Ask any girl who’s dyed her hair a vibrant colour and she’ll tell you that the struggle of colour fade is real. But, as much of a pain as it is, I can’t seem to stay away from wanting to keep my hair red. While I do switch it up often, for the better part of the last few years I’ve managed to keep my hair some hue of red, whether it be strawberry blonde or auburn.
I’ve dyed my hair more shades than I’m able to count on both hands, but during the process I’ve managed to pick up some tips and tricks to keep the colour last until I change it again.
So, whether you’re looking to keep your hair red, blonde, or brunette, or blue (you do you) here are my top tips for keeping your hair colour from fading:
- Don’t wash your hair everyday!! Not only is washing your hair everyday the worst for making your colour fade, but it’s also brutal on your hair and scalp. Since you naturally produce oils to keep your hair healthy, washing each day strips your hair which leads to it feeling super dry OR super oily as the process accelerates. Obviously it depends on each person, but you should try to get by washing your hair once every second day. Dry shampoos are a great way to keep your hair feeling fresh without the fade!
- A little bit of shampoo, a lot of conditioner! My hairdresser taught me this years ago and it really stuck with me. Shampoo’s a must, but using too much can actually take away from your colour. Even with long hair, a quarter-sized amount is plenty. Conditioner is really important for keeping your hair moisturized and healthy so be sure to use plenty after each wash. Focus especially from the mid-length to ends of your hair.
- Rinse with cold water. This one isn’t fun, but boy does it ever make a difference. Giving your hair a good 30-second rinse with cold water at the end of your shower has major benefits: it makes your hair softer, shinier and decreases frizz (which therefore reduces the amount of products and heated tools you need to use too!). Since cold water seals the cuticle, it keeps all the proteins and nutrients from your conditioner in. After the first time trying this I really did notice a difference in my hair feeling more manageable and after a few months you notice less breakage and split ends. Oh, and of course, less fading of your colour too!
- Avoid heat! Since dying your hair stresses and dries it out, reaching for your curler or flat iron sparingly has its benefits. Personally, I can’t follow this tip religiously since my hair naturally looks like a lion’s mane BUT little habits like leaving enough time for your hair to air-dry or keeping either a straight or curly look for two days in a row allows you to not reach for the heated tools as often.
- My holy grail… Alright. My number one go-to. First, let me say that I’ve tried every colour depositing shampoo/conditioner and hair glaze on the market. I’ve never found another colour product that’s worked as well as this one. Say hi to Revlon’s Colour Ball. No matter what shade of red I have my hair, I go with Copper – 740. It perfectly adds the right amount of colour to hair to keep the colour vibrant and is easy to include in my normal shower routine. Major plus: it’s actually really good for your hair as it’s packed with nutrients and conditioning agents. It’s not just for reds, in fact they have just about every colour you can think of. No sponsorship here, just genuinely love the product.
And that’s all folks. It seems like a lot, but including these in your hair regime is easy and for the most part inexpensive. Got any other tips? I’d love to hear ’em in the comments below.
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