My red hair story PART 2: maintaining red hair (affordably)

After all the fuss (and expenses) to get my beautiful red hair (read my story here), I jumped into the shower and it all started to bleed out! I was devastated! Now after many months of "redness" I found the routine that works best for me in keeping my hair red and not orange-looking.

A few disclaimers first: red will fade no matter what you do every time you wash your hair, so I try to wash it 2 times a week and get through the in between days with dry shampoo. Also I have quite an oily scalp and need a good cleansing shampoo. So here's what I do:

I start with washing my hair with the Syoss Color Protect Shampoo (5 euro) and it really does the job of cleaning my hair without striping it of all the color. I had tried other shampoos which were mild and would leave my hair feeling as greasy as before washing (what's the point right?!). This really does the job.

Then I use my holy-grail for red hair: the Revlon Professionals Nutri Color Creme in 500 Purple Red (12 euro). It claims to be a 3 minute conditioning and color depositing treatment. 

And it works amazingly!!! Leaves my hair feeling silky and adds color to contrast the color fading. I chose the purple red version over the fire red version because the purple undertone will neutralize the orange tones that come out in my bleached ombre ends. So overall I am obsessed with this product and use it every time I wash my hair at home.
Sometimes I do sport right after work and can't really use the Revlon colored treatment, so I will go for the L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect 60 Second Saviour Mask (5 euro). This is a very good fast conditioning treatment and leaves the hair looking amazing and shiny! Just put it on and do the rest you have to do, then rinse it off and you're done! It's really great!
Then once a week I take a home spa day and treat my hair as well with a repair or colour protecting mask. The ones i am using now and like are: Wella Care Brilliance Mask for thick hair (13 euro) and Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner (6 euro).
After i get out of the shower I towel dry my hair (even better if you use and old t-shirt as it will damage your hair less) and apply 1 pump of John Frieda Full Repair Serum Deep Infusion (expensive!) to my very ends to prevent splitting, followed by a spritz of Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-wheat Leave in conditioner that I got in a Waatbox some time ago.

And of course no heat styling but letting my hair air-dry in a braid or small buns to achieve nice waves.

So bottom line: you need to take good care of your red hair and it's a lot of work!
Wash it as little as possible, better if with cold water, and use a color depositing shampoo or conditioner to contrast the fading. 

I hope this helped!
A big hug to you all!


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