For being a girl as easily bored with my appearance as me, it's surprising I don't actully colour my hair anymore. I've not done it for years, so goodness knows why I suddenly felt the urgent need to. But I did. It had to be done. My best friend Jim once said that Sweden is probably the only country in the world where girls who are naturally blonde colour their hair dark brown! Usually it's the other way round.. I guess it's true, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence! :)
So after to-ing and fro-ing for a while I decided on the colour I wanted. It's a lot darker than my natural colour, which is a light honey blonde. "623 Cafe Latte" would according to the description give the hair a touch of brown with "shimmering golden tones" and was suitable for blonde, dark blonde and light brown hair. No ammonia either. Conditions while colouring. Washes out in 28 washes. 'Can't go wrong!' I thought. Ahem.
So I locked myself in the bathroom with the kitchen timer and went to work. Casting Creme Gloss is very easy to mix and apply and the box has a built-in hole to put the tube of colorant in while you're working the stuff in. No stains on your sink! :) Clever, I like that. It has a chemical smell, but it's not sharp or very strong like I remember some other colorants being. It doesn't drip and has like a thick gel texture. I worked it in and let it sit for 20 mins as recommended. Rinse and apply the post-colouring conditioner that comes in the pack. Done. This morning I inspected the results after the hair had dried naturally.
Perhaps a bit darker than anticipated, but in a weird way. Still looks like I'm a blonde, but with brown/auburn tones. I'd say it actually looks like I've donned a cheap disguise (well, suppose it is, it only cost me £4.58...) Ahem. Guess thats why I don't colour my hair any more! Oh well. One of my work colleagues described the colour as "mink", so I googled that and sure enough, I think there is a definite similarity. Not quite brown, not quite caramel and not quite blonde. I hope it fades to more caramel blonde than mink fur soon.
If you have brown hair and think it needs some pizzazz, try some of the brown/red shades in this range like Terracotta or Rich Espresso, I am sure it will liven up your hair colour. However, if you're a natural or dyed light blonde, don't use this. If you want to go dark, see your hair dresser (thats me told). If you use Casting Creme Gloss, you'll still look like a blonde with a cheap disquise. If your hair is bleached blonde I think you might end up very, very dark, perhaps discoloured. If you have dark brown or black hair, don't bother with Casting Creme Gloss, I don't think it will have the colour power to change your hair colour signifcantly, just add shine.
I'll keep you all posted on the fade as it happens, if it happens :) I might have to try Rocketqueen's tip on fading hair colour yet...