Bleach Blonde to Dark Red!Posted 6 years, 4 months ago
First time poster, long time hair colour experimenter!
Despite the title I currently have red hair (see pic - sorry I look moody lol) but it's fading back to my 'natural' bleached blonde.
The last dye I used before that picture was Directions Vermillion Red. I really like Directions actually.
I've tried Fire also which turned out really pink on me. I tried Jazzing Ruby Red which turned orange. I actually quite liked it but didn't last long at all anyway! But wanted more red which is why I went for Vermillion in this attempt.
I would like a DARKER semi permanent red, one that is orange based not pink. I think Vermillion is turning pinky orange, it's not bad but not really dark enough for me. I'm up for mixing if that's what it'll take!
Also, I didn't dye the tips but it rinsed through and dyed them anyway. I put vaseline and conditioner on them. I could try foiling them but any ideas how to keep dye from running through? I wanted to keep them blonde really as an ombre look.
by Zoe_nwobhmPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
I believe that if you keep topping it with vermillion red you should be fine. You could mix some orange in it too to avoid the pink fade. It is weird that fire faded pink for you, it is very orange based. To make it darker, I suggest mixing a bit of alpine green in it. Green tones neutralize pink, and it is the best way to make more muted reds with semis in my opinion. If you are willing to change brand, there are some that have darker reds, maybe something like adore paprika. If it is too orange, you can mix it with a pink based red to create a true red.
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thanks zoe, very helpful advice :) xx
by vivienne StaffPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
Weirdly enough, Directions doesn't really have a good deep red. I agree that if you keep touching it up with Vermilion Red, you should eventually get close, though you'll need to keep it pretty topped off to prevent it from going too bright. I used to mix my own deep red with equal parts Dark Tulip (or Cerise) and Fire. It was a fairly neutral, deep red. I did find that it would fade differently each time I used it, depending which half faded out more quickly. I couldn't really figure out a pattern to it, though.
If you're looking for Adore, I like Adore Wild Cherry is a deep, cooler red. It technically does have some pink tones, but I find they aren't are strong as other brands.
In terms of doing an ombre, you can wrap them in foil or just leave some extra room for the colour to run as you're colour. That way the gradient looks a bit smoother.
thanks vivienne, i also read a tip that if you hold your hair horizontal when you rinse out it may bleed less. I think i'll shampoo the ends more this time too :)
by ksiepierskiPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
Adore's Intense Red is a very dark red, almost the color of red wine, with a pink base. I think if you mixed that with a strong, darker, orange based red like Hot Lava and added a drop or two of green (like Alpine Green like zoe mentioned, or Pravana Green)to it you would get a really nice dark, deep red that does not fade pink at all, I think it would come out like your 2nd photo
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