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Strawberry Blonde Hair My Epic Journey Part 3 | The Copper Chronicles

Every good story has become a trilogy.  And now the GREATEST story ever told (ha!), about the different shades of red I have colored my hair, has a PART 3.

The Copper Chronicles.

*dramatic music plays*

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 pushed for me to try a light copper red 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.  My hair is 99% grey at this point, so my results will be slightly different than yours if you have no grey hair.

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Results from Formula #3

THE FORMULAS

Each formula below is a combination of one or more of these shades from L’oreal’s INOA line. The exact amounts are detailed below, with photos of the results underneath the formula.

The upside: Rich color, ammonia free formula, professional looking color results at home.

The downside: Hard to find in-store (easy online) and expensive for at-home color. Must also use INOA developer.  Consistency is very thick, can be difficult to spread through the hair.

I get mine from ebay (this beauty store sells authentic products – always read seller reviews!) and it was expensive for at-home hair color – around $13 per tube plus $23 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. It was costing me between $35 – $65 each time I colored my hair, including the developer. 

But, like I said above, the results looked incredible and the color was so rich.  The results (to me) look professional.

COPPER FORMULAS

FORMULA #1:

  • 2.1 oz of 7.34 Golden Copper
  • 2.1oz of 7.3 Golden Blonde
  • 4.2 oz of Level 20 INOA developer 

This came out a little too dark for my taste at first, but within 3 washes was perfect and such a pretty shade.

Formula #1 Results (4 photos):

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Directly after coloring, indoor lighting, with flash.
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Same as above.
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After 3 or 4 washes, indoor lighting, with flash.

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FORMULA #2:

  • 2.1 oz of 8.34 Golden Copper
  • 2.1oz of 8.3 Golden Blonde
  • 4.2 oz Level 20 developer

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.

Formula #2 Results (5 photos):

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Aftering coloring and 1 wash. Indoor lighting/with flash.
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Same day, just in direct sunlight, no flash.
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With a Diva Ring light on (slightly softer lighting than a flash)

FORMULA #3:

  • 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 such a gorgeous color! 

It has faded since the initial coloring. How wild is the difference in the color between the indoor and outdoor/direct sunlight photos!?

Formula #3 Results (5 photos):

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Day of coloring, indoor lighting, by a window, photo taken with flash.
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Same as above.
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Same day of coloring, in direct sunlight outdoors, no flash.
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Outdoors, no flash, after 4-5 washes.

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Kashish

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Which shade to use when colour of hairs are little black

Kashish

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

What do you mean by oz? 2.1(oz)?????

Girl Get Glamorous

Thursday 29th of March 2018

Hi there, oz means ounces. :)

Ruby

Monday 18th of December 2017

Hi Molly, I’m so glad I found you! Thank you so much for taking the time and tremendous effort to share so many details with us. I’m a natural redhead but my hair has turned more brownish & I miss my red mojo! I just have a few greys around the temples & my hairdresser insists on doing red highlights but it’s not enough. I live in Germany and was lucky to find an online salon supplier who sells L‘Oreal INOA so I’ve just gone ahead & ordered the colours Anna did for you (in the first pics) along with 20 developer. Should I have taken a different developer if my hair is already copperish? I really want to achieve the exact results as you did. Thanks in advance! Ruby

Sophia Almejo

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

I was just double checking to see if I read it correctly are you using 3 separate colors: 7.3, 7.34 and 7.43? I was just double checking to make sure I read correctly. Thanks

Girl Get Glamorous

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Hi! Yes, there are a few different formulas that we tried that I shared in this post. For the 3rd try, we mixed different amounts of these three shades:

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.

I hope this helps!

Molly

Melinda Randall

Monday 8th of May 2017

I love your color and that's the exact color I'm looking for! I'm a natural redhead with graying hair.(not sure what percentage). My hairdresser uses Wella products and I'm interested in the innocense line--ammonia free just like Inoa. Do you know what the conversion might be from Inoa to Wella? I'm tired of being too brown, too orange, too red! Thanks.

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