Dye Your Dark Hair Red Without Pre-Bleaching!
When it comes to using red hair dye at home, it can turn into a beautiful success, or a horrible mistake. A good dye job is measured by the way in which it enhances your appearance and the texture of your hair without overpowering you. Usually, it involves simply covering grays or simply straying slightly from your natural shade. However, dramatic changes are fashionable these days, making it more important to follow some of the best practices.
Before we start, though - these tips are not meant as gospel. Every person's hair is a different color and texture and the condition of your hair will determine the outcome. Got that? Then keep on reading!
The Secret to Red Hair Dye: Many people don't know it, but if you have dark hair and you want to go bright red, your hairdresser will first bleach your hair before applying red hair dye. Depending on the length and condition of your hair, you may end up sitting in that chair for 6 hours.
But there is good news. You don't have to pre-bleach! Many home users simply mix cream developer (hydrogen) with their red hair dye and the results are fantastic! The key is in using double the prescribed amount of red hair dye for your hair length and thickness, and to leave it on a little bit longer.
The Red Hair Dye Process - Step-by-Step
Follow these simple steps to dye your dark hair red without having to pre-bleach.
Once you have decided when you want to dye your hair red, plan ahead and apply a nourishing hair mask 2-3 days before the big day. This moisture will help your hair to hold the pigment better.
2. Getting Ready
Once you're ready to get going on the day, set up everything you will need.
2-4 boxes red hair dye in your preferred shade (2 boxes for shoulder length, 4 boxes for long or very thick hair)
1 bottle developer (the level depends on how dark your hair is)
a mixing bowl
an applicator brush
a small whisk
reusable plastic gloves
hair clips (non-metal)
Shampoo and conditioner for dyed red hair
3. Brush & Section
Your hair should be smooth and tangle-free before you apply any product. Use a natural boar bristled brush to free your hair from knots and tangles. Then section the hair into easy-to-manage portions.
4. Mix It Up
Combine half of the ingredients in a non-metallic bowl using the applicator brush that came in the package. You will be doing two applications, which is why you should mix only half at a time.
Apply petroleum jelly around the hairline. The last thing you want is for the red hair dye to leave unsightly stains all over your scalp and face.
6. First Application
If your roots have not been processed, leave them out as you apply the red hair dye to the tips. Don your plastic gloves and use the applicator brush to apply the red hair dye to the strands. Leave it on for 20 minutes.
When your timer rings, rinse your hair in lukewarm water and wash with red-hair-friendly shampoo and conditioner. Leave it to dry naturally before you do the second application.
Now repeat the whole process; but this time, apply red hair dye to your roots as well.
You should be left with a beautiful, rich new color.
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Red Hair Dye Take-Away
Opting for red hair dye means that you have to commit to taking extra special care of it. Red hair dye requires more upkeep than other colors, as it washes out and fades quicker. You need to use fade-resistant shampoo and conditioner and weekly treatments. You also have to take care not to break your vulnerable hair strands by being gentle when you brush or blow-dry it.