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How To Keep Red Hair Color Vibrant Between Colorings
Anyone who has ever dyed their hair red, burgundy, violet, or any other shade of red knows that it is one of the hardest colors to upkeep. Red hair color tends to fade faster, leaving undesirable, drab coloring. There are several tips and techniques that you can use to keep your color looking more vibrant in between colorings.
The first tip is one you've probably heard before: wash and rinse with cool water. Reds tend to wash out easily (as evidenced by the color staining your towels, not to mention watching the swirl of red going down the shower drain for a good week or more as you wash your hair).
Tip two: don't wash your hair every day. Go for as long as you can without actually shampooing your hair. I use a dry shampoo in between and try to wait at least two days between shampoos. Also, using a sulfate-free shampoo is best for preserving color.
Probably the best tip: use a red-tinted protein filler mixed in with your shampoo and/or conditioner. If you can only find the clear protein filler (by the way, both can be found at Sally Beauty Supply), you can add a red tint to it. I've used about a teaspoon or so of Splat brand coloring (I used Crimson Obsession) added to the protein filler. Once you have your red-tinted protein filler, use it whenever you wash or condition your hair. I make a small circle of conditioner in my palm and add a few drops of filler in the middle. Using my finger, I swirl the two together until well mixed.
After you've mixed your tinted protein filler and shampoo/conditioner, apply through hair from roots to tips and leave on for about 5 minutes. The mixture can be quite staining, so be sure to immediately rinse any drips you may have dropped or gotten on the shower wall. It will rinse off your hands fairly easily. Be sure to rinse the mixture out of your hair thoroughly.
This technique has the added benefit of helping reconstruct any damage done to your hair due to chemical processing. It helps lessen the porosity of your hair so that your hair will color evenly in the future.
And voilà, your hair color has not only been refreshed a bit, but you've also helped strengthen your hair for future colorings. Hope this helps!!