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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?

Superdrug Colour Effects Wash in Wash Out in Warm Copper Gold

17 Jul

This is my favourite hair discovery of the year, and it’s only £1.29 from Superdrug! It’s a wash in, wash out colour boost conditioner in a warm copper tone.

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The shade is warm copper gold 7.34, which is a perfect colour for natural redheads and ginger haired girls who want to brighten up their red hair. If you want longer lasting results you’ll need to use a semi or permanent dye, this won’t dye your hair, it just boosts the colour – see How to dye hair red/ginger – but to brightening up your colour this is ideal.

It’s basically like those colour shampoo and conditioners you get, but rather than the usual blonde, brown or red this one’s for GINGERS! You just apply it after you’ve washed your hair, leave it for a while (I leave it on longer than the 5 minutes it suggests) then rinse out. Warning: the water will run orange!

I use it when my permanent tint starts to fade but I don’t have long enough roots to get it re-dyed. It comes in a travel-friendly 75ml size which makes it ideal for holidays and weekends away and it lasts way longer than the 3 washes suggested on the label too.