want to go auburn red

So atm my hair is pretty much my natural color. which is dark brown. I really would like to go back to red hair the problem is i'm following the curly girl routine now and i don't really want to mess that up plus i'm trying to grow my hair out to BSL so i'm trying to do as little damage to it as possible. Another issue I had was red fades sooo fast. Is there an alternative to normal hair color thats not as damaging and longer lasting and isn't too expensive?
Wisconsin Curly
Shoulder Length 3a hair
Last cut in Dec of 2011
My hair is allergic to sissors!
I found that after I went to CG that my red didn't fade that fast. Its the sulfates from the shampoo's that fade it..

I use the clarol natural instinct hair color since its a more temp dye, but its pretty gentle to the hair. In my case anyways.. But usually long lasting and non-damaging and cheap don't usually go hand in hand.

This is my color, yep that is me working on my Honey's car. And its all messed up from crawling under the car and collecting whatever was on the ground while I was under there.. Eh' but you can tell its a bought and paid for red..

I second the Clairol Natural Instincts semi-permanent dye. I've been using the medium auburn shade since February and I constantly get compliments on the color. My natural color is a light mousy brown, so if your hair is dark, the red tones might not show up in dim lighting. I touch up my roots about once a month and have never noticed any adverse affects from the dye.

ETA: Picture example with Cinnaberry Medium Auburn shade.
http://public.fotki.com/opera-curls/ (I cut my own hair)
Pacific Northwest girl, color-treated fine 3B, med-low porosity

Products: Suave Coconut condish, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, FSG or KCCC, AfroVeda Shea-Amla Cream
I LOVE HENNA!

Last edited by opera_curls; 09-01-2009 at 10:11 PM.
Cinnaberry that is the color I use too.. My roots are a dark mousy brown and now silver/grey is coming in too.. Its prettty good at blending them all together into something pretty..
I second the Clairol Natural Instincts semi-permanent dye. I've been using the medium auburn shade since February and I constantly get compliments on the color. My natural color is a light mousy brown, so if your hair is dark, the red tones might not show up in dim lighting. I touch up my roots about once a month and have never noticed any adverse affects from the dye.

ETA: Picture example with Cinnaberry Medium Auburn shade.
Originally Posted by opera_curls
Opera Curls, your curls are stunning.

And I second the semi-permanent option. It can be less damaging than permanent dye.
Have you thought of using henna? I am growing my hair out to BSL too and went the henna route. It doesn't damage my hair BUT it is permanent stuff so if you like to change your color frequently...

PT-Cuba....I love the pic of you working on the automobile with your awesome curly hair in a ponytail! It looks great.
Mod CG since April of 2007.
Have you thought of using henna? I am growing my hair out to BSL too and went the henna route. It doesn't damage my hair BUT it is permanent stuff so if you like to change your color frequently...

PT-Cuba....I love the pic of you working on the automobile with your awesome curly hair in a ponytail! It looks great.
Originally Posted by Infraredhead
Thanks
Opera Curls, your curls are stunning.

And I second the semi-permanent option. It can be less damaging than permanent dye.
Originally Posted by janieboo
Thank you!

Have you thought of using henna? I am growing my hair out to BSL too and went the henna route. It doesn't damage my hair BUT it is permanent stuff so if you like to change your color frequently...
Originally Posted by Infraredhead
I used henna for 6 months before switching to semi-permanent chemical dye. My hair was wonderfully healthy, but the color was always a bright orange in sunlight, which I disliked. I prefer the current auburn to the brighter red. But I guess henna would look more auburn-ish on hair that is dark to begin with.
http://public.fotki.com/opera-curls/ (I cut my own hair)
Pacific Northwest girl, color-treated fine 3B, med-low porosity

Products: Suave Coconut condish, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, FSG or KCCC, AfroVeda Shea-Amla Cream
I LOVE HENNA!
Just do not use a dark dark auburn. I just dyed mine dark auburn and now I look like a vampire.
Good luck.
Hair Type: 3b /3a?.... medium texture, normal porosity

Conditioner:
Aussie Moist


Shampoo: Organix Shampoo

Other products: Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam Mousse, LA looks Sport gel, & whatever is cheapest for a frizz serum.



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