(Great, now I have Taylor Swift back in my head).
After weeks of seeing beautiful redheads and being nudged on Twitter by a few people, especially *coughSarah-Rosecough*, I decided to take the plunge for winter and go red again.
It came out, well, a lot brighter than I wanted. I was nervous about having really light/orange hair so I picked a deeper red, and foiled the ends to get the ombré effect. The above was the first result. I then added a caramel semi-permanent over the top, which did nothing, really.
After coming back from London I bought a lighter copper and ran that through, which didn’t do much, either! It did however blend my ends in nicely, giving the ombre a much more subtle look.
It’s still too bright, but hey. Red fades fast!
Some tips for looking after red hair:
1. Don’t wash as often as you normally would. For me this isn’t the most helpful advice ever, as I wash my hair so infrequently anyway.
2. Wash with cooler water. Do not wash your hair in hot water, as this will maximise the “bleed”. Finish with cold water to lock in the colour and shine.
3. Use a colour shampoo/conditioner. An obvious one, but a goodie.
4. Avoid the sun. Which is kinda obvious as well, as if you suit red hair, you’re probably fair like me. But in all seriousness, sunlight + red hair = extra fade.
A few ways to fade it if it’s too bright:
1. Wash every few days with very hot water. In case the above wasn’t obvious enough. The opposite of the above!
2. And use head and shoulders or a clarifying shampoo. I’ve also heard using a detergent bath is good as well (lather detergent in, put shower cap on, wait, rinse out).
3. Desperate? Grind up 10-12 Vitamin C tablets, mix with H&S shampoo and apply. Lather in, add shower cap, wait, rinse out). Caution – this may strip a lot of the colour out. A good emergency remedy.…xxx