Using L'Oreal Excellence HiColor Permanent Creme High-lift for Dark Hair Only
If you asked me a year ago, maybe even a couple of months ago if I would ever, ever consider dyeing my hair red, I probably would have laughed in your face. No offense. I just never really liked the idea, and I've always liked my hair pretty light.
I'm Asian, by the way. Maybe you can tell from my profile picture. I've kept my hair dyed for several years now, maybe since I was a junior in high school.
I am now on my way to being a junior in college. Anyway, my hair was once black. So my roots, are . . . . you guessed it, black. Which is such a hassle when I am dyeing or re-dyeing my hair any color. Even dark brown. I usually have to spend a lot of time looking for "Dark Hair Only" products, which are actually hard to come by.
My Quest for Red Hair
So upon deciding that I wanted red hair, not quite like Rhianna's but to the same effect, I began my search for the perfect product. So I went over to sallybeauty.com, which has tons and tons of different hair products and nail products and what have you, and I came upon L'Oreal's HiColor for Dark Hair Only.
It's supposed to be for professionals only, but in my opinion, how skilled do you have to be to mix a little dye with a little developer and smear it on your head? I didn't even measure properly and I mixed it in a paper cup with the end of a comb.
Professional, right? I know.
Products I Used
It took me a few minutes to decide exactly what red I wanted to use. There's red fire, red hot, red copper and intense red. I wasn't sure how true to color the hair samples were and I wanted to go very red, but wasn't sure how well I could pull it off. Red copper is a little warmer and richer than red fire and intense red is a little warmer and richer than red hot.
I went with intense red, the darkest of my choices, just to be on the safe side. I figured if I liked it enough, and wanted to go brighter, I could always re-dye in a month or two with red hot, which I am considering now!
When picking out your hair color at Sally's or any other beauty supply, make sure to buy developer. Since these are for professional use, they don't include everything in one box like drugstore hair dyes.
I went with L'Oreal's Oreor Creme Developer in the 40 volume, which will lift your hair color up to 4 shades. The dye recommends 30 volume, but like I said, I have tough black Asian hair and I really wanted this to turn out.
All in all I spent about $6 each on the color and the developer. Not bad at all, especially since the developer has about 8 fl. oz. You won't need to use all of it unless you have really long hair, in which case you'd need to buy more than one tube of coloring.
Even then, you'd probably still have some developer left over. I also bought L'Oreal's Hicolor Highlights in red. Just plain crayon-from-the-8pack-box red. I haven't used it yet though, and I'm not sure I will. Maybe in a week or two.
Now on to the dyeing!
The Dyeing Process
Usually I disregard the part of the dyeing instructions that say you're supposed to wait at least 24 hours after washing your hair to dye it. I don't know why they tell you this and I've never really seen a difference.
But this time I waited a couple of days. I wanted it to be perfect. I also disregard the safety test, but if you've never dyed your hair before please make sure to do it! I don't want your scalp to fall off.
You're supposed to mix 1 part color with 1.5 parts developer in a plastic bowl. Don't use metal! Mix until it's smooth and creamy. There's a little color intensifier in the box. I just poured all of that into the mix.
It'll make your dye look like blood. Or red frosting. Anyway, I didn't measure properly, like I said, but I never truly measure anything properly. Not even when I'm cooking. So if you're worried about messing up, you should probably get out a plastic measuring cup or something.
With plastic gloves on and a garbage bag as a smock, and your bathroom lined with even more garbage bags, and your mixture ready, just start slathering that dye on your head.
If you are a little messy, you may want to put vasoline around your hairline and neck so it doesn't stain your skin, but I never do that either. It washes off in due time.
Wow, I don't seem to follow instructions or precautions very well.
The Dye Goes on My Hair (With a Friend's Help)
So, my friend helped me saturate my hair while I sat on the bathroom floor. She just dunked her hands in there and went at it.
If you have one of those plastic bottles that you usually get in a box of hair dye from the drugstore, I would use that, because I found the mix to be very runny and it got everywhere, but it saturates your hair really well and really quickly.
After about 15 minutes, my head was coated in more hair dye than I've ever had in it before. Did I mention my friend has never dyed any one else's hair before? She got a little carried away.
After all the dye was in my hair, I wrapped it up in yet another plastic bag and heated it with my hair dryer for about 15 minutes, waiting 15 minutes and then warmed it again for another 15. I read somewhere that it would help the product work faster, but I'm not entirely sure since I've never tried that before.
Time to Rinse
After almost an hour (the box only says 30 minutes, but with my dark hair, I always leave dye in for much longer) I began to rinse my hair out.
It takes a while, maybe 10 minutes, for the water to start running clear. At least, clear with a pink tint. Once I got to this point, I rubbed in tons of conditioner, and waited a couple of minutes before rinsing it out.
And you're all set to go!
Once my hair was dry, it was so vibrant in bathroom lighting that I can't even imagine how it looks out in the sunlight. My ends aren't as noticeably red as my roots, but I'm assuming its because they have been dyed so many times, but it isn't a huge difference. And my hair is soft. It isn't dry or brittle at all right now.
I am going to attribute that to the fact that I did not have to bleach my hair beforehand to achieve a nice color.
I really recommend trying this product if you have stubborn hair. They have blondes and light browns as well, so it's not just for a potential red head! Some people have had bad experiences with this, but I love it and I think I will continue to use it. The price is amazing too!
Next time, I'm going to go with Red Hot!
Thanks for reading and I hope I answered all the questions that I myself had before trying this product. If you have any more questions please just leave a comment and I will get back to you right away!
Happy dyeing :)