Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New (and Improved) Red Hair Color!


After voting yesterday, I went to see my stylist to update my hair color.  My previous color was a cooler-toned red. Like all reds, the color began to fade after a few weeks and in an effort to refresh it myself, I used a blend of Special Effects Devilish and Aveda Madder Root color shampoo. As I stated in a previous post, the end result was less than stellar. Actually, it was hideous! My hair, especially my once-blond highlights, turned a candy apple, pink based red! I did everything from dish soap, clarifying shampoo, to using VO5 Hot Oil treatments. I able to get rid of most of the pink myself and Corry covered the rest using a warm-based, golden red color.  I am really happy with the outcome!

 Here is a closer view of my hair:

 My skin is very pink-toned and the cool-based red made my skin look more ruddy. The warmer gold hue evens out my skintone nicely. So, anyone with cool tone skin (ie blue and pinks) should stick to warmer colors to balance their complexion.

Not only have I realized that I need to stick to warmer reds in the future, I also learned that I should not "take matters into my own hands" by applying incorrect color blends at home! I should have known that the once-blond sections of my hair (being the most porous) would soak up the pink tones in the Devilish red! However, if my hair was notpreviously highlighted, I would have been okay.

Moreover, I discovered that a beauty store in my local mall that still has a few Artec Color shampoos and conditioners in stock! The Artec line was discontinued a while back so I was pleased as punch I that was able to find a big bottle of both the Ginger Root shampoo and conditioner! The Ginger Root is a PERFECT match for my hair color! I use it twice a week to maintain color intensity.

I did not get my hair cut yesterday. I had been getting regular trims (every 6 weeks) to upgrade my Middy (Baby, Middy, Middy Plus, etc) and now my longest length is 6 inches, the sides are 5 inches, and the length by the ears is 4 inches. When I get my hair retouched in December, I will get a trim to maintain my Middy while it grows out. I would love to have enough length to do a ponytail on lazy days.

 


14 comments:

  1. Ah yes, this colour looks lovely on you.

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  2. Thank you, Penny! I am so happy with it! I am also amazed how healthy my hair is after all I do to it!

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  3. Beautiful!

    Your eyebrows are fantastic, by the way.

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  4. Thank you very much for your lovely comment, Ginger! I get my brows professionally tinted and waxed every 6 weeks by my friend, Gina. I also use MAC's eyebrow marker to maintain their shape between appointments. My natural brow color is pale blond!

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  5. Thank you, Tart Deco! No more pink! Whoo-hoo!

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  6. The color looks fabulous!

    I agree about choosing warmer tones for cool complexions; for years I took my hair to platinum blonde and in recent months switched to a warm, buttery pale blonde (since my hair pulls very warm anyway, I decided to embrace its natural tendencies). I find my new color to be much more flattering to my skintone—I could pull off platinum, but the new shade adds a lot of warmth to my complexion and I love the way it looks.

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  7. You have an amazing hair cut and colour!

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  8. Jitterbugdoll,

    Thank you for the comments and compliment! I had platinum blond hair about two years ago. I loved it but when I saw myself in pictures, I thought my skin looked too pink! I think your golden blond is very flattering for your skintone! Isn't it amazing that a simple change in hair tone (cool vs warm) can improve our overall look? I, for one, am going to stick to the golden reds from now on!

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  9. Thank you, Hanna! I washed my hair yesterday for the first time after my color was done Tuesday and I like the color even more! More gold hues can be seen!

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  10. I love the color. I had dyed auburn, lightish strawberry red hair and used the "Devilish" by SFX hair dye to dye it red, and it turned deep pink. I was trying to just got for Rihanna's new red hair and I saw a youtube video using "Devilish". Gave it a try and came to this. If you have any advice as to how to get red hair such as yours, please help! This hair of "pink" is not cool. I'm thinking of ordering another bottle of SFX and getting "Nuclear Red" and just dye over this horrible deep pink...or would I have to bleach it first?

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