Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love being a redhead. It feels more natural to me than being my, well, natural brunette color. But the upkeep! Red is one of, if not the, hardest colors to maintain. Before I brought oVertone into my life (which we'll talk about soon), it was pretty much hell.
I hate taking cold showers, but cold showers are recommended when you dye your hair. Especially when you dye it red. It makes the color last longer than if you were to take a warm or hot shower. But I can't do it, I just can't withstand the freezing water snapping against my skin. So my hair faded...fast. And I was left unstatisfied that the money I spent on the dye went to waste because the color only lasted for two weeks max before looking dull and boring.
On the flipside though, that product I mentioned above, oVertone? It's changed the game for me. No more fast-fading hair because I steadfastly refuse to take cold showers! I'm not re-dying my hair at an alarming rate and making it get thinner and thinner just to maintain a look. The makers of it actually encourage you to use warm water with their products.
The downside? I have to stand outside of the water for 3-5 minutes when using the conditioner to let it soak in, and my water usually ends up getting lukewarm on the verge of cold regardless. But my entire shower isn't cold, and that's what matters.
Shown above is actually a before and after picture. Before the girl used the color depositing conditioner from oVertone, and after she used it. The stuff works pretty great, uses no chemicals, and helps keep your hair looking vibrant until a decet enough time has passed and it's "healthy" to dye your hair again.
But it's not a cure-all for all of my struggles. I still have to dye my hair eventually, and my hair does still fade at a sadly fast rate. So I'm still damaging my hair, just not as frequenly as I used to.
Another downside? The weekly deep conditioner treatment stains my hands a lovely magenta / pink color when I apply it. It washes off eventually, but it's definitely not something you want to do when you've got plans later in the day.
See? lovely pink. People would just adore to shake my hands in this state.
And the last struggle, that really effects others in my life more than it effects me because I usually am oblivious to it the majority of the time. I leave red stains behind sometimes.
- Take a bath in a nice, white porcelain tub? Chances are there's a pinkish red spot on the tub where I was resting my head / neck.
- Hands get a little crazy when scrubbing in the conditioner and/or hair dye? Probably got flecks of red dye all over the bathroom counter, and somehow the toilet.
- That first night after you've dyed your hair? Good chance you've missed some, or that your hair is still bleeding a bit of color. White pillow case? Pink pillow case.
Despite all of these struggles though, however minor they may be, I wouldn't trade being a redhead for the world. I feel sassier, more empowered, more confident as a redhead than I ever have as any other hair color. 2016, for me, is the year of the red.