The past few weeks, I’ve received no shortage of questions about my hair…the red color to be exact. From fellow naturalistas stopping me on the street asking me what color I used, to random old white men striking up conversation in empty elevators on how I achieved the look. lol. I’m flattered that it’s attracting so much attention.
A couple weeks ago, I decided to punch up the color to a fiery red, from the more muted copper red color I’d been wearing since January. My sister, Tamari Zeigler, is a professional hair stylist based out in Los Angeles. She’s really the only person I trust to color my hair, and this time she really worked her magic.
Keep reading for more details and tips on maintaining your own color.
First of all, the color, I love, love, LOVE!!! It’s exactly what I wanted—bright, bold and eye-catching without over doing it. Tamari also took special care to make sure my hair was still healthy, despite having to lift my hair to an almost blond color before depositing the color. I’ve never experienced dryness or breakage in all the years she’s been coloring my hair. Healthy hair is key for me.
And the staying power of this red…it’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Over the past 8-weeks since I got it colored, it has barely faded, despite weekly washes. Anyone who knows red hair knows that typically the moment your rinse, pretty much all your red color goes down the drain. I’ve never come across anyone who has been able to maintain this vibrant a red for this long with out any sort of touch up. Tamari really hooked it up!
Much credit is due to my awesome colorist and the superior products she uses for my red curlz. Here are a couple tips Tamari offered that all color-treated red heads can use to maintain the brightness and pigmentation of their color at home:
- Don’t rinse/wash your hair everyday. When you wet the hair, even with water alone, your cuticles open which releases the color. For me, washing once weekly is my sweet-spot.
- When you do wash, opt for a sulfate-free shampoo. Always avoid clarifying shampoos and apple cider vinegar rinses which have stripping agents. The first thing to go is your color.
- Use cool water when you wash, instead of hot water. It helps keep the cuticles sealed, which prevents fading.
- Make sure you condition your hair to lock in moisture and shine. It’s easy for color-treated hair to become dry and brittle.
- Use a semi-permanent color, like a cellophane, to touch up your red color when needed in between salon visits on your own. This will help you maintain the vibrancy you’re looking for.
- Sun can cause your color to fade, so if you’re going to be outside for a long period, use something that will protect your hair like a leave-in conditioner.
- Have a professional on speed-dial. If you have dark hair naturally and want your red color to pop, you’re going to need some sort of bleaching agent to lighten the hair so that the red deposit will show. I always recommend going to a professional for any sort of lightening/bleaching treatment.
Do you have a tips on how to maintain hair color? Leave them in the comments below.