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Best hair dyes for red and ginger hair – updated for 2017

14 May

My earlier post about how to dye hair red or ginger was really popular and I’m often asked which are the best red hair dyes for dying your hair red at home so I’ve scoured the high street to create a list of the dyes available.

Choosing a shade of red hair dye is as simple as a) deciding if you want to go red or ginger / orange and b) working out your base hair colour.

Which shade of red hair dye should I choose?

1. You need to work out your base hair colour shade. This is your natural colour before you dye it:

shades 10-7 = blonde
shades 8-6 = ginger / redhead
shades 6-3 = brunette / brown hair
shades 2-1 = black hair

For example, my natural red hair has lots of brown so my base colour is 7.

Should I dye my hair red or ginger?

You have two choices – either add copper tones (to dye it ginger) or red tones (to dye it red).

Please note I am NOT a hairdresser so please read the instructions and check with a professional before using any dyes if you’re unsure, this is just to help see what shades are available across different brands.

You can also then choose your hair colour by picking a shade according to your base colour. I’ve listed them by base colours below to help you choose the right shade of red hair dye for you.

Choosing a hair dye for ginger hair / redhead

Your natural hair colour is bleached, light blonde or strawberry blonde (shade 10-9) and you want to dye your hair bright orange / ginger

Washed Out Orange – Bleach London: semi permanent, lasts 2-10 washes
Orangehair – Colorista Washout semi-permanent

Your natural hair colour is bleached, light blonde or strawberry blonde (shade 10-9)  and you want to dye your hair bright red

9.2 Pillarbox Red – Live Ultra Brights
Real Red – Schwarzkopf Live Intense Colour
Ronde – Colorista Paint Copper
Red – Pick and Mix Colour Semi Permanent

Your natural hair colour is blonde, strawberry blonde or light ginger (shade 9-8) and you want to dye your hair red or ginger

8.34 Rich Copper Gold – Superdrug Radiance
8.45 Fire Red – Superdrug Radiance
8 Born Red – Nice ‘n Easy

Your natural hair colour is a dark blonde or ginger (shade 7) and you want to dye your hair ginger or red

7.8 Paprika Power – L’Oreal Preference Infinia

7.64 Intense Copper – Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Colour
7.6 Spice Power – L’Oreal Preference Infinia

7.5 Ravishing Red – Superdrug Colour Vibrance

7.4 Intense Red – Superdrug Colour Vibrance
7.40 Intense Copper – Garnier Olia
7.4 Mango Intense Copper – L’Oreal Preference Infinia
7.4 Mango Copper Burst – Superdrug Colour Vibrance

Your natural colour is dark ginger or brunette (shade 6) and you want a deep red or ginger shade:

6.88 Intense Red – L’Oreal Color Expert

6.7 Scarlett Power – L’Oreal Preference Infinia

6.6 Fiery Red – Garnier Nutrisse
6.6 Intense Red – Garnier Olia (Perm)
6.6 Intense Red – Garnier Nutrisse

6.46 Light Copper Red – L’Oreal Excellence Creme
6.45 Amber – L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss
6.45 Intense Copper Auburn – L’Oreal Preference

6 Born Red – Nice ‘n Easy

Your natural hair colour is dark brunette / brown (shade 5) and you want to add red or ginger tones.

5.65 Berry Red – L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss
5.62 Vibrant Red– Garnier Nutrisse
5.6 Hot Chilli Red – L’Oreal Preference Infinia

Your natural colour is dark brown or black (shade 4,3,2) and you want to add a deep red or ginger tone.

4.6 Deep Red – Garnier Olia
4.6 Deep Red – Garnier Nutrisse
4.6 Pure Ruby Power – L’Oreal Preference Infinia

3.6 Deep Reddish Brown – Garnier Nutrisse Creme

2.6 Dark Cherry – Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color

Have you tried any of these? Let me know!  Any favourites?

How to dye hair red / ginger

27 May

Although I’m a natural redhead I often dye my hair red or ginger to make it even brighter, as my natural ginger has quite a lot of dull brown tones. I started off with bright red Florence Welch hair colour at the hairdressers, then went bright ginger and used semi-permanant tints at home.

How to dye your hair Florence Welch red

My hairdresser friend Steph dyed my hair a lovely deep copper colour yesterday so I picked her brains about how to dye hair red, from blonde, brown, ginger or black, and how to know which shade of red to pick. I’m not a hairdresser so this is just to help you choose/understand red hair dyes – you should speak to a hairdresser about your own hair.

Your base hair colour
I’ve used the L’Oreal Majeril colour chart here but other professional dyes will follow similar principles. First you need to pick the closest match to your base colour from the chart below and note the number.

Majeril colour chart

Usually blondes = shades 10-7, Ginger = 8-6, Brunettes = shades 6-3, Black = 2-1 My natural red hair has lots of brown so my base colour is 7. You have two choices – either add copper tones (to dye it ginger) or red tones (to dye it red).

Dying hair ginger

Using your base colour, you can then look what shades to dye it. The chart below shows how the base colours look with copper colours. For example if your hair is dark blonde (shade 9) you can dye it to look like 9.04.

The copper and red shades range from 4-9 so if your hair is really dark e.g. 1-4 jet black you’ll probably want to lighten it and then dye it one of these shades to get a bright copper, if it’s really light e.g. 9-10 light blonde you’ll need to semi- permanent dye it a bit darker then dye it a permanent copper shade.

  • My base colour is 7, so I could’ve chosen 7.4, 7.43, 7.44, 7.45 or 7.46 etc. My colour this time was 7.44.

Red hair dyes

Alternatively you can go for one of the reds – see the bottom of this chart.

How to dye light blonde hair red / ginger

  • Your hairdresser will probably dye it a semi-permanent copper first to darken the hair/add warmth and then dye it a permanent copper, depending on your hair condition.

How to dye ginger hair

  • You can go for shades 6-9 depending on your base hair colour.

How to dye brown hair ginger

  • You base colour will probably be 4-6 so you can go for any of the 5.XX or 6.XX colours on the Loreal majeril colour chart.

How to dye black hair red / ginger

  • Red hair is a lot lighter so you’ll need to lighten the hair to an orange shade before dying it red. If you have natural black hair your hairdresser will probably bleach it a few shades lighter, then dye it a copper or red. If you have dyed black hair they’ll probably use a colour remover first depending on the condition of your hair. You don’t have to bleach it unless you want a bright copper. Otherwise it’ll be more subtle.

I hope this was useful! Any questions, please ask! x

*update: I’m currently off travelling for a few months – see my rtw travel blog so feel free to post a question but I may not have time to answer it, sorry!*