5 Tips For Keeping Red Hair Bright

How To Keep Red Hair BrightWe get lots of questions about Katie's gorgeous red hair. Today I invited her to share her tips for keeping red hair bright. If you've had red hair before you've probably noticed that it can fade very quickly. It can take a lot of maintenance. Follow these tips to make your color last longer… 

1. Healthy hair.  Keep your hair as healthy as possible.  Coloring hair causes damage, so being kind to your hair is important.  Skip the blow dryer when you can, or try no-heat curls instead of firing up the hot curling iron. 

5 tips for keeping red hair bright2. Wash less.  Wash your locks as little as possible.  Every washing will strip your hair of color, so try to keep the washing to 2-3 times a week.

5 tips for keeping red hair bright 3. Sulfate-free products.  Hair products with sulfates will fade your color faster, so look for the "sulfate-free" label on the bottles you buy.

5 tips for keeping red hair bright   4. Invisible dry shampoo.  Now that you are washing your hair less, you might need dry shampoo to help absorb that excess oil on the days in between washing.  Invest in an "invisible" dry shampoo.  You will avoid the white, powdery mess in your hair and your color will shine through brighter.

5 tips for keeping red hair bright    5. Less sun.  The sun can do a lot of damage to hair, especially color treated hair.  Always wear a scarf or hat to protect those lovely locks from further damage due to the sun. xoxo. Katie

  • Oh I love these tips! I recently started dying my hair red and the color keeps fading pretty quickly. Going to give these tips a try! Thanks Katie & Elsie! πŸ™‚

  • I’ve just coloured my hair red for the first time recently (last week!) and was thinking about how to keep the colour in tip-top shape, so this is great! Thanks!xo

  • This is almost related (I have naturally red hair!) but I want to know how to style my hair like the very last picture. Beautiful!

  • Just curious. What make/brand/colour dye does Katie use? Been wanting to dye my hair red for ages but can’t find the right one. Thanks so much!

  • Interesting. As someone with naturally red(ish) hair, I never really thought about people who had to work to keep it that way! Lol. If I ever decide to accentuate my natural color with some dye, I’ll definitely keep this in mind!

  • does this only work for red hair? cause i have a naturally really blonde hair and its starting to fade into brown

  • What hair dye does Katie use and what colour was her hair to start with? I have recently dyed my hair red and I am wondering if I can get it a little brighter on my brown locks without bleach.

  • Perfect timing! I’m going back red tomorrow, after 3 years of being brown, so any tips on keeping the red bright are helpful.

  • i love her hair – mine are red too, but not as bright as hers. i dont want to bleach it, but when i see this pictures i am thinking about it again πŸ˜‰

    greetings from austria, becci

  • I used to have hair that color… if I only knew then what I know now! Thank you these are great tips!

  • @Shannon, I’d imagine these tips work for anyone who dyes their hair, and even anyone who has damage-prone hair, like ultrafine or very long hair.

  • As a natural redhead, I just gotta say to us natural reds out there that summer is here! Our reds will get brighter now πŸ™‚

  • I’m with Alison, my hair is naturally red…but I’d love to know how to style my hair like in the last pic pretty please. Christine x

  • Love this post! I have naturally red hair, but have been thinking about brightening it up/going a little darker red. What brand of color does Katie use?

    xx
    Kat
    rebelrousher.blogspot.com

  • There is also a product with color concentrate in it to freshen up the color in between retouches… Try Aveda’s Madder Root Shampoo and Conditioner. You can use it once or twice a week depending on the intensity of your red locks. Shampoo, rinse, condition and do the rest of your routine (shave, wash your body, etc) then rinse! Helped me keep my red hair looking fresh without damage.

  • I love the tips, but I was wondering what “invisible” dry shampoos you’ve found…I don’t dye my hair, but I do have super curly dark hair, and the dry shampoo always shows, and I can’t brush it through…do you have suggestions?

    love the blog!

