I’ve been bright red for about two years now, but I did start with a toned down color, not that bold red. It actually ended up being bright red by accident somehow. I had this blonde streak in my hair, so when I put this not-so-bold red over the blonde streak, it was suddenly really fiery bright.
I know hair color mishaps all too well. What do you do to continuously achieve such a vibrant red?
I have to bleach my roots as they grow out. I use a semi-permanent toner, so I have to redo my hair every few weeks. Bleach is harsh, but its also the best way to get the color I like.
What are some other colors you did before going red?
I was blonde for many years, then I went back to my natural chestnut brown. All my life I’ve experimented with different colors, but it was always pretty much a honey blonde, a brown or my natural color.
Since you’re using the bleach to refresh your color, how do you keep your hair healthy?
I use a lot of raw, organic products to make sure I keep my hair really healthy. I usually don’t put a lot of heat on my hair; I keep it really natural. I don’t wash it very often, just rock the natural curls. I put the Shea Moisture raw, organic products in, then maybe every two days, I’ll put the product again with some water and maybe after 5 or 6 days, I’ll wash my hair again.
Since you don’t apply heat often, how do you straighten your hair?
I just started blowing out my hair as an experiment. The last time I did it, I used Shea Moisture Thickening Spray. We started with dry hair and we would just saturate each strand with the Thickening Spray and then blow it out. It was actually really interesting; I’ve never done it this way before, but I’m going to do it like this from now on.
What did the Thickening Spray do for your blow out?
It gave me a lot more body. I have big hair and that’s become my trademark, so when I first blew out my hair [without the spray], I was like ‘Oh my God, who is that’ because it was so flat. It was laid. That’s not bad, but I just didn’t feel like myself. I wanted big hair, but I still wanted the glamour without looking like I’m a different race. With the Thickening Spray it lasted eight days and I’ve never been able to keep straight hair for eight days before.