Can we all agree that it’s practically summer? I know that it doesn’t officially start for 11 more days (I wasn’t counting), but the weather is starting to get a little nicer here for once! Bring on the never-ending road construction, the Wednesday night farmer’s market food, the bonfires, the mosquito bites, and yard work, because I. Am. Ready.
Something about summer makes me want to lighten my hair. I have naturally dirty-blonde hair with the slightest hint of strawberry blonde thrown in the mix as well. I used to frequently highlight my hair at home with the Clairol Nice n Easy Hairpainting kit ($12.39 at Drugstore.com, similar at other retailers), but it is a little expensive for home color (hairstylists are crying at that comment) and it does take time and practice. It’s been over a year since I’ve colored my hair, and I decided it was time for a change. I’ve been thinking about doing some pale blonde highlights before my wedding, and came across a new product in the hair dye aisle at Target.
I rarely buy makeup without scouring the internet for blogs, makeupalley reviews, and YouTube videos, and it’s even more rare for hair products. But I figured, “what the hell,” tossed it in the cart, and did some research when I got home. The L’Oreal Summer Lights Hair Lightening Geleé is a “permanent natural lightening gel,” and I picked it up for $6.50 at Target. This product is relatively new in the US, but has been out for a couple of years in the UK. There are two color variations: “Dark Blonde to Light Blonde” and “Light Brown to Dark Blonde.” I got the dark blonde to light blonde product. The box includes 3.4 fluid ounces of product in a squeeze tube. The UK version includes the same amount of product and a pair of gloves (which are necessary for the use of this product). It claims to gradually lighten your hair without ammonia, and is infused with camellia oil for nourishment. Basically, you put on gloves, and apply this to your wet or dry hair either in sections for highlights or all over for more of a full dye effect, and leave it in. Voila! Gradual lightening. Results “intensify” if you blow dry your hair or dry it in the sun.
I highly recommend using this product on wet hair. It will save you product and is much easier to apply; when applied to dry hair, the product dries sort of crusty and is really hard to evenly distribute. Also, this product gives you golden lightening – there is no ashiness to be found when using this product – although it isn’t brassy. It smells amazing, and I haven’t noticed any major damage to my hair. I used it four days in a row, once twice a day, and it left my hair a little dry, but nothing some deep conditioning/coconut oil can’t help. The only negative I have to say about this product is that it left me with some minor scalp sensitivity after repeated use, but other than that I’m really pleased with the results! I would recommend using this every other day until you achieve desired results, and be aware that any kind of permanent color alteration in your hair will cause some damage. The packaging states not to use this product if you already have color treated hair, although I did see several YouTube reviews of people who used this to refresh old highlights and had a good experience, so use at your own risk!
Here is a before and after photo of my hair. The before photo is obviously in different lighting, but it is a good indication of my natural hair color. I think the difference is definitely noticeable!
I probably use a quarter-sized blob every time I apply it to my hair, so I’ve barely even made a dent in the bottle, but I would definitely repurchase this again! I apply it to my damp hair with nitrile gloves and blow dry it, and that seems to produce the most noticeable results.
Have any of you tried this product? Let me know in the comments!