Bright red without bleach???

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Hi! My hair is naturally brownish red but I want to dye the back of my hair a bright, vivid red. I want to dye it either temporarily or without bleach. Does anyone know of a product that will help me do this?
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Hair type: 3C
I am a serial cutter
I went red last year I was able to achieve pretty red colors without bleach. I've used john Frieda precision foam in burgundy, garnier olia in intense red, and garnier nutrisse foam in dark intense red for dark hair. All of these worked great and my hair was brown with highlights before I started dying. It also depend on how your hair takes to color.
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Doesn't Sally's have some bright but temporary colors?

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Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 321
Thanks. I'll look into those and Sally's. I'm deployed overseas right now so I'll have to check online first.
"The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable."

Hair type: 3C
I am a serial cutter
I don't know how 'brown' your hair really is, but if it is anything darker than a very light brown or dark blonde, you are likely not going to get the bright results you seem to be looking for with a temporary colour.

Bright reds only work on very blonde hair.

Is there any way you could consider spray on hair colour? It might be the answer that will work for you.

Temporary Hair Color Spray| Walgreens
That was a cool video, but when you watch it you will see it is that the color she used is a high lift color with 30 volume. The lightening agent in it is very strong to lighten darker hair. The process is not a typical 2 step bleaching/toning ritual.

The girl seems to know her stuff and recommends toning the ends with something non-damaging when doing regrowth.. very good advice!

I did find it unusual though, that she got the desired effect when she re-did the darker parts of her hair that were previously coloured... usually using color twice on an area won't lighten it more... but I suppose because it is high lift type colour, it did work.. good for her!
You honestly can't, all permanent box dyes contain bleach (peroxide) which is needed to help the cuticle open and the colour take. Having dyed my hair red and then pink-red for many years and 'consulted' with people on hair dye forums, I switched from permanent box dyes to a gentle blonde box dye to lift just a few shades followed by a high pigment semi permanent dye left in several hours for longevity.

My hair is way less damaged and the colour lasts months with conditioner only washing, it barely fades. If I need to refresh the lengths instead of having to go over with the harsh box dye I go over with a mixture of my CO-wash conditioner and the semi permanent dye, which also has a conditioner base so zero damage to anything but the roots.

I used L'Oreal HiColor in Red and it worked pretty well on my hair. I think it contains just a little bit of bleach but not that much. It's meant to bring dark hair to a pretty bright and vibrant color. My hair is pretty dark though so I did have to go over it twice, so you may want to buy two boxes just in case! (you can order it on Amazon and find color swatches online)
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