The large majority of the inquiries that I get stem from my red hair. Red is certainly one of the hottest colours - but also one of the hardest to maintain.
Here are my tips on how to keep your dyed fiery strands looking radiant longer!
When you first go red, I would warmly recommend having a professional do it. I only dyed my hair professionally for the first few years and used a semi-permanent colour to keep my colour fresh in-between the dyes.
After dying your hair, do not wash it for at least two days.
Avoid daily washing of hair in general - I tend to wash mine every two or three days. If your hair gets oily quickly, use a dry shampoo instead. Note that it might take a bit of training to go several days without washing if you're used to daily hair cleansing - but it is definitely worth it.
Don't use harsh shampoos. You'll probably spend quite a bit of money on your hair colour, which means that you should also invest in a good shampoo specially designed for colour treated hair.
Some use shampoo and conditioner for red hair. However, the only one that I've found to actually make a difference is KC Professional Color Mask in Pepper. Regardless, I use it quite rarely these days.
Wear hats, scarves or UV protection on your hair in the sun during summer to prevent fading.
Dye your hair often. Unfortunately you just can't get around this if you want to constantly maintain a truly vibrant red. I dye my hair every three to four weeks. You can use a semi-permanent colour instead of always using a permanent dye. Wella Color Touch is a good one and has some nice reds.
I would like to add that whilst the colour red has an almost infamously bad reputation in fading very fast, in my experience the first six or so months are by far the trickiest. It takes quite a few dyes for the colour to really set properly and for a fresh fake redhead to learn the tools of the trade in maintaining the shade. After that, it really does get easier - and it is most definitely worth it, if you ask me!
How do you keep your colour fresh? If you have any additional tips to share, I would love to hear them!