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To Dye For

2011 May 2
by Jill

I have always wanted to be a redhead. I finally began dying my hair red in November of 2008, after going back and forth for a decade about how it would look. It turned out well, and I kept visiting my salon in RI every 3-4 months to keep up the color. I got lots of compliments on the color, and many strangers called me a natural redhead. It seemed that I was born to be a redhead…despite the fact that I wasn’t born with red hair.

I haven’t colored my hair red since November–nearly six months ago. The cost of upkeep, especially in New York City, is just too much, and red fades too fast. I keep thinking that I’ll go back to the salon some day, maybe in the summer, or that I should perhaps try at-home color. But part of me also wonders if I should just embrace my natural color and leave the red behind–it was fun while it lasted, at least. I need to make a decision, at least before my wedding (whenever that is!), because I think I’ll want to get married in whatever hair color looks best and makes me happiest.

What do you think? Have any of you had good experiences with at-home hair coloring? Have you ever decided to change your hair color and regretted your decision? I need advice!

In the meantime, here are some iconic red heads:

Angela Chase


Joan Holloway


Anne of Green Gables


Willow Rosenberg




8 Responses Post a comment
  1. May 2, 2011

    I’m obviously a huge supporter of redheads, dyed or otherwise, and think you make a kickass redhead. But I do understand about the time/effort/cost involved in the upkeep. Maybe get a wig and change it up every few days? Best of both worlds?

    In middle school, my mom actually threatened to break my fingers if I dyed my hair. Kind of glad she did; otherwise I would have been anotehr 12-year-old with Kool-Aid purple hair.

  2. meghan permalink
    May 2, 2011

    Iconic redheads… don’t forget me đŸ˜‰ anyways I think you should go au natural for the wedding… while you look great with your new hair color i think for posterity’s sake it is good to have you in original color in all those photos. my mom had dyed her hair brown and had a perm for her wedding (well, not specifically for the wedding, i don’t think, but that was her look for the moment)… good old 80s!

  3. Mal permalink
    May 2, 2011

    I love you with red hair! I went to the box about a year ago and had some pretty good results. It doesn’t last as long as a salon dye, but for the most part, that is the only difference.

    I had good experiences with Garnier Nutrisse hair color–I can’t remember the number, but it was called “Red Pepper.” You do have to be careful, though, because you can ruin clothes, towels, bathroom tiles, etc. That stuff does NOT come out.

  4. Nancy permalink
    May 2, 2011

    As a former slave to blonde highlights who is now very happy au natural (wished I stopped getting highlghts way longer ago), I say save your $$ and exposure to wicked chemicals for when you start going grey. For now, embrace what you have and be a red head in your later years. (Obvs you look good ether way…this comment is less about the aesthetics and more about the practicalties.)

  5. Dawn permalink
    May 2, 2011

    Yes, obviously you look good either way and you should do whatever you feel best for the wedding. I think you should definitely embrace au natural for a while and test it out and see how it feels… then you can make an informed decision. :)

  6. May 3, 2011

    Three cheers for redheads! I think you look great with red, but if the upkeep is too much, then maybe try something new for a little while. Maybe join forces with Lindsay and try purple? :)

  7. Raquel permalink
    May 3, 2011

    I add my vote to the “looks good either way” category and also have to say I’m a little jealous. I’ve never been able to experiment with changing my hair color on a whim because my hair is naturally black (the most daring I’ve gone was some professional yet barely noticeable auburn highlights), so a radical and noticeable change would be laborious and possibly damaging. I fear ruining it with the chemicals I’d need to strip the pigment and dye it and my upkeep would be insane–black roots aren’t fun and would require constant maintenance. I love my dark hair but I’ve always thought I’d want a deep, dark red if I changed my hair color. But I think since you’re not getting married tomorrow, that I know of anyway, try your natural color for a few months and see how it feels! Once you figure out what you’re going to wear that day and how you want to look overall, you’ll probably also know how you want your hair to look. I am dying to cut my hair short, but I want long, flowing locks on my wedding day so I gotta wait it out till October! :)

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