DIY: Red Hair Tips

tips & tricks

I’ve been dyeing my hair different shades of red myself for a couple years now. Right now it’s more of a burgundy color, but my shade of choice has mostly been high maintenance bright, vibrant red. It took me awhile to get it right, and I wanted to share with my fellow red lovers! I am in no way a professional hairdresser, this is just what I found worked for me through trial & error & some research.

1. Permanent Dye: If you have blonde/light hair, do not use a permanent hair color! The developer will cause the color to come out orange. This has happened to me, and it’s not fun! If your hair is light, you can just use a semi-permanent color to get a bright shade. (Skip to step 2!) If your hair is naturally dark, head over to Sally’s and get a box of permanent red dye and some 30 vol. developer. Avoid magenta red or orange red and go for a true red. I love L’Oreal HiColor Highlights in aptly named ‘Red.’ This brand of color really lightens your hair because it’s meant for naturally dark hair.

2. Demi-Permanent Dye: After following the directions that come with the product, admire your bright bright hair. After a wash or two, it will lose it’s pizzaz a bit. Don’t worry! Go out and buy a semi/demi permanent red color such as Manic Panic or Special Effects. N Rage Demi is my favorite. Dye your hair again with this color. It’s OK to use this so soon after you dyed your hair because there is no bleach/developer involved so little damage is done. This easily refreshes & amps your hair back up, and stays for a decent amount of time! A note about the N Rage dye I recommended— This color is awesome, but it is very messy! It will make a mess of your shower, hands, white clothes, and probably other things. Once your roots need a refresh go back to the permanent color.

3. Washing: A lot of people swear by shampoo made specifically for red hair, but I honestly don’t find it makes much of a difference. Make sure the shampoo you’re using though contains no sulfates, as this is what strips color! Try to wash your hair only once a week, go for twice if you’re really physically active. Invest in a shower cap, and let Dry shampoo be your new best friend! In between washes when your hair starts to get greasy apply & by amazed.

Permanent color + demi permanent color + minimal washing + dry shampoo = bright, vibrant red hair.

Are you smitten with red hair? Any other tips I missed?

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