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When I was in late middle school and early high school, I was completely obsessed with having punky red hair. Unfortunately, my options were very limited at the time – so upon using box after box of supposedly “red” dyes, it never lifted my naturally dark hair to the shade I wanted. Thankfully, cosmetic technology has advanced since then!
I purchased a box of Garnier Nutrisse in R3 Light Intense Auburn from Rite Aid the other day, based solely on the packaging and my history with the brand. The shade isn’t listed on their website, and I probably should have read reviews first, but I decided to take the risk. :P
At first, I was really skeptical of the results shown on the side of the box, but I kept optimistic. : ) After preparing the dye, it turned the color that ketchup and mayonnaise would make after being mixed. Upon application, though, it turned bright red. I kept it in for about 30 minutes before rinsing – and let me tell you, it took SO LONG for the water to run clear in the shower. This stuff is ridiculously pigmented. I was a little worried that it didn’t come out even because some parts looked much darker than others while my hair was still wet.
I went through my normal hair routine this morning, though, and was completely satisfied. Not only were the results dramatic, but as you can see in the photos below, it even lifted my black roots! Additionally, what I love most about Garnier Nutrisse is that my hair always becomes super soft and shiny. <3
This dye really evened out my faded golden brown color from last month, too. It looks so fresh, and dare I say even healthier! :o I love how long my hair is getting, by the way. ; )
Here’s a photo that my brother took of me in direct sunlight. As you can see, the red looks nuclear outside. I can’t even express how happy I am with this color! Usually, with shades like this, you’d have to purchase from a brand that specializes in alternative hair colors like Special Effects or Manic Panic. I’m so glad that a dye like Light Intense Auburn is available at my local drug store, rather than Hot Topic. :P
Unfortunately, I’ve had enough experience with hair dye to know that reds never last. They fade incredibly quickly, even with the use of shampoos and conditioners that claim they protect colored hair. All I can do is enjoy this shade while it lasts, and hope it fades nicely. : ) Until next time! ^.^