5.25.16 – Going Red? What to Know Before Dyeing Your Hair

Red hair can look fiery and speak volumes about your personality. It conveys a strong sense of confidence and seems to be the most vivacious color around. What you might not know, is that it also comes with its downside. If you’re considering going red, here’s what you need to know before you take the fiery plunge.

RED HAIR NEEDS PAMPERING

If it’s your first time getting your hair dyed, you might want to go for another color. Having red hair requires that you take well care of it. This is because red dye tends to wash out more easily than other colors. If you don’t want to go to the salon on a regular basis for touch-ups, start with a color that will be easier to maintain. You could also start with adding some red into your hair with techniques that will work best with your haircut. Depending on your natural color, the color that would be most easy to maintain for you will vary, ask your Paparazzi hairdresser about what colors will be best for you if the high maintenance that goes with having red hair doesn’t sound like your cup of tea.

WASHING RED HAIR

The red dye molecules that create the red color is larger, therefore can not penetrate the hair follicle as deeply as other colors. Therefore, this tends to cause the red dye to wash out more easily, most hairdressers recommend you don’t wash your hair for 2-3 days after having it dyed. The longer you wait before washing your hair, the better. When you allow the red dye to settle longer before you wash, the cuticle closes, helping to seal in the color a bit longer. While your red will still fade over time, this is a great way to help it stay vibrant just a little longer.

The other thing you could do to help your red hair stay glowing for longer, is to wash it with cold water. Although the idea of washing your hair with cold water may not sound very attractive, warm water will cause the color of your hair to fade more quickly. Another really important thing to remember is that it’s better to use products especially designed for dyed hair, as ordinary products will wash out the dye and cause the color to fade really quickly. We also recommend to come in between coloring services for a glossing. This will help extend your color by putting a shiny top layer over the hair. It’s like putting clear nail polish on your nails to protect the color, same concept.

CHOOSING YOUR SHADE OF RED

As mentioned before, red is a wonderfully daring color that flaunts an undeniable sense of confidence. But if it’s done wrong, you might just end up feeling more self-conscious than before. So, if like most women, you wouldn’t like visiting your hairdresser only to leave with hair in a shade of brilliant red, think carefully about what red you want your hair to be. Make notes about what shades you think will suit your skin tone and eye color best. Paparazzi stylists are trained in helping you chose the right shade for your skin tone and eye color.

While red hair does take a lot of maintenance, it’s super fun and sassy. Change things up a little and let your personality shine through. They say when a woman changes her hair, she’s ready for new things, and with a head full of gloriously vivid red locks, you simply can’t go wrong. So what are you waiting for? Try something new and bold, new and fun.

Do an internet search and look for pictures of shades you think would go well with your complexion. Once you find a picture that’s a really good example of what you want your own hair to look like when it’s dyed, bring it to your hairdresser to show them. If your hairdresser isn’t sure of what you want, you may end up with something completely different than you expected. Call Paparazzi Hair Salon today for a Free consultation 336.893.7169 or book online.

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