08-19-2013, 09:22 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Welcome! Red is a brilliant colour, it makes me grin like a silly girl every time I redye mine, very good for my mental health issues.
I have been both permanent and semi permanent red. It's a PITA to hold onto, given you have brown hair anyway IMO do not pick a red with a brown base. The red pigment washes out leaving the brown pigment, and the brown pigment can build up over time so your ends are darker and more porous. I ended up with dark build up from 'refreshing' the lengths with box dye (Schwarzkopf Live XXL) every six to eight weeks.
First thing to do is identify what went wrong last time, and where you are at present so you can get the right solution in future. Which box dye did you use? Looks like you have a TON of (gorgeous!) hair - did you buy enough of the product (probably need multiple packs), section and work on small sections and massage in thoroughly? Did you prep your hair in any way (coconut oil, protein treatment, shampoo/ conditioner)? Do you know if your hair is high or low porosity, and is there any difference between the lengths and ends, the canopy and underlayers?
Personally I switched from whole head box dye which was very damaging, to a two step. Roots only permanent colour application and then roots and lengths with a high pigment semi permanent (La Riche Directions, like Manic Panic). That means the lengths are not getting damaged every time and TBH the semi permanent colour is much longer lasting and 'fades' brighter/ richer instead of duller and darker.
Good aftercare for reds includes conditioner only washing, cool water only, leave in instead of wash out conditioner, do not deep conditioner for some days after you dye. Another good tip is to always run strand tests on shed plughole hair, don't practice on your head.
Beneficial ingredients for colour treated hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol. The first two and the last are cheapest and easiest to get hold of. All are Curly Girl friendly.
If you don't understand any of my questions or comments please say, I am friendly but I sometimes I confuse people!
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.
Treatments: Komaza protein, Komaza Matani, coconut oil with sugar syrup. Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots curl creme, Rockin RInglets
Experimenting with: Mega-Tek, Curl Harmony reviver, Elvive Full Restore 5.