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A while ago I planned on dyeing my hair bright red. I researched how much that would cost at a decent salon near me and realized my cousin dyes her hair crazy colors all the time, and asked her advice in DIY kits.

So I narrowed it down to Manic Panic, which apparently the entire world uses and Special Effects which [livejournal.com profile] squoctobird recommended. But then I saw a girl on the bus with the same bright red-almost pink hair that I was leaning towards. It was comical. She looked like she was wearing a wig (she wasn't) and there were no low or highlights in her hair. So I decided against something so bright. But I don't want to have rusty red or to look like Moira from American Horror Story, because that color is too dark to me.

Basically, my first idea was this one:


And then I saw this and liked that, but it's pretty much what the girl on the bus had:


But I think something closer to apple red would be best, or something a little on the bluish sid, something candy apple/Ariel the mermaid without looking cartoonish?



You've probably never seen this image before

SO HELP ME PICK A SHADE. Obviously all these pictures were taken with different cameras and under different lighting, as I just pulled them from Manic Panic's site and Tumblr, but I have no idea what to do. HALP.

In case it helps: What me/my hair looks like now. And I've already bought the Volume 40 bleach I'm going to use so the color is going to look the brightest.

Here's the Manic Panic colors I'm looking into:
Pillarbox looks too pink from the first image, but further down looks AMAZING
Wildfire looks too bright from the first images, but then awesome from the lower ones.
Vampire Red looks a little more subdued, but still not asMoira from AHS red.

And the problem with the Special Effects galleries is that everyone mixes different colors so it's hard to see the real colors in some of the photos.
Candy Apple
Blood Red
Nuclear Red


The whole washing out thing isn't going to be much of an issue because I plan on chopping all my hair off in April (or May, I want to have it for at least a season so it depends on how fast I finally get to dyeing).

Date: 2012-01-09 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] undersea.livejournal.com
LOL it took me a minute to figure out how to comment.

I think, actually, I would go with a darker shade of red instead of something really bright. Something along the lines of this:



If you're only open to the stuff you mentioned in the post, I think this color might suit you best:

Date: 2012-01-11 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com
haha, whoops, this layout is a bit confusing at first.

I think that first one might be somewhere closer to the vampire red color, actually. I might go that route if I chicken out on the bright red. Thanks!

Date: 2012-01-09 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taintedangel80.livejournal.com
I think I would go with something a little darker and not so bold at first. This way you can sort of get a feel for the color you have chosen without it being TOO drastic. And then you can gradually go from there so to speak. I'm not sure if that makes the sense I meant for it to. :/

Date: 2012-01-11 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com
Well I plan on chopping it all off in three months anyway, so I decided to go bold KNOWING I wouldn't have to stick with it for too long. But we'll see! With the way things are going I might just chop it all off earlier. ;)

Date: 2012-01-09 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhombal.livejournal.com
I like the apple/Ariel shade of red best! I think it'd suit you.

Date: 2012-01-11 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com
I like that you've actually met me and think I can pull off such a bright color, haha. <33

Date: 2012-01-09 07:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thefreshchuff.livejournal.com
If it was me, I'd go for something that looked like naturalish red hair, just 'cause that's my preference; but out of the images in this post I'd choose this one, as it's got a little more depth to it. I also second the suggestion of going with something darker at first, to get used to it.

Of the links, I think I liked Wildfire the best. The second girl on the site, it looks really good on her.

Date: 2012-01-11 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com
Yeah, I'm trying to make sure it looks like real hair and not HEY IS THAT A WIG OR NO? Who knew hair dye was this stressful!

I like wildfire because it looks like it'll wash out in an orange-y color and not slowly turn pink, because NO.

Date: 2012-01-09 03:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] splits_thesky
I like the last picture! BUT I also think [livejournal.com profile] undersea's suggestion of Allison Iraheta-color is a good one!

...I was going to say, you might want to look at reference pictures of people who have curly hair/...aren't totally porcelain-white?? Just so you have a closer idea of what your hair will actually look like. So, like...Allison Iraheta, I guess, or maybz Rihanna, that time she had red hair.

Date: 2012-01-11 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com
Well some of the images on the site galleries are not all porcelain-white girls? And Rihanna apparently used Manic Panic, but ~her own concoction~ of shades, so IDEK which to even go for, there. But also, every celeb that I admire that has had red hair HAS ALSO USED MANIC PANIC so that's why they're my first choice.

Also, I don't want to be Ronald McDonald, so I'm not looking to be super-bright red anymore.

Date: 2012-01-09 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oywidapoodles.livejournal.com
Ooh, I like the vampire red.

Date: 2012-01-11 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com
I'm slowly falling in love with that color. Especially on the girl with the Horton's cup.

Date: 2012-01-10 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] violetlemon47.livejournal.com
I've used Pillarbox and Wildfire, as well as Rock and Roll from Manic Panic. That brand in general is excellent. I'd suggest Wildfire. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Date: 2012-01-11 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com
What are the differences in shades then? Wildfire looks more orange, but I can't really determine where Pillarbox falls on the spectrum.

Date: 2012-01-15 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] violetlemon47.livejournal.com
Pillar box turned out to be pinkish purple, while wildfire was more of a true red.

Date: 2012-01-16 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com
Oh, that's weird, I've heard Wildfire was much more orange! Maybe it has to do with tones in your hair? I have really reddish tones..

Date: 2012-01-16 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] violetlemon47.livejournal.com
I think that has a lot to do with it. I was trying to remember what I had prior to using each color, but I can't. About 90% of the time I have it done at a salon, and my stylist makes up the color she uses on me, so putting the Manic over that makes it a little unpredictable.

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