Hey, guys! So, I have a few questions about the L'Oreal HiColor HiLights in Red. First of all, my natural hair color is a very dark brown. I've been dying my hair red for the past I don't even know how many years with box dyes and never got that bright red color that I always wanted because I never wanted to bleach it (bleached it once professionally but all that hair has been cut off already, no bleach on it currently). The last time that I dyed it, about 2 months ago, I used a Garnier Olia Red with a 30 volume developer. I found out about L'Oreal HiColor HiLights and saw the amazing results that girls had on YouTube and decided to finally buy it the other day after hours of research. I dyed it yesterday and I have to say that I'm pretty happy with the results, but, I've got a few questions. Since practically my entire hair is already full of box dyes, the color that I got is a tad bit darker than my virgin hair on the roots (I know, it's normal). It's really not that noticeable, but, I would like to have it a bit lighter on the rest. I also touch up my roots every month because my hair grows fast and the roots are already visible a month in, and, also, we all know how fast red fades out. Now:
Thank you all for your replies and I'm sorry if the questions are a bit long. I'm not a professional, just experienced at home dying my hair, but I wouldn't like to screw it up since this high lift color is different than a normal box dye. Better safe than sorry :)
I used to use HiColor HiLights every time I dyed my hair red. I touched it up maybe once every month or every other month and it didn't really lighten anything but new growth, just normalized it all to the same color. If you have access to a color depositing shampoo and/or conditioner, you might can try mixing in a red variety with either your regular shampoo/conditioner, or just use them as is to keep it vibrant. I haven't been red in a while, but Sally's carries Ion Color Pigments, which I've had amazing luck with at keeping my fashion colors vibrant. I've wanted to try the red, but can't speak for it yet. It's very conditioning, and it will stain the hands a little, but it'll go away fairly quickly with soap and light abrasion. I've used Quantum Riveting Reds, but it did nothing for me on the conditioning front so I usually just mixed it with a better conditioner. Though the goop was red colored, it didn't stain my hands at all, therefore didn't transfer the color onto my hair. But I've heard of other people having better luck.
As far as developer, I've used 30 vol when newly dyeing it, but if I was touching up I'd use 20 vol. I believe it's recommended that if you're touching up, do the previously dyed parts for a shorter duration of time than new growth. Because it is a little harsher of a dye that does actually lift darker colors, make sure you stay on top of conditioning your hair if you keep it up. After touching it up once a month for three months, my hair wasn't super happy with me, but if you go longer between dyes then your hair will thank you.
Another thing I did (but only if you're wanting to be red for a whiillle) is to dye it with henna. It's a natural dye with great long-lasting conditioning benefits and gives you a fantastic red that (in my experience) doesn't fade, but you kinda need to grow it out. I've had hair stylists that flat out refused to dye my hair after having mentioned that I'd previously dyed my hair with henna (even though it had been long cut away by then, they just assumed it was still in my hair).
I'm by no means a professional, this is just my experience! Hope it helps!
You can also get away with just using HiColor, not HiColor Highlights if you don't need the full lift. I did that a lot too, and it was less damaging to my hair. My hair is naturally auburn, so I tried to pick a color that was close-ish to my natural hair, just a little more on the red side. The HiColor dye isn't going to lift anything, so keep that in mind.
Thank you very much for your advice! :)