(Closed) Looking for suggestions on Red Hair Dye

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
3358 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Red is a super tricky color, especially when you are going red from another color. I would really recommend going to a professional.

Post # 4
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Miss_Lionheart:  I totally agree with Meowkers, going to a professional is a necessity when going red. You dont want it to turn out looking like a wig and box red dyes can go wrong fast.

Post # 5
4173 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I would recommend a professional get you where you are going on this, that’s an intense color change, it’s going to require a steady hand and superior product or you risk overprocessing and getting the wrong color, or having it wash out and dull….any trendy salons nearby? 

Post # 6
1611 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

What is your natural color?

eta: I just saw you are a light brunette, you can try lifting it yourself and usina a tone corrector to take out the yellow ( manic panic sells one) then using a red gloss or vegetable dye to get the bright red. I liked Punky better than manic panic for red. 

Post # 8
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

L’Oreal Feria has a great line of different reds (I think it’s called Power Reds?), it’s the only brand of red I’ve ever done myself that I loved.

Post # 9
4 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

This might be a little more “crayola red” than you’re looking for haha, but I went to this from brown a little darker than yours without professional help.  I used L’Oreal Excellence HiColor HiLites in Red with level 40 developer from Sally Beauty.  It’s meant for highlights but I put it on all my hair.  I’m nervous with stylists too; in my experience I pay 8 times more than I would if I do it myself and they never make it as bright as I want.  

Post # 10
7941 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@Meowkers:  YES!

I am a dark brunette that is now what I call a faux ginger. I have a red glaze on my hair with the additon of red foils…in other words lots of different reds. I highly recommend consulting a professional as reds are difficult and can turn out oh so wrong and the last thing you want to do is damage your hair. My stylist uses the Redken line and it is amazing.

Old hair color:

Me now:

Post # 12
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you havnt already died your hair you could use a a bright red henna dye, that usually works nicely

Post # 13
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

when I used to dye my hair red, I loved the feria power reds. I think the one I used was ruby rush and it turned out similar to the shade you want but slightly darker bc I started with a darker colour.

Post # 14
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’ve always used L’oreal for reds, and I’ve gone EVERY shade of red. The thing is, that red will not cover evenly if you’re hair is a bunch of different colors. And once it’s on there, it’s hard to keep (it fades so fast), however is really hard to cover.

I do my own hair mostly because I don’t trust anyone else with it (but if you saw my last thread, I accidenty turned it black a few days ago. Calmed down now and it’s growing on me). If you want to do it on your own, Definetly go to Sally’s or some beauty store and talk to someone there. They can usually point you in the right shade and brand and stuff you’ll need. If you want a uniform color, I would suggest bleaching before.

Just as a point of reference of how hard it is to keep red, all of these pictures are the same dye job. It’s just how it faded over the weeks 

Post # 15
3518 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


If you use body art quality henna (pure henna powder, NOTHING added) you have nothing to fear from reactions/allergies/encounters with bleach or other hair substances. 

I dye from dirty blonde to red and it’s a lovely near-natural orangey red. It’s a little unpredictable though, different batches of henna will have slightly different lawsone (the actual dye molecule in the plant) content. The higher the lawsone, the deeper red. It’s very orange based. (I actually like it a little cooler so I modify with a semi-permanent dye on top sometimes)

The pictures you posted is a cooler red than henna usually gets you though, and henna is 100% PERMANENT. You cannot get it out. Bleach might lighten it a little but really it isn’t going anywhere. You can dye over it with something to change the hue or darken it, but removal is not going to happen.

This picture is henna + a pinkish semi-permanent over dirty blonde hair. Without the sem permanent it’s a bit orangey-er/more natural looking than this. 


Post # 16
2 posts


I use Redken EQ to dye my naturally dark blonde hair red and I’ve been really happy with it for going on 3 years now.  I use Cayenne which definitely isn’t as true red as the color you’re looking for, but here’s a photo in case it helps you compare Cayenne to the other shades they have available. 



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