Post # 1
So I have been dying my hair red for… good lord, like 20 years! I used to be all about the brightest and craziest shade and changing it all the time. Now I have an office job and I’ve gone kind of boring and brownish. I also haven’t been able to be loyal to a brand since they changed the formula of my beloved Natural Instincts Spiced Tea. I want to find a color and brand ASAP that I can stick with until the wedding so I know for sure what its going to look like and how it fades, etc. I also want to head back towards the redder reds BUT I do not want to look like I have clown hair at my wedding!!! So it can’t look orange or purple in bright light.
Not sure what my natural color is anymore. I’d say probably light brown.
Also I do NOT have a hair dresser I trust. I’d rather do it myself than risk paying $80 to have my hair butchered by a professional. And when I do get professional color it always seems to change color drastically as it fades.
Any ideas? Pictures would be great!! I’m mainly shopping at the drugstore now. Anything I could get at Sally’s would also be fine but I don’t have access to anyone with a license.
Post # 3
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.
The color it fades to after 4 weeks
Post # 4
@michiru4ever: That is really pretty! I am going to go check that out, probably one shade darker cause you know…. roots.
I definitely need to get my butt back to Sally’s. I have been so busy and lazy lately that I always just end up at the drugstore. And they are trying to appeal to the masses, so none of the reds really end up very red.
That’s the same problem I have at salons, they don’t want to give me a bright red because they don’t think I mean it.
How long before your wedding did you end up dyeing? My hair grows so freaking fast. I’m kind of nervous to do it the weekend before, but I think I probably have to.
Post # 5
I have naturally medium brown hair, golden chestnut color. My hair responded REALLY well to red henna…it looked alive and natural.
Post # 6
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
@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
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
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
@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
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
@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
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
@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)