How to dye bleached hair red: I’ll help you choose the best shade for your hair

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Dyeing bleached hair red is an easy process, and I’ll tell you how to do it step by step.

One of the most important steps in this process is choosing the red dye. There are a lot of different shades of red. There are so many to choose from that picking the right one can get very confusing if you don’t have experience dyeing your hair.

  • If you choose the right red for your hair, you’ll surely be happy with the results and everyone will be enchanted by your new color.
  • But, dear reader, if you don’t choose the right color, you won’t want to look at yourself in the mirror for days. Believe me, I know what I’m talking about.

And even worse, red is a difficult color to get rid of, so it’s best to choose the right color red the first time around. It might take some time to decide, but it’ll be time well invested.


That’s why, besides telling you step-by-step how to dye your hair, I also want to tell you how to choose the color to use with your skin tone and age in mind. Yes, I said “your age.”

Age is very important when it comes time to choose a hair color and even more so when it comes to a color as special as red.


Are you ready to choose your new hair color?


Well, let’s get going then!


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What shade of red dye should you choose?

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The world of red colors is a passionate one.

As a hair colorist, I love it when clients come to the salon to try out different shades, intensities and depths of red dyes.

Think about it: there’s a whole palette of red colors to choose from!

But, of course, we need to think about which one is the best for you.


 For paler skin, the most intense or lightest reds are best for you. 

That would be numbers like:

  • 6.6
  • 7.6
  • 8.6
  • 9.6


 For people with darker skin, the deepest or darkest reds are best for you. 

That would be numbers like:

  • 6.6
  • 5.6
  • 4.6
  • 3.6


Of course, these are just guidelines. You should choose the color that you like best.

Remember that the more intense the color, the more it will highlight your facial features and your eyes.

Intensity is the light, shine and clarity the color has.

For example: intense red 6.6 and light intense red 7.6.


The deeper the color is, the more your features will stand out and it will add a little mystery to your haze.

The depth is the light that the color reflects, which we usually call the color in the sun.

For example: deep, dark red 3.6 or deep medium red 5.6.


Red is a beautiful color that looks good on people of all ages.

  • If you are older than 50, then I recommend using shades like 8.6 or 9.6.
  • If you are older than 40, then I recommend using shades like 7.6 or 8.6.
  • If you are older than 30, then I recommend using shades between 6.6 and 9.6.
  • If you are about 20 years old, you can choose any color on the palette.


Will my bleached hair be damaged in any way by the dye?

No, it won’t damage your hair.

Red dye uses the same amount of peroxide and ammonia as any other dye.

The only difference between red dye and other kinds of dye is that it contains more pigments.

That means it lasts a lot longer than any other color.


Red will last up to 6 weeks before it fades, while most other dyes only last 3-4 weeks.

You can use red dye without any worries.


But of course, if you previously bleached your hair, I recommend that you moisturize it before and after using the red dye.

  • Use essential oils on the ends of your hair. Coconut, argan and flax oils are great at repairing ends that have been damaged by chemical treatments.
  • Use a reparative keratin mask once a week on all of your hair. Another piece of advice: If you can, use a bath cap while you have the mask in your hair. That way the mask’s nutrients will better penetrate your hair.
  • Use keratin shampoo and conditioner, that way, each time you wash your hair, you’re repairing it from the damage caused by the bleach.


How to use the red dye on your bleached hair

Like I said before, red dye isn’t different from other kinds of dyes.

So, now that you know that, you should be calm; it’ll be the same as using any other dye.


Step 1: Preparing your hair

Gently brush all the way through your hair, making sure not to leave any knots.

Use a comb or brush to make sure it is totally detangled.


Step 2: Preparing the mix

Put on gloves!

Squirt all of the dye from the tube into the plastic container.

You should also have the developer cream, which is a 20 volume peroxide that the mix needs to make sure the dye penetrates your hair.

Mix until you have a smooth consistency.


Step 3: Using the dye

Apply the color mix to all of your hair, from root to end.

Be sure to cover the entire surface of your hair.

You can comb your hair to make sure you don’t have any area that the dye didn’t cover.

Let sit for 40 minutes.


Step 4: Rinse and dry

Once the necessary amount of time has gone by, rinse with lots of lukewarm water.

You can use shampoo to make sure you didn’t leave any dye in your hair.

Pat your hair dry with a towel to get rid of any excess water.

Dry your hair as you normally would and if you want, style with a flat iron or curler.

How did your red hair turn out?



get rid of green tones

If you’re thinking about dyeing your hair on your own at home and you’re still not sure about which color to choose, you can go to a specialized hair care store and they will be able to help you.

Those kinds of stores have little samples of colors from different brands, which are very helpful when it comes to choosing a new hair color. You can hold the sample up to your face to get an idea of how your hair would look if you dyed it that color.

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