Review: Color My Mane with L’oréal

Recently I just purchased  a home hair dye kit from Guardian. L’oréal Excellence Creme was on sale and it was for MYR25.88. I heard lots of good reviews about it and I decided to give it a try although my colleague experienced itchiness after using it. I purchased mine at B.B. Plaza where they don’t have much color selection and I took the lightest color available on their shelf which is Dark Golden Blonde.

It promises to protect and revitalize because it has Pro-Keratin in the product. There was a friendly warning that this is not suitable for those who is under the age of 16. As you can see it also displays  the before and after images of coloring the hair. I was a little worried if this is going to be too light for my hair because my hair picks up color easily.

These are the items in kit where there is a tube of protective pre-color serum, a bottle of creme developer, a tube of creme colorant, a bottle of protective conditioner, a comb nozzle and a manual where the gloves are within it.

First is to use this serum where it should be apply at the hair ends. This is my first time coming across to prep the hair before coloring it. It feels light and non-oily like a leave-on hair conditioner and it smells fruity.

The next step is to fill the bottle of creme developer with the creme colorant. Give it a good shake, break off the tip and replace it with the comb nozzle. My hair was previously colored, I’ll have to apply only at the roots then hair ends. Leave it on the roots for 20 minutes and hair ends for 10 minutes. For those who haven’t colored their hair before, you’ll be able to color it entirely and leave it for 20 minutes or 30 minutes if your hair is thick.

The comb nozzle makes it easy to do the application but it doesn’t have enough control to distribute the creme evenly out of the nozzle. The creme comes out too easily and very prone to wastage. However, I like that it doesn’t drip but I believe if you apply too much it will start slipping because I didn’t notice it splattered on my drawer next to me while I’ was  coloring my hair until I was sitting around to wait for the color to develop. Worrying that it might turn out too light, I follow the instructions accurately and when the time is up, just rinse it until the water is clear and use the conditioner and leave it for 2 minutes. Let’s see how it turns out.

On the left is the before and right is the after. The color turns out to be darker than I expected and it is no way near to the color shown on the box because my hair is lighter before coloring. Its been a week now and it gotten lighter about half shade which is still not impressive. Anyhow, I still like how it doesn’t damage my hair and it gives a beautiful shine to my hair.


I would want to love this kit but I expected more. It didn’t turn out as to the shade that I expected, maybe because this is meant for grey coverage that I believe it has darker pigments to cater it. I do have pre-mature greying but it didn’t cover it 100 percent because those grey hairs are now shiny golden. I didn’t experience any irritation and I love that the chemical scent is not too strong though it lingers for about two days.

How much and where to buy?

I bought this on sale for MYR25.88 and they could be priced up to MYR30+ depending on retailers. You may find them at Watsons, Guardian, major supermarkets and departmental store. Price varies depending on current promotion, offer or discounts.


  • Pre-coloring serum to protect hair
  • Non-damaging
  • Leaves beautiful shine
  • No irritation


  • Shade turns out darker
  • Not 100% grey coverage

My rating: 3/5


Traclyn Yeoh
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