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The 6 Best Ways To Keep Red Hair From Fading

A complete roundup, redheads!

Updated: May 25th, 2023

Fading red hair. A redhead beauty dilemma many redheads face during a certain season or time in their lives.

So, what’s a redhead to do?

Here’s the complete roundup:

1. Use a hair gloss

Co-founder, Stephanie, is a huge hair gloss fan. She gets one every 6-8 weeks, depending on the time of year. A colored hair gloss adds vibrancy to locks while avoiding roots showing. Every time you wash your hair, a little bit of the gloss washes away too, making it the most natural way to “up” your color. If you’re going this route, make sure to use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner and deep condition once a week. This will ensure your hair stays healthy and moisturized.

You can choose to use an at-home gloss or go to a salon.

READ: 7 Hair Glosses for Fading Red Hair

If you are looking for an at-home hair gloss, look no further:

Finally Glossy® Shine & Luminosity Shampoo for Redheads

It took many years to custom-make the Finally Glossy® formula and we’re so excited for redheads to enjoy it. We’re thrilled to release another clean redhead beauty product. It is paraben-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, petroleum-free, mineral-oil, and vegan. It also contains no perfume, is free of gluten and is silicone-free, phthalate-free, formaldehyde-free and cocamidopropyl betaine-free. This clean formula is formulated with Vitamin B3, olive oil, coconut oil and green tea.

redhead shampoo

2. Use color-depositing shampoo and conditioners

These products naturally deposit colors as you wash your red hair. It’s great for those natural or ‘by choice’ redheads looking to amplify their hair at home. Plus, it saves you major time between hair appointments. Use 1-2 times a week while altering from this to your regular sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.

READ: 2021’s Best Color Depositing Shampoos and Conditioners for Redheads


3. Use SPF sunscreen for the hair 

Yes, it exists!

The sun is strong, especially during the summer months. It’s essential to protect your red hair from fading or developing highlights – unless you prefer it. Think of the sun-rays acting as odorless bleach. You don’t want to expose your red hair to drying or harmful chemicals. And SPF for the hair is just what you need.

READ & WATCH MORE HERE: Summer Hair Protection 101 & Keep Red Hair from Fading in Summer

4. Use a natural rinse

Beet juice, cranberry and Kool-Aid are all three DIY rinses you can at-home to add color into your locks.

READ: DIY Products to Give Red Hair A Little Pop

READ: 3 Ways to Naturally Turn Red Hair Up A Notch 

5. Use henna 

This is a plant that produces flowers used for many different things from cosmetics to dying wool or leather. It is becoming a trend now to use henna to attain the perfect shade of red. Not only does it coat your hair with a gorgeous red, but it is also extremely healthy to use. Commercial dyes use lots of chemicals that are harmful to your health in the long run and they also are not healthy for your hair and can dry it out.

Fun Fact: Did you know Lucille Ball used henna to attain her shade of red?

READ: How to Use Henna

6. Use tinted hair masks 

If you’re searching for an at-home product to go with your shampoo and conditioner process, then you’re in the right place. Certain companies have created some amazing ‘redhead friendly’ conditioning masks that you just need to use on a weekly basis.

Please note: We strongly urge you to consult with your hairstylist before trying any of the above tips, especially if you have highlights or chemical treatment in your red hair.

Rock it like a Redhead!