Beauty, Lifestyle

L’oreal Paris Excellence Creme Hair Color Review

Two weeks before my trip to El Nido, I decided to dye my hair purple after playing with an app called Make-Up Plus that makes you change your hair color. Initially, I wanted to have my hair done at a salon by professional hairstylists, but the prices were unexpectedly high and I would rather spend the money on my trip. So I went to look for different hair dyes and decided to dye my hair at home with a help of a friend who used to work at a salon.


Before Make-Up Plus

After a week, I finally decided to use L’oreal because I have heard that their brand is really one of the best in the country and mainly because they provide free hair coloring service on the spot. Yes, on the spot, meaning it is done in the middle of the department store with a lot of people passing by and with multiple eyes staring at you. I have never tried it before and my adventurous side kicked in. “Sure, why not?” I told myself.


After Make-up Plus

So a day before my trip to El Nido, I went to the mall and waited in line for my turn. They colored my hair and wrapped it with plastic. In the process of coloring my hair, two of my college block mates even saw me having my hair dyed at the middle of the mall. Haha! After an hour, they washed and blow-dried my hair. Overall, it took only 2 hours to get my hair done.

Color of my choice


Wrap it up ~

At first it turned out okay. I didn’t feel any itchiness for the first 24 hours. However, on the following day and also my first day to El Nido, my scalp started to feel itchy. Around noon, my scalp has turned red and bumpy. It actually scared the hell out of me, but I immediately knew it was probably an allergic reaction to L’oreal’s hair dye. Still, I had my doubts, thinking it was probably because of something I ate or because I used shampoo right after instead of just with conditioner. (I actually forgot to just use conditioner for the first two days. My mind was full of “El Nido”.)

On my second day at El Nido, aside from my scalp, even my face swelled a little minus the redness. That’s when I decided to look for a drugstore and bought an antihistamine medicine. When I got a hold of the internet, even though the connection was really bad, I tried to search for L’oreal hair dye reviews and turned out that I wasn’t the only one who experienced the same thing. [Dailymail: Woman died of allergic reaction] *heart thumping*


My swelled up face – I guess this is how I would look like if I gain weight.

The reason? L’oreal’s hair dye contains PPD, or scientifically known as the chemical para-phenylenediamine. It is also the same chemical used when having henna tattoos. I have had a henna tattoo and I had an allergic reaction to it as well. My henna swelled really bad and turned red instead of black making it looked embossed. A lot of people thought it was cool that my henna was in red and that it looked embossed when it fact it was an allergic reaction and it took me two months to heal it.

So when I read that L’oreal hair dye have PPD, I immediately knew the reason and what to do. I am allergic to PPD, and the best way to heal it is to put aloe vera on it twice a day, every morning and every evening, and also to take antihistamine medicine to lessen the itchy feeling. But I couldn’t find an actual aloe vera in El Nido and was told that I have to wait for market day; so for the meantime,  I bought an aloe vera gel in the pharmacy.


I can still look cute with my purple brown hair despite the fact that my face swelled so bad. Hehe. ;)

It is a good thing I already have an experience when it comes to PPD allergic reaction, or it might have gotten worse. PPD allergic reaction can actually kill and is a very dangerous allergic reaction when left untreated.

Immediate remedy for PPD allergic reaction:

1. Take antihistamine, but make sure you aren’t allergic to it.

2. Wash your hair with unscented soap or baby soap until all excess color are washed off. I did this for three days, washed 4 times a day.

3. Buy aloe vera or aloe vera gel and spread it on the areas affected as needed.

4. Avoid eating chicken, seafood and eggs.

5. Do not scratch the affected area.

If symptoms persist after three days inexperienced any other symptoms not mentioned in my post such as fever, consult a doctor immediately.

Hair color is not worth dying for.

The moral lesson of this story is- Always check the content of any products first before application.

