Hair color fades. Blondes get dull. Brunettes get mousy. Redheads get it even worse. Not only does red pigment have a special way of escaping strands, but when it does, redheads don’t just end up with lackluster color—they can very easily land with an orangey or even pink tint. (The cotton candy–colored hair look is only cute when it’s intentional.) And using a good shampoo only goes so far—scroll through for four ways to keep your red redder!
If you’re a redhead, you know how fast it fades. While blondes and brunettes may get some natural highlights from spending a day in the sun, redheads just get dull (life is cruel). Aim to keep your hair out of the sun by covering it with a hat or scarf. And when that’s not possible, spritz a product with UV filters to protect your hair from the sun’s harmful rays. Another summer activity that falls on the no-no list? Swimming in chlorinated pools. The chemical is just too stripping. But the good news is salt water and fresh water are okay.
You already know hot showers are damaging, and this tip kind of falls into the believe-it-when-you-see-it category, but using cool water really does make a difference. Try turning down the temp, and see if your color lasts longer. And as with all hair colors, heat styling zaps the life out of red hair. When you must turn on the blow-dryer, spray a heat protectant first.
Do you have any secrets for keeping red hair vibrant? Share them below!