I have come across such a product. Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color: Light Intense Auburn (R3).
I have been dyeing my hair now for 15 years. I started with the shampoo that, as you used it, it slowly left color deposits that dyed your hair (someone please tell me they remember that? Aussie brand did it, I believe). Then I moved to the box dyes, and for some reason, I was always drawn toward red (I figured if my personality was fiery, my hair color should be, as well). Box dyes never quite cut it, so I moved toward salons, to hairdressers who promised bright red. I have done red and black hair, red and orange, red with blonde streaks, dark burgundy red, strawberry blonde with bright red streaks; paid upwards of $125 to get the look I wanted. Times got tough, couldn't head to a salon anymore, so I started on the search for the perfect box of red dye, something I could do at home.
In 15 years of dyeing my hair, I have never been as pleased as when I used the Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color kit.
It's specially formulated to achieve red tones on dark hair. I don't have dark hair, well, I don't think I have dark hair. 15 years of dyeing your hair and you kind of forget what your natural color is. Maybe mine's a light brown? Dark blonde? Somewhere in there. Anyway, because it's made to color dark hair, it was amazing on my hair.
The first thing I noticed that was different about this kit was the actual color additive. Normally, in box kits, you have the large developer bottle with a creamy substance in it, and the actual color is a liquid that you add to the developer. Garnier Nutrisse's Ultra Color kit has a cream color in a tube (not a liquid) that you squeeze out into the developer bottle- just like at the salon.
Score 1 for Garnier Nutrisse's Ultra Color kit.
The second thing I noticed is the color it became when I mixed the cream color with the developer. Normally, reds turn this dark purple color in the bottle. Doesn't matter if it's a bright red, a light red, they all turn this dark purple color. Not the Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color kit; it turns this bright orangey red color in the bottle. It was crazy. And the color coats onto everything. I really thought for a few minutes my scalp would be stained bright orange, but it wasn't. Just in the application process I started to get excited. I've always aimed for bright reds- the closer to the color of a stop sign, the better. I've never been able to find anything in a permanent hair color that is as bright as I like it. This time around, it was already looking different.
Score 2 for Garnier Nutrisse's Ultra Color kit.
The next morning I was tickled
Fingers crossed Garnier Nutrisse will realize what an amazing product they have with these Ultra Color kits. They are bright, vibrant colors, and the Light Intense Auburn will be my color for as long as they are making it. Thanks to Garnier! You helped restore my faith in box coloring systems, and helped me find some happiness in a box!!