Female First shares 5 basic tips to make your red hair last longer.
1. Apply hair colour to clean hair
Colour penetrates better and lasts longer on clean hair so it may be worth taking some time to wash the hair the night before dying it. However, if you already have a sensitive scalp washing your hair the night before is not necessary as it may cause irritation.
2. Refrain from washing until 48 hours after colouring the hair
After dying the hair, avoid washing it until at least 48 hours after application of the hair colour. Red molecules are large, and irritating the cuticle with hot water and shampoo soon after colouring can release the pigment prematurely.
3. Apply a red cellophane gloss one week after colouring the hair
Visit your preferred salon and have them apply a red cellophane gloss to your hair. Vegetable colours such as cellophanes are safer to use then henna and fade gently without leaving a residue. The overall treatment will seal the colour and give your hair beautiful shine.
4. Avoid using abrasive shampoos.
Invest in a quality colour support shampoo and conditioner. Consult with a stylist before you make this choice to ensure you are not using a copper red colour shampoo on blue red colour hair.
5. When exposed to the sun, wear a hat or UV protection
Protecting the hair with a light weight, non-greasy sun protector hair product is important to avoid hair damage as well as fade.