I talked about my hair a couple of times but I think I never talked about how I dye it.
Today I’m going to tell you the story of my hair, and it’s fair to warn you that’s a big story, but I’m going to try to summarize everything.
When I was eighteen years old, my first gray hairs appeared, and here in Portugal we have a saying that goes something like ‘if you pull out one white hair, seven will come to the funeral’, basically this means that we should never pull out white hairs. Never.
I blame my cousin and an afternoon of doing nothing because the few I had were all ripped off. And they came to the funeral. They came in big force! That’s why I had to start coloring my hair early on, first with colors similar to my dark tone, but then I started taking risks, using violin tones that were only noticeable in the sun.
After a few years (after university), I realized that I had to dye the hair every month, and I thought that was too much. so what did I do? Blonde highlights. I started with light highlights and then I went hard on it. They were so light that I looked more blonde than brunette.
At the beginning I really liked it, I only had to do it every three months and ended up saving a lot of money, but after a few years I noticed that after three months, my hair was in a deplorable state and that I had to dry it going more often…which means spending more money. I spend around 60-70€ every time I went to the hairdresser.
But this was not the main reason why I left the blonde, but the fact that I noticed that my hair was basically dying. It was too light, too dry, too lifeless, colorless, lackluster. The ends were in a horrible state. Imagine dry lifeless ends, but worse… and that’s why I decided that I had to change my hairdresser, because the one I had wanted me to continue with the blonde.
My new hairdresser talked to me and convinced me to change completely to red-hair. And so in a few hours my hair turned ginger. I loved it! I confess that inside I’m a ginger 100%.
Everything was going well, I just had to go every 4 weeks to touch up the roots. But after a few months, I noticed that whenever I came out of the salon I had ginger ends (exactly in the shade of red that I like) while the roots were a more closed tone, almost cherry. The hairdresser always told me that it was normal to be like that, that she couldn’t put a lighter color on the roots or my gray hair would show up, and that after two weeks of washing, the color would open up and become uniform.
It happened, but every month during those two weeks I felt bad, because the difference was so obvious.
I have to thank the Brazilian bloggers because they are light years ahead when it comes to red hair! I learned a lot from them on youtube, which oxidant to use and which mixes to avoid. And I admit that today I get the color I have because of them and try it, make mistakes and get it right! I now do everything in my home!
Nowadays, I use a mixture of two colors from the brand Schwarzkopf Igora Royal. It’s very simple: I use 60ml of 20% oxidant (it’s important to be of the same brand), then I use 40g of Igora number 9.7 and 20g of Igora number 7.77! When I want it a little more lighter, I put a little more of 9.7 and less of 7.77, when I want a closed tone, I do the opposite.
I tried the Igora number 8.77, but I can get better results with my mixture of 9.7+7.77. And here is the secret of my hair color! Now please don’t tell anyone, its between us, okay?