In high school and college I dyed my hair a lot. I had many shades of auburn all the way to an accidental blue black dye that had my coworkers teasing me and saying things like: “you know, Twilight just came out. Are you trying out the whole vampire thing?” Embarrassing.
After four years of not chemically altering or dying my hair in anyway, I decided to take the plunge again. I love my natural hair color, but I’m rapidly prematurely graying and I have been coveting dark red hair for a long time. My hair is naturally really fine so it crawls out of buns, brains, and headbands so I actually prefer dying my hair to give it some texture.
My hair looked like this before:
My hair looked like after using Schwarzkopf Mahogany 4.2 hair dye:
This hair dye is a lot messier than other products I used in the past. I have always dyed my hair by myself, I covered the whole bathroom with towels beforehand, and it still took the both of us to clean it up while my hair was sitting for 30 minutes. The box came with gloves, but it didn’t include a shoulder/clothing cover that it mentioned in instructions. I’ll definitely be buying a kit with a hair dying brush and cover next time I go about this!
Red hair is pretty hard to maintain, but this color bleeds a lot more than any other red hair color I’ve had. I began using a non-sulfate shampoo and conditioner so it wouldn’t strip the color. I’ve started taking cold shoulders which are honestly kind of welcome as hot as it is here…and I’m using lots of dry shampoo as usual! Unfortunately, I was caught outside when a torrential rain pour came down and my hair bled on my cardigan and stained it. Another time, it was extremely hot outside and the sweat + color bled on my shirt; both times, I had to let the the clothes sit all night in stain remover for colors to get the stain out.
This was a fun change, but I likely won’t keep it up just because of the color bleeding on my clothes; I can see now why people pick red in the fall when it is cooler outside! The color had a strong purple cast that I wasn’t expecting, but I don’t really mind as long as my hair is dark and cool or neutral toned. I don’t know what my long term hair goal is, but I do know that I actually need to pay someone for a haircut like STAT.