Even though red is one of the hardest hair colors to maintain (and it takes the longest to get rid of, too), we don't blame you if your heart is set on the fiery hue. It just looks so damn good, especially now that summer szn is fast approaching! But, we must warn you that ~with a great hair color comes great responsibility~. Before you book that salon appointment, here are a couple of tips you need to keep in mind:
Tips To Keep Red Hair Looking Vibrant
Don't wash your hair for at least 72 hours.
While the urge to wash your hair after getting it colored can be strong—especially if you have an oily scalp—refrain from doing so. It takes three days for the cuticle layer to close, which traps the color molecule, making the dye last longer.
Use cold water when you shower.
When the time comes for your first wash, only use cold water. A hot bath has a tendency to open the cuticles of your hair, allowing the pigment to bleed out. Sayang naman!ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Avoid swimming pools.
Yup, you're gonna have to avoid swimming pools for now if you want to keep your hue in check. The chlorine in the water can change the color of your hair, turning it from a vibrant red to a dull copper. Plus, it can dry out your strands and make them more prone to split ends.CONTINUE READING BELOWFeatured Video
Add a sulfate-free shampoo to your hair care products.
If it's your first time getting your locks colored, you also need to update your hair care product rotation. Replace your regular shampoo with a sulfate-free one to prevent the dye from bleeding out. Wash every two days or every other day to avoid drying your strands out. (Check out our recos here!)
Stock up on dry shampoo.
Your hair might get greasy on your no-wash days, so refresh it with a few spritzes of dry shampoo. They often come in sprays or powders that are also scented to make your strands smell good in-between washes.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Drench your locks in a nourishing and hydrating hair mask.
Since your hair will be bleached and colored, there's a big chance that it will become super dry. Remedy this by bathing your locks in a nourishing hair mask once or twice a week. It's loaded with butters and oils that will keep your strands looking shiny and soft.
Now that you've taken note of those *important* tips, here comes the fun part: Hair inspo pics! We rounded up 10 of the cutest red hair color ideas we spotted online for your perusal. You know the drill—scroll through all of 'em, screenshot your fave, and try it out (whether it's DIY or by going to an actual salon).
Best Red Hair Color Ideas For 2021
Best Red Hair Color Idea: Spicy Red
This bright red hue has a bit of orange pigment on the ends of the hair to give it that spicy, fiery feel.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Best Red Hair Color Idea: Mulberry Wine Red
This deep purple with hints of red gives you the best of both worlds. Plus, it looks really subtle, too!ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Best Red Hair Color Idea: Red Hair with Dark Roots
Before red dye is applied to your hair, your strands need to be bleached first, and trust us, you do *not* want that near your scalp. Do yourself a favor and leave your roots untouched. This will allow it to look natural, even with regrowth!ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Best Red Hair Color Idea: Coral Red
If rose gold had a sister, this would be it. It's the perfect mix of red, orange, and pink that looks good on anyone.
Best Red Hair Color Idea: Auburn Red
If you don't want to go full red just yet, auburn is the midway color you need to try.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Best Red Hair Color Idea: Reddish Purple
This reddish-purple hair color resembles wine in the best way possible.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Best Red Hair Color Idea: Bright Red
This bright red hue reminds us of Ariel the Little Mermaid's fiery locks. What a throwback to our childhood!
Best Red Hair Color Idea: Red Balayage
To make your hair color look more ~natural~, ask your colorist to do the balayage technique. They will hand-paint the dye directly onto your locks to create a more blended finish.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Best Red Hair Color Idea: Cherry Brown
This hair color is predominantly brown with hints of red in it, which makes it an office-appropriate hue.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Best Red Hair Color Idea: Copper Blonde
Copper can look too harsh, especially at full pigment, so you can ask your colorist to tone it a bit. The result? This very pretty copper blonde hue!
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