Red | www.eccentricowl.comI have been wanting red hair for a really, really long time, but whenever I pass the dye in the store, I get spooked; the last time I dyed my hair red, it wasn’t what I had hoped for, and it wasn’t flattering to my skin. I have pinkish skin, and certain reds just bring that out. But this time… I did my research, I spent a bit more money, and oh. my. goodness. I am so in love!

It’s actually a better color than I had expected; dyeing the hair, it looked pretty orange, but I know by now never to trust what the dye looks like. Following a few different tutorials online, I processed my hair twice. The first time, it was a very subtle auburn, only a bit lighter and redder than my natural color, but not very vibrant. I was a little bit disappointed and my hopes fell, because I wasn’t sure the second process would lighten and brighten it as much as I wanted. But I slept on it, and made up my mind not to be defeated until I actually saw the second process. Red | www.eccentricowl.comI left the color in ten minutes longer the second time. And when I rinsed it… glory! I could tell even while it was wet that it was going to be exactly (or better than) what I had hoped for!

You guys… I think I’ll stay red for a while. Red | www.eccentricowl.comRed | www.eccentricowl.comRed |

I just can’t get over it. I have mermaid hair! I can cosplay style Amy from Doctor Who! It’s such a big change from what I had expected… I can’t wait to play around with it. Red |

Dress c/o Pink Blush Maternity | Heels, Target | Belt, thrifted

I’m sorry this isn’t much of an outfit; I finished my hair this morning and totally got dressed up just to show it off, so… um… yes. I’ve got two posts with brown hair to use, still, and then we will get on to redhead style.

If any of you are interested, I might write a post on dyeing dark hair red at home — I did this myself (I think I said), and I didn’t have to pre-bleach it. Which is a plus! So let me know if you want a post, and I’ll write it up!

Happy Wednesday!

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  • Jamie Rose

    You look fantastic with red hair! I’m so happy my mom’s a hair dresser so I don’t have to deal with dying mine myself. Mine is naturally pretty light though. I think you did a nice job with your at home dye job. This darker auburn color suits you!

  • Beth Woody

    Oh my goodness!! That is exactly the colour I’ve been *dyeing* to try on my own hair!! Hehehe! Yes, please, please DO write up the tutorial, because right after my wedding, my sweetheart and I already decided it would be really fun for me to go red. 🙂 Well… we decided meaning, I’ve wanted to for ages, and I finally showed him example pictures and asked what he thought and he sent the smiley faces that have hearts for eyes and said, “YES!! DO IT!!” So… anyway. 😛 Your tutorial would be super helpful!!

    • Eccentric Owl

      OH MY GOODNESS YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED???? I have not visited your blog in WAY too long (Haha, well… I haven’t visited any blogs in way too long…). GAH! So exciting! Congratulations!
      Yes, you can add me to your Pinterest board, hehe.

      • Beth Woody

        Haha! Well… I AM getting married, but I’m missing two things: 1. The ring. 2. The date being set. 🙂 But both of us have already talked marriage, bridal party, season, dress whites vs civilian suits… And I haven’t put much about the two of us on my blog yet, because it’s so unofficial. 😛 But we know! Yeah, as soon as I HAVE a ring and proposal story, I’ll post about it. 😉 And I’ll come here and freak out on your blog so you can know right away! 😀 I will still gladly accept your congratulations, though!! I’m so absolutely, over-the-moon, crazily happy in love. 😀

        • Eccentric Owl

          Ah, that’s so great! My husband and I talked about marriage and knew we’d get married LONG before the ring ever happened, so I definitely understand! Sometimes you know but you still want to wait and enjoy the getting-to-know-you stage! And also save up for a good ring. 😉

          SO exciting!! Definitely come freak out on my blog!!!

          • Beth Woody

            I’m so glad someone does!! It surprises me how many people give me weird looks when I say I’m getting married but I’m not exactly sure when. “Well, has he proposed?” “He will whenever he’s in town with enough time to make it special.” They think it kills the surprise factor. I’m pretty sure he’s thankful that he doesn’t have to worry about my answer, though. 😉 But yes!! Exactly. It’s comforting to be secure in our future but still take it slow just enjoying the now. 🙂

            I will!! I so, so will! 😀

  • Beth Woody

    Oh, and since I was foolish and forgot to say it in my original comment… you look stunning!! And mermaid hair was exactly what I thought when I saw you!! 😀

  • Beth Woody

    One last thing… do I have your permission to add you to my Pinterest board of hair colour dreams? I understand if you don’t want me to. But I thought no harm in asking. 🙂

  • dani

    I love it! Looks soooo good on you!
    I had red hair (in varying shades) for almost 5 years, and I have to admit I miss it. Make sure to use sulfate-free shampoo, because red dye can fade easily if you don’t. I’ve also found that henna hair tint is a great way to top-up the redness between colorings and keep brassiness away.

    <3 dani

  • Heather-Joan Carls

    Hi Kristina. I just love how the red came out on you. It’s very stunning and I like how there is red and black mixed into together. I am done coloring my hair. The last thing I had done was the blonde ombre thing and it has stuck and gotten nicer with age. I love how I braid my hair and there is blonde throughout the brunette braid and the end after the elastic pony is all blonde. I have had my hair black, purple, and light brown. I have natural blonde and red streaks in it. My Mom is a flaming Scottish redhead and a true Ginger and her Mom was a blonde. Love your hair though. It looks very natural on you 🙂 Sending well wishes to you and your little one.

  • Desarae

    LOVE it! I dyed my hair red at home a couple of months back and loved it so much I never wanted to go back! Sadly,it has faded out already and only really lasted about a week before it faded fast. I want to do it again, but make it last longer this time. It looks fabulous on you! 🙂