I should learn, really I should. I haven't dyed my hair at home in years, literally since before Miss L was born. I recently(ish) had my highlighted blonde hair dyed back to something approaching its natural colour at Eleven Hair. After three or so months, the colour on my ends had faded a bit (it happens when you dye over highlights) and being a) impatient and b) stupid, I thought "How wrong could I possibly go with a semi-permanent colour?"
If my lovely hairdresser, Jason, ever reads this, I bet you a dollar he's laughing right now.
L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss looks straightforward, and is easy to apply. The colour you get though, is at least 2 levels darker than the colour on the box (and no, I didn't leave it on for longer than the minimum required time.) I picked Chocolate, which is meant to be a warm chocolate brown, suitable for dark blonde to medium brown hair. It's dark, dark brown, with a lot of red in it. I can only thank my lucky stars that I didn't opt for the Dark Chocolate that I almost went for.
My colour isn't dreadful - it's dark brown with a strong red cast, but it isn't great either (you can see it in my Style Black lipstick picture.) I was more annoyed at the dry and brittle state that it left my hair in, and the deep conditioner in the box was absolutely horrid.
I'll be washing it furiously until I've lifted enough of the colour to go to Jason, confess my sins, and beg him to colour it properly for me.