Because I just dyed my hair bright red, I felt like making this post because maybe it’ll be helpful for other people dying their hair red :)
So a little info about coloring your hair red: the reason red hair fades relatively fast (in the US) is because chemicals that used to be used in red hair dyes are no longer allowed in the United States. From my understanding, which constituted a quick Google on the subject, they used a smaller molecule that held the dye and which was able to penetrate the hair strands more effectively, thus allowing for longer-lasting red hair. But apparently this stock dye chemical was giving laboratory rats cancer, so they changed to a different chemical that was actually a bigger molecule. This molecule really actually sits on top of the hair strands more instead of actually penetrating it, thus it comes off your hair easier.
Something LounaTutorials articulated really well was that if you want bright red hair, you have just got yourself a new job. It is high maintenance. Let me repeat that: HIGH MAINTENANCE. Seriously. I’ve only had my hair dyed since the Fourth of July weekend and already I’ve found out on my own that this shit FADES. And RUNS. And STAINS. So be prepared to see a little bit of your beautiful red color collect in the bottom of your drain every time you wash your hair! And on your shirt when you sweat excessively. Or on your pillow if you go to bed with even remotely damp hair. And be prepared to not wash your hair for long periods of time (I have a friend who is doing this same coloring regime, same exact color dye as I am who is only washing her hair once a week). So invest in a good shower cap.
This by no means is a comprehensive guide to dying your hair this color, in fact, I really just started this post with the intention of posting my last few selfies to show off my new color, and then it turned into, well a DIY guide of sorts. But if you really want some more in-depth information about care for your hair in the long term, the video I linked to above (or here if you’re lazy) is really informative and Louna is absolutely adorable and quite funny to boot!
I’m not going to get into the actual dying process itself here. If you’d like to learn more about how I went about that, feel free to send me an ask. And maybe if I get enough I’ll post a tutorial about it. But honestly if you have a Sally Beauty nearby or a store like it, just ask them for a mixing bowl, brush, and invest in some latex gloves. After that, really all you need to do is wear an old tshirt and maybe if you’re really concerned about it (thought to be honest I didn’t have a problem with this at all) put some vaseline around your hairline to stop the color from dying your skin, and then start brushing that stuff on! And follow the directions on the box of course. Honestly that’s not really the hard part.
So here’s a list of the products that I personally am currently using to color and maintain my hair. I could be using more, and depending on how well these maintain my color I might stay with them or change them up, but I’ll keep ya posted! And also try to take a selfie every day in the same lighting before I recolor so you can get an idea of how much it fades and how quickly. I hope this is helpful!
-L’Oreal Excellence Hi-Color Dye in Red (first time, and then for root touch-up - I need to re-do this color on the majority of my hair as only the first 3-4 inches [which were lighter than the rest of my hair] got really radiantly red. Also, important sidenote: this hair dye is for medium-dark hair colors only as you use it with a developer that lightens your hair as it colors it!!)
-Ion Color Defense After-Sealer (after every dye
-John Frieda Radiant Red Shampoo (every time I wash my hair, which is about every 4-5 days)
-John Frieda Precision Foam Color Deep Conditioner (again, every time I wash my hair)
-Not Your Mama’s Dry Shampoo (every day except on days I wash my hair and the day after the day I wash my hair)
Soon to be using:
-Special Effects Dye in Nuclear Red OR Manic Panic in Wildfire (unless I am recommended a vegetable-based dye with a different undertone for the original color I used. And this I plan to use every 2-3 weeks to keep my color fresh)
-again, L’Oreal Excellence Hi-Color Dye in Red (only to touch up roots, as needed - not sure how long that will be yet)
I added the dates to each photo to try to give an idea of what the color looks like after different amounts of time but obviously the earliest photo looks the most faded…so idk. And the ones with the same background were taken with the same lighting situation..
In the biggest picture (from 7.18.14) I used L’Oreal Colour Riche #350 British Red Lipstick that I picked up from Walmart on lunch break. I wasn’t sure how the red-on-red would look, but wanted to try it anyways. What do you think?