I asked the sales associate what is the best hair dye for my dark hair without bleaching. After telling her some of the hair dyes I had used before, she recommended L'Oreal Excellence HiColor Intense Red for dark hair with a 30 volume developer.
Coloring the hair, while avoiding the roots, I left the color on for 20 minutes (like the box instructed) and then colored the roots for the last 10 minutes.
other color posts, you can see for yourself. So I was kind of excited thinking for once I may actually achieve the color I wanted, but panic kicked in. What if my hair does come out crazy red?
When I first rinsed my hair, I was highly upset. I could see no hint of red. However, the next morning my husband told me the red was definitely obvious. Unfortunately, I couldn't capture the red in a picture. But I wanted the red to be a bit more intense, so two weeks later I tried the color again.
I washed my hair once after the first hair dye job and I used the John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner.
These are the results after the second dye...
This time, I did shampoo my hair with the John Frieda shampoo mentioned above and used a product specifically meant to lock in the color after the dye job. Also, I left the color on my hair for 30 minutes the second round before coloring my roots. I think both things made a huge difference.
I am very happy with the results and with this product and would definitely recommend to my fellow dark haired colors who are trying to avoid bleach. Hell, I have even received quite a few comments, questions, and compliments about the color.
This line does have other levels of intensity, but this is the color I had been trying to achieve for awhile. I will probably dye my hair one more time in about a month or 2 and will definitely post an update on here or Instagram.
Until my next dye job:-)