To me the epitome of summer is beautifully bronzed skin and shimmering, sunkissed, Victoria Secret esk waves. While the body might be pretty unachievable, getting the golden locks is a little bit easier. Though with summer holidays to pay for, dropping £40 - upwards every four-six weeks on a full head of highlights isn't cheap. Lucky this innovative product from L'Oreal is there to help us attain the golden goddess tresses of our dreams. (You might wanna grab a cuppa, this might be a long one)
Ok, so firstly what is the L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly? It's basically a clear leave in jelly that gradually lightens hair over a few applications, leaving a gorgeous, natural sunkissed look that you can leave to dry in the sunshine.
So let me explain why I decided to try this "at home treatment" in the first place. At the end of May I decided to get my hair cut (it had been 7 months, about time right) I also decided to go for a bit of a change colour wise and go for some balayage... well it didn't turn out as well as I expected. I ended up with half my hair bleached and a very prominent line all the way around - I was devastated. Anyway I already had a bottle of this jelly lying around from last year and thought why not see if I could try and blend the harsh line by applying it from the roots, it honestly couldn't look any worse than it did before, luckily it worked. So let me fill you in on how we did it, even if you haven't had a hair drama like I did.
(One thing I suggest to do before you go full steam ahead, is do a test patch on a few strands of hair underneath just to test the colour.)
So the first thing we did ( I suggest having someone to help you, my mum was the lucky helper haha) was brush through my hair, it needs to be completely knot free. It now depends on what "look" you're going for, as to how you apply the jelly.
If you just want to lighten your hair colour you can pop it on all over, but if you are after the sunkissed look - like I was, you just apply it to individual strands from the root, basically like highlights. This jelly/cream could not be any easier to apply, you just pick random sections and with your fingers (a pair of gloves come with it) apply it from root to tip.
It's the heat from the sun that actives it, but lets face it, in the uk the sun is not always shining so you can use a hairdryer to quicken the process. I've tried it both ways and they work pretty much the same, except I would much rather use it while sat on a sun lounger, which makes this jelly the perfect summer holiday companion.
The first picture is before I used the jelly and the second one is after the second application, it looks quite subtle on camera, but you can notice more of a difference in real life. This little tube has given me three applications so far and I think I will probably squeeze out another two, but at £5 a bottle for about 5 applications (depending on your hair length) that is quite the bargain.
As for how it effects your hair, I personally haven't had any problems with it. It's a gel/cream so it's much more hydrating than regular bleach and because it doesn't contain any ammonia, it doesn't leave an overwhelming smell either. I'm so happy with the results and because it's so natural you can add in more colour as you go... Victoria Secret sun-kissed waves here I come haha!
Have you tried this jelly before? What did you think of it? If not have I convinced you to give it a go?