8 Is Great: 8 Tips to Maintaining RED (Or Blonde, Or Brown) Hair

My number one tip for maintaining great color is to pic a great Instagram filter and stick with that while you write from your couch.  HA.  Now that I’ve made myself laugh a little too hard at a very bad joke, LET’S GET SERIOUS.

You got your color going on, girl.  You found the right shade, it’s not brassy, you’re in love.  Now let’s lock it down.  Let’s put a ring on it.

Here’s my top 8 tips for keeping your hair color v-i-b-r-a-n-t.  I promise you won’t have to stand under freezing cold water for 25 minutes twice a day to seal your cuticles and lock in your color.  Promise.

how-to-keep-red-hair-color.jpegLet’s lock it in!


1.  Wash your hair the least amount possible and use a dry shampoo on the days in between washing.  The less water you get on your color, the better.  The water opens up your cuticle, which allows a little color to get out every time your wash your hair.  So, find your favorite dry shampoo (mine is Khlorane in the powder poof bottle) and make that dry shampoo your best friend.  One time, in between colorings, I washed my hair only eight times in a month and a half.  I’m not proud of that, but I’m also, like, very proud.  I know this sounds impossible and this suggestion sounds disgusting, but if you get a really amazing dry shampoo you will not notice!  I work out 6 days a week and only wash my hair twice a week, tops.

2.  Wash your hair in medium temperature water.  See, I’m not making you do freezing cold, there you go.  We cool?

3.  Make sure your hair is totally wet before adding shampoo.  If you hair isn’t totally wet, the shampoo pulls out more color.  (On the flip side, if I’ve had bad color I want to get ride of, I put shampoo on totally dry hair, massage it for 5 minutes, then rinse, and it sucks a lot of color out.)  So, really make sure your hair is wet before your shampoo to keep the good color in there!

4.  Leave a *plastic* cup in the shower, at the end of the shower, fill it with cold water and dip the ends of your hair into the cup to close up the cuticles.  This trick is one of my favorites.  But please, please make sure you use a plastic cup.  There’s a reason shampoo bottles aren’t glass.

5.  Use a sulfate free or low sulfate shampoo.  It takes a little getting used to not having a ton of lather, which is what sulfate creates, but I’ve noticed a huge difference in how much more red stays in my hair when I use a sulfate free shampoo.  Pureology, Kerastase, & Oribe all make great shampoos, but they are pricey.  Suave Natural Infusions anti-breakage formula is a good drugstore option.

6.  Use a product with UV protection.  I use Living Proof PHD cream and it helps prevent fading from the sun.

7.  At the beach, or if you’ll be the sun all day, wear a hat or wear your hair up in a bun if your head gets too hot in a hat.  I wear a wide brimmed hat because my skin goes from white-to-pink-to-red-to-holey moley are you ok? in about 5 minutes.  So the hat helps keep my skin not burnt and my hair red and not brassy or faded.

8.  Refresh your red with a color depositing shampoo and conditioner if needed.  I rarely do this, to be honest, just because I haven’t found one I’m crazy about, but they do help refresh the red tones.  If it’s brassiness you’re trying to combat, try a violet tone-correcting shampoo.  Clairol Shimmer Lights has worked for me.

how-to-maintain-keep-up-red-hair-color.jpegI swear this isn’t an excuse to show off vacation pics!  I MADE that hat fit in my suitcase to keep my color up in the Bahamas (!!!)  But seriously, look at that water.

how-to-maintain-keep-up-red-hair-color.jpegI know that cup looks like glass, but I swear it’s plastic!  Sulfate free shampoo and PHD for UV protection.

That should do it, thank you for reading!

Go Get Glam!


1 Comment
  • Danielle
    June 18, 2015

    Have you tried Tressa Watercolors Shampoo? What do you think? I have tried it in the past and loved it, but my hair is about the same color as yours now and I’m not sure what shade to go with.

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