Dyeing My Naturally Red Hair

Hi guys! A while ago I was watching a YouTube video and a woman (I’m sorry, I can’t remember your channel name / find it again!) with red hair similar to mine tried out the Superdrug Pick & Mix non-permanent hair colour, and said that she had some success with it.

I’ve always wanted to dye my hair bright colours, especially a peachy pink as of late, but having red hair stops me before I can even get started. Not only would I have to bleach the shit out of my hair, but then if I put dye on top of that it wouldn’t stick to my hair as well as it would for people with other hair types. I’ve bleached parts of my hair and put permanent dye on top before, and the dye fades so fast / basically washes out (not instantly of course, but quicker than it usually should).

However, after hearing this woman’s review, I wanted to try it out for myself and see if I could get a slight pink colour to my hair!

Dye 6

I bought the Superdrug Pick & Mix in the colour Coral. The mixture itself is a lovely deep pink colour, and it smells gorgeous – just like sweets. It’s also cruelty-free which is an added bonus! I bought two bottles as I have mid-length hair, and it is quiet thick towards the bottom.

I also took some before & after pictures to track the differences. I didn’t really edit these pictures other than basic sharpness, brightness, etc to make the photo easier to see, as I wanted to show the actual colours of my hair – however it was a lot sunnier in the before photos than it was in the after photos, so there might be a slight difference because of that.

Dye 1


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Here are my before photos – one from the front, and another of just my hair. (Pls ignore my non-make-up’d face.) I’m a bit more red than ginger, and I’ve also got two bleached strands either side of my hair from awhile back – so I was a bit concerned the dye would really stick to those bits and be a different colour than the rest of my hair, but I didn’t notice any problems with them at all!

Dye 2

Putting the dye on, it looked a lot more red than I was expecting – however it didn’t look as red in person as it has come out in this photo. I used 1 and a half bottles in the end. I was planning on using the full two, however when I reached the 1 and a half mark, there was no way my hair was getting any more saturated in dye than it already was.

On the bottle it said to leave the dye in for 10-30 minutes, but knowing how rubbish my hair is at absorbing colour I left it on for over an hour before washing it out. And it did take a very long time for the water to run clear when I was in the shower. I also washed my hair with a tiny bit of shampoo and conditioner as it was due, but the hair dye itself is very conditioning and it’s not necessary if your hair isn’t ready for a wash.

So, here are the after pictures:

Dye 3

Dye 5








As you can tell, it did make a bit of a difference to my hair – yay! However, my hair just looks a deeper red than the pinky glow I was after. This was exactly what I expected, but I was hoping for a different outcome. It is still a nice colour, and I’m hoping I’ll maybe see a hint of pink when I’m out in the sun!

Overall, the colour did work on naturally red hair but not the way I was hoping it would. But I would definitely recommend this for people with lighter hair that it would stick to better as it smells gorgeous, is cruelty-free, and is very conditioning! My hair still smells gorgeous after using it earlier today. I’ve also seen it work on my flatmate Abbi’s hair, and it came out a very cute pinky orange colour!

What do you think of the Superdrug Pick & Mix colours, and what is your favourite fun colour you have dyed, or want to dye your hair?
~ Beka

14 thoughts on “Dyeing My Naturally Red Hair

  1. foundationsandfairytales says:

    Your hair looked fab before anyway & it looks lovely in the after photos too! I’ve never dyed my hair as I’m scared it’ll ruin it, it’s good that you’ve found a different option than having to bleach it!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

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    • astrobeks says:

      Thank you, you’re so sweet! I don’t think I will, I’ve had bits of bleach on it before but never at the roots as I’d rather not ruin my hair permanently!


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