How to Keep Vibrant Red Hair

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I have been dying my hair since I was about 14 years old. I enjoy coloring and cutting my hair. It is a fun form of self expression. Over the last 11 years I have been been dying my hair various shades of red. One thing I have learned is how to care for my color. Whether your using a box color, or visiting the salon to accomplish your red hair, I have 3 tips for maintaining beautiful red tresses.

Wait To Wash

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Wait a couple of days after coloring to wash your hair. I have always done this because I am scared I will wash out most of my color.  I have been told that waiting to wash will seal the cuticle and help your color last longer. Which leads to my next tip!

Don’t Over Wash

I wash my hair every 2-3 days. I try to plan my hair style around the condition of my hair. My all time favorite hair product is my dry shampoo. I use the Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo most because it also adds texture. You can use it like a grip powder on clean or day old hair. I have very straight hair with no volume. So, this product is amazing on my hair. Red color fades faster than other colors because the pigment is so large. Washing every couple days will keep your color from washing away.

Use Sulfate Free Shampoo

Use a shampoo that is designed for color treated hair. (I am not 100% faithful to the sulfate free shampoos.). So using a shampoo for colored hair will also prolong the life of your red locks. For the last year I have been using Joico Color Endure about 90% of the time. I feel like it really does what it promises and is reasonably priced.

These are just a few basic tips that will assist you in keeping your hair color looking lovely. Although they are really simple, they can go a long way to prolonging the time between coloring. If you have any other suggestions drop a comment!

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