How to Keep Your Red Hair From Fading
Life as a redhead is super fun. If you love life as a redhead, but hate how fast the color fades, there is hope! There are tips you can employ that will keep your crimson tresses vibrant and rich between appointments. Check out these ways to keep red hair from fading.
Wait to Wash After your appointment, you should wait at least two days after applying color to wash your hair. Washing too soon could cause the cuticle to lift and the color to simply wash down the drain. Allow time for the dye to saturate the hair strands thoroughly. Color processing strips oils from your hair, so it shouldn't get in those two days. However, if your roots seem oily use dry shampoo.
Specially Formulated Shampoo and Conditioner Color-treated shampoo and conditioners are alcohol and sulfate-free. They are extra gentle and help to protect the color of your hair. Many of these products also contain vitamins and antioxidants that nourish and protect your hair. Avoid clarifying and anti-dandruff or medicated shampoos; they can strip color.
Hydration is Key When you have color-treated hair, it is imperative to condition every time you wash your hair. Dyed hair tends to more dry, even brittle; this can make your hair appear dull. Furthermore, dry hair does not hold color as well as hydrated hair.
Keep It Cool When washing your hair, always rinse in cool water. Hot water causes your hair to expand, opening the cuticle allowing water and shampoo to penetrate deeper into the hair. Hence, washing out more color with every rinse. However, cool water can seal the cuticle and locks in moisture and leaves your hair looking shiny and smoother.
Limit Washing At first, it may sound gross, but honestly, it is not good to wash your hair daily, regardless of whether it is color-treated. It will make your color fade faster. Limit washing your hair to about two or three times a week. At first, your hair may seem over oily. This is because when you wash daily, your scalp overproduces oil. But over time, your scalp will adjust, and you won't need to clean as often. Until that time, use dry shampoo to absorb excess oil. If you work out a lot, allow your hair to dry almost all the way, then use the dry shampoo.
like a hair mask every week. It will keep it looking healthier, strong, and shiny.
Avoid The Pool and The Ocean Chlorinated and saltwater can bleach out your hair, or drastically change the color of your red hair. Fresh water is better for swimming. However, if you do go swimming at the beach or the community pool, try not to get your hair wet. If you do, there are products that you can use to get the chlorine off your hair.
Keep the Heat to a Minimum Excess heat dries out hair, and that will make your color look dull and faded. If you use a blow-dryer or heated styling tool, use a thermal protectant. Dry letting your hair air dry.
Consult with The Pros If you have any questions on how to keep your red hair from fading, contact Style and Tranquility Studio of Annapolis. We have a variety of products that can help keep your red hair vibrant. Considering changing your hair color? Come on in for a consultation! Schedule your appointment today.