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Anyone with copper red hair out there ? What hair dye do you use ?
...or do you know what colour your hairdresser uses on you ? I'm currently very light blonde but very bored with it. Went red a while back but put the red dye on top of the blonde and looked like something out of a cartoon. This time I'm planning to let the blonde grow out then dye it. My hair is very short so hoping to have the bleach out my hair in 8 weeks or so...What are your recommendation MNers
I used to use Lush's Caca Rouge which is good but a bit of a pain to apply (grating the block etc).
I now use body art quality henna after coming across a forum devoted to henna for hair! I'm sure a quick google will bring it up. Anyway, the body art quality henna has stronger pigments so gives a more intense colour. But I still recommend the Lush stuff if you want to try it.
You mix it into a paste (think thick yoghurt) with water and/or lemon juice. I then apply it to my hair (wearing gloves and putting a barrier cream around my hairline), twist my hair up, wrap my head in cling film (sexy) and leave it for at least 4 hours. Then rinse it out (this part takes ages and can look scary in the shower but its worth it).
It comes out bright but will lessen after a few days and richer into a beautiful colour. Henna doesn't fade, which is a big plus point, and doesn't damage your hair (be gently with the rinsing it out). I've dyed over mine several times over the years and its been fine, you just can't bleach over it, they don't mix well.
The colour of henna builds up over time, so when I started using it 5 years ago (my hair is mousy naturally) it turned this amazing brilliant coppery orange colour. I loved it! Now it's more of a rich auburn with copper high lights. Oh and heat intensifies henna (hence the cling film) so if you're out in the sun it will make the colour brighter. I do it every few months to touch up my roots but I don't have to it, if you see what I mean, I could go longer, unlike when I used chemical dye.
Any more questions? Sorry if this post was rambled, was trying to type it out on the ipad whilst breastfeeding DD!
Oh and if you've heard henna horror stories its usually down to henna which is mixed with mineral salts and other stuff. The Lush stuff is mixed with cocoa butter to soften your hair etc and body art quality henna should be pure.
I'd highly recommend henna too. I am mid to dark brown so I've used lush caca brun but I'm going to try using henna and indigo next time. There is loads of advice online and you can even buy samples to use on hair collected from your hairbrush (though I guess not if you have very short hair). You can alter the colour of the henna by mixing in indigo (for brown hair) or cassia (to go more strawberry blonde, assuming it's going onto light hair). I think it's the henna for hair site that has lots of pictures from users.
There's no watery eyes from the chemicals and it makes your hair healthier not dryer. I hennaed last night and used a plastic piping bag (cheap off eBay) to apply it and it was much less messy than slopping it on and makes it easy to get the roots. Then I popped on a plastic shower cap and slept with it on (old towel over the pillow). Rinsed out this morning and it's shiny and the greys are gone.
I'm liking the sound of henna more and more. Looked at the pics of the L'Oreal Paprika and whilst it looks lovely I'm trying to move away from chemical dyes...my hair is well and truly knackered from so much bleaching. Thanks for that wrigglebum
I was finding that the chemical dyes made my scalp really itchy and sore (even though the patch test was fine), so when someone on here recommended henna it was a revelation. I used henna as a teenager but I had no idea it could be mixed with indigo for brown. It means I don't have to weigh up between risking an allergic reaction and straw-like hair or going grey in my early thirties!
Eek ! Trying to remember my natural colour...think it's a kind of mousey brown ? At the moment my roots look really dark but I think that's just in contrast to the platinum blonde. I'll need to be patient and try to let this grow out as from what I gather it's not a good idea to put the henna on bleached hair as it may come out very ginger/orange ?
See I couldn't care less about bleaching my hair to oblivion. I'm happy to wear a wig in future I can't imagine henna being bright enough? My hair is dark brown, and paprika power gets it bright orange. It was costing me £100-150 at hairdressers to have my hair lightened then coloured. I tried doing it myself at home - bleach then colour, and it was a disaster!