Product Review: L’Oréal Paris Féria Hair Dye

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It may be my hair colour fascination these past few years, but when I feel bored of my look, I like to make a big change. These years, it’s been changing my hair colour. Last summer, I had a fascination for ombre hair (the newest hair trend of that season). I went against the trend and got myself a professionally treated red ombre at the salon. The red quickly faded to orange then to blonde and I recoloured my hair  back to a normal dark brown at another salon to look professional for interviews. This sounds like it’s going to be a lengthy hair story, I’ll leave the rest of the story for a future post dedicated to my many hair troubles/changes.

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This was my red ombre hair from a year ago. Good times, good times.

To sum up, after that spout of midterms, which had made me MIA from the blog, I felt that a change was necessary. Back in May, I wanted to have dark purple hair this summer, but the people at the salon turned my hair into a caramel colour instead, far from what I was hoping. After watching SISTAR’s recent MV (they’re a Korean Pop girl group), the member’s hair colours inspired me to recolour my hair. However, since I am a poor university student, going to the salon again was not an option, instead I opted to buy hair dye and colour it myself. 

Today I will give you a run down of the product, show you pictures of the product itself and reveal the before and after hair colours.

The product: L’Oréal Paris Féria in r37

Colour: Deep Burgundy (R37) [A mix of red and purple, more on the red side]

Price: $11.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart (regular price is $16.95, I bought mine on sale!)

Products in the box: (1) Red Coloured Hair Dye (small red bottle), (2) Bleach and applicator bottle, (3) Feria conditioner for red hair, (4) Deep Burgundy hair colouring, (5) Hair Serum (similar to Biosilk), (6) Clear gloves, (7) Instructions sheet

Leave in Time: recommended 25 minutes. (I left it in for 40 min. Leaving the hair colour in longer before washing it out would not have any adverse affects, just don’t sleep on it and you MUST wash it out.)

Level of Messiness: High (If a brush was provided or on hand, it would be much easier to apply to the hair, the bottle given is pretty much useless except to pour out the hair dye.)

Issues: It was definitely a mess after applying the hair dye. Since the dye was red, my washroom looked more like a crime scene. Yikes! As I said, having a brush would lessen the hassle and mess. However, even after making a mess, you don’t need to worry, the dye can be easily cleaned with some colour water and towels.I would recommend not to throw your dyed towels in the wash with white clothes. Even if the dye has dried, it will become soluble in the washing machine and transfer to your whites, a lesson I have now well learned. My second issue with this hair dye as supposed to other hair colourings and dyes is that the colour in my hair continues to run during showers. Normally after the first time you wash out your hair colour, you are supposed to wash out all the colour and apply the conditioner given to lock in the colour. After that, the colour should not continue to leak after future washings. Today, I have washed my hair for the third time and the colour continues to run and leave dye on my towels, not a good sign. Hopefully that doesn’t mean my hair colour is quickly fading. After a few weeks I will let you know the progress of my hair colour on Instagram and Facebook, so don’t forget to follow me on those media outlets.

Let’s take a closer look at the box and it’s contents.

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Here’s my hair transformation

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Boring old colour…If you can’t already tell, I like to make funny faces 😀

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New colour! So excited!!!

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Morning after my hair colouring. I don’t want to wake up, let me keep sleeping.

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Out in the sun.. “IT’S TOO BRIGHT” says the vampire. Gasp!

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Left side. I’m hiding in my room today.

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Right side. I don’t see no red! Do you see it? I think I’m getting old.

Hope you like my new hair colour as much as I do. Let me know what you think of the colour, what colour you would love to dye your hair and your hair colouring disasters!

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Hair Tutorial: No Heat Beach Waves

This post is dedicated to my friend Diana, I thank her for all her support in and outside of this blog. She wanted to know how I got those nice, smexy waves in some of my posts, so here is for her. I hope this answers your question if you were wondering how I got my wavey hair look. As a precaution, even though the title says “no heat”, I lied and used heat to blow dry my hair, but you can air dry your hair too, I’m just to impatient to wait for it to dry.

This technique works great for any length of hair, although I would suggest to only curl/wave your hair if it is past shoulder length. Otherwise, after making your hair even shorter, your hair may look a bit too bulky around your head and make your face look larger than its actual size.  This technique is also good for people who have naturally straight or almost straight hair who want to have temporary wavy hair.

Let’s start!

Step 1: Wash, Comb and Prep your Hair with Heat Protectors

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Step 2: Blow dry or Air dry your hair until it is 80% dry

You can dry it as little and as much as you want. The drier the easier the waves will fall out, the more most the more defined the wave. I would still dry it at least to 50% so that you do not get sick while sleeping with wet hair.

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Step 3: Part your hair in 2 and french braid both sides

We’ll be making two big french braid. First, part your hair in two. Pick up 2 inches of hair from one side of your part and start braiding two rotations. One rotation is two twists left and right. Then we start french braiding. French braiding isn’t much harder than normal braids. All you have to do is grab an extra parcel of hair from underneath the braid and keep adding hair after each rotation. After you have no more hair to add to your french braid, continue braiding until you get to the end of your part and tie with a hair tie. Do the same for the other half of your hair. I like to braid both parts to the same side because I look like a farmer’s daughter with two braids, one braid looks more chic for me, but that’s just a personal preference.

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Done one braid, onto the next!

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TADA! Done! Now go sleep!

Step 4: Get some beauty sleep and carefully take out those braids

Do your normal morning routine. Then time to fix your hair.

Take out the hair ties, and take out each braid one by one. You don’t want to take out  multiple braid at one time or you will mess up the waves.

After you have taken out all the braids, softly puff out your hair to make your waves more natural looking.

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Step 5: Spray your hair with Beach Spray (optional)

This step is optional, but if you have beach spray, it will make your waves more defined with its salt ingredients.

After you spray your hair, bunch a clump or hair and scrunch, do this for all your hair, so that all your waves get some of that product.

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Step 6: Hair Spray your waves

Fix your hair with hair spray that does not clump your hair. Clumpy waves is a big No NO! Hair Spray will allow your waves to last all day!

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Step 7: Straighten your bangs (if any)

If you have bangs, straighten them out to finish your look. You can add hair oil to control flyaways and you’re all done! Hooray! This hair technique only took me 2 minutes in the morning, so it’s good for days when I  accidentally slept in. Oops 🙂

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DONE!

If you aren’t good with braiding, practice makes perfect, before I made my waves this way, I didn’t know how to french braid!

This technique also puts less damaging heat on your hair; if you air dry your hair, even better, no heat!

Here’s how the end product looks:

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Hope you found this helpful! This look is just perfect for the warm weather!

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