I often get asked if I get my hair dyed in a salon - the answer is no. Although it would be lovely to have someone do it all for me, I have being doing my hair myself for about 2 years. Red can be one of the hardest colours to get right - mainly because if you have dark hair (like I did) most people's advice is that you lighten it first before adding any red. I didn't actually put bleach anywhere near mine I just started to dye it red and it has gradually gotten lighter which in turn has made the red appear brighter.
I first do my roots with a L'Oreal Feria dye, in the colour 'Spice Power' - I really like these dyes as they don't seem to dry my hair out. It surprises me the amount of people that use the Schwarzkopf Live colours as I found them to be extremely drying for my hair - and was more often than not disappointed with the colour I was left with compared to what was on the box.
After the dye on my roots has developed I wash this out and then add semi-permanent colour to the rest of my hair. I do this because you can get a brighter more vibrant colour with semi-permanent and it isn't as damaging for your hair. I actually mix two different dyes together to get my desired effect. I use Crazy Colour in 'Fire' and 'Pink Fire' by Creative Image.
I have to say if you are dying your hair any bright colour be prepared for the clean up and make sure you wear gloves!
There are a few tips if you want to maintain a healthy head of red hair. You can wash your hair in cold water to keep the colour - I am not a fan of this for obvious reasons but it is said to work wonders. I also try not to wash it too often because the dye will fade quickly. This is when dry shampoo becomes your best friend - I use one by TiGi, which smells really good. I have quite thin and flat hair which means I like products that give me lift and bounce at the roots. I use Redken's Velvet Gelatine at my roots when I blow dry and I like to keep that hold with Aussie's Dual Personality Hi-Hold and Hi-Shine Hairspray.
Who else does their hair at home?