Hair Bleaching Fail – L’Oréal Colorista Bleach

Hair Bleaching Fail - L'Oréal Colorista Bleach

I’m sure I’ve mentioned recently my very first world problem of having roots and not having the money to go to the hairdresser to get the whole issue addressed. Such a nightmare.

Desperate times call for stupid solutions. L’Oréal Colorista Bleach. What could go wrong? I did a little bit of research into what kind of results other people had ended up with but couldn’t really find any before and afters, so I hope this helps anyone who might be considering a home bleach!


Having naturally pretty dark hair, this is probably the most nervous I have ever been about dying my hair. I have never home bleached before and have always thought it’s never going to be a good idea, but as I said, desperate times.

Here we have the starting point, lots of root.


When in doubt, all you need is your best friend and a glass of wine. Liz used an old foundation brush to apply the bleach, pretty straightforward – especially when all you have to do is sit and try to suck in your stomach. Processing time is a lot quicker than I had expected, 30-45 minutes, a lot quicker than at the salon.

First impressions, very good. This was immediately after application. Nice and white blonde, I will admit to being (probably) a little too hopeful at this point.


After the recommended time there was a slight burning sensation on my scalp but nothing more than at the hairdressers so I didn’t think it was such an issue. It isn’t the nicest thing to wash out, it took a couple of shampoos, silver shampoo, L’Oréal supplied conditioner and a 2 minute conditioning mask all before my hair felt anywhere near normal again.

I’ve never been so precious about my hair, but when I took my towel off I did want to cry ever so slightly. I was definitely being a drama queen but after the initial platinum colour when the bleach was still on my hair, I wasn’t quite prepared for so much yellow. Who knew home bleaching could leave you orange?


Bleaching does make me nervous so I thought I’d give my head a bit of a break and not apply any heat before bed. Interesting result in the morning. Morning hair does always make me laugh, but that was the only thing making me laugh this morning! Very brassy. Not really what I had in mind at all.


To give it the benefit of the doubt, it only seemed fair to attempt a bit of styling. I don’t think this really make anything much better. What miracles can purple shampoo achieve?


It should go without saying, I can’t see me using this product again. I’d rather sell half my wardrobe to pay my lovey hairdresser (who is going to hate me again after this). I think if you had lighter starting off hair, this could work for you but whether it is worth the risk is completely up to you. I do also wonder if I’d have left the L’Oréal Colorista Bleach on for longer whether it would have lifted more or whether I would have ended up bald. The packet does recommend using one of the L’Oréal Colorista wash out colours after bleaching. I don’t have much confidence it will solve any problems but it’s worth giving it a go! Could it really get any worse?

Stay tuned!

Much love!