Hair is pretty damn important to me. It may or may not be that important to you, but my hair really is my crown. I dyed my crown red the very first time when I was 18. I was still in high school and had to abide by the dress code, but really wanted my hair to be red! No, one simply does not “wait” for their high school days to be over in order to dye their hair. I was a senior who was ready for bigger and better things than the small world of high school and its drama. I had just gotten my braces off and went for the red hair that I wanted. But prior to the glamorous color I have been sporting for three years, I had to do a lot of research and preparation before changing my dark brown, borderline black hair to a burgundy red.
I haven’t had the chance to really talk about my hair color, but since I just got it redone this morning, I felt that it was the perfect time to share my hair story!
The very first time I dyed my hair was when I was 17. I got light brown highlights in my dark brown hair which is kind of weird now because my current boss has this hair color now. Anyways…before I could even dye my hair red, I had to make sure that I was fully aware of what I was getting myself into. As some of you may know, red hair requires a lot of maintenance if you want to keep the color fresh looking. When I say maintenance I am talking about the following:
- Not washing it everyday. If you do this, your color will fade very fast and you will be very disappointed that your red hair dye is disappearing.
- Becoming friends with dry shampoo. This is an alternative to regular shampoo and is a spray that will help you rid away with oiliness.
- Using a colored treated shampoo that will be compatible with red hair. For instance, my mom also has her hair dyed, but it is blonde. She needs to use a purple shampoo so that her hair does not become “brassy” or look orangey after a while. Me on the other hand, would not want to use this shampoo because brassyness is not an issue for me and my red hair with hints of copper.
- Get used to dark colored towels. No more white, or pastel colors and any light colored towels. Your hair dye will stain light colored towels.
- Don’t go to be with wet hair if you have light colored bed sheets. Same issue as the towels, it will stain them.
- Protect your hair from the sun. Sun could also fade your red hair. If you plan on being outdoors at a theme park or something all day, do not leave your hat! My red hair looked neon red after going to River City RockFest in my hometown all day. It was supposed to be burgundy…
- Do not dunk your head when swimming in the public pools or anywhere where the water has chlorine in it. I miss swimming underwater, but I would miss my red hair more.
- If not dyeing your own hair at home, depending on how bright or dark your hair is, will determine how often you need to get it redone at your salon. Red hair isn’t just a commitment, but an investment too.
I wash my hair every four days. This is about twice a week. I was used to washing my hair every day and getting rid of oil as soon as I got it. It was a shock in the beginning to wash it every other day and then progress from there. It takes time, but if you are dedicated enough, you will be able to get used to using dry shampoo as an alternative and train your hair to not produce so much oil so fast. I had to train my hair by not washing it everyday for about a year before committing to red hair dye.
My red hair was also a way of me to transform into the young lady that I wanted to be. I had gotten the braces off and went for the new hair color. I remember having my hair colored red about a week before prom. Since I wanted to wear a dress that would compliment my new hair color, I went for a peachy pink colored dress. I bring this up because everyone who didn’t notice my hair color prior to prom, seemed to notice it that night. I think certain colors make red hair stand out more. Maybe I will do a lookbook that consists of colored clothing that looks great with red hair.
I could rant about my red hair forever, but instead, I think I will show you some pictures of my red hair depending on where I was at the moment so you can see the difference in the shade of red my hair looks, depending on where I am at. This first image was taken earlier today and shows my hair color right out of the salon.
This next image shows my hair indoors. It obviously does not look red at all but I prefer it this way. I love that different lightings make my hair look different colors.
Do any of you have red hair? How are you liking it? Let me know!