  • Great tips! Anyone thinking about going red needs to read these and to know that red is VERY hard to maintain — it takes time, commitment and $$$!! I have been red for 12 years…but it takes a visit to my colorist every 3 weeks to keep the color fresh!

  • She has such beautiful hair! I am going to have to share this with my cousin because she has trouble with this πŸ™‚ Wonderful post, thanks!

  • I put dye into my conditioner to help brighten the color every wash!

  • I use henna too. My natural hair color is dark ash blonde. It dyes it RED. I get so many compliments on it and it never fades. I get mine at mehandi.com

  • If you want red hair without having to worry about color fade, try henna! I’ve been dying my hair a nice rich red with henna for almost three years now. It’s completely natural; it’s made from only one plant. My hair used to be a damaged mess from being stripped, bleached, dyed every color under the rainbow, and heat styling. That was all water under the bridge after I started using henna once a month. It completely revived my hair! it’s the healthiest, shiniest, and thickest its been since I was little. Women in the middle east in B.C. used to use it as a spa treatment because of it’s conditioing properties!

  • Washing your hair less is definitely key with red hair. What I do too is mix a very gentle dye in with my conditioner when it needs a boost. Wrapping your hair in a dark coloured towel I’ve heard helps preserve colour, although I’m not really sure how.

  • Invisible dry shampoo. Now that you are washing your hair less, you might need dry shampoo to help absorb that excess oil on the days in between washing. Invest in an “invisible” dry shampoo. You will avoid the white, powdery mess in your hair and your color will shine through brighter.

  • Ohh love the tips, I was not aware of any of those. I’m planning to paint my hair as well, but just in a darker tone than that one. Her hair is really gorgeous

  • Thanks so much I have just re dyed my hair purple as it’s didn’t stay bright very long and my silver started to shine through. (fine in the length but not good at the roots). would Katie be able to share how often she ned to re dye? Thanks

  • Seconding Sydney’s comment– I’ve been dyeing my hair red since I was a teenager. My hair is very damage-prone, so I used the wash-out stuff for years to minimize that, or to just brighten the color. (When I was in my 20s, it went naturally more auburn, but now that I’m in my early 30s, it’s gone more brownish again.) The henna does last longer, and it basically dyes and deep-conditions my hair at the same time! I also use the Lush stuff, and just leave it in over night with a shower cap over my head to keep from ruining my pillow. Takes awhile to wash out, but it really works!

  • Helpful tips! I have light red hair already, but I found using Lush’s red henna makes it so much shinier and healthier.. plus makes the colour SO vibrant!

  • What hair dye does she use? And what is her natural hair color? It is exactly the color that I have been searching for!

  • a huge one:

    if possible, wash your hair in cold water

    not always the most pleasant but now that its the summer its a good time to try it.

    makes a HUGE difference

  • I’ve had dyed red hair for the last 20 years, and a tip I learned a few years ago is to put a tiny bit of Manic Panic Vampire Red in my conditioner to keep it fresh. Mind you, I have darker auburn red, but it definitely keeps it vibrant. I would not recommend for lighter red hair unless you like an almost cartoonish fake red. (which can be cool depending on your tastes!) Make sure you keep gloves in your shower if you do this!

  • I wish I could pull of red hair. I looked like a crazy person the only time I tried it, but I was also in high school and wasn’t big on hair care, so maybe trying it again would be different. Thanks!

  • For those wanting to dye their hair red — I have fairly dark brown hair and my stylist doesn’t bleach it before turning it into a nice bright red.

    I love Katie’s hair! I’ve been coloring mine red for years and have learned to do the same things she recommends. If you’re looking for a shampoo, I recommend Pureology. It’s expensive (you can get it at Ulta) but if you’re going to go through the trouble and expense of coloring your hair, it’s worth it to pay a bit more to make the color and shine last and keep it healthy.

    As a side benefit, it’s a vegan shampoo. Of all the brands I tried, this one was the only one that made a real obvious difference.

