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Hair Color: How to Protect Your Red Hair

8 Tips to Keep Red Hair From Fading

By Antonio Gonzales

Hair Color: How to Protect Your Red Hair
Photo: Courtesy stylist Antonio Gonzales

The number one complaint from women with red hair is that their hair color quickly fades. We know it's natural for fake pigment to leave the hair after some time, but what about you ladies who no matter what you do your red hair looks a little dull after only a week?

Red copper hair tends to turn orange while deep blue reds just do not look as vibrant as the day you got it done. Here, I share 8 tips to keep red hair from fading. I also include a picture of one of my red hair creations (see picture at right).

Tip No. 1: Always have your hair color applied to clean hair.

Yes, I know about the old wives tale that your color takes better on dirty hair. Well it's actually not true. This concept is from back in the days when the chemicals in hair color were much stronger so that the build-up of natural hair oils helped protect the hair.

Red hair color is now much more refined and less damaging to your hair. The color penetrates better and last longer on clean hair.

Tip No. 2: Try Semi-Permanent Color by Wella Color Touch.

Wella's reds are out of this world. Not only do they have every shade of red, the colors are shiny and sexy. My favorite shades by this brand are 6/4, 7/43 and 8/40.

Tip No. 3: Avoid washing your hair 48 hours after getting your hair colored.

Red molecules are large, and aggravating the cuticle soon after getting your hair colored with hot water and shampoo can release pigment prematurely.

Tip No. 4: Do not do hair treatments the day you have your hair colored.

This can also allow red molecules to be released.

Tip No. 5: Wear caps when going to the tanning salon.

You need to protect your hair when you tan.

Tip No. 6: Wear hats or UV protection on your hair in the sun to prevent fading.

The sun can be damaging to hair, so protect hair when hanging out in the sun all day.

Tip No. 7: Get a clear or red cellophane gloss one week after having your hair colored.

Cellophanes are vegetable colors that are safer than henna and fade gently without the residue. It is applied to the hair, then you are placed under the dryer for 20 minutes. This seals the color and gives your hair great shine.

Tip No. 7: Don't use harsh shampoos.

You spend a lot of money on your hair color. It is time to invest in a good shampoo specially designed for color-treated hair. I recommend using color support shampoos and conditioners by Bumble and Bumble. Just make sure you consult with your hairstylist first to make sure you are not using a copper red shampoo on a blue red color.

See famous redheads photo gallery for color inspiration.

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Antonio Gonzales is a stylist at the Orl'o Salon in New York City. Get more hairstyling tips at Antonio's Website.

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