Are you trying to conceal a crimson crush? I’ve colored my mane red for going on three years now, after sporting almost every color under the blazing sun. My opinion of red hair is a solid one: it’s my favorite. Of all the strawberry blondes, coppers, gingers and shades of auburn, I prefer the most unnatural shade. My blog’s most popular post is my red hair tutorial – How to Get and Keep Bright Red Hair. I feel that it’s my duty to tell you all that I’ve recently stumbled upon a new method for even brighter hair without bleaching.
Our magic ingredient is L’Oreal Red Hicolor Highlights! These are meant to be used for highlights on darker hair; the mixture gently lifts and deposits color at the same time. Raven-haired beauties, are you in?
My hair is nearly waist length, so I need to use two tubes of color. If you want a darker blood red, you’ll need to use L’Oreal Hicolor in both Red and Magenta. For brighter hair, I use two of the Magenta shade.
Dark Red: Red + Magenta
Brighter Red/Pink: Magenta + Magenta
What You’ll Need
- two tubes of Loreal Hicolor
- 30% developer
- non-metallic mixing bowl
- tint brush
- measuring cup
- Optional: Vaseline, if you’re worried about having red skin. You’ll apply this around your hairline and ears before you start coloring.
Got it? Great! Now, into the bathroom like the mad scientists we are!
How to Mix
Squeeze out the tube(s) of color into your bowl. You’re going to use a 1:1 ratio of the color and developer. If you’re only using one tube of color, you’ll need 1.2 oz of developer. For two tubes of color, you’ll need 2.4 oz. Use the tint brush and mix until smooth, absolutely no chunks. Time to grab your gloves!
How to Apply
Start by brushing through and parting your hair into 4 sections. Working with 1 section at a time, use the tint brush and apply the color to the ends of your hair and work your way up. After all of my hair was covered in color, I twisted my hair into two Princess Leia buns and waited for 30 minutes.
Once the time is up, rinse with lukewarm water in the shower. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Seriously guys, this red is no joke. I get compliments on it all the time! Don’t forget to scrub your shower real good, it will look like a crime scene in there! As for easy maintenance, avoid using hot hot water on your hair in the shower and I prefer to dye my hair once a month. Oh, and be sure to whip yourself up some red conditioner to make keeping up with red hair easier. Hope this was your dream color!