Like many girls, I wanted red hair, not a subtle red – Ariel red. The Little Mermaid has always been my favourite Disney film, ever since I was little. So I knew that at some point it would happen.
So a few years ago, I did a load of research. Asked my mum if it would be okay, showed her what I’d researched, what products to use, how much they were, where to get them from, etc, and I was ready to go. NinkComPoop‘s youtube channel had helped me so much with all of the information and I was so excited to do it.
So I had the creme peroxide (40 volume) and the L’Oreal Majicontrast for Dark Hair in Magenta Red, mixed it all together and started painting it onto my hair. Now this may be a good time to mention that I had dyed my hair navy blue, black and dark purple before this, all with the Schwarzkopf Live XXL dyes. This is important to know due to the outcome. So I left the dye on for around 2 hours, to make sure it would be super bright and mermaid-y, I was in the shower washing it out and I noticed the bottom of my hair was still pretty dark but there was definitely red dye staining my white bath (oops) so it MUST have worked. I put my hair in a turban on my head, looked in the mirror and saw red poking through at the roots!
I dried my hair without looking at it because I wanted to see it complete in all it’s bright glory!!! And then this happened….
I had bright red roots, and black hair. Yes, I know, what. the. hell. See what I hadn’t taken into consideration was that the peroxide will only take on virgin hair, so un-dyed and natural hair. I was distraught, I couldn’t go out like this, I was so embarrassed, where was the black hair dye to change it back?!
I actually kept it like this for a while, it definitely looked better up than it did down, because I was still convinced that I’d get it to where I wanted and didn’t want to make it harder for myself.
Eventually, I took the plunge and bought a tub of blue bleach powder, basically bathed my hair in it and covered the new ginger-blonde hair in Crazy Colour Fire Red Semi-Permanent Dye. This finally created…. Ariel Red Hair!!
And my god I was happy! It took a lot of maintenance to keep it this colour, dyeing it at least once a week, bleaching my roots, even using dye-infused white conditioner so even when I was washing my hair, the dye was still being put back on. Oh and of course the cleaning of the shower and bath every single time I washed my hair. Basically, the moral of the story is; check how much natural hair you have before starting the non-bleach method, be prepared to bleach your hair, don’t underestimate how expensive having this colour hair is, get a lot of cleaning product and don’t always believe that online tutorials will work on your hair – everyone’s hair is different and you don’t know the person’s hair history! Just be prepared!
Thanks for reading,