August 30, 2013
Red hair looks great on almost any skin tone, but it is also known as the hardest shade to maintain. It fades quicker than any other dye color. You can keep your red hair looking better by following these red hair care tips.
Leave it to a Professional
Only a trained colorist can ensure that you choose the right shade of red for your skin. This is the primary reason why it is a good idea to let a professional dye your hair if you are planning to go red. The wrong red dye can leave you unhappy with your color. By choosing your own color, your result may not be the color that you expected, and your skin may look very washed out. If you are unhappy with the boxed color you applied at home, you will have to go to a professional to cover the vibrant dye. It is a better idea to make sure the color suits you the first time, rather than waiting until you are unhappy to visit a salon.
Choose Products Formulated for Red Hair
Using products which help you maintain your hair color is key, no matter what color dye you’re using. This is especially true when you are using red dye, because it is already known to fade extremely fast. Parabens, sulfates and phosphates are commonly found in shampoos and conditioners, and they can make dye fade quickly. The easiest way to avoid them is to choose products that are made specifically for color-treated hair. Shampoos and conditioners for dyed hair are usually sold according to hair color, so look for products designed for red hair. John Frieda, Giovanni Colorflage, Redken Color Extend, Joico Color Endure and Nexxus Color Assure all offer salon-approved products for use on color-treated hair.
Your stylist can help you decide which of these products best meets your needs. You will need to use both a shampoo and conditioner that protects color to get the benefits from using these products. There are also shine sprays, mousses and other products available that can help you maintain your color.
Condition Your Hair to Avoid Dryness
Using color treatments on your hair can leave it feeling dry. This is an important consideration when you are choosing hair care products for your newly dyed hair. Finding a conditioner that adds as much moisture as possible is the first step in preventing breakage and damage to dry hair. Using a deep moisturizing hair mask made for color-treated hair is also a good idea. Your colorist can recommend a deep conditioner for your hair type. You may want to also minimize the heat you use when styling your hair when it is dyed. Using a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron can also cause dry hair.
There is a shade of red, no matter if it is copper, auburn or mahogany, that will suit your skin tone. Avalon Beauty College offers affordable salon services performed by our cosmetology students. We can help you select the right color for you and apply the dye, as well as offer more tips to keep your fiery red hair looking great.