If you’re a natural redhead, you may have to contend with the problem of your color dulling or fading. In this article, we will look at ways to make your natural red hair redder.
There are a number of ways to boost your natural red color and avoid that beautiful shade fading:
- Cool rinsing your hair after washing
- Hibiscus Tea
- Leave in conditioner
- Cranberry juice rinse
- Carrot juice hair mask
- Low heat styling
- Hair gloss
How to Make Natural Red Hair Redder?
You love your natural red hair and you want to thoroughly embrace it while enhancing the vibrancy. Try the methods below to help your red really pop.
Henna is a red-orange dye, and one of the oldest known pigments, derived from the Lawsonia Inermis plant. It is great for giving a blast of color to naturally red hair.
You will neeed
- Mild shampoo
- Plastic shower cap
- Plastic gloves
- Wash your hair with a mild shampoo (no need to condition).
- Prepare the henna according to the instructions on the packaging.
- Section hair into 4 equal parts to ensure even application.
- Put on the gloves to avoid staining hands.
- Apply the henna, starting with the bottom sections of hair and work your way up.
- Pop on a plastic shower cap and leave it for the recommended time then rinse.
The color you apply may take a day or two to fully develop, so wait before you apply it again if you were aiming for a richer color.
Also, henna can really stain so wear old clothes and cover any surfaces.
Contrary to what the more cynical among you may think, this tactic should not be dismissed as an old wives’ tale.
Giving your hair a rinse with cool water after washing really works.
While warm water works to open up the hair’s cuticle to let hair products penetrate more effectively, cooler water closes the cuticle to lock in moisture from the conditioner.
This helps hair look brighter, shinier, and altogether, healthier.
Cranberry Juice And Hibiscus Tea
Cranberry and hibiscus are both naturally red, so they are an ideal combination for turning your naturally red hair even redder.
You will need
- 1 cup of cranberry juice
- 2 cups of hibiscus tea (made with 5 hibiscus tea bags)
- Plastic gloves
- Old towels
- Spray bottle
- Wash your hair (this works best with freshly shampooed hair).
- Mix the two liquids together in the jug/bowl then pour into the spray bottle.
- Let the mixture cool sufficiently.
- Separate your hair into 4 sections.
- Put on the gloves and cover surfaces with old towels.
- Spray the mixture evenly onto each section.
- Leave to work for about two hours then rinse out.
- Shampoo using a gentle formula.
- Follow with conditioner.
This is a short-term color so repeat as necessary.
Carrot Juice Hair Mask
Carrot juice is another good way to enhance the red tones in your hair.
You will need
- 3 medium/large carrots
- 3 tablespoons natural yoghurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
1. Chop and blend carrots into a paste.
2. Add yogurt and honey and stir thoroughly.
3. Apply mask to freshly shampooed hair
4. Leave to work for 1-2 minutes, or a little longer if you want a deep color.
5. Wash out and apply a leave-in conditioner which will help the staying power of the color.
6. Repeat as required.
Leave In conditioner
While a leave-in conditioner itself does not make the hair appear redder, it gives a level of protection to your hair.
It protects against external damaging sources, like temperature changes and pollution. This protection helps your hair retain its vibrancy.
A spray leave-in conditioner is a good option as it leaves your hair feeling lighter than regular leave-in conditioners while providing all the benefits of shinier, brighter hair.
Low Heat Styling
No doubt about it, extreme heat can damage your hair. It leads to dryness, split ends, difficult to style hair, and unhealthy-looking hair.
This makes it more susceptible to losing that beautiful color. So, if you can, avoid it.
If you cannot possibly avoid it, try to use a cooler setting.
Hair appears shiniest when the cells of the strands lay flat, allowing light to reflect off them more.
Used as a deep conditioning treatment, hair gloss helps with this, by tightly closing the hair and its cuticle.
Use a hair gloss every 4-6 weeks to add more moisture and shine.
7 Products to Make Hair Redder
We have rounded up a few products currently on the market to help you reclaim your redheaded luster and vibrancy.
Natural Red Henna Hair Color
This product is made with all plant-based ingredients for example henna, indigo, amla, and false daisy. Powders are triple sifted for the perfect non-clumpy paste.
Madison Reed Hair Color Maintenance Set
This color maintenance set brings red hair back to life by adding copper tones while giving your hair extra shine. Infused with keratin, argan oil and ginseng root extract, this product will show your hair some love.
Celeb Luxury Intense Color Depositing Colorwash Shampoo
This Viral Red Colorwash Shampoo will refresh your hair leaving it vividly red. Colorwash is formulated to cleanse and hydrate with plant-based palm and coconut.
John Frieda Radiant Red Red Boosting Shampoo
Safe to use on your natural red hair daily, this shampoo protects your color while enhancing vibrancy. Blended with pomegranate extract and vitamin E, it boosts softness and adds shine to red hair.
Bumble and Bumble Color Gloss Hair Color
This gloss promises to boost and brighten both color-treated and non-color-treated red hair. Suitable for all hair types, it enhances the tone and adds dimension.
Moroccanoil Color Depositing Mask
This product provides the nourishment of a deep conditioning treatment while refreshing your existing red tones.
Aloxxi InstaBoost Color Depositing Conditioner Mask
Aloxxi Conditioning Color Masque adds a pop of color while nourishing hair. It conditions and hydrates with its blend of coconut oil, sugar beet extract, and shea butter.
How to Best Care For Red Hair
To best care for your naturally red hair, use shampoos and conditioners that are free from sulfates and sodium chloride.
Can You Lighten Red Hair?
Yes, you can lighten red hair.
Lemon juice mixed with conditioner can be used for this purpose. Lemon juice is acidic, so it is a natural lightener.
Combining it with conditioner gives your hair protection and replenishes lost moisture as the lemon can be drying.
Does Natural Red Hair Fade With Age?
As you age, natural red hair will fade. It will fade to a copper color, then blonde, before eventually turning silver.
If you’re hoping to breathe some life into red hair which has become a little lackluster, then try the methods or products above.
Then you can get back to enjoying vibrant hair which can turn heads.
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