My Hair Dye Story

9.4.16


-- How to jazz up your hair --

I've never written a post like this, and to be honest the title sounds a little cheesy. But I can't think of anything better so I'm just going to stick with it... I dyed my hair for the first time ever last year and I wrote a little post about it. Give it a read if you want a review on the product I used. I've dyed my hair around three times since that first dye towards the end of the summer and I thought I would tell you my experience with it.

001: Choosing a colour and preparing for a sacrifice:
At first I wasn't sure what colour to go as my parents were quite strict about it. No crazy blue or pink *sad face*. So I was stuck with choosing between dark colours: dark purple, blue or red. Wanting something completely different I decided to pick up the L'Oreal Cherry Red. It looks natural but super bright when hit with sunlight. (Pictured above) I was a little scared but to be on the safe side I did the strand/spot test - though do not read horror stories about hair dyeing while waiting because it can put you off! After that, my mum (the sacrifice) had to go in and dye it for me and it ended up with a blood bath in the tub upon the final rinse. But all in all it was a fairly simple process, and it looked amazing! Side note: I had really long hair at the time so I used up two boxes, but with my short hair I used one so bear that in mind.

002: The duration ie. how long does the fabulousness last before it fades:
Ok, don't cringe and hate on me. I only wash my hair once a week - seriously. That's because I've found my hair feels healthier and the softness lasts longer that way, and plus my hair only starts to go greasy on the 7th day. So, with this in mind, my colour probably lasts much longer as the more you wash it, the more it tends to fade. (I use a semi-permanent dye) Even four months down the line the colour is still there but the roots have managed to blend from my boring brown into red. Though it's now a huge chunk of brown. I'd say it lasts for about two and half months before it begins to fade and you have to dye it, and I make sure I use Lush products with a mix of drugstore to keep my hair still in good condition. Only sometimes does my hair go a bit dry after dyeing but quickly returns to normal.

003: How to keep good condition in your hair:
I'd say, before you redye your hair, always stick to what either the box says or when the colour mostly fades. Obviously, you don't want straw for hair if you keep dyeing it as soon as the roots start coming through. I make sure my hair is still soft and healthy and that most of the colour is out before I pick up another box. I tend to dye it every three or four months to give my hair a break. Depending on whether you go for a permanent, semi-permanent or ombre style dye, I think the main priority is to keep looking after your hair and ruin it too much.

And that's just about what I do! I hope I've helped you guys and feel free to leave any questions in the comments. I think later in life I might try other brands and colours, but for now I've only ever used Cherry Red - probably because I love it too much haha.

What are your top tips for using hair dye?

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10 comments

  1. I used to use Casting Creme Gloss in Black Cherry! They are such lovely colours but it faded so quickly on my hair I gave up and went back to brunette *cries*

    Grace | eat, write + explore x

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    1. aw no that's such a shame :(

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  2. L'Oreal Paris's dye in Cherry Red was a colour I picked up last year and I think it's one of my favourites to date! I started dyeing my hair back in 2014 when I felt like I wanted to break out of myself and be heard and start expressing myself in ways that would signify rebellion. It didn't go like that, though, because my mum was pretty cool with the crazy colours I wanted to go, so blue was my first colour.

    I only did my hair in the salon once (the first time) and the rest of the times, I've painted my own hair by myself at home with my sister. It's really funny, because just a moment ago, I dyed my hair pink, haha.

    With maintaining colours, I definitely find washing your hair less frequently is the best route to go. I use serums for my hair and take vitamins to strengthen them, too, so my hair isn't as damaged as people think (just because I bleach my hair every time I dye it -- woes of dark hair.)

    MAY | WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

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    1. So lucky! What serums would you recommend??

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  3. I really enjoyed this post! I've been dyeing my hair red for a few years now, so this is right up my street :) And I loved the part about the blood bath that results in using red dye, it's so true haha. The colour seems to stay quite a while on your hair before fading! I remember it washed off really quickly when I first started, but now that I've been doing it for years it stays on a lot longer - I guess your hair gets used to it after a while and just takes the pigments better! This seems like a super pretty colour to use - L'Oréal do great hair dyes, I love Schwarzkopf as well :)

    Julia x
    www.juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr

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    1. I hope my hair gets used to it soon and I might try that other brand but their dyes seem a little too bright...

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  4. I've had such a bad experience with dying my hair. I have always wanted red hair but after my bleach disaster I don't want to step anywhere near a hair dying kit in my life! It's nice to know that the condition of your hair is still lovely though :) xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

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    1. Aw that's so sad! Do give it another go without the bleach once you've got your hair as healthy as possible! <3

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  5. I had such a nightmare a few years ago with my hair, I bleached it multiple times in one day against my hair dressers advice and well as you can imagine it wasn't great. My hair fell out and turned into a matted mess! Now my hair is back to average condition and I will never be dying it myself again.

    Cultivation of Jasmin

    P.s I only wash my hair once a week too!

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    1. Oh dear :( if your hair is still damaged, I would honestly recommend Lush hair products as they do some lovely treatments and products to help hair x

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