Red has got to be the hottest hair color right now, but it’s also the hardest to maintain. Compared to other colors, it will quickly fade out and disappear. This means that you will have to put in more effort than normal to maintain the red color, which is something you should consider before you get red dyed hair. Here are some tips and tricks that worked with me to keep my fiery red dyed hair looking radiant for a longer period of time.
Maintaining and Taking Care of Red Dyed Hair
Wait three days before washing
Once you have got your hair dyed, wait at least two or even better, three days before washing your hair. This may seem difficult, but washing your red dyed hair when it is new can cause your hair cuticle to lift, which will let the color seep out.
Use shampoos and conditioners for color-treated hair
When you do wash your hair, use a color-treated, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Since these formulas don’t have any harsh sulfates, they won’t strip your locks of its beautiful color. Hair care products for color-treated hair usually has high quantities of protective and nurturing agents like anti-oxidants.
Dry shampoo is your best friend
Don’t wash your hair every day. Try to wash your hair as infrequently as possible. Obviously, the less you wash, the less the color fades. This doesn’t mean that you can’t take a shower, but you can’t shampoo your hair every day. Even if your shampoo is designed for red dyed hair, washing your hair daily can make it fade faster. When you have red dyed hair, dry shampoo is your best friend. It will absorb the oil in your hair and give you more time between washes. Bumble and bumble has a great dry shampoo for red hair.
You could also try applying baby powder to your hair, which will keep your hair smelling fresh and prevent it from feeling greasy. It will also make your roots look fuller.
Wash your hair with cold water
Wash your hair in as cold a water as you can handle since this will help red dyed hair stay longer. It may not be too pleasant, but hot water can damage your hair so it’s worth it. If you can’t stand a complete cold shower, you can keep your hair dry while bathing and wash it in the sink or tub with cold water. This will make the water bearable and keep your whole body from getting cold.
Stay away from the sun
Like skin, hair can be damaged by harmful UV rays of the sun. Furthermore, red pigment is light-sensitive so the sun can make your hair color light. It’s important to protect your red dyed hair from the sun’s harsh rays. Try to avoid spending too much time in the sun, but if you must, mist on a UV solution to prevent your color from fading. Also, consider covering your hair with a hat or silk scarf for extra protection.
Limit your use of heat
This means less blow drying, less straightening and less curling. Heat can strip off the dye from your hair and speed up the fading process. This may seem like a difficult task to come to grips with, but in the long run, it will greatly benefit you. Along with keeping your color bright and radiant, your hair will reap many rewards from not being subjected to the heat too often. If you must use heat, make sure to use a thermal protectant. You could also try using the cold setting of your blow dryer.
Leave-in conditioning spray is a must
Your hair should be in a good condition for your hair color to look good. No matter how glamorous your hair color is, it will never truly shine unless your hair is in great condition. Use a leave-in conditioning spray on your hair to add moisture, seal, protect and shine. It will also help detangle your hair, so there’s less chance of seeing your hair in the comb or brush.
Touch up between colors
To get more time between proper dyeing sessions, mix a little bit of hair dye with a little bit of conditioner in your palm and apply it to your hair like you would a conditioner. Doing so will help your color last longer.
Another way to keep you red dyed hair for a longer period of time is to use a color depositing shampoo/glaze, which will help maintain the shine and vibrancy of your hair. Try to avoid using color shampoos that promise to keep your color looking radiant longer. These types of shampoos usually deposit too much pigment, especially if you use it on a daily basis. In doing so, the shampoo could actually change the tone of your hair color.