Since learning from the mistakes of my teenage years - terrible at home hi-lights and accidentally frazzling my hair and turning it orange - I've been a bit of a hair colour wimp. If I'm going to dabble I'll only touch semi-permanent dyes, and I always go for L'Oreal Casting Creme because it's easy to use and I know it always turns out okay. Casting Creme has a really big range of colour choices, and having medium brown hair, a lot of them are suitable for me.
I bought the colour Plum 316 a long while ago and kept putting off using it because I wasn't sure just how bright the colour would be and whether it would be a problem for me at work. I finally gave it a go over the bank holiday weekend thinking that I'd have time to do lots of washing out before I went back to work, if necessary. But, the colour turned out lovely and not too bright at all - if anything it's quite dark and I could get away with it being brighter, although it looks quite full on in bright sunlight as you'll see.
Since then I've re-dyed my hair with the same colour because I really liked it. I also really love how nourished my hair feels after using a Casting Creme dye - I don't know if it's the conditioner that comes with it or something in the actual hair colour, but my hair feels like it's had a luxurious treatment and is left really sleek and shiny - bonus!
So here's the result in natural light.
My hair has a bit of a natural ombre to it from the sun, so my ends are lighter than my roots and you can see the colour looks more vibrant as it goes down the length of my hair. I was trying out a bit of a more textured and oomphy hairstyle here - I was using Bumble and Bumble's thickening hairspray.
And in bright sunlight - I love how the colour looks here, really vibrant but not too quirky for my office.
I like to call this my Ribena hair, especially when I'm wearing purple clothes to accentuate the colour. It looks pretty cool against my dark green jacket too, if not a bit Wimbledon!
L'Oreal Casting Creme gloss colours are usually around £6.49 but they're currently on a two for £10 deal at both Boots and Superdrug and a highly recommend them.
*No Ribena berries were harmed during the making of this blog post.