Friday, May 19, 2017

How to keep Red Hair Colour from Fading Fast

How to Keep Red Hair From Fading

Making the decision to go from a brunette to a red-head was an easy one for me.  I was looking for a change but I didn't have the time or money to go blonde and I have naturally pale skin and green eyes so I knew being a red-head would suit me.

The hardest part for me was working out how I could get the brightest red without bleaching my hair first.  When I say I'm all about the easy option I really mean it.  Luckily for me I found a good at home colour that gives a really bright red.  This post isn't about how I colour my hair so if you're interested in reading about that let me know in the comments below and I'll write a post about it.

I coloured my hair red about six months ago and have learnt over the past few months that red hair fades fast.  I've been trying out some different products and have now found what works best for me.  Just for reference my hair is naturally brunette, it is very fine but I have a lot of it.  I colour it myself every 4-6 weeks with box dye from the supermarket and need one and a half boxes to do my whole head and yes that is my hair pictured above.

The products I use to keep my red hair colour from fading fast


I'm a sucker for nice clean hair so I always shampoo twice to get that really clean scalp and hair that I love.  I start with a colour safe hydrating Shampoo and highly recomend the Redken Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free Shampoo.  I then follow up with the amazing De Lorenzo Nova Fusion Colour Care Shampoo in Fire Red.  This is a colour depositing shampoo so if you have nice nails I highly recomend using gloves with this.  I apply this all over my hair and only lather it a tiny bit.  I leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing out.  This comes in a range of colours so if you have trouble keeping your colour fresh I can't recomend this shampoo enough - it's like a colour top up every time you wash your hair.  As long as I have red hair you won't catch me without the De Lorenzo Nova Fusion Colour Care Shampoo as this is the fail-safe product to stop your red hair colour from fading.


Because I put my hair through a lot with colouring, drying and straightening I'm always looking for the most hydrating and intensive conditioner.  You will never just see me using a basic conditioner.  I always skip it and head straight for the masks.  I've used the Redken All-Soft Mask for years but recently found this Redken All-Soft Mega Mask which claimed to be even more hydrating than the original and I can confirm!  There is slightly less in this than the original tubs but it really does a great job at giving moisture and life back into my hair without weighing it down.  I keep this away from my scalp because I have fine hair but the rest of my hair just drinks this stuff up!  Hydration is a big key in keeping your hair full of moisture and stopping your red hair colour from fading.

Extra Tips

Trust me when I say that red is not an easy colour to disguise in a white bathroom.  Even when I'm due to colour my hair again the water still runs slightly red when I'm washing my hair.  I can literally watch my red hair colour fade down into the drain ha! To save yourself a fortune in towels you can't go past a Microfibre hair wrap.  This Freestyle Hair Towel Wrap is designed to keep your hair up and out of the way once you've washed it and the microfibre helps your hair dry quicker meaning less time under the hairdryer.  For me it's the only towel that touches my hair meaning I don't have red stained towels anywhere in my house.  It washes easily and after 6 weeks use it still doesn't have any red stains on it from my hair colour.  These are a lifesaver in winter as there's nothing worse than cold hair sitting on your back.  I can leave this on my head for ages before I get to blow-drying my hair without getting cold and as a bonus the towel is taking out a lot of moisture making it a lot quicker to blow-dry.  Less time under the blow dryer can only be a good thing!

Freestyle Hair Towl Wrap perfect for DIY colouring your hair red at home
Freestyle Hair Towel Wrap
Other ways to keep your hair looking bright and fresh and stop your red hair colour from fading is to minimize washing it.  I wash my hair every 4-5 days and it can get pretty oily towards the end but I can get away with some dry shampoo and tieing it up.  Occasionally I'll just wash my fringe and leave the rest for another couple of days.  When rinsing products out of your hair I try to always cool the water down.  In Winter I can't stand the water too cold but in Summer it's easy enough to use cold water for that last rinse.  This helps seal the hair cuticle and close the moisture in from the conditioner making your hair smooth and silky, heat also makes your colour fade faster so definitely try to cool it as much as you can stand to keep your red hair colour from fading.

The three hair products I featured above from Redken and De Lorenzo were purchased from  They offered the best price for these items at the time and were also doing a promo with free shipping.  The Freestyle Hair Wrap is available to purchase from Priceline with two sizes available, I have the Small and it retails for $8.99.

I hope you enjoyed reading about how I keep my red hair bright and stop it fading fast.  Please do let me know in the comments below if you'd like to know more about how I colour my own hair at home.

Kayte xx

*The Freestyle Hair Towel Wrap was sent to me for my consideration but as always my opinion is my own and has not been influenced in anyway.  The other products were all purchased by me.  Honesty Always.


  1. I coloured the tips of my hair red not long ago and they have already started to fade. it was disappointing because the colour came on good and i wanted to last it long. thank you for the post

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