  • I’ve always heard about dry shampoo but never knew which one to get. Could you recommend one?

  • I love love love her hair!!

    I miss my red hair, or just colored hair in general. Another tip is for when you do wash dyed hair (especially red) use cold water, the hotter water strip it as well. I still use my sulfate free shampoo just because I love it. These are great tips for those who are having a hard time keeping their color.

    <3

  • But if you cover your hair with a hat every day, nobody will actually see how amazing it is!

  • Any recommendations fer an invisible dry shampoo brand? I have never used s dry shampoo and am curious as to what brands might work better than others.

  • Never thought that red hair would look so good. I really think I should color my hair red to. πŸ˜‰

  • I have natural dark brown hair, is there anyway to achieve this color without bleaching my hair first?

  • I have had bright copper hair for about 3 years and have 2 more tips to add!

    1. You can use a gentle colouring conditioner or shampoo to keep your hair bright between dyeing! The best I have found is Vitelity’s Espresso colour conditioner in Copper, but I also find DeLorenzo’s Novafusion colour Shampoo works a treat (you can get “fire red” or “copper” colours). You can use these products every second or third wash.

    2. If you can stand it, wash and rinse your hair with lukewarm or cold water. Really hot showers wash the colour out of your hair super fast. Try this on freshly dyed hair and see how much colour goes down the drain compared with a hot shower – the difference is huge!

  • Use henna on red hair for an all natural color boost and conditioner! I get really fine, high-quality henna from http://www.mehandi.com/shop/hairhenna.html
    They have the best henna I have used ever!
    (I am not affiliated with them. I’m just a satisfied customer!) I’ve used henna for 20 years now and love it.

  • Hi, what brand of dry shampoo does katie use. I can’t find invisible.
    Thank you

  • I really want to know what dye she uses. I have naturally dark blonde hair, and I’ve been dying it red for the last six months. I want to achieve the pretty light “orange” red that she has, but every time I dye I get a deep red, that is obviously fake. I’ve had it done professionally, and I just did it at home yesterday. Yesterdays turned out pretty bad: same deep red, except now I have orange roots. HELP!

  • Thanks, dude, for your valuable tips. Healthy eating is an important part of healthy lifestyle. What we eat is what we will look like. I put a lot of attention to my ration. I appreciate your help!

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  • hi!! I want to know which brand and color does katie use; thanks!! love ur blog!

  • I’m a natural blonde that dyes my hair red. I do all of these and eventually it seems the color “takes” after repetitive dying of red so it doesn’t wash out as easy. At first, I was discouraged bc it looked like a bloody massacre with my first wash.
    What are your thoughts on red deposit shampoos or glazes? I’ve heard mixed reviews on them.

  • Almost everyone can go red, what’s most important is finding the right shade of red. If you want to go red, I suggest not trying it on your own. Get a professional consultation.

  • On march break,i got peekaboo streaks all over my head… in BLUE!!! My hairdresser used MANIC PANIC and it faded on the forth day… we had to switch to a different brand name… ICE CREAM. And it worked great! So, if you have ever dyed your hair that color,it fades quickly,and mine faded to a yucky green color. My mom tried to dye it back to brown. it didnt work cuz the people stripped my hair. We went to a different hairstylest, and she got it back.(yay!)
    LESSON: Listen to your mom when she says DON’T DYE YOUR WHOLE HEAD BLUE(gald that I listened) and 2. USE EXTENTIONS WHEN YOU WANT PEEKABOO STREAKS… they stay in longer, and after a few appoinments of getting those little guys re dyed, youll agree.

    Dousnt mean i wont dye my hair red….

  • Red is in! These photos are great! I love your choice in models, they are truly beautiful red heads. It can be hard to find products that don’t damage the vibrancy of red hair. I found an organic root stimulator that keeps my hair looking great and feeling like silk. The product I use consists of olive oil, and smells pretty good!

  • Along with the after care, its really important to use a good quality professional dye. My favorite is Joico 7RX with copper intensifier.