In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this week we are focusing on the the rarest and most lovely of hair colors in the world...red hair. From strawberry blonde like Sydney Sweeney's new hue to a more traditional deep golden auburn à la Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, red hair is hot and here to stay.
No matter what your red hair color of choice, it’s important to know how to protect your color at home. Did you know that red hair dye tends to fade faster than other colors? This is because the molecular size of red hair dye is smaller, so the color deposits more easily rinse and wash out of hair.
These tiny molecules are also at greater risk of degradation by UV rays, which means they’ll oxidize and fade.
Not to worry. We have your red hair covered with a few extra tips up our salon sleeve that’ll keep your new signature hue looking rich and vibrant.
13 Tips To Maintaining Your Red Hair Color From Home
1. Coldwater rinse: True, standing in a cold shower doesn’t sound like a great time. But hear us out. Rinsing your red hair under cold water after shampooing helps to keep the hair cuticle closed, so color deposits are stripped away. Give your hair a cold water rinse just before hopping out of the shower and try not to use ultra-hot water when shampooing.
2. Shampoo less often: Speaking of shampooing…the less you wash, the longer your red hair color will last. A good rule of thumb is to wait at least two days between shampoos, longer if possible, and only wash when your hair and scalp are actually showing oiliness or feel dirty.
3. Watch your heat: As mentioned above, heat opens the cuticle and allows color to leave strands. Heated styling also dries strands out. And dry hair tends to look lighter and faded. Preserve the look of your red hair color by steering clear of that blow dryer, curling iron, or flat iron as much as possible. Try blow drying your hair the day you wash (air drying is better) and only using a curling or flat iron once or twice weekly.
4. Use heat protection for hair: We get it. There are times when it feels impossible to sidestep the heated styling tools. Who doesn’t love smooth, perfectly styled locks? When you must heat style, be sure to use heat protection. Innersense Hair Love Prep Spray is like primer for your strands. It visibly plumps the hair and leaves your mane looking shiny while providing protection against heat and UV rays.
5. Watch the UV rays: You know you have to watch for UV damage when it comes to your skin. Unprotected exposure to the sun’s rays can cause hair to look dry, brittle, and frizzy. It can also fade your red hair color. A UV hair protection spray, like Oway Sunway Sun Protective Elixir, will shield strands from damaging rays and prevent hair color from fading.
6. Wear a hat: Another way to keep the sun from damaging your ‘do is to keep your head covered. Pick up a cute floppy hat for days at the beach or pool. Or don a beautiful scarf for an elegant everyday look.
7. Use color protection: Wondering if the hype is real when it comes to color protection products? It’s all about what the product is made of. Innersense Color Radiance Conditioner is a revolutionary formula that helps you protect your color investment. It contains natural ingredients, like essential fatty and amino acids, to increase color retention and extend the life of your red hair color.
8. Use a hydrating hair mask: Since one key component to preserving your hair color is warding off dryness, a moisturizing hair mask is an absolute must. And Davines Oi Hair Butter is hard to beat for infusing strands with nourishing moisture. It also includes antioxidants to protect against the appearance of UV damage.
9. Use a bond builder: Because hair color can be hard on hair, a bond-building product, like Olaplex No 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask, lends a strengthened and fortified feel to damaged strands. Leaves hair looking shiny and healthy, too.
10. Use a red sealant toner: Even with all of our color-preserving tips, it never hurts to boost your color with a little more, well, color. And that’s where a hair toner comes in. If hair toner is new to you, here’s the scoop. A red sealant toner deposits a small amount of color onto strands, intensifying the look of your hair color. It also acts kind of like a top coat, helping to seal in your color.
11. Use dry shampoo: Sticking with that less frequent washing schedule can be challenging if you prefer a daily shampoo. But the less you suds up, the longer your color lasts. Your new hair bestie? A dry shampoo. O&M Dry Queen Dry Shampoo instantly makes your hair look, feel, and smell clean and vibrant. It also makes it feel thicker and adds a bit of texture so your hair looks more first day than third.
12. Use color safe shampoo and conditioner: Synthetic ingredients in conventional hair care can strip away color. Use a natural, color safe shampoo and conditioner on days you wash to extend the life of your hair color. Davines Minu Shampoo and Conditioner are super gentle on all hair types and made with natural ingredients to help your color go the distance.
13. Use color depositing shampoo and conditioner: Once each week, employ the help of a color depositing conditioner and shampoo for red hair. This will amp up the vibrancy and depth of your red hair color. Some to try are Davines Alchemic Red Shampoo and Conditioner, Davines Alchemic Copper Shampoo and Conditioner, and Kavella Red Shampoo.