A question to all my readers: have you had any experience with allergic reaction? 🤔

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  • Reply Miss ty

    You should have patch test first to know if you are allergic to loreal excellence. It’s on the instructions manual. I bought loreal today because it’s on sale 299 instead of 399 and did a patch test on my elbow but few seconds only i felt a sting and immediately washed it. I did a test too with my sister on the spot near her ear and just few minutes passed and it’s already swollen and reddish like the bite of an ant. It’s my supposed first time to try coloring my hair but end up in disappointment.
    Won’t ever buy loreal excellence again.

    December 21, 2016 at 12:47 am
  • Reply Jill

    Oh wow! I bought some of this but have not tried it yet. Now I’m super scared! I’ll be doing a patch test first! Thank you for sharing your experience – glad you’re okay!

    January 4, 2017 at 1:20 am
  • Reply Carola

    I love Lóréal as a brand. I always use their mascara, day cream and BB cream! So I quickly would have bought this one as well. Glad to read your story. Must have been a scary experience. I’m glad that you’re okay now. You remedy steps are very valuable. It’s good to know how to fix it/ feel better soon! I’ve colored my hair several times. I let the hairdresser do it. But I’m just too blond. I had my hair red and black. Black made me way too pale haha.

    January 11, 2017 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Bhushavali

    OMG! Oh my dear Lord!!! Its so sad what happened to you. Hair color or any beauty product or alternation isn’t worth dying for or ever losing health! Somehow I never considered hair coloring. I have a Raven colored hair which is super fine. The very thought of stripping it off its natural color would makes me think I’d go just bald!

    January 13, 2017 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply Jimmy and Tina

    How awful for you and on vacation, I have heard of this before and a lot of brown colored dyes also cause these issues. My sister in law dyed her hair last year and her whole face swelled including her eyes. I have used the same brand for many years and it did not affect me at all. strange, but I think so many more people are developing allergies to the chemicals they put in the dyes.

    January 15, 2017 at 3:08 am
    • Gryselle Mae
      Reply Gryselle Mae

      Based on my research, a lot of people have had allergic reaction to L’oreal’s hair dyes because they had too much PPD in it.

      January 15, 2017 at 11:23 pm
  • Reply Abie

    Tiis ganda talaga minsan 😬 Sorry to know that you had bad allergic reaction from the hair dye! did the loreal staff ask you if you’re allergic to hair dye and did they offere to do a patch test first? I’ve bleached and colored my hair many times but didnt’t experience any allergic reaction, so I guess I’m kind of lucky. I think you should try the vegan hair dyes or the ones made in Korea. But personally I think you look pretty with black hair :)

    January 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm
    • Gryselle Mae
      Reply Gryselle Mae

      They asked me if I had any allergies to hair dyes. I dyed my hair twice before and I didn’t get any reactions so I said no. They asked me to sign a waiver but they didn’t offer to do a patch test. I never had any problems with hair dyes before so I didn’t think of doing a patch test. :/

      January 15, 2017 at 11:21 pm
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    February 2, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Marilee F

    I used a L’oreal Excellence hair color on April 8,2018. Broke out in severe hives from my head to my knees. The doctor gave me 10 days of prednisone, helped some until I finished them. Things got really ugly, hives rebounded, woke to back of head and neck swollen bad. Was in two different hospitals and now back on prednisone for two more weeks, 4 doses of Reactine antihistamine per day and Rinitidine as an extra antihistamine as well. All of this on top of me being diabetic and blood pressure issues. I will never use a haircolor as long as I live again! This stuff is POISON., and I believe they have changed the formula in this stuff. Always used it before, not one issue! My cousin recently used it and it fried her hair! 8 months of Hair trimmings to get rid of the burnt frizz! Another friend told me she recently used this as well and got burning and severe itching on her head. Coincidence I don’t think so. Sneaky companies messing with stuff and not caring who they hurt.

    April 24, 2018 at 10:16 pm
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