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How to keep red hair looking fresh

I don't like to call maintaining red hair...maintaining. I like to call it, keeping it fresh. Because that artificial colour isn't going to stay the same as it did when you first unboxed it and slapped it on your hair. It doesn't matter what you do, the colour will wash out. The sun and general wear-and-tear will fade it. Even temporary dyes won't make it look the exact same. It'll get darker, the colour will change, it's just not the same.

So, I gave up maintaining my colour a while back and started trying out methods of keeping it "fresh" instead. 
Does it work?
Well, I think it does. 

What is it?

Keeping a colour looking fresh, is simply just ensuring it looks bright and happy even when the colour fades or changes. It's about making your hair look vibrant and healthy each time you wash it. When it fades, you're making that faded colour look rich rather than washed-out.

So, how do you do it? 

Use a colour safe shampoo. 

I am 100% the kind of person who says, "shampoo is shampoo, they're all made the same so who cares." Well, yeah, that's kind of true. However, the difference a colour safe shampoo makes is undeniable. Colour safe shampoos should lack the sulphates that strip colour, and are formulated to help enhance the colour of your shade. A regular shampoo doesn't take as much care and can make your colour look dull, faster. 
Now, I can't speak for every colour safe shampoo out there, because I haven't tried them all. (John Frieda's red shampoo doesn't really, do much at all for the look of your colour though, FYI.

However, *Fanola's After Colour Shampoo works wonders to help keep your colour looking fresh, while also leaving your hair soft and feeling stronger. It smells lovely and is a soft, creamy consistency that nourishes your hair, while also enhancing its vibrancy.
Using this stuff every time I wash my hair, makes a massive difference to how fresh my colour looks after a wash. Definitely, worth a try. 

Add a red coloured hair mask or dye to your shower. 

A red temporary hair dye works for those strapped for options. However, using a red hair mask, or similar product, works just that little bit more. Trust me, I've tried both. 
Mix a red hair mask (or dye) with conditioner and smother your hair with it after a shampoo. Leave it sitting on your hair for the entirety of your shower. This helps add some colour to your hair that has otherwise faded throughout the day. 

This is more effective when done every second wash, rather than every time you wash your hair. If you're adding red into your hair every time you shower, you're more likely to make your colour look darker, or change the colour altogether. 

*Fanola Oro Therapy Colouring Mask in Red is the perfect candidate for this method. I've tried using temporary dyes which do work in a pinch, but they dilute and weaken with conditioner. Therefore you need more to make a difference which means you're using more product. It just doesn't last very long and isn't very wallet-friendly.
This colour mask is strong and helps enhance the vibrancy of your colour. Just two pumps in some conditioner will refresh your colour without making it look darker. If anything, your hair comes out looking brighter and more, well, fresh.  
It doesn't dilute in conditioner and helps to strengthen your hair too. It's not a dye by any means, but it is stronger than a temporary colour. It lasts much longer than a bottle of temp dye too, so you're not burning a hole in your purse everytime you wash your hair. 
Honestly, 10/10 would recommend. 

When all is said and done, don't try too hard.

The more you try to maintain your colour, the more you won't. These two steps alone are enough to help keep your colour looking fresh. I often have people ask me "have you dyed your hair again?" after I've washed it. All I did was wash it following the steps above, and people often think I've dyed it again because it's come out brighter and more vibrant. 

Don't stress about washing it in cold water only, or keeping away from the sun or whatever else. That won't help you in the long run. I wash my hair under hot water.

*Products gifted by AMR, an Australian online hair and beauty retailer stocking a range of high-quality products for professionals and non-professionals alike. They're pretty great, actually.
All opinions and words completely my own.
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Photos by Sheree Grace
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