Red hair colour it’s one of the fastest-fading colours you can dye your hair. Luckily it isn’t too hard to keep your red colour vibrant, but you do need to pay attention to how you’re treating your red hair.
Here are some great tips, but you can also check some further tricks how I maintain my red coloured hair here: Red Hair Maintenance.
- Apply the colour correctly. Always follow the instructions when you’re colouring your hair at home. If you don’t leave the dye on your hair long enough, the colour may end up too light and fade quickly. Also make sure to follow with the recommended rinse and conditioner process, which is usually designed to lock in the colour.
- Use colour safe shampoo. Regular shampoo can strip colour out of your hair, so it’s important to use one that’s very gentle and formulated for colon-treated hair. You can also look for a colour-enhancing shampoo that deposits temporary colour in your hair with each wash.
- Always condition. Especially after exposure to water, it’s important to restore moisture to your hair to keep its colour fresh. You can cut down on shampooing to reduce stripping out colour but make sure you condition your hair regularly.
- Reduce heat exposure. When you overheat your hair with blow-dryers and styling tools, the cuticles can become damaged and break. Openings in the shaft allow colour molecules to leave the hair, which causes fading colour. Make sure you use a heat-protecting spray and hold the blow-dryer as far from your hair as possible.
- Limit sun exposure. The sun fades hair colour just like it fades clothing or curtains. Keeping your hair covered when you’re outside will help save the colour. You can also use a leave-in conditioner with UV protection or a special sun-protecting hair spray.
- Rinse with cold water. Hot water opens the hair follicle (in the same way it opens up skin pores). This causes hair dye to wash out faster. You don’t need to wash your hair with freezing cold water, but even lukewarm or room temperature water makes a difference. If you really can’t stand it, try just rinsing your hair with cold water.
- Dry shampoo. Invest in a dry shampoo. If your roots get greasy by the evening and can’t bear not washing your strands every day, a dry shampoo is a great alternative. It will hold you off on stripping your hair colour.