Quest for the perfect red hair

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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2291 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I dye my hair red myself. Go to your local Sally’s Beuty Supply and buy the Loreal Age Defense Permanent Hair Color and a developer, 20 if you only need to lighten/darken one to two shades or 30 if you need to lighten/darken more than 2 shades or if you have more than 25% gray. This hair color is great! It adds fullness and the color comes out so pretty. It fades slowly to a very natural red, and doesn’t turn pink or brassy. I have dark blonde hair and I use their 7RC I think, dark strawberry blond. It turns out really red on me, but I’ve been dying my hair red for a year now so I’ve layered a lot.

Freshly dyed

The color it fades to after 4 weeks

 

Post # 5
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499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have naturally medium brown hair, golden chestnut color.  My hair responded REALLY well to red henna…it looked alive and natural.

Post # 6
Hostess
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I have been a faux red head for about three years now. I do see a professional about every eight weeks or so and the color lasts very well. At any given time I have about five or so shades of red weaved throughout my hair along with a full head glazing to really make the colors pop in the sun, it is a masterpiece if I might say so.

The key to reds is not to overwash and when you do COLD water, as cold as you can stand.

Post # 7
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2291 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

@TrousseauHorse:  I have genetic hair loss so I wore a wig to my wedding. but if you’re dying your hair for the wedding then I’d do it at least 4 days before, but a week would be best. You want to give the color time to settle in and get rid of any scalp staining. My hair always looks great for 2.5-3 weeks, then in the fourth week it starts to fade faster. But it always fades to a pretty color. I like hot showers and I wash 2-3 times a week because I have greasy, fine hair so it would fade less if I wasn’t so harsh on it. You can always do a cellophane/gloss to brighten it between dye jobs if you don’t want to touchup every 4 weeks. My hair just grows so fast that by 3.5 weeks I’m dying to re-do it.

Post # 8
Hostess
9910 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have also been a Faux Red Head for about 18 years, Spiced Tea used to be my favourite too.  I’ve found the Garnier Nutriesse #56 Medium Reddish Brown is a good colour for me.  

 

I’ve been every shade of red imaginable but I”m trying to get into a routine for the wedding!

Post # 9
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not sure if mine is the shade you’re trying to avoid? (pic below)

I use a demi-permanent by CHI called Chromashine – they have lots of bold colours i’ve only ever tried the red one. I believe it’s a professional only product, my hairdresser sells it to me, it’s a treatment, purely organic there is literally no chemicals in it and it makes your hair SO soft and shiny.

Post # 10
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1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@Missy_Star:  My best friend has been looking for coloring like this for about 2 years now! The only colors even close to this that she can find all have to be ordered by hair dressers 🙁 It looks great on you!

Post # 11
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676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve been dying my hair red for the last 4 or 5 years and I’ve been using John Frieda 4R for the last 3 years or so and it’s my perfect auburn.  I thought they were discontinuing it so I picked up one of those Clairol 10 minute colors, I think, but that red was a little too light for me.

Post # 12
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LeonardLady:  Thank you! =) I dyed my hair very dark brown, almost black for about 10 years and had to gradually go to this colour, had some funky colours in between but i’m really happy now.

Post # 13
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3424 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Let us allorn Natural Instincts Spiced Tea. I used to die my hair red all through undergrad. Oh how I miss it. My hair is naturally very dark brown so my hair was always fading and as my hair grew I just couldn’t give up, so have been growing out in my dark brown hair. But ooooooh how I miss the Red

Post # 14
Hostess
9910 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Missy_Star:  might have to try and get my hands on this post wedding – FH will not be a happy camper if my hair is THIS red in our wedding photos, he’s not such a fan of the bright red (but as long as I don’t make it purple again he doesn’t care too much)

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