Applying hair color has become more of a fashion than a means to cover grey hair. Many women as well as men color their hair for an event or even otherwise to simply look and feel stylish. Even if you select the best quality of hair color, wrong methods of applying hair color make it fade away after a few days. In most cases hair turns a lighter shade of the original color, making your hair look rather dull. Red color especially is prone to looking orange or light brownish, depending on the color of your natural hair.
Tips to Protect Red Hair Color
There are several ways of maintaining the color of your hair after applying hair color. Make sure you wash your hair thoroughly before using hair color. It’s a misconception that hair color sets better on unwashed hair. However, by using good quality hair care products you can be sure that the color would penetrate well and last longer.
Do not wash your hair for about 48 hours after the application. This will ensure that the color penetrates well and doesn’t get washed off when you shampoo. Most good quality hair color does set well on hair, however, chemicals in your shampoo are likely to wash off layers of color on your hair, before it penetrates your hair. Apart from this, do not get any hair treatments done or use a harsh shampoo after you get your hair colored. So make sure you stay away from curling or flat irons or any such hairstyling tools.
In case you go out often, wear a hat or a scarf on your head. This will help protect the color on your hair and prevent it from fading. The sun’s rays, as well as environmental factors such as pollution and dust, would affect your hair, making the red color of your hair fade away. If you do not wish to tie a scarf or wear a hat, you can always apply a UV protection cream on your hair to protect it from harsh sunlight.
Buy a transparent or red cellophane gloss to apply on your hair after a week of getting your hair colored. The colors in a cellophane gloss are derived from vegetables and are a natural way of preventing your red hair color from fading. You may apply it yourself or get it done at a salon. After applying the cellophane gloss, use the dryer on your hair for about 20-25 minutes. This helps seal the red color of your hair and gives your hair a healthy shine.