What do I dye my hair with? Crazy Color Vermillion Red!

This question is asked numerous times a day across various platforms but it’s not until now that I am finally writing about it. What do I dye my hair with? Well for the last couple years and after trying most of the reds on the market, I have settled and adore Crazy Color Vermillion Red. It’s simply the best, but it is only a semi-permanent. I stick with this one, despite it washing out faster than a permanent because it’s the perfect shade between too bright and too dark. We’ve all seen the disaster that is overly bleached hair with a fiery and over the top red, and to be honest, it makes me cringe. Which is why it’s took me so long to find a bright, vibrant colour that’s also dark and not too in your face.
Crazy Color Vermillion Red is a quite dark red on the scale and depending on what colour you put it on, it will come out a deep red. I usually do bleach my darkish brown hair to a dark ginger before initially using Crazy Colors but now this is just crazy colour on top of about 30 other bottles of it which means the colour is really rich and built up. Instead of saying how I apparently incorrectly use this dye, I’m quickly going to walk you through the advised way. Firstly, always do a strand test. These come in bottles and are already developed so it’s a lot easier to strand test compared to a packet dye.
Crazy Color Vermillion Red
When it comes to using Crazy Colors you must wear gloves, these are seriously pigmented and they will stain any of your skin that you touch with them. The proper way to use this dye it to shampoo and condition your hair and then towel dry. Whilst the hair is still wet, evenly coat every strand of hair and leave to soak for 15 minutes, or 30 minutes if you have thick hair. Then you simply wash off and you have amazing new hair!
Personally, I find that putting any product on top of a water doesn’t work as well as the water works as a barrier and would liquify my dye and make it run more. So I apply it to clean, dry hair and leave it for anything up to 12 hours. With Crazy Colors being semi-permanent it means they’re a lot kinder to the hair and I’ve been told before that they’re like a conditioning treatment, so the longer you leave it, the softer your hair. I haven’t officially been told this though, just from hairdressing friends. People think I am over the top for this, but all I can say is, look at my hair. It’s an amazing colour, in quite good condition and it only ‘leaks’ on the first day or two. Leaking is basically where you sweat under your fringe and get a bright red forehead, it’s not fun.
With semi-permanents they don’t last as many washes as regular permanent dye, so you do have to be careful of what you wash it with. My recent favourite is the Revlon Professional Revlonissimo 45 Days 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner For Brave Reds. I wasn’t expecting much as I never do from shampoos for red hair but this is heavenly. Not only does it cleanse my hair thoroughly and leave it silky soft, it also smells absolutely amazing. Even Alfie goes on and on about the smell of it, and in one pretty handle 275ml bottle, it’s a thumbs up from me. It’s roughly around £11.99 which is a bargain for what it does and it barely strips the colour either, it is a red formula, which does obviously help too.
Revlon, Crazy Color Vermillion Red
I’ve also been trying out Osmo Radiant Red Mask which is to help put back the life into your hair. It has avocado oil which will help to make your hair shiny and look healthier, as well as helping the colour to stay on even longer. It works by penetrating the hair follicle to revive your hair colour and intensify it with an incredible ammonia and peroxide free formula. Usually I pop hair masks on dry hair too, but with this one, it literally is a top up and not much is needed at all as it is incredibly pigmented and stays probably more than Crazy Colour. I loved using it and would definitely grab more for days where my hair isn’t feeling so soft. It comes in a 225ml tub and the cheapest I can find it for is around £16 as it’s sold in salons. Head over to the website to find your nearest stock!
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  1. Kirsty Baker
    28th May 2015 / 8:27 am

    You’re making me miss my Red hair damn it aha! Beautiful colour, looks stunning on you xx


  2. Zoe Archer
    28th May 2015 / 9:39 am

    I so want my hair that gorgeous colour. Where do you buy the colour from?


  3. 28th May 2015 / 11:14 am

    I use both crazy colour and directions, both are great and if you buy them from ebay you can pick them up super cheap.
    Fringe leakage is the bane of my life :p
    Your shade always looks amazing so I’m certainly going to look into that shampoo & mask.

    Gillian xx EyelinerFlicks

  4. 28th May 2015 / 12:59 pm

    I’ve used various semi-permanent hair dyes before and these are one of my faves. I’m so envious of your hair!

    prettymadthings.blogspot.co.uk // x

  5. 28th May 2015 / 4:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing these tips – my best friend has bright red hair and is always looking for easier ways to maintain it so I’m going to pass your post along to her <3


  6. 29th May 2015 / 12:11 am

    My sister swears by crazy colour, she always uses it =]


  7. 29th May 2015 / 9:59 am

    Thank you for reminding me about this! I used to use a pink crazy colour on my hair when I was younger and loved it.

    I recently had a “dramatic” hair change (chopped it all off and had it dyed purple.) that was 3 weeks, £85 and roughly 12 washes ago, now I have short faded red hair and a sad face to go with it. Crazy colour may be the way forward!

    You’re hair is a gorgeous colour.

    B x

  8. 29th May 2015 / 10:59 am

    awesome post 🙂 I always use crazy colour, and if I don’t I always go back – it’s the best! I’ve been using cyclamen and bordeaux but think i’m going to try vermillion red next! Or orange.. I cant decide haha 🙂

  9. 29th May 2015 / 11:25 pm

    I love your red, it’s so pretty! It really suits your skin tone as well 🙂

  10. 26th October 2015 / 8:37 am

    After too many at-home color mistakes, I’ve given up on having a really powerful red, but yours is certainly gorgeous. I could almost be convinced to use your method if I didn’t have to worry about dark brown roots in a matter of weeks.