Which is the best red hair dye? Any red heads here, post pics…

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My hair has been red since high school. I use L’Oréal Preference or Excellence, whichever is on sale but i prefer excellence. I have natural highlights and lowlights in my hair so my hair never takes the dyes evenly but it looks more natural that way. I have long hair so it usually takes me two boxes. 

Post # 4
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679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

What shade of red are you looking for? Pics?

What is your natural hair color? Is it currently treated with a different color other than your natural?

 

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

@SamanthaLovesJames:  I second L’oreal. I’ve used many many different red dyes (im a natural redhead, but i like a brighter red then my natural color.) I really like the Fiera line but have also had success with Preference and Excellance. I had zero luck with Ion’s reds, my red faded in less then two weeks back to the blonde I started with.

Personally, i don’t think red is worth getting done in a salon, since no matter what, it will fade faster then other colors. If you’re starting with a light base color, it can be done at home no problem.  If you’re not, then you may want to get it done at a salon first.

Here’s some pictures, but i’ll be taking these down in a bit, since I don’t like my face being everywhere!

I started with either a light red (my natural) or a blonde base with all of these.

 This is L’oreal Fierra Power Red in Copper 

 

L’oreal Light Intense Coppeer 

 

Clairol Professional in Darkest Reddest Blonde (this was over a brown base. It did not last very long, and i find Clairol smells horrible. It was a nice color though)

(I took down the photo whil i look for another because it had other peoples faces in it. Hold on! Edit: here you go

 

These next two are both L’oreal Feira in Double Intensity Auburb red, almost brand new. This color fades to a great light auburn 

 

And my current color, L’oreal Mega Red in Dark Intense Copper

 

 

I’m sorry those photos are so big wow!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Definitely worth doing it at the salon. I’m a professional hairdresser, so I’m undoubtedly biased, but I also spent years box-colouring my hair at home before I went to cosmetology school. There is such an incredible difference between professional colour and at-home – particularly vibrancy and shine. Evenness and quality of application is huge, too. What colour are you now? This will make a huge difference in how easy of a time you will have getting your hair to the red shade you desire at home. If you’re going from blonde or very dark I highly recommend going to a salon so that they can either fill or lift your hair first.

 

I’m a Goldwell US/Schwarzkopf colourist and this is my hair.

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I like garnier for vibrancy, but it doesn’t last as long I find. I kind of use any brand, they all work. The best reds are always from the salon unfortunately.

Post # 9
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@laureneliz87:  I did have my favorite red come from a color expert, sadly he forgot to write it down and he could never find the exact color again. It was the best my hair has ever looked.

 

@SamanthaLovesJames:  whether you go to a salon or do it at home,make sure you get a record of what you used and the exact color. I’ve forgotten before and bought what I thought I had bought before to disastrous results.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@laureneliz87:  Beautiful color! Goldwell is the absolute best color I have ever used – including everything I’ve had done by master colorists in high end salons. I started purchasing Goldwell Topchic online and doing my own color at home. It has never been more spot-on and consistent. I get the exact color I want every single time and it always comes out perfectly. On top of that, it has never fried my hair. Can’t ask for anything else!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

I’ve used Garniers dark red/purple colours which I liked since my hair was a.medium brown & it required no bleaching.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I used to go to quite expensive salons all the time.  But – over the years – I just wanted my hair all one color.  For years I had blond highlights – like over 10 years.  I wanted something easy that I could control myself.  And to be honest it seems like the salon prices at the salons I used to hit up have gotten crazy.  

My mother dyed her own hair red with store bought dye since I was born.  I started asking her alot of questions about how she felt about the coverage, price, ease and color itself.  She highly recommended L’Oréal or Revlon.  She said stick to brands you know – don’t take chances with your hair!

My moms hair was always short and light red.  I had my doubts being an expensive salon girl.  And I had very long thick hair compared to my mothers short baby fine hair.  But, I finally did it.  I have used both L’Oréal and Revlon.  With both the coverage and color is very good.  I have been doing my own hair now for about 4 years.  I only use L’oreal now.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I was a Goldwell 6R redhead for years, but now color at home with the Moroccan Oil Haircolor from Sally Beauty.  It is INCREDIBLY gentle, and I have very little fading.  I custom mix my shade, a level 6 and 7 copper red.

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

red is super hard to achieve correctly. i’ve never found a home color that worked for me. i’d go to a salon to have it done.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I religiously use Garnier Nutrisse- Dark Intense Auburn. I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on this color. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

PI’m a natural ginger although i do now have to dye to keep the greys at bay.  I use a preference Box colour that looks just like my natural colour but without those pesky greys.  My hair is more orange than red though. I think that if its a dramatic change you should go to the salon so they can help you with the shade of red.

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