“People who haven’t red hair don’t know what trouble is.” – Anne of Green Gables
Out of all of the questions people ask me, I get more questions about my hair than anything else. I definitely don’t mind, because I know first-hand that the internet is the best place to get personal reviews and suggestions for products, techniques, and everything else. So for those of you looking to go red, here are the products that I use!
1. Clairol Professional Dye
Though I alternate between shades, I most frequently use Clairol Torrids “Audacious Red” for a vibrant, red-orangey shade or Reddest Fire Red for a darker (but still red-orange) color. I wouldn’t recommend buying the dyes online; if you visit a beauty store in person (my go-to shop is Sally’s), you can pick out the shade you want based on swatches. In the end, the best shade for you depends on your natural hair color and what sort of shade you’re trying to achieve. The only thing I can stress here is that professional dyes (such as Clairol’s) are fairly easy to use and will ALWAYS produce a much more consistent color than box dyes. After many years of hair-dyeing, I have never had luck with box dyes and will never touch them again, even if using professional dye is slightly more tedious (you have to brush it in rather than shampooing it).
2. Clairol Pure White Cream Developer
If you use professional dye, you also need to buy developer with which to mix it. The volume of the developer that you’ll require also depends on your starting color and your desired color. Usually at a beauty store, the sales assistants can recommend which one you should use. Regardless of what volume you choose though, you should always go with the “Creme” developer, which is loaded with conditioner to protect your hair from damage.
3. John Frieda Radiant Red Shampoo & Conditioner
Although there is no perfect anti-shade shampoo, I quite like John Frieda’s radiant red. Some people have recommended henna shampoo, but when I tried it, it dried out my hair incredibly, so I’m sticking with this.
To maintain the color and keep up with my roots, I end up having to dye my hair about once a month. A few ways that I keep it [relatively] healthy are: using a comb rather than a brush, deep conditioning it every now and then, abstaining from blow-drying or straightening it, and washing it no more than once every other day.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask and I’ll answer them here!