*** PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT A COSMETOLOGIST. This is based on my experience for the past 6 years dyeing my hair red, knowledge through my stylist, and research. I do not feel comfortable answering questions beyond what I know, therefore if you are blonde/brunette trying to achieve this color, please consult a professional hair stylist. I personally get my hair done professionally and can’t answer much beyond what I blog about. Thank you. ***
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I have lost count of the amount of times someone has questioned me about what color my red hair is and how they can achieve the look. Many always state how they can never get that vibrant red hair color, and how often their burgundy colors look too dark for their personal liking, and other issues they face when trying to reach that certain red tone they want. Others complain of finally loving their vibrant red, yet never being able to have that color last as long as they would like to enjoy it. It’s well known, red is the hardest color to achieve, and also the hardest to maintain. However, there are a handful of things to get your color to last every last drop you can get it to! It was a bit of a hassle to me at first, but being a redhead for almost 6 years and counting, I have finally learned my fair share of which dyes to use, maintaining my color as long as I can, and what to do/use and most definitely, what not to!
There are so many opinions on what brand of semi-permanent dye there is to use. Punky colours? Special Effects? N-Rage? or Manic Panic? Some people hate one brand, while another loves the other.
Pictures with these dyes on myself personally will be at the end of the blog entry
Punky colours was the first semi-permanent dye that I was introduced to. I wasn’t anywhere near used to the messiness of the hair dye, while in the process of washing my hair out, and certainly after… Semi-permanents stain your scalp when freshly dyed and also continue to bleed out dye from your hair during washes. It was tough to deal with in the beginning and I had to kiss all my white shirts goodbye, but the color I had was well worth it. It’s exactly why I continued using the product for a year and a half on my natural dark brown hair, never bleached out. I switched off from the colors rubine and red wine. The dye smelled DELICIOUS, even more so because I was so used to boxed dye from drug stores (big NO-NO). Overall, I still love this dye. It’s like a first love sort of thing to me, it’s always going to have a place in my heart and I still would use it, just not as often as I ever did, and not without mixing it into a Manic Panic dye.
Truth be told, all the reviews I read and raves about Special Effects over the internet didn’t amount to what the product did for me. I tried it. I saw NO difference between Manic Panic (which is my favorite) and Special Effects….except for the price! My color did not last longer, and truth be told, I didn’t really like any of the Special Effect colors. It just didn’t do it for me the way other people had been stating it did for them.
This was actually to-date, the last dye I have used on my hair, in the color Crimson Red (mixed it with Manic Panic color in Purple Haze). It reminded me of Punky colours because it was just as messy and kept intensely bleeding during washes. The product was fine, nothing different. I didn’t like their color selection at all and probably would never purchase again, it also costs a bit more than Manic Panic at Sallys Beauty Supply.
I have to say, this is my favorite hair dye. Always will be. I’ve tried moving on from Manic Panic to try other dyes, but have always came crawling back to the amazing intensity my hair gets from these dyes. I started off using Manic Panic on my natural dark brown hair but decided to soon after bleach my hair out and use the dye. The color was INTENSE. And I loved it. Because that is exactly what I wanted. I always, always, always mix my semi-permanent hair dyes and Manic Panic makes the best colors to mix into that perfect Red Wine color I want, whether I want my color more on the red size, or leaning towards the purple tones. Even dyeing your hair at the salon and eventually seeing your red begin to fade, a mix of this on top of your already dyed hair (no chemicals-so it isn’t damaging!) will give you a real kick of color. Walk into the sunlight and it will show through so intense and beautiful, these colors really do justice. I love Manic Panic, and I usually use Rock N Roll Red, Pillarbox red, or any other of their bright reds, and mix it with Purple Haze to get the perfect intense burgundy color that isn’t too dark for my personal preference.
Maintaining Your Red Hair Color
It is very important to use a shampoo and conditioner meant for maintaining hair color. You can purchase one of the Genetic Products from Sallys Beauty Supply for around the price of $6, which is very inexpensive. Also, you may consider a dry shampoo to use on days you do not wash your hair.
For washing hair, try to limit yourself to a few times a week. The less you can get away with washing, the longer your color will last. In the shower, be sure to ONLY wash your hair with lukewarm/cold water. The hot water will drain your color out of your hair.
Again, heat being a bad thing for your hair, limit yourself to using hot styling tools such as straighteners and curling irons. I straighten my bangs everyday and they are the quickest and the first part of my hair to fade! It’s true people. Also be sure to use a heat protector when you do decide to use heat to style. So try to air dry and pin curl instead!
Leaving your semi-permanent hair dye for a few hours helps your color last longer as opposed to only having it in for 30 minutes. This will not damage your hair. I leave mine in for 6+ hours… (crazy, I know)
The sun will also cause your color to fade. Make sure to try to stay out of the sun for long periods of time because it will have an effect on your color!
Lastly, you could always pour some Manic Panic, or other semi-permanent dye into your conditioner for a quick “kick” of color in the shower.
Very Quick List of Do’s/Dont’s
- Do invest in a good color protecting shampoo
- Do opt to use hair dyes where you manually mix the dye and developer yourself, or semi-permanents which contain no harsh chemicals and are Vegan products
- Don’t use box dyes from drugs stores. Colors don’t even last long enough for the damage you’re doing to your hair to be worth it!
- Don’t wash your hair in hot water because you’re color is going to wash out