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I Love Red Hair
Red Hair Rocks
I was 44 years old when I did the most drastic thing I have ever done to the way I look.
I dyed my hair red. Not brownish-red or light red. Traffic-stopping, stare-inducing, sexy RED.
When I was young I always wanted to dye my hair red but I was scared of such a big change, and I was scared it would look bad. I had that mousy light brown hair that people now call "bronde" - brown/blonde - and it was boring. I got highlights sometimes but I never did love my hair, and hair is such a big part of being feminine, for me. My dream hair has always been vibrantly red, long, and wavy. I wonder now why I spent so many years wearing my hair short, brown or blonde, and straight!
You can sleep with a blonde, you can sleep with a brunette, but you'll never get any sleep with a redhead!
- Jamie Luner
My Big Fat Long Red Hair
When I finally decided to dye my hair red, I was at a crossroads in my life. I had made some big decisions about the direction I was going to take for the next few years, possibly decades, and it felt great. Often, when women make a big personal change in their lives, or want to, they change their hair too. Hair is a very big personal statement, if you think about it. Unkempt, styled to perfection, flattened or permed, left natural, long or short or punk rock or corporate, hair says a lot about a person. I wanted my hair to reflect who I am and who I want to be, and I wanted to love it. So I started a journey to long red hair!
My first step was giving up haircuts. I had gotten a "mom cut", a boring shoulder length layered bob, because I got bullied into it. I hated it instantly, but people close to me, and even acquaintances, had subtly and sometime not so subtly told me I was too old to have hair below my shoulders.
Bull%*#, I say.
My hair is now down my back almost to my waist, and I get compliments all the time.
My second step was deciding on how to go red. Get a box dye from the store? Go to a salon? What color red was good for my skin tone?
I started researching red hair and discovered henna, and after much reading I decided to henna my hair. Henna is forever - as someone said to me, you don't date henna, you marry it! There's no way to get rid of the red in your hair from henna except to cut it off, so the step I was taking was a big and very permanent one.
It turned out AWESOME. I loved it, and my husband loved it (even though he had been against it at first). It takes a few days for henna to deepen and become the color you will have, so for the first couple of days my hair was very vibrantly orangey red. But when the color did settle, it was amazing, and the henna left my hair strong and thick and shiny. I now alternate commercial box dye, Manic Panic dye, and trips to the salon with henna treatments, because as much as I love henna it is far more time consuming than other types of dye. But, my hair is and always will be, RED.
Jamila Henna - Dependable, safe henna.
There are many hennas out there. Henna is a plant, scientific name Lawsonia inermis, and it is very good for your hair. If you want to use a box dye or get your hair colored at a salon, or use another staining type of dye like Manic Panic, after using henna, that isn't a problem. I've done all three and used henna, and my hair is in great condition. However, there are dyes sold that are called henna, that actually contain metallic dyes and other ingredients that can be bad for you, or your hair. Sometimes these products don't even contain henna! Unfortunately metallic dyes can destroy your hair. Further on are are some great links for learning about henna and how to safely buy henna, but if you want to bypass the research, just make sure to buy 100% Natural Henna powder.
- Henna for Hair
The woman who runs this site got her doctorate with a study on henna, but the site is accessible and wonderfully informative. The henna sold here is top notch and guaranteed pure.
- Henna Sooq
Another great site with loads of information on henna and quality henna for sale. Many other natural products for hair and beauty and terrific owners who are all about customer service make this site a must for henna-heads.
- Harvest Moon Cosmetics
Great shop for natural beauty products and henna.
My Favorite Red Commercial Dye
I love using henna but sometimes I don't have the time to mix it, wait for it to activate, apply, then leave it on for four hours. When my roots begin to show and I don't have much time, I use Garnier. It doesn't fade in two washes or turn orange, and it doesn't seem to damage or dry my hair like other box dyes. I always have some on hand, I despise roots!
Manic Panic Vampire Red - Not as radical as it sounds, really.
So Glad I Did It - RED HAIR DON'T CARE!
I'm very glad I finally did what I had wanted to do for so many years. Often we let others dictate how we look, and while it is true that sometimes you have to conform, if you really want something, you should go for it! I feel more me with my long flowing red tresses, and it has become my signature and my inspiration for many things. I love my red hair!