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The Redhead's Guide to Maintaining Beautiful Color

Color Treated Hair

The Redhead's Guide to Maintaining Beautiful Color The Redhead's Guide to Maintaining Beautiful Color The Redhead's Guide to Maintaining Beautiful Color

If you’re a redhead, then you’re well aware that your hair is pretty much your number one defining characteristic. And if you weren’t born with fiery, red locks (a.k.a. you dye your hair), you know that your crimson color can fade away pretty easily. That’s why it’s absolutely essential to be well-versed in the maintenance and extra TLC your color-treated hair so badly needs. Luckily, we’re here to offer easy-to-follow advice for maintaining your gorgeous red tint. So, what are you waiting for? Add these eight tips to your hair care routine today!

1. Go a Shade Darker Than Your Desired Hue

Since fading can happen, consider coloring your hair a shade or two darker than what you actually want in order to prolong the appearance of your dyed ‘do. If you’re an at-home color kind of gal, try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference, available in a variety of red shades.

2. Hold Off On Your First Wash

Generally, it’s a good idea to wait to shampoo your hair after getting it freshly dyed (ideally a couple of days), and that goes for you, too, redheads. You don’t want to wash your new color down the drain, do you? Your crimson strands will thank you.

3. Extend Your Time Between Shampoos Thereafter

The less you wash your hair, the less opportunities you have to speed up the fading process. Panicking about greasy-looking locks? You shouldn’t! Pick up a can of dry shampoo, like the L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, which is formulated with three refined clays to help refresh hair between shampoos. Hold the can six to eight inches away from your head, then spray the dry shampoo directly onto oily roots and lightly throughout the rest of your hair, brushing it through.

4. Use Products That Are Safe for Color-Treated Hair

When you do wash your strands, reach for a shampoo and conditioner that has been created for color-treated hair, such as the L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner. They are formulated with an antioxidant + UV filter and ceramides to help protect the hair fiber to preserve color and mend damaged, processed fibers. Gently massage the shampoo into wet hair, then rinse. Follow up by slathering on the conditioner and leave it on for one to three minutes, then rinse. You may also want to consider adding a hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Ultra Recovery Mask, to your beauty routine once or twice a week. To use, apply it after shampooing and leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse.

5. Be Extra Gentle When Your Hair Is Wet

After you’ve washed your hair, make sure to put as much care into the way you brush it as you put into the products you use to care for it. While wet hair seems more manageable than dry hair, it’s not a good idea to brush through it. So, think twice before yanking a regular old brush through your strands—instead, pick up a brush designed specifically for wet hair to reduce the possibility of breakage.

6. Ditch the Heat Tools

Give your pretty red hair a break! Instead of using blow-dryers, flat irons, and curling wands to style your strands, air dry it instead. Your natural texture coupled with your gorgeous hue is a pairing that can’t be beat! Apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream to wet hair, evenly distributing it from roots to ends by using your fingers as a comb.

7. Let the Fade Work for You, Not Against You

It’s inevitable: Eventually, your red hair color will fade. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Lived-in roots are totally of the moment, so go ahead and rock them proudly.

8. Begin the Dyeing Process All Over Again

Ready to start anew? Call up your salon to book your next appointment or buy a box of your favorite hair dye to color your mane at home.