Help! Inexperience girL needs input on achieving a deep red color!by AmayPosted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hello! My name is Mandy and I need help ASAP as I anxiously try to find the correct product(s) to purchase, in order to achieve the hair color I want by this Friday (11/08) and hoping to buy what I need tomorrow. Can someone help me with advice on which dye I need and/or if I need to mix colors together for a deep red color that isn't neon of bright red?
Some info: I have platinum blonde hair and black underneath now (I should touch these dang roots up too!) and would like to put a red in-between these colors. If I like it, I might try to dye over the black if it will, so there's 2 different shades of red, and oh well if the red doesn't take to the black.
Since rules on this site state not to post photos you do not own, here are links to Pinterest (hopefully that's ok) of the color red I am aiming for (I do realize some are different shades of different colors but just examples):
The first link is exactly what I am wanting and can not for the life of me figure out what color this is because there's so many! https://pin.it/4slkouav3kfutm https://pin.it/gufcaqdw6p7fhc https://pin.it/5rnj7xmtf6huiu
I am in love with this color and thought for sure it was vampire red manic panic dye until I started to do more research and saw how many reds just their brand has alone has, not to mention how bright these colors are over platinum. Many on Amazon reviews and YouTube tutorials have either darker colored hair that they bleach once so it's brassy enough for the color to hold or like many, already have a red color and are touching it up. I bleach my roots every few months but also use T18 toner on my roots, as well as just a little on the rest of my hair to take any brassy out. I also use joico shampoo every other week, so the platinum is very, very white. It seems a lot of tutorials and pictures I looked up were those of people with dark hair colors or freshly bleached to lift a few shades so I'm scared my light hair will go crazy neon or bright.
Colors and products I've came across I'm having a problem with deciding on.
// Joico intensity semi permanent Ruby red // Pravana ChromaSilk Vivids Red (YouTube tutorial confused me due to other steps that I think she said to skip if your hair was already light. She also used pravana black color that she mixed with the red to achieve this color and not sure if that is needed or not) // Vampires kiss // Vampire red // Pillarbox red // Fire engine red // Rock n roll red // Also, Splat's midnight ruby color but I heard it doesn't last long, washing out really fast or doesn't give you a rich color. I've seen people mix 2-3 different red colors as well as purples, burgundys and pinks. I'm SO out of my realm here!
Can somehow help me make my mind up please?? Or tell me a different product name and everything I need? Any advice at all including products I don't know exist helps too. I haven't dyed my hair an unnatural color since I was in high school 16 years ago (shesh! I'm getting old guys!) and back then it was always either fuchsia, hot pink, light pink and 1 time red but not a deep red like I'm trying to do now. It was always simple colors that were pretty darn bright which I don't want now. I hope I don't have to buy several different dyes to get the color I want. I don't want a bright over whelming neon red at all or anything where my blonde will creep through because that's happened with dark brown dye before. Just a dark reddish or more ruby reddish color, and totally second, third and twentieth guessing myself for the last 48 hours. Thank you for any help!! I don't want to settle and then be stupid emotional I screwed my hair up, which hasn't happened in many years. Lol.
I added a few photos to show how platinum my hair is and why I'm worried it will either turn bright/neon or not take properly.
by AndyaPosted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
There is a rule of thumb, the lighter the hair the brighter or more vibrant the results. So not sure how a person dying white hair can not expect the results to be bright or vibrant. Though a dark red would be less "bright" then an orange red or pinkish red. Special Effects has Blood Red and Manic Panic has Vampire Red as the darkest red am aware of. Manic Panic is usually easier to get than Special Effects.
A dark red is the only way to get a hint (tiny amount) of red when dying over black hair with a semi-permanent dye. Usually the hint of color on black hair is best seen under direct sunlight.
As understood the desired result is a layer of platinum blonde hair then a layer of dark red hair then a layer of black hair. This is possible and would suggest foils to dye the sections of white hair with choice of red dye. Also suggest pinning up the white hair not dyed and cover with conditioner or shampoo. This will help protect the white hair form being dyed red. Then suggest rinse the dyed red hair thoroughly and lightly wash the red hair with shampoo. Once the red hair has been washed then suggest unpin the white hair and wash the conditioner or shampoo from the white hair.
Since the dark red hair is underneath the white hair when the hair is washed some of the red from the dark red hair will slowly get onto the white hair and turn the white hair pinkish. Because red and white make pink.
Good luck on this plan. These are my suggestions and opinion.
by vivienne StaffPosted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
I think Vampire Red is probably your best bet on the ones you've listed, though. I know people like using Pravana Black to deepen and mute bright shades, but I find it pretty hit or miss in achieving what I want. I feel like you sometimes have to use a lot of it, and you're better off just getting something else darker to begin with.
I'd probably also throw in Adore Intense Red as an option. It's not too bright by itself, though it runs the risk of leaning a bit too pink. Try a strand test, and if it's too much, add in a bit of orange from any brand you like to warm it up.