7 Ways to Make Red Hair Dye Last
1. Wash your hair with cooler water.
The temperature of water you use to wash hair can play a huge role in how long your red hair dye will last. As delightful as it might feel, when you rinse with hot water you’re swelling up your hair’s cuticle even more, which allows colour to seep out and your hair to fade. We’re not saying you have to drop it down to icicle levels, but keep it at a tepid rinse if you’re trying to make the most of your dye job.
2. Gloss is your best friend.
Put simply, the glossier your hair is, the more pigmented it will appear. Getting your hair dyed, while adding loads of colour, typically takes away loads of luster which means you need to supplement the loss with gloss , shine serums or oils.
3. Use products with UV blockers.
Yes, it’s a thing! Just like your skin needs SPF to protect from UV rays, your hair benefits from UV blockers as well. Using them helps make red hair dye last and protect your colour from fading while leaving hair moisturized.
4. Use leave-in conditioner religiously.
While you might use loads of conditioner in the shower, it’s equally as important to top it off with a leave-in conditioner to help your hair stay super hydrated all day long.
5. Instead of frequent washes, opt for dry shampoo.
The more you wash your hair, the quicker you’re washing your red hair dye down the drain. That said, invest in a quality dry shampoo
6. Cut it with all the heat styling.
Point blank: Coloured hair is more vulnerable to heat than natural locks. While all hair is affected by high temps, coloured hair will, unfortunately, show it the most. It could show through ultra-fried looking tresses or a quick loss of color. Make red hair dye last by using your heat tools less with the addition of dry shampoo or practicing some fab heatless looks.
7. Use a colour depositing or color-safe wash and care.
Lower-sulfate and color shampoos and conditioners are great options to make red hair dye last. Their formula is gentler on strands, with some even depositing colour pigments to help brighten and intensify your shade.