Every good story has become a trilogy. And now the GREATEST story ever told, about the different shades of red I have colored my hair, has a PART 3.
The Copper Chronicles.
Play dramatic music in your head while you read that above.
Sometimes you need a little push to make changes. People can see things that would look great on you that you might not necessarily see yourself. I typically like a more blonde shade of strawberry blonde for myself. My friend Anna, @annamcgroarty, is a colorist at Sally Hershberger in Los Angeles. She really pushed for a slightly deeper red shade and I’ve been loving it. It’s a really pretty light copper shade, definitely more of a red than a blonde, which I like for winter.
This is a *PIC HEAVY* post because honestly, I think pictures are better than me explaining the hair. So above each pic I posted the color formula either I or Anna used. My hair is 99% grey at this point, so my results will be slightly different than yours if you have no grey hair.
The formula: INOA by L’Oreal, with INOA level 20 developer at the roots and then level 30 developer throughout the hair for touch ups. For first time color, level 20 developer all over.
The upside: Rich color, ammonia free formula, professional looking color results, even at home.
The downside: Hard to find and expensive (for at-home color) if you aren’t a professional colorist, must also use INOA developer. Consistency is very thick, can be difficult to spread through the hair.
I had to get mine off of Amazon and it was expensive – around $15 per tube plus $25 for developer. The developer lasts several application, but the cost of the tubes added up for me. I was using at least two and sometimes four tubes to cover all my hair, around $35 to $65 each time, including the developer. But, like I said above, the results looked incredible and the color was so rich. I just wasn’t rich anymore after buying so many tubes, lolz right? I’ll be here all week.
If you have trouble finding INOA, you could try similar shade levels in a different L’oreal line or another brand. I wanted to try the INOA because it is ammonia free, which I liked. The trickiest shade to find in other brands (I’ve searched) is the level 7.34 or 8.34 light copper shades. Wella makes a light copper but its a level 6, much darker than a strawberry blonde.
1st time: Anna used: equal parts (2.1 oz) 7.34 Golden Copper + (2.1oz) 7.3 Golden Blonde+ Level 20 INOA developer (4.2 oz).
This came out a little too dark for my taste at first, but within 3 washes was perfect and such a pretty shade.
2nd time I used: equal parts (2.1 oz) 8.34 Golden Copper + (2.1oz) 8.3 Golden Blonde + Level 20 developer (4.2 oz).
This came out PERFECT at first, it was the perfect coppery strawberry blonde shade. But it also did fade quickly, so by the end of 4 weeks it needed a red-pick-me-up. But if you want your hair to be more blonde than copper, try this mix.
3rd time, in salon Anna used: a half a tube (1 oz) of 7.34 GC + quarter a tube (.5 oz) of 7.3 G + quarter a tube (.5 oz) of 7.43 + (2 oz) Level 20 developer at the roots THEN same colors and ounces mixed with (2 oz) Level 10 developer throughout the hair.
This was a true copper, which is really pretty. Not my normal, but it’s good to try new things and this is a gorgeous color! It has faded since the initial coloring.
Shop the formulas:
As this is Amazon, the stock availability will change.
– INOA Level 20 developer -be sure to buy the newest version of this developer, as the formula has changed and this is the developer you need for the tubes.
– INOA Shades – be sure to buy the 2.1 oz single tubes, not the old version which came with 5 smaller tubes in a box.
I really hope this post helps! Like I said above, it’s pic heavy, but I think pictures are the best way to decide what shade is best for you with your own skin tone. Comment below and let me know if you try any of the formulas!
You can reach Anna at: email@example.com. She is based in Los Angeles and does charge for color consults via email. So you can email her directly or call Sally Hershberger for an appointment with her.
Thank you so much for reading! Please feel free to share this post of Pin any of the pictures to Pinterest. You can find me on Instagram @girlgetglamorous and Anna @annamcgroarty.