I love being a red head. I feel cute, fun, playful and sexy, all at the same time. Maintaining the red is not easy and there are often times your shower will look closer to a scene from psycho than a relaxing spa. Here are my 3 tricks to keeping my hair shiny and the red popping:
1. FIND A GREAT COLOURIST & COLOUR PRODUCT
Every colourist has a speciality and specific products they like to use. And not every colour line has every colour so it can take time to find the exact shade for you. I also had problems with the colour staying on my blonde highlights but after a few different products, we found one that worked the best for me. You have to have patience but the payoff is worth it.
2. REFRESH WITH TONER
Whenever I have a big event or I feel the colour is fading before my next colour appointment, I book a quick toner. Its only a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the time of a regular colour but the results are strong. This doesn’t replace a regular appointment but it is worth is when you need a pick-me up.
3. MAINTAIN WITH A COLOUR MASK
I use Kromask – Icecream (the image above) in red; you can find it at most drugstores. I try to use this once a week, its part colour and part conditioner. Depending on how much time I have, I’ll either sit in the bath with it in my hair or I’ll rinse it through like a regular conditioner. It only lasts a few days and can stain your skin if you’re not careful, but I love it anyways. For only $15 its the best bang for your buck and my hair is silky, soft after.
And that’s how I maintain my red. It’s not simple, but then again, neither am I.