Thursday, August 27

How I maintain my vibrant RED hair

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Well hello there my readers! It has been a minute since i last blogged. The sad thing is that it is not that i don’t check PB everyday, i am roaming the blogosphere but i had no mojo to blog. SO many drafts but no words lol. Well today i had inspiration and decided to make do with it. If you are surfing the web and you needed to know what to do to maintain your red, welcome, Huan Ying!!
I have been a redhead intermittently for almost 3 years now, i started with strawberry, then ruby, then magenta and i have settled permanently for burgundy, if you want to see i i achieve my burgundy color, the post is here.
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The truth is red hair is no joke. The maintenance is crazy, but it is not that off from other temporary colors, it can be made easy, it is also a learning process. The sad thing is that even though you are using permanent red color, it still fades away as if it was temporary. And faded red hair is so blech, no one wants orangish looking brown as the picture above, you want vibrant, shimmery color as the pics below. SO here are my tips for my fellow reds.
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ONE: Seal your color. When you step out of your salon, or if you do your coloring at home, seal your color. Whenever you refresh your color, seal it. This would help you a LOT with bleeding. I use Ion Color Defense After-Color Sealer, i get it from sally's in the giant tube. I use this with every conditioning to make sure that my hair color lasts for a while.
TWO: Always rinse with cold water. As uncomfortable as it can be during the cold days, it is quite beneficial for your color.
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THREE: Wash less. yes. washing your hair everyday is definitely not advisable for bleached, colored or damaged hair, and even worse, red hair. if you wash everyday even with a color protecting shampoo, you would still loose your color, believe me, i have tried. Your hair would end up limp dry, and with no shine. spread your wash days to every other day (if you have an oily scalp) to once a week (for those with dry hair). I personally do once a week.
FOUR: Skip the shampoo, co-wash. Conditioners cleanse just as well as any shampoo would without stripping the necessary oils or your color, it would help you maintain your color longer. you do not have to use a color conditioner, just anyone that keeps your hair soft and healthy would do. I personally use the Shiseido Tsubaki Shining Conditioner. It is my absolute favorite, it leaves my hair so soft, it is infused with oils and does a better job than any American conditioner that i have tried (a good cheaper alternative with similar properties  is any of the conditioners in the Tresemme line).  I also use any of the other Shiseido Tsubaki line [Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Hair Conditioner , Shiseido Tsubaki Head Spa Conditioner ] as well as the Aekyung Kerasys perfumed line [Aekyung Kerasys Elegance & Sensual Perfumed Rinse, Aekyung Kerasys Lovely & Romantic Perfumed Rinse, Aekyung Kerasys Pure & Charming Perfumed Rinse ]: They smell amazing, leave my hair soft and leave my hair smelling really good.
FIVE:  If you must wash, and deeply clean, go sulfate free: If you feel like co-washing is not working for you, you can alternate with a sulfate free shampoo. The sulfates would strip your color so going sulfate free is best. I also noticed that a lot of color shampoos (ahem….garnier…ahem…tresemme) have sulfates in them!! They made my first red fade like no other! I personally use Creme Of Nature With Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture And Shine Shampoo once a month to deep clean my hair. This shampoo leaves my hair soft like butter!!
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SIX: Refresh your hair color with a temporary dye. I do this once i notice fading, mostly once a month after i use my sulfate free shampoo to counter act any potential fading. I love manic panic because the colors are true and the color is conditioning to my hair. I mix this with my deep conditioner and leave it in for 30 minutes. Get the temporary color that seems similar to your actual red, you might have to do some mixing. For me to achieve my burgundy, I mix 2 teaspoons of Manic Panic Vampire red and 1 tsp of Manic Panic Purple Haze with my deep conditioner mix. Don’t forget to seal the hair after refreshing your color (Tip #1).
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SEVEN: Never miss a deep conditioning session. Your hair needs it. I once heard this statement in the past, whenever your hair touches water, deep condition it [and stay away from chlorine, no pools, just don't do it].  I alternate between 3 of my favorite deep conditioners [PARNEVU Hair Mayonnaise, Creme of Nature Moisturizing Milk Masque, Organics by Africa's Best Organics Hair Mayonnaise] and mix it with coconut oil [LouAna All Natural Pure Coconut Oil] to seal moisture in. I then mix the deep conditioner with gloss and my color sealer (Tip #1)  and apply to my hair for 15-30 minutes under a shower cap.
EIGHT: Gloss, Glaze, Shine. This will keep your hair color looking vibrant with shine! I use L'Oreal Feria Color Moisturizing Treatment with my conditioning mix.
NINE: Keep your hair hydrated. This one depends on your hair type, if your hair is not the dry type, simply using coconut oil after rinsing while your hair is wet will do. If it is towards the dry end of the spectrum, mixing a leave in conditioner with coconut oil will do. I make my own leave in conditioner with my regular conditioner (Tip #4), water and coconut oil in a spray bottle and apply to my hair. I also make sure that while i wait for my hair to dry i apply coconut oil to it to seal in moisture. As you can see, i love coconut oil.
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TEN:  Protect your hair from heat. Heat is not a redhead’s friend, it makes fading occur fast. When het styling, make sure you use a heat protectant. I use Argan oil [One 'N Only Argan Oil Treatment (not shown. sorry)]. Stay away from the sun, UV rays will fade the hair like no other, you can use a UV protecting hair spay [L'ORÉAL Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold UV Hair Spray] or a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time.
ELEVEN:  Dry shampoo is your best friend. This would help you stretch your washes, your color would fade less. I personally do not like the way dry shampoos make my hair feel so i use a volume mousse [One 'N Only Argan Oil Mousse] or a thickening spray [One 'N Only Island Essentials Awapuhi Thickening Spray]. they do the same job as far as i am concerned, when i comb it through my hair they make the oils or products disappear (and appear on your comb lol), and my hair feels weight free and bouncy like i have almost freshly washed it lol. I use the mousse if i do not care to change my hair style but it will wet the hair so if you have curls in or a straightened style it will fall. however the spray does not affect my style much but can me quite drying so i use it only when my hair is curled etc and follow up with argan oil which is a light dry oil.
Well that is all i have, my fellow red-heads, good luck with your red and rock it vibrantly.
I am actually thinking of doing one for the blondes, but this would be when next i go blonde. Maybe next summer.
Thanks for reading!!



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