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Anyone with copper red hair out there ? What hair dye do you use ?

(31 Posts)
Fanjounchained Fri 01-Feb-13 18:59:08

...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 grin

I am a dark red. There's a picture on my profile. Is that too bright fir you? If not that's a XXL live red.

Fanjounchained Fri 01-Feb-13 20:03:37

Hiya, thanks for the response. Yes that's a bit dark for me I think. Since I'm used to being so light I was thinking something along these lines....

Fanjounchained Fri 01-Feb-13 20:04:12

I think they do XXL in that colour. I have seen it in body care

Fanjounchained Fri 01-Feb-13 20:10:13

Cheers SP will start doing my homework whilst I'm waiting on this growing out.

HaveAGoodDay Fri 01-Feb-13 22:08:31

If your after a vibrant auburn colour - think Karen Gillan, then Loreal's Feria in Intense Copper Mango no 74 should do it.

Gingersnap88 Fri 01-Feb-13 22:54:31

My hair is copper, has been for years, I use Henna smile

nobodysfool Fri 01-Feb-13 23:03:34

I am copper at the moment and used Nice and easy warm auburn .

Fanjounchained Sat 02-Feb-13 20:21:06

Ginger What type of henna do you use ? Seen a few good pics of Lush's Caca Rouge...I like the idea of something that isn't going to knacker my hair the way bleaching it has done.

mum47 Sat 02-Feb-13 20:25:02

I am auburn/copper but greying, coloured my hair myself recently and also used Nice and Easy warm auburn. Was pleased with results.

TheDreadedLurker Sat 02-Feb-13 20:28:17

Hey, gingersnap.... I've been wanting to try that... Where do you buy Henna and is it easy or a shlepp and how long does it last?? ( fires questions at you!!)

Gingersnap88 Sat 02-Feb-13 21:00:36

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? grin Sorry if this post was rambled, was trying to type it out on the ipad whilst breastfeeding DD!

Gingersnap88 Sat 02-Feb-13 21:04:10

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.

ineedtochange Sat 02-Feb-13 21:05:57

I use Loreal Feria Paprika Power. Its an orange copper and I love it.

Fanjounchained Sat 02-Feb-13 21:50:05

Cheers Ginger. I'm liking the sound of that and your post was v.helpful...think you covered everything grin

Scheherezade Sun 03-Feb-13 08:26:02

Another paprika power fan here, I'm always getting comments from people about how much they love it.

Wrigglebum Sun 03-Feb-13 16:50:13

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.

Fanjounchained Sun 03-Feb-13 16:54:37

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 hair is well and truly knackered from so much bleaching. Thanks for that wrigglebum

Wrigglebum Sun 03-Feb-13 18:23:27

What's your natural colour (if you remember grin)?

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!

Fanjounchained Sun 03-Feb-13 18:35:53

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 ?

Scheherezade Sun 03-Feb-13 19:20:01

See I couldn't care less about bleaching my hair to oblivion. I'm happy to wear a wig in future grin 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!

Wrigglebum Sun 03-Feb-13 19:36:14

Ooh mousy brown should go a lovely colour with henna, really bright.

here's the link with different colours. A lot of the people have light brown hair.

I think it might go a bit scary orange over bleach but you could try a little bit of henna in cassia, though you might want to research that first!

I think all henna users must be trawling this board looking for people to recommend it to smile; I got it recommended by someone on here who had got the idea from someone else on here.

Gingersnap88 Sun 03-Feb-13 20:22:18

It's true Wrigglebum, I think once you've been converted you need to share the knowledge!

cerealqueen Sun 03-Feb-13 23:57:00

Perfect 10 medium reddish blonde looks like it might be nice?
Or Nice n Easy Golden Auburn?

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