My hair is naturally a medium to deep brunette color but within the past couple of months, I decided to venture out and dye it a bright auburn. I’ve loved this recent change for the spring/summer months and with the help of my hair stylist have picked up a few tricks to keep my hair red. Anyone that’s ever dyed their hair a shade of red knows how difficult it is to keep it that way. Red fades faster than any other color, making upkeep essential.
5 Tips to Keep Your Dyed Hair Red
- The most important thing is to switch out your normal shampoo to a color safe option. I’m still using the one my hair stylist recommended, Gemstone by R+Co. After washing your hair the first time after getting your hair dyed, your shower will look like a murder scene and there’s really no way around that. Using a color safe shampoo will reduce the amount of dye that leaves your hair drastically. I’d also recommend using old towels you don’t care about the first couple times you wash your hair because chances are your newly dyed hair will bleed a little bit.
- The second thing I’ve been loving is a conditioner specifically formulated for red hair. My go-to is the Joico Color Infuse Red Conditioner. They also make a shampoo that I might pick up when I finish my R+Co. I use this conditioner every time I wash my hair by running it through my entire head, starting with my ends. It’s a color depositing product so this conditioner has a bright red tint to it and it’s recommended that you leave it in your hair for 1-3 minutes. I love this conditioner because it really keeps my red hair vibrant and also makes my hair feel silky and smooth.
- To end your shower routine, a deep conditioning product is a must. I’m absolutely in love with my dp HUE Color Boosting Gloss+. I have this is in the shade burnt copper but they also have other shades so this is available for more than just red heads. This is the perfect deep conditioning product that also adds color back in to revive your red hair. I use this about every other time I wash so about 1-2 times a week. It doesn’t contain any peroxide or ammonia but does contain color that’s added to your hair. It’s recommended that you use this product for anywhere from 3-20 minutes, with the longer time equaling to more color being deposited. If you have lighter hair and are scared this is going to be too intense, they recommended mixing this with a conditioner. The biggest downside about this conditioner is that it’s a mess! This product will get all over your shower, dye your hands and be super careful with your towels. It is easy to clean up out of your shower and if you’re quick to wash your hands you won’t have any problems.
- The biggest tip I can give to make your red hair last longer is to not shower every day! Every time I’ve gotten my hair dyed my hairstylist has also recommended this. Try to find a dry shampoo that you love because it’ll make skipping washing your hair for a day or two so much better. Every time I wash my hair I can tell its fading slightly and it’s the most heartbreaking experience. This is why it’s important to try and stretch the time between shampoos as much as possible.
- Lastly, it’s important to keep up with your dye appointments! If you want to keep your fiery hair red, there’s a lot of upkeep. Any hair stylist will tell you that red is the hardest color to keep from fading so it’s important to take care of your hair and get it dyed regularly.
Dry Shampoo Foams are something that have recently hit the market. I’m a dry shampoo junkie, you can bet that most days out of the week I have some in my hair. I even use it like a texturizing spray on clean hair. When I first saw these I knew I had to check them out. It seemed like the perfect way to avoid the white cast dry shampoos normally leave on dark hair. I’ve already made a post about the Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam, long story short – I hated it. Everything I’ve tried from DryBar I’ve loved, so I had high hopes for this product as well.
Price and Ingredients:
DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam retails for $23 for 4.5 ounces.
Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo Foam retails for $28 for 5.3 ounces.
These both contain volcanic ash which is supposed to attract dirt and debris, absorbing them. These both also have panthenol which is a plant protein containing vitamin B5. This helps strengthen your hair and prevents breakage. The biggest difference in their ingredients lists is the presence of aluminum starch in DryBars dry shampoo. This is in plenty of cosmetics and helps prevent products from caking up.
How They Preform:
The biggest differences in the products asides from their caps, is they way they feel and come out onto the hand. Drybar‘s is much more smooth and a whip creamy texture. Whereas Ouai’s a much more traditional mousse like product. They both smell pretty similar, imagine that clean scent you get from other dry shampoos. In the hair, they also perform very similarly. If you read my previous post about Ouai‘s then you already know. I don’t find these make my hair look any less greasy or less dirty. If anything I find they create more of a product build-up on my hair and leave it looking slightly wet. This is even after working it in. Right after I apply this product, I do notice a difference in my hair looking less oily but after an hour or two, it’s exactly how it was when I woke up, if not worse. These are such a fun and different idea but I think it’s 100% gimmicky and regular old spray dry shampoo works much better.
Left: DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam
Right: Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam
The biggest positive is these don’t leave any white cast on dark hair, mine is a dark auburn. The biggest negative is that these don’t do anything for your hair. I feel like my hair looks worse afterward and then I’m forced to throw up in a greasy bun for the day. So my conclusion (if you haven’t already guessed) DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam versus Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo Foam: Pass on both!
The second I saw people talking about OUAI’s Dry Shampoo Foam I immediately threw it in my Sephora cart. I’m a dry shampoo junkie! My hair is currently dyed a dark auburn and if anyone knows anything about dyed red hair, it’s that red fades unbelievably fast. Because of this I try to wash my hair as little as possible, which makes dry shampoo my best friend. The two things I really look for in a dry shampoo is it leaving NO white residue (that’s a tough one, which anyone with dark hair I’m sure knows the struggle) and it actually working. So many dry shampoos don’t actually make me feel like my hair looks any cleaner. They just leave it stiff full of product and I’m forced to throw it into a bun for the day. I’ve been able to find many drugstore dry shampoo products that work for me, so shelling out a high-end price for something I know I can find for cheaper is hard for me.
OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam | $28
This is the first and only product I’ve tried from this brand so I can’t compare this product to others or there regular dry shampoo. Their normal spray dry shampoo runs for $24 for 4.5 oz where the foam is $28 for 5.3 oz. This for me is a large price to pay for dry shampoo. As an avid user I usually go through a bottle in about a mouth or two so for me to repurchase this product that often it would really have to blow me away.
This products promises to:
- Refresh hair in between washes
- Gently cleanses
- Quick drying, waterless foam
- Removes oil, product excess and buildup
- Leaves hair conditioned, cleansed and ready to be restyled
How it Performs:
Now that’s a lot of claims for this product, but for the price it would be awesome if those claims were true. Unfortunately I have not been able to fall in love with this product like I hoped. It comes out just like a normal foam/mousse product does. They recommend to use a palmful, which seemed like a lot for me but I followed the directions. I’ve this product around ten times now and each time I’m disappointed. This goes into your hair making it feel wet, which is weird at first. You then work it in your scalp and it dries in a couple of minutes. This whole process is different from your regular dry shampoo experience which makes it uncomfortable the first couple of times using it.
Even after the product dries I still feel like my hair looks wet and even greasy. Every time I’ve used this I’ve ended up putting my hair into a bun or even adding a headband to hide the oil. I do think it looks okay immediately after but within a couple of hours my hair looks like it did when I woke up, if not worse. With normal dry shampoo I feel the powder stays in your hair, making it continuously hide oil throughout the day.
The perks of this product though is that it does create a massive amount of volume. I think this is great if you add dry shampoo to even clean hair just for the volumizing effect it has. Another huge perk is that since it’s a foam and not a powder spray there is absolutely no white residue to worry about!
Over all this product is a huge pass for me. The price tag alone makes it hard to justify when my go-to dry shampoos are around $5 at CVS. This product really did nothing for my hair and somedays I feel like it even made it look worse as the day went on. Unfortunately I would not recommend this product to anyone. The only real perks I could see was the lack of residue and how much volume it adds to your hair. This could be used as a volumizing foam on clean hair which may be how I continue to use this product. So sadly this was a miss.