red hair in sun

I love great hair color; nothing changes your look and your mood as quick. But color fades. Blondes get dull, brunettes get mousy, and the worst happens to redheads. Not only can red fade, but when it does, it can end up looking like an orange or pinky hue. And the cotton candy look is only cute when it’s on purpose. Using a great shampoo will only get your so far, red-haired ladies. You’ll also need a few tips and tricks and get you through the sunny season. Click through to style notes to learn how to keep your red fiery all summer long. –– Michelle Rotbart

Keep Out Of the Sun

While blondes and brunettes may get some natural highlights from the sun, redheads get dull. Keep your hair out of the sun by covering it with a scarf or hat. If that’s not an option, spray hair with protective thickening lotion to protect locks from UV rays. And if you’re really committed, stay out of chlorinated pools, unless you want to pull out your sexy swim cap.

Use A Deep Conditioning Treatment

Though your shower is full of gentle and sulfate-free shampoos, it’s important to introduce a deep-conditioning treatment conditioner into your routine. Whipped treatment is the gold standard. It’s color saving and preserves shine. Also consider getting a professional glossing treatment in the salon every six weeks. In terms of salon services, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to extend the life of your color.

Make Dry Shampoo Your Friend

Dry shampoo is a redhead’s best friend. Because red fades faster than other colors, you’ll want to avoid over-washing. Find a dry shampoo you love, I’m a fan of refinish, in order to extend your time between washes as much as possible.


Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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