a red warning

Oh yes, red hair is all fun and games when it is freshly-coloured, vibrant and not tainted by roots or washed-out ends. However, once the fade kicks in, the demise of your once colourful coiffure is an unstoppable force and will leave you with a battered barnet and a tricky dilemma.

Let me introduce you to Exhibit A, the shameful state that is my hair.
You will observe a good 12 weeks worth of roots, faded ends and some lovely random blonde streaks. I particularly love how the colour of my top knot doesn’t even match the rest of my hair.

I am faced with three options if I wish to rid myself of this atrocity…keep up the red, go darker or, the word that instills dread amongst hairdressers and myself alike, ‘cleanse’ the hair. 
I have had this done before and I refuse to put my tresses through this again. From what I have experienced, it is a process of stripping the hair completely of all its colour, which will leave you resembling Krusty the Clown, and then dying it an all over base colour and taking it from there. My hair really suffered when I had this done and I therefore am avoiding this option at all costs. I equally don’t want to stay red and I know I ultimately don’t want to go darker! This leaves me in quite a conundrum…

Ideally I would very much like to be this colour again…
le sigh….

So what am I going to do?
Absolutely nothing. I plan to just embrace the mismatch mane and work on the condition and length of my hair as I am assuming it will fade a lot more over the two weeks I am away in Egypt. I will then return, get a good trim and ponder my next move. There are some really great colour-protecting hair products about which have worked wonders with my hair but inevitably, red hair will always fade and my flirtation with the fiery side is over.

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  1. 31st July 2011 / 7:14 pm

    ahh, i had that problem when i had red hair. Have you considered washing it out with washing up liquid, any kind. my hair dresser told me to do it then i dyed it back brown after. unless that's stripping the hair, i dunna. i'm sure it'll all work out eventually though. xox

  2. 31st July 2011 / 7:15 pm

    Milly, no matter what your hair looks like you are always gorgeous. xxxx

  3. 31st July 2011 / 7:28 pm

    The red looks stunning! You could go darker gradually…maybe try a mahogany next? Or if you lighten your ends a touch more you could say you've gone for the ombrΓ© style πŸ™‚ I'm sure your hair will look perfect at the end whatever you decide πŸ™‚ xxx

  4. 31st July 2011 / 7:38 pm

    I was dying my hair red every 4 weeks for about a year – and to make matters worse before I went red I'd had my hair bleached platinum blonde all over so as you can imagine it was in pretty dire condition when I eventually slunk back to a hairdresser with my metaphorical tail between my legs πŸ˜› I wanted to go back to a natural blonde and my hair was too damaged to do the stripping treatment, so I had to fade as much of the red out myself using head and shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo – sounds weird but it does actually work! Anyway after about 2-3 months of fading I had a gentle cleanse treatment and then had a full head of highlights which got me back to a caramel kind of colour and didn't damage my hair too much! Back to blonde now and my hair has never been in better condition πŸ™‚ Sorry this has turned out to be a mega mega long comment, but you might be able to do a similar thing if you can put up with having to fade it out for a couple months! I'm sure your hair will look wonderful no matter what you do though πŸ™‚ anyway, i'm going to stop rambling on now hehe! xx

  5. 31st July 2011 / 7:39 pm

    I completely understand, there is something about red which is gorgeous and vibrant and I love it but it will inevitably fade unevenly and without any care for the person wearing it. . .I let mine fade then died it brown (which I hated) but I then gradually had blonde put through it and within a couple of months it is near enough how you want yours to be, hope this helps in some way xx

  6. 31st July 2011 / 7:42 pm

    I know you mentioned you don't like the colour your hair has faded to now – but i actually really like it! It looks kind of boho, in my opinions anyway! xo

  7. 31st July 2011 / 7:47 pm

    your hair looks fab red! but as a serial dyer its wise to try and rest and restore the condition first!

    Perhaps you could try getting some highlights and lowlights?? I managed to go from chocolate brown to white blonde over the course of 4months by making regular trips to the hairdressers to gradually change the colour!


  8. 31st July 2011 / 8:18 pm

    At least it was absolutely gorgeous while it lasted. You are always going to be a fittie though, regardless of your hair colour πŸ™‚ xxx


  9. 31st July 2011 / 8:38 pm

    I'd love to know what colour hair products you'd recommend! I've dyed my hair from bleach blonde to darker blonde and my hair is fading as if it were red! I love you with every hair colour I think, your hair always looks amazing on you. So whatever you choose you will look lovely xx

  10. 31st July 2011 / 8:43 pm

    to get rid of the red tones in your hair youll need to dye it with an ash based colour!

  11. 31st July 2011 / 8:58 pm

    I've just gone darker to cover the red. I loved it for a while and didn't mind the upkeep too much but I'm a fickle creature and wanted a change in the end.

    Your plan sounds good. The ends will probably fade to a very coppery colour in the sun so you may be desperate for that trim when you get back! Hope you end up with a colour you love in the long-run.

