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!
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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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,
Sorry for the bad pun; I’m trying to be creative as I can here!
Welcome to redhairtips, aka Radiance To Dye For (still deciding on a clever Tumblr user name*)
My name is Anna P. I’m a college student majoring in Japanese and Asian Studies, and minoring in Sociology and Linguistics. Now you’re probably thinking, “Why should I take anything she says seriously about hair care?” Well, I’ll tell you why.
To me, I think that dying your hair red is a hobby; a way of life. It creates a new way for people to look at you, and it’s extremely exciting.
I have been dying my hair red for about 5 years now, learning new things about the best methods to take care of your hair and to keep the color as long as possible. Because, as we all know, red hair is the hardest color to keep.
I will mainly be posting various tips and products for red hair, such as the best box dyes, the best color shampoos, and how to care for your red hair. Even if you don’t dye your hair red, you may learn a thing or two if you dye your hair any other color!
I may also post pictures of my favorite people/celebrities who have red hair and say a bit about them, but I promise not to spam your Dashboard with pictures, because I want this to be an informative Tumblr.
If you have any specific questions about the red hair dying process, feel free to ask! And if you have tips to share, feel free to submit them :) Also, feel free to correct me if I make any mistakes or anything! I am not a professional, just someone who knows a lot about this stuff.
Thanks for your time and hope you enjoy!
*if you have an idea for a creative Tumblr user name for me, submit it! I’m not very creative when it comes to those things…