So, I usually dye my hair once a year but this year, I decided to go red, and being a red head is a lot of work! It's so tedious maintaining my deep red mane, but overall its been worth it because, I LOVE this color!
I originally dyed my hair back in July. I used Loreal Hi-color in magenta along with a 30 volume developer. The color took well and didn't leave my hair dry. But as the weeks went on I noticed that the color continued to run. Every time that I co-washed or shampooed the red when run all over the place. After a while the color had begun to fade horribly and thats when I realized that I wasn't going to be able to treat this red hair color like my brown hair colors of the past, that fade into really pretty shades.
The Re-Dying Process:
2 weeks before re-dying my hair I made sure to deep condition and keep my hair moisturized. You may also consider a protein treatment prior to dying as well.
When choosing a hair color for retouching, I looked for a semi-permanent color with no ammonia, no peroxide, and no alcohol. I didn't want to hair color to leave my hair feeling dry and crunchy. I chose Adore in Wild Cherry (69).
I made sure to put vaseline on my hairline and ears as to not stain those areas. The color is thick and really easy to apply. On clean hair, I saturated my hair with the color, and then covered my hair with a plastic cap.
I waited about an hour to make sure that the color took well. Sometimes it takes natural hair a little longer to process but be sure to read all the directions on you hair color and keep a close eye on your hair as it processes.
After an hour, I rinsed my hair thoroughly until the water ran clear. Then, I co-washed with Giovanni Colorflage Conditioner, in Remarkably Red and styled as usual.
The process was simple and took about 2 hours to complete. Since the re-dye I have not experienced the color bleeding or running. Therefore, I only plan to retouch the color every 3 months or as needed. In between time, I keep my hair moisturized and trimmed and so far I have maintained its health.
If you plan on trying new hair color, let us know! What color is it and what are your tips to maintain it?
By: Brittany Dandy