How to prevent your red hair from fading...
What do Debra Messing, Christina Hendrix and Julliane Moore have in common? They all have stunning red hair. Not just any red, but bright, shiny super reflective red. If you have ever thought of going red—really red--now is the time. Once you have that beautiful red hue, here is how to keep it that way:
Start by using a good, color safe/color guard shampoo such as Redken Color Extend. Apply shampoo and cleanse the scalp, not your hair. Let the lather rinse over your hair to cleanse it. Over cleansing hair shortens the longevity of your haircolor and dulls it. Also try a product like Redken’s 3 step at home bonding system for the first 2 weeks after your initial color service. This system helps lock in the red, and keep it true. Or avoid soup altogether and occasionally use a dry shampoo.
Alternate with a color enhancing shampoo. These are shampoos with actual semi permanent dyes. They should be geared to your specific type of red: copper, red, red/violet etc. One to try: John Frieda Radiant Red Color Captivating Daily Shampoo with Light Enhancers.
Get a Glaze. Visit the salon and have a color glaze. Glazes are perfect when your red is not looking up to par, but you are not ready for a full color refresh. Glazes refresh your red hue as well as add lots of shine to your hair.
Limit the use of heat appliances, and when you do use them, use a protectant spray such as Redken’s Smooth Lock Heat Glide.
Protect your hair from the sun and chlorinated water. Wear a hat on the beach, and apply conditioner under your swim cap before entering a pool.
Finally, plan on having your color refreshed every 4-6 weeks to keep it looking bright and healthy.