While blondes and brunettes can have their debate over who has more fun, redheads are out there having it. Red hair has definitely become one of the most popular colors in recent years. Whether it’s the purple-blue Auburn or a bright red that mimics Ariel from the Little Mermaid, red hair is everywhere.
There is a shade of red out there for everyone. Unfortunately, when you dye your hair red, that shade never seems to last very long. The biggest problems redheads face is maintaining that rich and radiant color because it washes out easier than brown or blonde colors. Every time you wash your red hair, the water penetrates into the hair causing the shaft to swell and the red pigments wash away with the water. Red hair is also easily damaged by sunlight and other weather conditions. So, if you want to keep your red hair attention grabbing, follow these hair care tips for red hair.
Don’t Shower for 3 Days after The Initial Hair Dye
Okay, red hair takes commitment. But it’s worth it. After you dye your hair, whether it’s at the salon or from a box, do not wash your hair for 2-3 days. Of course, you can take a shower but avoid washing your hair. Give your hair time to let the red set in.
Do NOT Wash Your Hair Every Day
You should still shower on a regular basis (or don’t, we can’t smell you from here) but washing your hair day after day is only going to accelerate the fading process, even if your products are red-color safe.
Use Shampoo and Conditioner Specifically Designed for Red Hair
The red-dye friendly shampoo and conditioner isn’t just marketing nonsense, it actually works. Shampoo for ‘color treated hair’ that is sulfate-free is better than non but they are generally not strong enough to prevent red color from fading. A favorite shampoo among red heads is John Frieda Radiant Red Color Captivating Shampoo. If you can bear a cold shower then opt for cold water. But if you can’t then simply rinse with cold water after washing your hair.
Use A Color Glaze and Color Depositing Conditioners
Glazes are going to become a close friend of yours. They’re relatively affordable (especially when compared to the cost of an over dye) and they keep your hair shiny and conditioned and they bring life back to your color. Color depositing conditioners also keep your hair shiny and healthy and they also deposit color with each wash. Together these two things will help you longer between touch-ups.
Protect Your Hair From UV Rays
Sun is a very real enemy of the faux ginger. When you’re out hiking, lying on the beach or just in the sun – even in the winter – make sure that you use hats, scarves, umbrellas, anything to keep your hair protected from the sun.
Limit the Use of Heat
Try to avoid blow-drying your hair, using the curling iron and hair straightener and even hot water when you’re showering. Heat strips color from your hair and kick the fading process into overdrive. It might seem difficult but an added bonus is that it’s overall healthy for your hair to avoid heat so your hair will reap the benefits of a longer color and improved health.
Hair Too Bright? Use Baby Shampoo
Another tip from redheads is if you dye your hair and it turns out it’s too bright but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on removing the dye – or the damage – baby shampoo is great color stripper. If you want to find out how to deal with a Brassy hair color click here.
DIY Root Touch-Ups
One of the most difficult things about dying your hair is dealing with the roots. Regardless of what color you choose. Unfortunately we don’t live in a world where we have the time or money to spend our days at the salon getting top-notch treatment. Instead, drugstore root touch-ups are easy to use and inexpensive. They are designed to mimic the way your color looks 3-4 weeks after the dye to match the fading.