    Loveaudrey xxx

  12. 31st July 2011 / 9:06 pm

    Ah that sucks! Your hair always looks gorgeous though! xx

  13. 31st July 2011 / 9:31 pm

    Same predicament, red hair and want to be caramel.My hair's tough as hell though, I'll probs need to go down the stripping route πŸ™

  14. 31st July 2011 / 10:05 pm

    I dye my hair red too and the upkeep is a NIGHTMARE!! I love the colour though so just have to put up with it until I find a colour I like that is easier to maintain πŸ™‚ xx

  15. 31st July 2011 / 10:25 pm

    I love your hair red!x

  16. 31st July 2011 / 10:39 pm

    I loooove it red! even in the second picture I like it better that in the last one πŸ˜‰

  17. 31st July 2011 / 10:39 pm

    the color is beautiful which is why it is such a shame that it doesn't stay. i used to dye my hair almost black and i'm forced to wait for the color to grow out and fade.

  18. 31st July 2011 / 11:10 pm

    I love the red on you! xoxo

  19. 1st August 2011 / 12:04 am

    colourbefore should work cause you didnt lighten your hair to get it red so the blonde would just be underneath and the red would wash away :)x

  20. 1st August 2011 / 2:24 am

    Your hair always manages to look lovely no matter what! πŸ™‚

    Hopefully see you this saturday at the Africa London Fashion Event! http://www.clashingtime.blogspot.com <3 xxx

  21. 1st August 2011 / 2:41 am

    i love the deep red it is beautiful! i think if you love the red enough redye it again cause i love it!

  22. 1st August 2011 / 3:23 am

    yup your right,..
    i hate the fact, that roots are coming out…

    that red hair suit u well

  23. 1st August 2011 / 7:14 am

    I had this problem when I got fed up looking after my red hair. I dyed it back to my natural colour (dark brown) twice to get rid of the red, and then after a few months, started getting it highlighted. you could build up your highlights gradually, and add light brown streaks until it looks like the picture you posted

  24. 1st August 2011 / 7:46 am

    your hair does look in amazing condition though, your fringe looks so sleek and shiney, mine has gone all frizzy and ratty, my fine hair drives me mad πŸ™


  25. 1st August 2011 / 8:24 am

    Ahhh I love your red hair but I know what you mean, ive heard red is harder to maintain than blonde, and I found blonde hard enough.
    Cant wait to see what way you go once back from your hols, I think you would look fab no matter what you do. x x

  26. 1st August 2011 / 10:09 am

    Red hair is a nightmare to maintain. I really struggled and my hair took ages to recover from overcolouring it.
    I applaud you going for the growth method, and it'll fade tons on holiday no doubt, and using head and shoulders helps (the original stuff)


  27. 1st August 2011 / 1:31 pm

    Call me strange but I love the grown out red thing!! Its almost becoming a trend now as everyone seems to be growing it out! Your lucky your skin tone can pull off pretty much anything! πŸ™‚

  28. 1st August 2011 / 2:04 pm

    ahh red hair! i am a natural blonde and decided to dye it red! make way for blonde roots, faded ends, and an unhappy me!! I didn't like the way I looked with brown hair and wanted my blonde hair back πŸ™ so I used colour b4, which worked wonders then I gradually took it from there. and voila! I am now back a blondey again! would really recommend this product! I blogged about it when I did it if you are interested in seeing the results..

  29. 1st August 2011 / 2:32 pm

    Hair is tricky isn't it? I am embracing my natural brunette as I just don't know what to dye it anymore, I would love a peroxide/white blond crop but don't even know if that is possible! jealous you are going to Egypt, have a fab time!

    Caz x

  30. 1st August 2011 / 8:02 pm

    you should die it brown, and then when it lighten's it could go too like you like the picture? :Dxx

  31. 1st August 2011 / 8:58 pm

    Whatever colour Milly, your hair looks gorgeous so in that respect I wouldn't worry too much. If going lighter is what you want, I'm sure your hair will forgive you with some extra careful nourishment πŸ™‚

    x D

  32. 2nd August 2011 / 6:40 pm

    I had a really similar problem when I dyed my hair a little darker than I'd initially intended, and ended up using a product from Boots called 'Colour B4' – horrible smell and leaves your hair quite rough, but it really does an amazing job of stripping your hair of all the unwanted dye, and returning it to your lightest previous colour, no bleach involved.

    Like you said, though, the best option is probably just to let it grow its way out, the less product you have to use on your hair in the process, the better!
    On the plus side, your hair looks gorgeous in both photos, it's in great condition!

  33. 3rd August 2011 / 5:43 pm

    thank you for all your comments. I really enjoyed reading them all and pleased lots of you have suffered the same predicament as me. I really share with you my hair plans was I return from Egypt.
    Thanks again xo

  34. 18th December 2011 / 6:00 am

    wonderful red hair! you look fabs!
    I think that color suit your skin tone… πŸ™‚