Updated: June 5, 2021
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 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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.
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.