Naturally, I have black hair. Not raven black, rich black or blue black; just a nice flat (yet oddly shiny) black hair. Nature was wrong. I was meant to have pretty, pretty red hair. I usually prefer to go with a rich red or a nice burgundy, but that’s when I’m going to my stylist. He’s a god and uses magic to make my hair perfect. At the moment I’m doing it at home and trying to get basic “red” from a box from the store results in black hair that looks red only when the noon day sun shines on it. Fortunately, I have access to the Dope, know a lot of people go faux red here and a Sally Beauty Supply is nearby. About the only thing that I’m against using is henna. If you like henna and it works for you I’m very glad, but it’s just not my thing. (It does sound neat in theory though.)
As far as the condition of my hair, it’s in pretty ok shape (especially considering all of the dyeing and color stripping I’ve done in the name of the perfect red). The roots are terribly oily, the rest not so much, but I have multiple goo that works well to even things out. Parts of my hair are board straight; others slightly wavy and a few sections have quite a bit of curl to them. This is part of the reason my stylist is a god; he can take my crazy ass hair and make it perfect (although monetary sacrifices to Frederick Fekkai help too!).
I already have one of those dryers that covers your head. I’m guessing that I’m going to need a level 30 developer, but should I use a lightener first? Also, any color brand suggestions? Orangey red looks surprisingly good on me, but I’d prefer a less orange true red that looked red all of the time, not just under the noon sun.
Thanks for any help!