The redhead season is almost here, Fall! This is when all the beautiful shades of red come out, anywhere from auburn to bright reds to purpley reds. With thousands of different shades to choose from, it’s fun to play around with as long as you have a great stylist. Although this look is not for everyone, it looks amazing on some ladies. Well, until it starts to fade into orange and leaves you looking like this guy…
Don’t be that guy
Learn how to keep red hair from fading, so you can stay fabulous looking all season. Reds are a pain in the butt to take care of. If you’ve had red hair before you know this. You may never want to go back to it but others of you may be itching to bring back some of that sexy redhead look. Knowing how to maintain red hair makes it less frustrating to deal with. Here are some to keep red hair color from fading so you can enjoy being a redhead until you get sick of it!
Use Cold Water to Wash Hair
Hot water opens up hair, drying it out and washing out the color, making it dull. Cold water will help your hair hold onto that hair dye, while making it shiny and keeping it healthy.
For as long as I stayed a redhead, I took cold showers because it’s the best way to preserve your color. This was pretty painful to do but it’s worth it if you want to keep hair color from fading. If you can’t do a full cold shower, at least use cold water when you’re rinsing your hair out.
Mix Manic Panic Red Hair Dye with Conditioner
When you condition your hair, you have the opportunity to give it a boost by adding Manic Panic hair dye into your conditioner bottle. Make sure to use conditioner that has a removable lid or you won’t be able to get the hair dye into it. To know which color to get to match your hair, ask your stylist.
Use Batiste Dry Shampoo Vibrant & Red
The more you shower, the more your red hair color will wash out, even if you’re keeping safe by taking cold showers. You should try to hold off on washing your hair as long as you can to keep your hair looking radiant. Between showers, an awesome way to get your hair looking almost shower-fresh is to use dry shampoo.
Batiste Dry Shampoo has a special kind of dry shampoo called Vibrant & Red. This comes in a spray can and is very easy to use, unlike some other types of dry shampoo. It is a tinted spray that should match most shades of red. Some people like to use a lot of dry shampoo, some use a little. Experiment with it and see what works for you. Learn more about it here.
Protect Hair From Heat
Hot styling products will have any hair color looking dry and dull unless you protect your hair from heat. I’ve tried all types of thermal heat protection products which have all disappointed me. They would make my hair greasy so once I finished styling it, it would look worse than it would if I didn’t use any kind of heat protection. Bad heat protection sprays and serums caused me to completely stop using heat protection on my hair, until I found a kind that was different.
Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press has been my hair’s savior. Literally every other kind of thermal protection I’ve tried has done nothing but frustrated me while getting ready. This Hot Off The Press comes in a spray can, so it doesn’t shoot liquid and it isn’t a serum or lotion that will make your hair oily. I know because I have had a lot of experience with bad products. Since this Hot Off The Press also acts as a hairspray, it holds whatever style you desire, perfectly. The first thing you do is spray it all over where you will apply heat, next you’ll brush through, then style your hair however you want, then finish it off with some more spray. BAM!
My experience being a redhead
I decided to go bright shades of red twice. The first time was years ago and I surely wasn’t prepared for what I got myself into. I looked like that guy ^ up there after a couple weeks. I felt the need to shower quite often since my hair gets oily quick, and I didn’t know about Batiste Vibrant & Red. I didn’t think hot water would ruin my hair either. Also, I neglected to protect my hair from heat because I worried about products making my hair extra oily.
The second time I went red, I decided I wanted it a little darker shade since that would be easier to keep up with. I did everything right: The cold water, the dry shampoo, less showers, heat protectant and the manic panic in my conditioner. It lasted much much longer this time but eventually it was time to go dark again, and decrease the maintenance level by 150%. These tips above will save you and your adorable seasonal hair!
If you have any questions, ask below and also feel free to share your story in the comments!