Back in my younger days, I colored my hair quite a bit. Sometimes it would be a darker color such as, oh, jet black, because my natural color isn’t really all that dark to begin with, and you always want what you don’t have, right? It’s naturally a mixture of dark brown, medium brown, copper/light brown, and red. Sandy in the summer. And no matter how healthy and moisturized it is, it looks dry because of the color combination. After a few rounds of black hair, I decided that I wanted burgundy hair. And it suited me so well that I kept it burgundy for several years. Then I moved on to other colors…and then got bored.

Eventually I grew tired of the upkeep when it comes to color-treated hair, so I let it grow out and went back to my natural color for six years. But super red hair was calling me again…and here we are.

After watching several YouTube videos and scouring Tumblr and Pinterest for just the right shade, I finally settled on Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color in R1, which is supposed to be a dark intense auburn. I’m not sure about dark, but it is definitely intense! At least it is before the first shampoo! When you’re inside, the color isn’t as vibrant as you’d think it would be. Don’t get me wrong, you can still totally see it, but when the sun comes out or the flash comes on? My goodness, it is RED.

Extra bright, thanks to PicMonkey.

And I LOVE it.

As you can see, my hair and the hair on the box are not the same color. Not even close! But R1 was a good choice. Who knows what would have happened had I tried R2 or R3! Actually, I know that this post wouldn’t have happened, that’s for sure. Haha! Hopefully this is a color that Garnier will continue to produce for a long time! I see myself using this color quite a bit in the future.