One of the questions I get most often on the blog and especially on Instagram is....
"How do you get your hair that color?"/"Which color dye do you use on your hair?"
I always seem to disappoint people when I let them know that, nope, this doesn't come from a drug store bottle. (Although I used to dye my hair that way....but it was so messy, didn't last, and was never REALLY the color I wanted). But rather than just saying...sorry, it's not a bottle, I wanted to shed some light on how I get my hair this color since so many people seem interested! I get my hair professionally colored at one of my absolute favorite salons in Chicago, Sine Qua Non.
One of the reasons I love SQN so much is that they truly GET what color I'm going for. Rather than trying to create the perfect color for me from a drugstore bottle, SQN custom creates a color that works best with my existing hair color (dark brown for those of you who've never seen it). Better yet, all of the products they carry in house are cruelty free (aka, they aren't tested on animals). Finding a salon like that was HARD because almost everyone carries the "big name" brands. And sorry to disappoint, but 99.9% off them test on animals...a big no-no for me (see my dog, Lilly, for why). Thanks to SQN, I'm able to get the color I want, keep it that way, and keep it healthy. They even help me pick out the perfect products to compliment my hair because they know it best!
So here are some of my tips/secrets for getting your hair this color:
1) Don't bleach it - I can't say this enough. Bleaching your hair is so damaging to it, and can break it apart easily. I know the urge to want to get it this color immediately, and bleaching might seem like the best idea at the time, but just don't....your hair will thank you later. I mean, what's the point of having a fabulous color if your hair just looks unhealthy?
2) Don't think it's going to be this color overnight - This goes hand in hand with the "do not bleach" rule. I've been a (fake) redhead for about 4 years now, but it wasn't always this exact color. Getting it to the true color you want takes time; especially if you have extremely dark natural hair like I do. If you're dedicated to changing your color longterm and not just a "oh, hey, I want my hair purple for like 2 weeks" mentality... then know that it takes time. Work with your colorist to help transition it to the right shade for you overtime. For me, that took about a year.
3) Go to a professional salon you trust - I can't emphasize this enough. I'm one of those people that likes going to the same salon over and over again because you get to know and trust your stylist. If you're trying a new salon, ask them to assign you someone who specialized in color. There are some stylists who spent extra time learning all about the right coloring process and how to get it exactly the way you want it. Try to seek out those people. That's part of the reason I chose SQN when I moved to Chicago. I heard that they were experts with color, which is exactly what I was looking for. Combine that with the fact that products are cruelty-free, and they were the perfect salon for me. If you're in Chicago, I can't recommend them enough.
4) Find the right tools for your hair (i.e. maintenance) - So you've got your hair colored the way you want it, now what? I got news for you....red fades. FAST AND EASY. You've got to make sure you have the right products to keep your hair that color and to keep it feeling soft and healthy. My favorite shampoo/conditioner for keeping it red is Proganix. I also use R+CO Chiffon mousse for keeping it volumized and healthy (perfect for creating big curls).
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