A Guide To Red Hair || Products, Dye & More

“Red hair is great. It’s rare, and therefore superior”

Whether you’re an artificial redhead or a natural redhead, you’ll agree that upkeep and care is both trouble and important. I’m a natural red head but I’ve also been bright artificial red and I can tell you now, the upkeep is hard work; but I’m going to make it easier for you!

I have naturally red curly frizzy hair so I’ve experimented with a lot of different products and hair colours, if you have the same or similar hair, you’ve come to the right place!

I’ll start off with artificial red hair as that’s probably why people are reading this!


Artificial redhead 

So depending on the level of red hair you have will vary on the treatments you use and products.

Deep/dark red

This red is pretty easy to keep up with. Unlike bright red, you don’t need to constantly keep redying your hair to keep it the right shade. The one product that I will recommend for every red hair type is the John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo and conditioner. It can be expensive depending where you go but it’s so worth it. The only down side to this kind of red is that it gets dull over time and shows off any dead or fried hair you have. I’d say redyinging your hair this colour every month would work just fine.

Bright red hair

This is my favourite but my most dreaded. This requires far more upkeep than any other type of red hair I promise you. The way I kept my colour was to use a Delorenzo fire red shampoo. It has a bit of hair dye in it so I would wash my hair twice a week, using John Frieda shampoo first, putting in the Delorenzo shampoo and leaving it in for around 5 minutes, followed by the John Frieda conditioner. Another way and much cheaper method of keeping a bright red is to use a semi-permanent red hair dye. I also used a permanent red hair dye as the base colour. Be prepared to spend the $$$ to get the desired look with this one. I found I had to take extra care with this one so adding on a hair mask once every two weeks seemed to help moisture wise.


Natural red hair 

My natural red hair is an auburn sort of colour, so I can’t comment on other natural red hair colours. With auburn, the main problem is that if your hair is dry, oily or fried it shows as clear as day. So this is really the only time I don’t use John Frieda s&c, I use a moisturising one instead which cuts down a lot of frizz and makes my hair super soft. You don’t need to redye your hair to keep its shade so this is very low maintenance.


Products

Obviously there are a lot of products out their directed at red hair and curly hair so I’m going to share with you the products that worked best for me!

John Frieda Radiant Red Shampoo
John Frieda Radiant Red Conditioner
Delorenzo Barrel Wave Leave-in Conditioner
Delorenzo Fire Red Shampoo
SCHWARZKOPF Live Colour Ultra Brights Pillar Box Red Hair
Tresemme Moisture Rich Conditioner
Tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo
Delorenzo thermal spray


Hair dye

So this is my favourite part, I love dying my hair. However, some brands have totally killed my hair in the past. I’ve found that Schwarzkopf hair dye is actually the greatest hair dye. I usually use their Brilliance bright red permanent dye which is a great base colour and feels like it conditions my hair. However, L’oreal Paris’s preference hair colour intense red make for an amazing base as well.

A few of the more cheaper brands and a couple of expensive brands murdered my hair so I found personally that the middle price bracket of hair dyes worked best for me, but everyone is different!


Advice/hints/tips

  • Let your hair dry naturally at least once a week
  • Try not to wash your hair more than twice a week
  • Hair masks are your best friend
  • Start with a light colour before dying your hair red
  • Remember that red can be a pain in the butt to get out of your hair
  • Dry your hair with an old towel, it will always be a messy wash
  • Don’t wear red clothes with bright red hair, does not work well
  • Watch red hair tutorials on YouTube, they’re super handy
  • Always use a leave-in conditioner
  • Always use a heat protect product on your hair

 

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