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@Jude feel free to delete this topic if you find it repetitive :)
I'm sorry, I keep repeating myself because I tend to change my mind too often when it comes to hair. I was thinking about doing a black-purple combo. I know black sounds scary, as it's hard to remove after, but I'm very excited about this new idea. The picture below best illustrates what I'm aiming to achieve. A lot of people have told me that it's a great idea and that it will match my fair skin and black eyebrows. Other people tell me that it won't suit me and that I will regret my decision. I love red hair, I feel comfortable in it, but I'm craving for change and I really want to have my hair down for work, which I cannot do with red. Please feel free to share your opinions, I'd appreciate your help!
No no no stay away from black, trust me!
When I wanted to go back to red, I had a hell of a time getting there and ruined my hair in the process.
Personally, I think black is too harsh on fair skinned gals such as ourselves.
Looking at old photos of myself made me realize how it wasn't terribly flattering.
I'd go for a dark brown instead.
But I also really like your hair the way it is, and I think an underlayer would be boring in comparison.
If you could possibly go entirely purple then that would be awesome, but I know you might not be able to because of your employer.
Anyway, I know this isn't the answer you're looking for but I just thought I'd be honest with you.
@HopelessDeviate I'm actually happy that you said honestly what you think :) It makes me re-think the whole idea, which is good. Damn I just love the way it looks in that picture. I used to have dark brown and I didn't really like it, I thought going for black would be good. Unfortunately I cannot go for a full purple head :( Anyway, thanks for your opinion! :)
I think the darker colors will be very nice with your skin tone. But black will likely be a pretty big commitment, so I think you will need to decide if you don't like it, will you be able to live with it until it can be changed. I understand feeling like you need a change. I felt the same way when I dyed part of my hair red this winter. But I hadn't really given any thought to what I would do if I didn't like it, so I was kind of panicky when I disliked it so much. So from that experience I would say give yourself plenty of time to think it over, and have some idea of what you would do in case you aren't pleased with it.
I dyed my hair permanent and semi-perm black for years and it is very hard to remove, but not impossible if you have some patience. If your thinking about using something more permanent than unnatural dye brands I would recommend you look at a semi-perm dyes that washes out in 28 washes. I had the best experiences with Clairol Natural Instincts. It took longer than 28 washes, but the color did completely leave my hair. However, my hair is naturally very dark, so the color may not come out as well on lighter colored hair. Best of luck with your decision making!!
@DitaV thank you!! It is a really hard decision to make, because I get as much positive as negative feedback on it :( I was actually going to use a permanent dye, because many people told me that semi hairdyes like Directions or Crazy Colour will be even harder to remove. My natural hair is very 'mousy grey', if you need a reference.
I think black can look stunning with pale skin, but it isn't easy to wear. You will need to darken your eyebrows and wear some make up (possibly just mascara) every day. I have very pale skin and blue eyes and had black hair (both with and without colourful streaks) for years when I was younger.
As for the committment, it depends on what you want to do with your hair afterwards. Would you consider going short? Then you don't have to worry so much about damage, and could go for a box black.
If you went for a semi black like Ebony, you can fade it enough to colour over, if you would be happy with darker, more muted colours.
Your current hair isn't bleached is it? Just coloured with hi-lift red? If so the Ebony wouldn't stain as much, and you may be able to go back to the red you have now.
How about compromising by dyeing it mostly purple with just the very top layer black. If you love it you can add more black, if you hate it, just move your parting while it fades.
At the end of the day it is only hair and will grow back. You are young and craving a change, I say go for it. At the risk of sounding cliched, as we get older we don't regret the things we did in life, just the things we didn't do.
I did then what I knew then, & when I knew better, I did better.
— Maya Angelou
@Wicked_Pixie my hair has been previously bleached and dyed with a high lift red dye. I actually have to wear even a lil bit of makeup with my red hair, otherwise I look funny, so I'm prepared for that. Thank you for sharing your opinion, I'll think about what you suggested! :)
How about a red with even more of a purple sheen to it? My best friend @PikaPikachu gets me to dye his hair with Schwarzkopf Shake it up foam in violet berry burst
It looks dark red in artificial lights (indoors) and it looks purple-pink in daylight (outdoors, day-time)
Hope this helps. xx
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@LittleDragon42 I want to change it completely, so I'm trying to avoid reddish shades :) There comes a time in a life of a redhead, when red becomes just... too difficult to handle ;/
How about buying yourself a black wig so you can see how you feel with having it against your face?
I personally wouldn't go near black with a bargepole as I just know I'd get bored of it pretty quickly and don't fancy the nightmare of getting it out (even with colour removers). Also, I know loads of girls think nothing of it but having to colour in my brows and lashes darker (or having them tinted) all the time and having to wear heavier make-up would get on my nerves!
HOWEVER, if you are determined, I would go for permanent (so you can use colour removers) and you have at least the underlayer to play with colour wise, be sorta like BettieRage, but opposite.
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