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 just wanted to remind you all to keep submitting not only your questions, but pictures of yourself and your red hair! Make sure to include what dye you used, and any other product recommendations.
Sorry I haven’t been able to update as much as I want. These past two weeks have been the busiest of the semester so far!
I know it’s 1am and I should be doing my Japanese homework BUT I just bought some new shampoo today and I must share it with you.
I just bought the shampoo and conditioner today at Wal-Mart and I just used it. The reason why I chose to buy it is kind of funny actually…I was walking up and down the shampoo isle, looking for different color shampoos, because the L’Oreal Color Care System I usually buy is too expensive and I’m running low on money. I came across this Dove shampoo. It caught my eye because it was only a little over $2 per bottle. I opened up the cap and smelled it and it smelled heavenly haha.
The minute I used it, I already felt the difference. And the conditioner made my hair soooo smooth.
I dried my hair, and now I can’t stop running my fingers through it. It made my hair so smooth.
I haven’t dyed my hair in a long while, so I don’t know how good it is at keeping fresh red color (it has one sulfate in it), but I just love it right now.
And if it’s already making a difference in my hair after one use, I can’t wait to see what it will do over time.
I’m from Mexico, so i guess this whole ‘dye-thingy’ is way differente here, anyways, i’ve used like 4 different types of red but the one that i’ve liked the most and used the most is this:
i like it ‘cause you can get a pretty bright red but at the same time is like orage-ish, so yeah… the result is this:
recently i added some orange to my red hair and i think it looks waaaaay better than before, results:
Submitted by sodalefu
I love the orange you added! It looks super pretty :) Thanks for submitting!
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
Submitted by more-or-less-human
Thanks for submitting! Your hair really does look natural :)
I am soooo sorry that I’ve been MIA for a few days. It’s been a crazy past few days and weekend!
Who watched the Grammys? Hayley Williams and Florence Welch were representing the redheads ;) (and Rihanna, I suppose haha)
Speaking of redheaded celebrities! One thing I would like to do on this blog is do posts that spotlight famous redheads, such as Florence and Hayley, like I mentioned above. I know with Hayley, she has given tips about how she cares for her hair, and I also know the Twitter and website of the person who dyes her hair. So that might be interesting :)
ANOTHER project I would like to start on this blog involves all of you :) I want to make this blog a collaborative effort; a community of people sharing information and advice with each other, combined by a common interest.
So what I would like to do is to have you submit pictures of you with your red hair and what dye you used. This way, everyone can see your beautiful hair AND learn about new dyes that they could use! I will post all the submissions that I get, so don’t be shy! :) And if possible, tell us what shampoo you use too!
Thanks to my followers for showing interest in this blog!
This next post is an important one, because it concerns with keeping the radiance in your red hair for as long as possible. As I’ve said before, red is the hardest color to keep in your hair. This has to do with the molecules in the red color pigment, because they are larger than that of other colors.
(Red pigment. Taken from here)
Because of the large molecules, there are more space in between them (think of it as comparing the space between rocks in a pile of large rocks and the space between particles of sand). Because of the large spaces in between the molecules, things such as light (going out in direct sunlight) and water (washing your hair) can pass more easily through them, getting to your hair more easily, causing the red molecules to become “transparent”, which eventually means fading hair color.
I’ve probably lost you by now, so let me put it this way: red hair just fades more quickly than other hair colors, and it’s because of *SCIENCE!* (oooh, ahhh).
To maintain your color, there are many things you can do:
Now, I know it sounds like no fun, right? Showering in the cold? Not showering? Not being able to go outside or swim? Well, as I said above, these things mostly apply if you have just recently dyed your hair. After about 4 weeks or so, it should be alright to do normal things again :)
I’m sorry this post was so long! But I hope this helped some of you :)
Be on the lookout for the shampoo article, which I’ll be posting tomorrow.
(I used these sources for a few bits for this post:
After having dyed my hair both from a box and at a salon, I know that most people can’t afford to go to the salon every month and drop $50+ for a cut and a dye. So the few dyes that I introduce in this post will give you amazing color that costs under $10.
Out of all the boxed dyes I’ve used, I found that this is the one I was most impressed with. The Feria line from L’Oreal Paris! I’ve only used R68 Ruby Rush (which is pictured), but they also have many other red shades (and other hair colors too!)
Here is a picture of me after using this dye last summer:
As you can see, the color is super rich and red, but it also has a bit of an orange tone to it, which I LOVE! The profile picture I am using for my Tumblr is also a picture of me with this hair dye.
This is actually the first dye I used when I decided to dye my hair majorly red. Unlike the Feria color, this is more of a solid color and doesn’t have as many undertones. But some people like that! It’s still a beautiful color, and was a good transition for me from kind-of-red-hair to full out red hair.
Here’s a picture pretty much right after I dyed it. I apologize for the emo-ness and excessive make-up…I was in high school haha.
Here’s a picture of me with this dye after it had faded for a month or two. This is a picture of me in Japan!
Another Japan picture!
Well, that’s all I have time for! If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, let me know!
Thanks for reading,