Anyone who colors their hair, and has experienced what it is like to dye their hair over and over because the color wont stick long enough, knows what an unnatural red head goes through every time they dye their hair. Red is one of the hardest hair colors to maintain once it is dyed. As professional stylists at one of the best Chicago hair salons, we have provided some tips, so the next time somebody dyes their hair red, they can do it with confidence, and spend their time enjoying their beautifully revamped red hair.
Tip No. 1: Always have hair color applied to clean hair.
Yes, I know about the old wives’ tale that “color takes better on dirty hair.” It’s actually not true. This concept is from back in the days when the chemicals in hair color were much stronger so that the build-up of natural hair oils helped protect the hair.
Red hair color is now much more refined and less damaging to your hair. The color penetrates better and last longer on clean hair.
Tip No. 2: Try Blonde Highlights
This tip comes from Eva Scrivo of NY’s Eva Scrivo Salon. She writes in her book, “Eva Scrivo on Beauty”:
“A perfect recipe for a beautiful natural-looking redhead begins with placing a few blonde highlights around the face and lifting them only to a light golden color. The lightener should be left on for no more than 10 minutes without heat. Then apply a golden red haze that matches the hair’s original shade all over for 10-15 minutes.
This will enrich the natural red and make the highlights a brighter, more beautiful strawberry color.”
Obviously this is not a do-it-yourself job. I would take these directions straight to a stylist at one of the best Chicago hair salons.
Tip No. 3: Avoid washing your hair 48 hours after getting your hair colored.
Red molecules are large, and aggravating the cuticle soon after getting hair colored. Hot water and shampoo can release pigment prematurely.
Tip No. 4: Do not do hair treatments the day you have your hair colored.
This can also allow red molecules to be released.
Tip No. 5: Wear caps when going to the tanning salon.
You need to protect your hair when you tan.
Tip No. 6: Wear hats or UV protection on your hair in the sun to prevent fading.
The sun can be damaging to hair, so protect hair when hanging out in the sun all day.
Tip No. 7: Get a clear or red cellophane gloss one week after having your hair colored.
Cellophanes are vegetable colors that are safer than henna and fade gently without the residue. It is applied to the hair, then the client is placed under the dryer for 20 minutes. This seals the color and gives the hair great shine.
Tip No. 8: Don’t use harsh shampoos.
Hair color can be costly. It is time to invest in a good shampoo specially designed for color-treated hair. Make sure to consult with a hairstylist first to make sure they are not using a copper red shampoo on a blue red color.
Rest assured that at Salon 833, one of the best Chicago hair salons, your stylist will get you the results you’re looking for! Make an appointment with us today!