Our editor, Megan, has been wanting to dye her hair red for quite a long time. As a matter of fact, she had pinned quite a few red hair images for inspiration for a while now.
The other day, Megan was talking about how she wanted to dye her hair and I had an idea… let’s put that red inspiration to good use. With the images in hand, I did a little research.
Megan’s Hair Inspiration:
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The main issue we faced… how were we going to lift her hair from a dark brown to a bright, bold red without having to do any pre-lightening with bleach? Well, turns out, it is not that hard!
This video from Nicole Guerriero was my main form of research. She had gone from a dark brown to a bright red with no complications. While she used a different color than the one we ultimately chose, she made some good points in her video and I used that as a starting point.
From there, I did a little research about the products she used and it looked like a lot of others had the same success with these products. I chose the L’Oreal HiColor Excellence. I did not use the HiLights color.
Megan’s hair had been dyed before and her roots were growing out. Both can add to the difficulty of hair dying and making it even. Now, I can’t guarantee that these directions will work for everyone and we are definitely not professionals but it doesn’t seem too hard.
First, we needed to figure out which color red we wanted to use.
Things We Used:
L’Oreal Excellence HiColor Reds for Dark Hair Only (Colors: Copper Red or Red Hot)
30 volume developer
Riveting Reds conditioner (to keep the red from fading as fast)
Color Brilliance Demi Permanent 4RC-4.4 (Medium Copper Brown) *
* This is a “just in case” color. We weren’t really sure how the reds would turn out so we bought this just in case. We ended up not even using it!
We started with unwashed hair that was ready to go!
We started with Copper Red. Mixed it up in the bowl and it looked like what one person described as mayonnaise and hot sauce. Pretty accurate description if you ask me!
Once the dye was mixed with the developer, I applied the mixture to Megan’s hair starting at the ends first and working my way up to the roots. Keep in mind that your roots are new growth which means they will process faster. It’s best to start with the middle and ends of your hair before working on your roots.
We went into this knowing that we would have to do this process twice. The first time, the Copper Red did lift her hair from a brown to a light red but it wasn’t evenly covered. We washed out the dye, blow dryed her hair and started the next step. From here, we used the Red Hot color and applied it on her hair and left it on for about 30 minutes.
Once the process was done, we rinsed her hair off and shampooed it before drying and styling.
Mission accomplished! It worked!!!! Megan was left with a beautiful bright, bold red that is really flattering to her skin tone.
We highly recommend these colors when you are looking for a bright, fun red! If you have any questions, leave them below!!!!