(The one I’m reviewing is on the left)
I’ve been looking for a red hair dye for dark hair since FOREVER. I love red hair. I’ve always dyed my hair red/auburn ever since I started using hair dye. When I saw this red hair dye made specifically for dark haired beauties at Shoppers, I knew I had to have it (and lots of it, as you can see above).
My hair is very very thick, both as a whole and the individual strand of hair. It does not colour well at all; I’ve tried around 7-8 different brands of hair dye, including both Japanese and Western brands, and almost all of them don’t really colour my hair. The only one that has worked in the past was the Herbal Essences hair dye, but I discovered it as they were discontinuing the line, which means I couldn’t stock up. Most red hair dyes only manage to colour my roots, where my hair is the finest, leaving the rest of my hair still really dark, nearly black still.
What it is: Garnier Nutrisse Intense Red is a dye that is formulated for naturally dark-haired people. It does not work on hair that has been dyed dark (ie. like if you were blond before and you dyed it back), but if you have naturally black or brown hair, this is for you.
Price: $11.99 at Shoppers, $9.95 at Loblaws
The good: This red hair dye for dark hair really does work. Its obviously not as intense or light as the red on the box, but for someone who has normally super intense black hair that doesn’t colour well, it works. You can’t really tell in the photos, but everyone who I saw after I got it dyed has noticed that my hair is now red. They also really like this colour as its not too bright, but still has some kick.
The bad: This dye smells extremely strongly of ammonia, which somewhat bothered me when I was dying it. Also it left my hair kind of dull, no longer shiny, which is kind of sad.
Overall: I really like this dye. Although it did leave my hair kind of dull, I like it because it is effective. You can see in some of the photos below that the red is quite vibrant in sunlight, and gets toned down a bit in the shade. I will continue to use this line (of course I have to, because I bought so many of them already, LOL!).
See more before and after photos!
Here’s another one just for the sake of it 😄