Sunday, June 6, 2010

Quick Run Down Of Hair Dye and Products

Let's face it, red hair is a PAIN to keep from fading, but I think it's a lovely color and worth the effort. It's taken me a bit of time to get the color I've wanted (we're talking months here) but that may be due to the residual black dye that was clinging to my hair for it's life. Seriously... if you are thinking about going jet black make sure to do your research and find a dye that will come out of your hair. But we're not going to delve into the pain of lifting out black dye... Instead let's paint our roses red... umm I mean hair red.

All products can be found at Sally's Beauty Supply. Everything I've listed is also available online if you don't have a Sally's near you. Be sure to check out their Beauty Club too cause it's a nice little discount that comes in handy.

Ion Color Brilliance Creme
Permanent Hair Color
Medium Intense Red Blonde
2.05 oz
(This is also available in a liquid)

Ion Sensitive Scalp 9% Developer in 30
8 oz.

Colorful Protein Color Filler
#10 Red Red
Intensifies color and can be used to refresh color
2.5 oz.

Processing Caps
3 count
Mixing Bowl
Tint Brush

Miracle 7 for Heavenly Hair
Leave in mist (conditioner)
5 oz.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Original
Refreshes hair between washes
5.3 oz.


  1. Wow, thanks for the tips! I was watching some of your videos lately and wondering what shade of red you were using. I recently colored my hair red (Feria 56), and I love it!

  2. Yeah, Batiste is pretty expensive in the US for some reason. Psssssst! is a bit cheaper; it's available at most drugstores (Walgreens, CVS), but I use dry shampoo so often (since I have dyed hair as well) that I've just switched to baby powder. So much cheaper and just as effective. The only downside is that it's a bit more messy.

  3. Hi, I used to use this same shade a few years back and picked up a couple of bottles the other day because I miss having beautiful red hair. I noticed you mentioned about the black dye, so I have a question for you, did you lighten your hair before going back red? I dyed my hair a really dark brown in february, so a good bit of it is still rather dark.


  4. @Ashley Paige Smith I did have to lift the black dye out. I can't remember the name of the kit but I bought it at Sally's.

  5. so I'm looking at your hair, thinking how much I like the color. I scroll down to use the same exact shade I use! I actually add in a tiny bit of the 6RV to keep it from turning brassy on me (1 part of that to 5 parts 7IR). After seeing Leesha (aka xSparkage) talk about the protein filler, I went to get it, but the chic said is wasn't really going to do anything to help the color stay in longer...I do use the Clairol color intensifier in red though.

    I'm also a big fan of Batiste, and have a bottle of the Miracle 7 around somewhere too (though I feel like it's a bit heavy for my fine-but-dry hair. I prefer Cat Walk Fast Fixx).

    One thing I think has made a difference in the longevity of my color is switching to a sulfate-free shampoo. I'm not 100% sure- and I'm not one to jump on the "sulfates-are-evil" bandwagon, but after washing sulfate-free 98% of the time with the last dye job, I do feel like I've noticed a difference on my most recent coloring. I've been using a different shampoo with sulfates (though it is for colored hair and contains UV filters...)and feel like I've had much quicker fading, and my hair became brassier faster. Just some food for thought! :)

  6. I bought the ion medium intense red blonde and found your page by googling it (I wanted to see examples of people's hair with the color on it). My goal is to have an intense red, without looking like ronald mcdonald lol. Your blog has definitely calmed my nerves a lot! What a beautiful shade of red, I'm so stoked, tomorrow's going to be the day I try it out (I've had it for a week but have been kinda nervous).

    I'm definitely a loyal Sally's customer too. All over color at salons costs soo much, you really get a good deal there. I don't know if this tip will help but.... Manic Panic is a good semi-permonent dye that doesn't damage your hair, (and I'm looking to maintain a vibrant/cherry red), so my plans are to touch up with the 'Rock 'n Roll' red in between colorings. The girl at the store said that it doesn't have ammonia or anything damaging, and that it should help. (She had red highlights and said she's used it many times.)

    Thanks again for your make up tips!

  7. Do you remember if you used a bleach or color remover to remove the black hair color? I have already been to the salon twice for heavy hi lites with a burgundy red. I want to go ahead and use a product all over to lighten to a red orange so I can go red.
    Im unsure of what to buy.
    Thank You
    Amy K.

  8. Wow! Thanks for sharing a photo showing red hair. My twin sister is looking for the best hair highlight color for her Valentine's Day hairstyle. I've heard from a friend who loves trying out the services of many Santa Monica hair salons that red hair is great for the month of love. I'm excited to share this post with my sister!

  9. you really dont need the 30 volume just use a 10v and red intensifier the 30v is killing your hair 10v just deposits color

  10. Thank you,being dyeing my hair red for ages,last did it 2 weeks ago and fading already so will be taking your suggestions on board.

  11. I've had red hair for about a year now, have had a hell of a time upkeeping it! Its been some time since you posted the video, have you changed anything about the way you color? and i have a really stupid question, after you do the roots, then add the color filler and do just the tips, do you then work all of it into the rest of your hair?

  12. seen your you tube vido love the red looks great i bought the stuff hope mine looks as good as yours

  13. Hi Angie. Love the colour and just to let you Guys and Girls know. There is something on the market called colour B4. It strips colour from you hair and really does get you back to your previous colour.

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