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I Love Red Hair

Updated on May 1, 2016

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!

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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.

Hannah Natural 100% Pure Henna Powder, 100 Gram
Hannah Natural 100% Pure Henna Powder, 100 Gram

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.

 

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.

Manic Panic hair color is wonderful, and the website is really fun. If you want to read more about Manic Panic Dye and how to use it (and see people with turquoise hair, I kid you not) click here!

So Glad I Did It - RED HAIR DON'T CARE!

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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!

Thank you so much for visiting!

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      Anja Toetenel 

      4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Red hair rocks, welcome to the club, excellent choice ;-) I'm a redhead myself by nature but during my life my hair became blonder because of the sun and losing pigment etc. so I use some help to keep it red now and I love it. Great Lens!

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      RedHairedRockHead 

      5 years ago

      @HalloweenRecipes: Any press is good press, right? :)

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      HalloweenRecipes 

      5 years ago

      I am a natural red head and it was a difficult color to have growing up. I was very easy to pick out of a group so whenever there was trouble guess who they remembered! lol

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      lionmom100 

      5 years ago

      I'm from a red head family. To my regret, I did not get my dad's sandy red hair or my aunt's auburn hair or my sister's strawberry blond. I got brown with red highlights. I was about 30 when I started using a dark auburn henna, which I used for quite a number of years. I loved it.

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      RedHairedRockHead 

      5 years ago

      @Jogalog: If you're ready, go for it!

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      Jogalog 

      5 years ago

      I love red hair. I've got fairly boring mousy coloured hair so maybe I should try it!

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      ringthepost 

      5 years ago

      Red is pretty sexy....nice lense

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      michalk lm 

      5 years ago

      I also love red hair

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      nice lens

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      RedHairedRockHead 

      5 years ago

      @takkhisa: Thanks for sharing it around!

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      Takkhis 

      5 years ago

      My lover loves red hair too! Ok, Just bookmarked and i will show this lens to her :)

    • RedHairedRockHead profile imageAUTHOR

      RedHairedRockHead 

      5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Yep! There are many more but I just listed the ones I liked best, or that freaked me out the most (like Lizzie Borden)! Thanks for visiting!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      5 years ago from Washington State

      My first red hair do on myself was henna products too. I've had many shades of red over the years. It, for me too was at a turning point in my life. I think, because of the way it glistened in the sun, and in some other life, according to my skin, red hair was beautiful on me. Great lens, love it.

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      WriterJanis2 

      5 years ago

      I never knew so many famous people from the past had red hair.

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      RedHairedRockHead 

      5 years ago

      @claycath59: Sounds like we have similar hair colors, mine is a deep vibrant red too. It is shocking at first, but the right red can really make your skin look great and your eyes sparkle. The redder the better!

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      RedHairedRockHead 

      5 years ago

      @thegreenninja: I feel exactly the some way, to the point I feel sorry for people with other hair colors.

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      RedHairedRockHead 

      5 years ago

      @Sabre1000: 6000! Wow that's wonderful! I thank you for the honor. I can't even imagine how many wonderful lenses you have read.

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      RedHairedRockHead 

      5 years ago

      @casnider: I was the same way when my grandkid were born, I wanted to see red curls! both my grandfathers had red hair and we, too, treasure red hair when it pops up. Redheads can be discriminated against, but I just don't get it, they are the most beautiful people in the world.

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      RedHairedRockHead 

      5 years ago

      @DebW07: Thank you!

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      RedHairedRockHead 

      5 years ago

      @MJ Martin: I'm glad you enjoyed the lens, nice to hear from a fellow henna head! Anybody can have red hair, you just have to have the right red for your coloring.

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      DebW07 

      5 years ago

      The quote by Jamie Luner is great! Nice lense.

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      casnider 

      5 years ago

      My mother and my husband's mother were always looking for the red in my children's hair. They coveted the idea of having a red headed grandchild. There are reds in the family and these are evidently to be treasured when found.

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      Sabre1000 

      5 years ago

      You were my 6000th Squidlike!

      And I loved the Lens!

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      thegreenninja 

      5 years ago

      I LOVE my red hair - it is my signature and I will never go back!

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      claycath59 

      5 years ago

      I have always been a strawberry blond kind of red head but if I let it, there would be more grey than anything else. My daughter is a hair stylist and does my hair for me and last time she colored my hair to get the grey she used a deep red, auburn color. At first I thought it looked weird but after so many compliments, I think I like it this color.

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      RedHairedRockHead 

      5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: I'm so happy you enjoyed this, I had a great time writing it. I hope you do go red, it's so much fun! Let me know if you do :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I loved reading this! I was a redhead for a very brief period of time, long ago. My mother was a redhead for so many years that people believed it was her "born with" color. Now I'm getting the itch. You've truly inspired me! Awesome personal "love story" - great job!

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