Confessions of a Makeup Addict: How I dye my hair

October 31, 2012

How I dye my hair

I've received quite a few comments asking how I dye my hair, how I get it so vibrant, and how I keep it so intense. I've been wanting to post this ever since I began dying my hair red again. I love sharing things like this with people, I love bright hair and it makes me happy that others want hair this bright and colorful!

So, as you guys know, I started out Platinum blonde.

And then I had it professionally dyed to a medium brown with red highlights.

But, since my hair had been bleached for so long before, it would not hold the color, and two weeks later the red was a muddy pink, and the brown turned a dirty blonde color. 

So, not being able to afford to go back to a salon, I dyed my hair, re-doing the red and brown.

When I dyed this, I used semi-permanent dye for both, as I wasn't sure how it would turn out.

About two weeks ago, I decided to dye it all red.


This is what I keep getting questions about, and now I'm going to answer them. :)

So, I've dyed my hair previously with the Garnier Intense Auburn dye for dark hair. I use the Light Auburn Color. The box looks like this:
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This is made to even give really dark brown hair a nice red color. This dye lasts much longer in my hair than other kinds I've tried. It also stays intense longer. The box says to leave this on your hair for 25 minutes, I typically leave it on for 30-35. I'm not sure that it makes a difference, that's just what I do. :)

Then, for the hot pink tint that I have, I use Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink on it as well. It looks like:
**I do not own the rights to this image. This image was taken from google images**

That's what gives my hair the more magenta tone, rather than red. I use this when I condition my hair. I mix it with my conditioner and leave it on for around 10 minutes, rinse and I'm good to go. 

If you only use the Manic Panic dye on blonde hair, your hair will look like this:

That's a pretty good picture of how bright it is on it's own. I like to put it over the red, because it makes the red look more vibrant than it can on its own, and I like the pink shine.

Okay, now let me give you a few tips that have served me well.

If only using manic panic dye, leave it on your hair for a LONG time before rinsing. This dye is 100% harmless and has no developers in it. It's actually good for your hair, so when only using it, I recommend putting it on, covering your head with a shower cap and sleeping with it in.

As far as washing your hair, don't do it more often than you need to. Dry shampoo works wonderfully, and there are a ton of cute hairstyles that you can do with "dirty" hair. Hair doesn't need to be washed everyday, it's actually damaging because it removes all of the natural oils from it, leaving it vulnerable to split ends and breakage.

Don't judge me because I wash my hair every 2-3 days. I don't wash it until it is dirty. If you're going to have vibrant hair and you wash it everyday, you'll be re-dying every week or two, depending on your hair care routine.

Make sure your shampoo is made for color treated hair and preferably sulfate-free. Also, wash your hair in cool water, not hot. Hot water opens the cuticles in your hair, making your dye fade faster.

Obviously heat styling is bad for your hair, and it's also bad for your dye. Just like hot water, it opens the cuticles, making your hair fade faster. So, if you're going to heat style, use heat protectant!

Fair warning for anyone considering red hair: you will ruin every towel that touches your head, your tub/shower will be stained, and it takes a ton of upkeep! So be aware of that before you make your decision.

I hope this was helpful for you guys! Let me know!

Also, if you have any more suggestions or requests, please, let me know in the comments!

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    1. Thanks! I've dyed my hair a ton too, and it's really damaged. I really do miss having platinum blonde hair, but I had it that way for over a year, and I couldn't keep bleaching it anymore, as it was starting to really damage my scalp. It was to the point that it was too painful for me to continue bleaching.
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  2. That is a fantastic red shade! You also look really good with the blonde hair ;)

    gl0ssi.blogspot.ca

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  3. I totally agree about washing your hair only a few times a week! When I lived in Paris the women I talked to thought it was crazy to wash your hair more than once a week.

    When I had red hair I used bumbles red shampoo which deposits color each time. I worked at a salon so I got it half price otherwise its kind of costly but it worked really well.

    You look super cute! Xo

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  4. I love the way the Nutrisse looks on you! Amazing! Thanks for linking up with us at Think Outside The Blog!

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  5. Hi! Stumbled upon you from Think Outside the Blog. I used to use that Nutrisse color when I went red. It was my favorite of all the box reds. What a cool idea to use Manic Panic over it. I love how it turned out!

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  6. Great post it was good to read. I've just started using henna on my hair to get it to a dark red shade which I really love, don't think I could chemically dye it as much as you have and have it look as good as yours! My hair is just too dry naturally :( xx

    Angelica [One Little Vice]

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