombré last year (my hair lifts so quickly) I was severely disappointed. I felt so uncomfortable with my hair I didn't even want to go to work yesterday �� thanks for sharing YouTube was full of how easy it is and it certainly wasn't sorry I did it now

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    1. Sounds like you've had a nightmare too Lyndsey! 6 months on and my hair colour still aint right. I'm pleased you were able to (kinda) correct it so quickly. Watch out for the ginge creeping back in. Mine seemed to get warmer and warmer. I've been using a purple shampoo which definitely helps to calm it down.

      Never again! x

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  11. Oh my god okay so the loreal balayage kit was HORRENDOUS . So I started going to the hairdresser who was gradually lightening my hair and it all became too slow and expensive so one day I spontaneously bought an ombré kit and did it myself.. Never again.. That was about 2 years ago now and I can still see the orange at the ends. I couldn't go darker because it's not my natural colour at all and I'd been trying to get it back to my natural colour so I wasn't about to go backwards, so basically I had to do a shit load of toning for years to try cover up this mistake. DONT TRY THIS AT HOME. Unless you want to resemble an oranangatang

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    1. So sorry you had a bad experience too! It's coming up to a year since I did mine and my hair still ain't right and I've spent a fortune at the hairdressers "fixing" it. NEVER EVER again x

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  12. Aargh so frustaded now i used this product to and now im orange pff its so ugly i'm going to the hairdresser tomorrow i hope he can help me fast because next week i start my new job and i don't want to look like this 😣

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  13. I have this exact kit waiting in the bathroom for me this evening. However, on reflection, I'm going to back out!!

    I desperately want to get back to my fave colour combo (medium champagne/golden blonde with soft blonde highlights - for years Clairol N&E worked really well for this, but it's just not getting those greys!) After using Recital's 'Florida' honey blonde that left my hair more auburn than gold! God, I hate hair disasters. I thought those days were behind me. Thank you so much for rescuing me!!

    Em
    xx

    P.S. I love your unusual green eyes. I also have green and copper 'hazel' eyes, but yours are really deep!! Been trying to figure out your mascara. Could you let me in on your secret please??!

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    1. Hi Emma, so glad you decided to back out! I can't remember what mascara I was wearing in these pics, probably Benefit They're Real or L'Oreal Volume Million lashes. I've definitely been lucky in the lash department :) x

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