I’ve been getting so many questions about my hair color recently, that I think it’s about time I write something about it. Here is what I use!
And, disclaimers. I am not a hair stylist. So, like, when your hair turns orange don’t complaint to me, kay?
I get all of my products from Sally Beauty. I’ve found that the workers there tend to know what they are doing and are eager to help. Sign up for their Sally Beauty card. It’s $10 for a year, but will save your $.50 cents or more each product. They also routinely send out coupons and gave me $5 coupon for signing up.
1. Ion brand creme permanent hair color in Medium Intense Red Blonde. $4.50 (I use two boxes now because my hair is so long. Short hair will only need one).
2. Salon Care 20 creme developer. $3.50 (Lasts 4-8 months).
3. Ion color defense after-color sealer. $6.00 (Lasts a few months. Not necessary, but I like it!).
You’ll need a dye bowl and brush. Both of these were made my Ion and found at Sally Beauty. You’ll also really, really need gloves for the person dying your hair. These bad boys will turn hands pink for a week. Sally sells them for .50 cents!
I’ve been dying my hair this shade for the last 14 months. My hair is naturally a lighter medium blonde, so it probably looks much different on people with naturally dark hair.
It’s quite intense and don’t be surprised if you look like a firetruck when it’s done. I pour equal parts dye(I use two tubes/boxes, so 4 ounches of dye and 4 ounces of developer together in the bowl). I wear a shirt I don’t care about and tie a rag towel around my neck to avoid staining. Also cover the area you’re dying in with towels, especially under the bowl. This shit stains.
My friends Steph or Brenna(Alli dyed it when I was at school) usually dye my hair and takes about an hour to get my whole head. I put half of my hair up and take pieces out as we go(starting at the nape of my neck, moving to my hairline). This color fades a lot, so we dye all of my hair every time.
Once the whole head is covered in dye, I hold up all of my hair with a claw clip and wait about 45 minutes to wash it out in the shower. I try to always wash my hair with cool water to avoid fading. I usually use a little shampoo and then the after color sealer. It’s sort of impossible to get the water to run clear. You’ll have pink water for most of the month.
Here is a diagram of how the color fades from right after to right before I dye again. I usually re-dye every 4-5 weeks.
Like I said, this color is intense. And for some reason warrants people to constantly talk about it. I’ve had more conversations with strangers about my hair color than anything else. Most people are really nice about and complimentary, but there are of course random creepy old dudes at the grocery store and stranger’s weird desire to call you “Red”. [I’m not talking about you, Alli. I love when you call me Red. ;) ].
Also. People really, really like to tell you what hair color they think looks best on you. From old people at church that I’ve never talked to, to random family members. I like my hair red because I like it and I really don’t care if you think I look better with blonde hair or brown hair or purple hair.
My hair is pretty shiny for the first week, but the shininess fades as the color fades. As far as damage goes, mine is not too bad. I don’t ever blow-dry my hair or use a hot iron, the curling iron is the only thing I use. I only recently started getting split ends, but that’s mostly because my hair is getting so long(bottom of my bust) and because I’m lazy about getting my hair trimmed.
I think that clears it up. Any more questions?