Vermillion Red from DirectionsPosted 5 years, 4 months ago
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I just bought the Vermillion Red from Directions and it looks awfully mauve in the bottle. Should I dare use it? I'm looking to obtain the reddest-red, pure, without orange or mauve shades, just like the colour I have in the profile picture. O yeah, I think I need to mention that I don't believe in bleaching my hair, but naturally I am a mid towards dark blonde. Should I dare use it or look to get something else?
P.S. I previously used Poppy Red from Directions, loved the way it stuck to the hair but the shade was still a bit more on the fuchsia side than I wanted it.
by Wicked_PixiePosted 5 years, 4 months ago
Directions seem to change their formulas quite frequently now unfortunately Can you swatch it on white paper? Vermillion was always an orangey red, too orange for most people. The best red mix I have made with Directions for a true red was 50/50 Poppy red and Fire. Vermillion on top of faded Poppy should be a good choice too.
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Yes, I could try swatch it on paper. That's a really good advice, thank you! If it doesn't work I'll try the 50 Poppy / 50 Fire.
by ReversinPosted 5 years, 4 months ago
It isn't nearly as orange as it used to be. Maybe this picture of the faded Vermillion red could help you. http://i59.tinypic.com/2emosgk.jpg sorry for the bad quality Freshly dyed it looks like a rusty red.
Ah, excellent! Thank you. I'll come back with pictures. :D
Okay... so here are two pics I took right after dying it. The only issue is that because I had permanent colouring before, there is a visible colour difference between the area where I previously had colouring and where I haven't. The way I obtained that outrageous red before is that I dyed my hair with a permanent red colour and added a red semi-permanent colouring on top. I was trying to avoid to dye my hair monthly with permanent colour, but I guess if I don't bleach it, I have to have a red colour as a base for the semi-permanent one, if I want that deliciously annoying red on my hair. :D
P.S. The other problem is that I can't upload pictures here. Anything I'm missing? :(
by mummydactylPosted 5 years, 4 months ago
Ooh, looking forward to seeing your pictures when you manage to upload them. If you upload them to your timeline then you can paste a link here. I too struggle with uploading photos onto a topic post, though I expect someone fabulous will remind you how to do it before too long!
I have also struggled to get the perfect red in the past. In the end I went with Nuclear Red by Special Effects (you'll see some photos in my timeline) which was by far my favourite. Did not fade orange or purple.
I never tried @Wicked_Pixie's suggestion of 50/50 poppy/fire - considering how often special effects are out of stock throughout the UK this could come in handy
The white paper swatch worked a treat for me too - so many reds are too orange or too burgundy, and it shows this up before risking it on your hair. Wish I'd known to do this from the start!!
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by katoxPosted 5 years, 4 months ago
My Vermilion is a pretty rusty dark orange, wouldn't really say it was red but I've had it for a good few months now so the formula may have changed.
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