A couple of days ago, I went to a party and somebody managed to piss me off, which my boyfriend says isn't hard to do. By saying that he pisses me off what just proves his point but never mind that, back to the party. A guy walked up to me and said:
"I love your hair color, so bright!"
"But I'd never do that to my hair, it's so damaging."
There I was, thinking that he came by to hit on me but he obviously just wanted to warn me about the dangers of dying my hair and hit on my boyfriend. "Isn't your natural hair color brown?" I asked since he had jet black hairdo.
"Yes, but that's just dye. I don't have to bleach my hair." He said the word bleach with such disgust as if he'd fund a pubic hair in his mouth.
"Neither do I, sugar."
"Yes, you do."
"No, I don't."
"Yes, you do."
"No. I don't."
"I don't believe you."
Who the fuck are you?? This conversation should have ended 5 minutes before you even came up to me. Leave me alone so I can devote my full attention to drinking again, the ice cubes are diluting my gin! "No, you're right, I do." BUT I DON'T.
That's why I decided to make this post, since I'm just about to dye my hair a different color and the window of opportunity to yammer about (my) red hair is closing. So if you want this WITHOUT pre-bleaching:
Al you need to get your hands on is this:
Majicontrast by L'Oreal in rouge (red). There are also other shades you can choose from if you start seeing red because of red hair. I get mine on eBay (here are some tips on eBay shopping for clothes or shoes) and use 2 tubes, but it's more than enough. If your hair is as long as mine and you find someone who's used to dying hair, you could use at least a half of a tube less. Besides the dye, you need some cream (hydrogen) developer as well, 75 ml per tube. I use 12 % (or 40 volume), because I have very dark hair and I want my red to be fiery red, not a muted brownish red shade looking like I have a used tampon on my head that's been air-drying for 2.5 days. You should also be smart enough to put these on:
Or else you're going to look like somebody who's fleeing the crime scene. For days. Mix the dye and the developer together with a brush, then slap the lovely chemicals onto your scalp and crop and that's it. Dead simple. No bleaching beforehand, no washing out or turning orange afterwards. See my roots? I haven't colored my hair in over a month and it still looks pretty decent. (Here are some tips on hair care too.)
I do have to warn you though - in case your hair is already dyed dark brown or black, you'll have to use Majicontrast twice, before you'll achieve this Little Red Riding Hood level of brightness.
Pics by my bf.
The only real question is not how to achieve this without bleach but why do hairdressers in salons pre-bleach your hair when you come in and say that you want to look like you have a bouquet of radishes on your head. When I was 16, I had bright red hair and my hairdresser aways bleached my hair blond first and than dyed it red. Which is pretty smart, since I was orange and back in that chair before one month was over so I once again had to pay her for the bleaching AND the coloring. Well, thank God I've evolved past hairdressers and I haven't been in a salon for a very long time and I don't plan on going back anytime soon.
Don't forget to check out other posts on hair tips and other tricks as well: