I've been dying my hair since I was about 16 and over the years my hair has been many colours from dark black to pink but my latest craze is Ombré. I LOVE it so much! I had my hair done in the Ombre style over a year ago (before I even started this blog!) and I kept it for over a year until I decided to be boring and to go all over brown. It wasn't long until I was craving the ombré back and I eventually gave in at the end of June this year.
After going to college for 2 years studying hairdressing, I now think I'm a professional and that I don't need to go to the hairdressers and so every time I needed my hair doing, I'd always do it myself. Saves a few pennys as well! Normally when I dye my ends, I just go to Superdrug and pick up a blonde permanent colour and gradually get build up to a light blonde. Although I'm confident, I do get a little scared when using high strength bleach. Many bad times of it going wrong and me having very bright orange hair!
A few weeks ago though I saw an advert from L'Oreal for their new Casting Sunkiss Jelly and I was very intrigued. The idea of the product is that you can apply this every 2-3 days and it gradually lightens your hair with a sun kissed effect. It's specialised for natural hair with no previous colour treatments. You can apply this to dry or wet hair and it's a simple leave-in formula which intensifies under heat. And the best part is, there's no ammonia so no damage!
As soon as I next went to my local shopping centre, I knew I definitely had to pick me up a tube just to see if it was as good as the adverts were making it out to be! I knew it wouldn't be that amazing on my already dyed hair but I was still excited!
What L'Oreal says:
"Get the sunkissed look with Casting Sunkiss Jelly. The fragrant and nourishing jelly is enriched with Camellia Oil, for an oh-so-sweet soft sunkissed look. Its delicate fragrance makes application a true pleasurable experience. The soft translucent leave-in jelly gradually lightens and is designed to create a long-lasting soft sunkissed look. All this, and no ammonia."
No idea why I applied straight on to my fingers. USE GLOVES!
This after applying to my hair before drying it with a hairdryer
I ended up buying the light brown to dark blonde tube as this was the closest to my natural hair. The one thing I was a little disappointed about was that this was the darkest this product went but I hoped it would be enough to do the job.
I applied a good amount of the jelly to the ends and my mid lengths and combed it through so all my hair was covered. I then started to blow dry my hair and this was where the first shock came. Since I put a lot of product in my hair, I was expecting a bit of a sticky residue in my hair but as I was blow drying it, my hair felt really smooth and sleek like I'd not applied anything. I took the after photo just after I'd finished blow drying and you can see how nice and straight my hair was (something that doesn't normally happen without a lot of serum!).
Honestly, you can't really see much of a difference in the two pictures but in person my ends do look a lot lighter. Like I said above, I wasn't honestly expecting a massive difference as my hair was ombré before I applied the product so I don't want to be too negative about it. I've seen other bloggers use it who have got lighter hair than me and the difference it makes is amazing so the product really does work.
I think this is a perfect product for first time Ombré-ers (is that a thing?) as it only gives a gradually change. I wouldn't recommend buying it if you have dark brown though as I doubt you'd see that much change. If you want light ends, I would try either buying a high strength bleach lightener or visiting a salon and getting it done professionally.