The main problem for anyone wanting to dye their hair red is that the color is hard to maintain. Well, any faux-color is hard to maintain due to the fact that your hair grows and then you’re stuck with those pain-in-the-ass-roots that give away your little secret to anyone and everyone you encounter. For many people, they just need a quick root touch-up and they are off and rearing to go once more. Unfortunately for most bottlehead gingers, they need a full all-over color or toner every time they take a trip back to the salon to revitalize their color. If you’re using a box dye, this occurs at an even faster rate in my experience.
The first time I got my hair dyed in a salon was my junior year of high school. I was a former box dye junkie before that, which obviously wasn’t one of my best hair days years. My stylist worked at an AVEDA salon during my junior year. AVEDA hair products and hair dyes are known to be top notch, and unfortunately enough for my wallet, top dollar. Yeah, my hair was a vicious red tone for a while, but usually after a month the color started to fade.
But then my stylist switched over to All-Nutrient and my world was rocked. What makes All-Nutrient unique is that it has very low contents of ammonia (less than Windex) and NO sulfates. As someone with dry and fine curly hair, having a dye without sulfates just is all-over awesome. Sulfates dry out your hair and are actually found in a lot of facial washes and scrubs. So avoid those. They suck.
With All-Nutrient as well, my color takes months to fade. I had my hair dyed in April, and I decided to spend my summer trying to heal my damaged hair so I opted not to dye it. So between April and October I didn’t dye my hair. My color was still red as ever aside from those pain-in-the-ass roots I mentioned before. My stylist was flabbergasted, as was I.
So let’s break down our pros and cons here:
- Trusted brand
- Great hair products aside from dyes
- Certified salons (easier to find stylists who use AVEDA dyes)
- HQ is in USA and powered by windmills
- Reds fade fast
- Certified organic product
- Color does not fade easily
- Cheaper and Cost-Effective
- SULFATE FREE
- Can’t find All-Nutrient stylists from their website
I have been using All-Nutrient dyes since 2010 (so about a year) and I am so ecstatic with how well the color holds to my hair. One of the things AVEDA has above All-Nutrient though is that all of their salons and stylists and under a network. Pop in your location and their website will tell you where all of your closest AVEDA salons are. Unfortunately, All-Nutrient doesn’t have a system like this and I’m left trying to reach out to stylists via social media. My current stylist is a 45 minute drive from my campus dorm, so I like to keep my options open.