Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Crimson, Red, Auburn, Burgundy...It's all GOOD!

Ta-da! Another hair change, what's new??!!

This color has been one in the deep compartments of my brain for a VERY long time. I've always been obsessed with dark red hair. I've had the underneath section of my hair died various shades of red multiple times but could never dive all the way in and go for it all over. My dalliances with any shade other than a blonde have usually just been deep brown. Until now!

I was in Sally's a few days ago picking up some supplies and saw that they carry a new line of hair color from Clairol. My hair has always gotten good results with any version of Clairol hair color so I was interested. It's called Flare. It's a permanent cream color with a built in gloss. Sounds great...then I read the first line about Alpha-Red Technology and was like, DO IT!

FLARE Permanent Cream Hair Color Crimson
 FLARE Permanent Cream Hair Color Dark ChocolateFLARE Permanent Cream Hair Color Burgundy

I actually ended up buying 6 tubes of different colors and figured I'd come up with the color recipe later. What I ended up using was 2 ounces of the 4BB (Light Intense Brown-Chocolate), 1 3/4 ounces of the 3RRV (Intense Red Violet-Crimson) and 1/4 ounce of the 5VVR (Light Intense Violet Red-Burgundy). Ounces are clearly marked on the side of the tube which makes measuring super easy. 4 ounces of the Flare 20 volume developer and apply with brush and bowl and GLOVES. For the love of all things holy use gloves!! I applied vaseline around my hairline, ears and neck, then I sectioned my hair off into quarters and applied in small, thin sections. I don't ever just flop dye on my hair and hope for the best. The neater you apply, the better your coverage. Make sure to saturate each strand and be tidy. I let it sit about an hour, on accident. I started cooking dinner in the middle of processing and kind of got distracted. Rinsed, and rinsed, and rinsed and rinsed some more with cool water until it ran mostly clear (oh my gosh my shower looked like some kind of gory halloween set.). Applied a leave in conditioner and let it mostly air dry before blow drying the final bit. I would not go to bed with this hair color'll end up with pink pillows. So definitely wash and dry before bed or wash in the morning. Also, use OLD towels for the first few washes.

Scary red on...turned VERY dark, almost black before I rinsed it off.
Makeup-free and RED! Fresh after drying and crappy kitchen lighting!
I know that from going so blonde to this color I will have some definite fade out for the first few times I touch up. I plan to combat with cool rinses, skipping as much shampoo as I can, using sulfate free shampoo and making a red conditioner. I found a recipe mixing Manic Panic with a deep conditioner and using once a week, we'll see if it helps.

So far...I am completely in love. I just feel so DIFFERENT with red hair, but it's so much fun and talk about SHINE. Blondes never get shine. It also definitely makes blue eyes POP! It's not a natural red color but also not a "punk red" or clowny red. It's a flattering unnatural shade I think.

I am really impressed with the "Flare" colors. They are thick and creamy and don't smell too offensive. It really deposited the color I was hoping for and the color is deep and rich. My hair was left soft and vibrant, I will definitely use this line of colors again and highly recommend.


  1. very nice....i really wanna go from what i have now (very light blonde ) to 5VVR...BUT I am very nervous!!!!
    Looks awesome!

  2. I just typed this really long message but I guess I was signed in and I think it is gone :(

  3. I just searched Google for 5VVR and you came up :) so I have some questions that I am hoping you can answer. I am already a Flare user but I go with Espresso. I love it and you are right it NEVER fades! And for me it covers ALL of my grey.

    What developer did you use (10, 20, 30)?
    What color is your natural color?
    Did you expect it to be brighter or darker or was did exceed your expectations or at least meet them?
    If you went from very dark to light did you feel your hair become any different afterward?

    Thanks so much you look fabulous!

    1. Hi there. I use the Flare 20 vol every time and have always had good results. My hair was originally kind of a faded ombre, dark blonde roots and white ends when I decided to go this color. Now that it's red all over, I still get the perfect results. I don't think it went any darker or brighter than I expected, especially on the white fried ends. This dye has hands downs left my hair in better condition than any other dye I've tried. It's definitely unique and I highly recommend it!

  4. Do you use the manic poanic for root touch ups?

    1. I don't...I use the Flare each time. The Manic is more of a touch up for the ends for me between the colorings, it's less damaging but keeps it vivid when I notice my ends getting duller.

  5. Hi! A few weeks ago, I dyed my hair with the Flare for the first time. Before I did, I googled it to see what came up and found your blog. Your hair turned out awesome! I used the medium violet and medium neutral brown and I had a feeling the purple wouldn't show up and well, I was right. Since I had not used this line before (usually used Ion) I used a little too much of the brown and should have gotten the red violet color. At least then the red would have shown up. But I really like the Flare and plan to use it again. I was hoping maybe as it washed out the purple would show up a little but nope. Lol