Adventures in At-Home Hair Color: In Which I Go Red for Fall

Have you ever tried to color your hair at home? I did. Here's how it went!
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No, that’s not me. We’ll get to me in a minute.

Every time the season change, we always feel compelled to spruce up our wardrobes and our beauty routines. One thing I never really think to change, though, is my hair color. I have no idea what it didn’t occur to me sooner, because seriously—fall is the PERFECT time to try out a new shade. So when the good folks at L’Oreal Paris offered to send me a bunch of at-home hair color goodies, I figured, why not? My boyfriend is out of town for a week and a half, so it’s just me and the cats right now; I may as well keep myself occupied with something other than my usual book binge or British crime drama marathon. It’ll be an experience, right?

First things first: Was I going to go for a permanent formula, or a semi-permanent one? I opted for semi-permanent for a couple of reasons. One: I’m lazy. Given that I can barely drag myself to the salon to get my hair cut more than twice a year, I KNOW I wouldn’t have the wherewithal to do all the root touch-ups and so on permanent color would require. And two: In the event that I screwed up the application (likely), I felt better about the color being one that would wash out over time, rather than being something I’d be stuck with until it grew out.

Next decision: What shade?  My natural hair color is medium brown—nothing to write home about, but generally it suits me. Here it is, un-retouched, no filters, minimal makeup—just natural sunlight:

Lucia hair before

P.S. You have NO IDEA how many selfies I had to take to get that one decent shot. Seriously. How do the selfie-takers of the world do it? If I made a habit of it, I’d never get anything done.

Anyhoo, given that I’m relatively pale with green eyes, something with a little red to it seemed like a fun idea. Initially I was going to go with a lighter shade (like this one), but our intrepid Editorial Director, April, convinced me to try something darker. As such, I chose L’Oreal’s Healthy Look Gloss Crème in Vibrant Dark Auburn/Sweet Cherry 4RR ($8.99, drugstore.com).

Lucia hair box

The box.

Lucia hair contents

The contents of the box.

Box? Check.

Contact lenses in? Check. (It seemed like a bad idea to attempt this with a set of specs on my face.)

Shirt I don’t care enough about to worry about getting dye on it? Check.

Let’s do this thang.


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