Calling All Redheads! 7 Expert Tips for Keeping Your Color Bright
Don’t Wash Within 24 Hours of Coloring
It takes hair color around 24 hours to set, so don’t even think about lathering up after leaving the salon. (Try to wait 48 hours to really lock in the color!) Control oil with Ambiance's Red Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($20) instead.
Lather Up in Cool(ish) Water
The warmer the water, the faster your hair will fade. We’re not saying you should be taking cold showers, but turn down the heat a little when it comes time to shampoo.
Pick the Right Shampoo and Conditoner
Using a shampoo and conditioner formulated for colored hair will help keep your locks from fading. Any formula will work, but those made for red hair are especially gentle. Christina Hendricks told us she keeps her locks vibrant with Pureology’s Serious Color Care Shampoo ($29) and Conditioner ($29) in Reviving Red, or try John Frieda’s Radiant Red Color Protecting Shampoo ($6) and Conditioner ($7).
Use a Color Glaze
We’ve already told you about the benefits of a hair glaze for colored strands, but the ones made for red hair have even more benefits. Try Ulta’s Ultimate Red Color Restoring Glaze with Vibrant Color Complex ($10), the in-shower treatment deposits brightening pigments to refresh hair.
Okay, so this may not make your hair brighter, but this powder is too cool not to include. Dust Jonathan’s Awake Color Root Touch Up ($19) onto roots between color appointments to temporarily mask light, gray, or dark roots! The mineral formula blends into numerous shades of red and sticks to hair until you shampoo.
Add a Dose of Color At Home
For those with incredibly bright locks—like Sea of Shoes’ Jane Aldridge—try applying a dose of color at home. The blogger told us she maintains her flaming red hair by mixing Vivitone’s Prisma Ammonia-Free Hair Color ($6) in Orange and Red into a rich hair mask between appointments.
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Try a Color-Depositing Mask
Hesitant about the previous DIY? Try a one-step mask instead: you’ll get soft locks and a dose of at-home color with no mixing. We like Davines Alchemic Conditioner For Natural and Coloured Hair ($25) in Red.
Did you know that red hair color fades faster than any other hue? Just abide by these seven tricks and you’ll keep your hair vibrant and fresh. Because whether you’re a natural redhead, or head to the salon every other month, who doesn’t want a boost of brightness?