Well, I said I’d start doing spotlights on awesome famous redheads. And I thought since Florence was on the Oscars last night, this would be a perfect time to do it!
If you think you’ve been seeing this woman everywhere, it’s because you have! She performed at the VMA’s, the Grammys, and then the Oscars last night! I first found out about her on the VMA’s back in September (her red hair captured my interest, of course), and I went out and bought a copy of her album and was an instant fan.
If you don’t know who Florence is, she is more commonly known by her recording name Florence + the Machine, which is the name for her (Florence) and the artists she collaborates with on her songs (the machine). You may have heard her songs “Dog Days Are Over” and “Kiss With a Fist” various places, and you probably loved them haha. She’s won countless awards in her homeland of England, and was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys.
Her voice is just captivating, and if you’ve never heard of her, you should check her out on YouTube or iTunes!
Florence claims to dye her hair at home with box dyes, which is great news for us poor people! She says “any cheap home dye will do!” This just goes to show you that you can get an awesome red look at home :)
I’ve been dyeing my hair red for a few years now and have avoided bleaching it the entire time. I use L’Oreal Excellence HiColor for dark hair (Sizzling Copper). I believe the instructions say to use 20 volume developer, but I use 30.
As far as shampoo goes, I don’t use any fancy shampoo, but I wash my hair every other day in cold water and deep condition once a week. Regardless of what I do my colour fades in about two weeks to a golden red, but that’s just because I have stubborn hair. This picture was taken maybe 4 days after I redyed.
I get asked frequently if I’m a natural redhead. Apparently it looks more natural on me then my real hair colour, which I find amusing. XD
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Thanks for submitting! Your hair really does look natural :)
Hey, hello followers new and old! I’m sorry. I wanted to post this article yesterday but I had to deal with other things. But now I’m back and ready to share my knowledge!
Time for an answer to the age-old question: “what shampoo/conditioner should I use?” I’m only going to address the three shampoos that I have used, because I really have no right to talk about things that I know nothing about! ;)
I will go from best to worst. So here we go!
By the title, you know that this is sulfate-free, which, as I said in my last post, is a good thing if you want to keep your color. I came across this article, where the author kind of tore it apart, saying there were irritants in it. My scalp has never been irritated by it, which just goes to show you that it’s different for everyone. It smells great, it doesn’t have sulfates in it, and it keeps my hair color in longer than any other shampoo/conditioner I’ve used. It’s a little on the expensive side, as far as shampoos and conditioners go, but it’s L’Oreal…what can you do haha.
It comes in three types: Moisture, Volume, and Smooth. If you have dried out hair, use Moisture. If you have flat, volume-less hair, use Volume. And if you have frizzy hair, use Smooth. I use Moisture the most, but I have used all three, because my hair tends to be all three at times! All the scents are the same though; the shampoo is Rosemary Juniper (which smells like the stuff they use at the salon), and the conditioner is Rosemary Mint (smells awesome).
(also has a conditioner; not pictured)
Now just a warning: I am going to kind of contradict myself with the whole sulfate thing for this one. It contains sulfate, but only one type, Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Most other shampoos have multiple sulfates in them, which is bad for color. Sodium Laureth Sulfate is there mostly because it’s a cleaning agent that cleans out the stuff you don’t want, like dirt and oil.
It says it will make your color last up to 40 days. This might be kind of a stretch, especially for us red heads. I would say probably 30 days at the most. And even then, it’ll be somewhat faded by then.
What I like about this one is that it leaves my hair feeling awesome. And it smells amazing. It has a more clean scent than the L’Oreal one.
(also has a conditioner; not pictured)
One time when I went to go get my hair colored, I told my hair stylist what color shampoo I’d been using. When I told her Pantene Pro-V, she twisted up her face and said that you have to be careful with Pantene Pro-V because it can actually make your hair weaker and breakable. When she told me this, I immediately switched my shampoo.
Their Color Hair Solutions, much like L’Oreal, comes in three types: Shine (which I used), Volume, and Smooth.
I didn’t really notice anything special about this shampoo. It didn’t make my color really stay in any better than if I had used normal shampoo. And it’s riddled with sulfates. I would say stay away from this one.
So, in conclusion, if you’re really serious about not losing your radiant red color, I’d go with L’Oreal. If you’re more worried about getting your hair extra clean, while still maintaining some color, go with Tresemme. And if you’re interested in losing your color and weakening your hair, go with Pantene Pro-V :P
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