BEAUTY: Maintaining dyed red hair

March 9, 2014

For the last couple of months I’ve been a red head. A fake red head but none the less, very red. I went from a brown to blonde ombre to bright red in two steps. 

Freshly dyed – super red hair


First I bleached the lot with a home dye kit. Needless to say this did not bring out a gorgeous blonde bombshell, rather a yellow reminiscent of an egg yolk. So in a spur of the moment/mild panic, I bought a bright red to cover.


It was the brightest I’d ever been, but it looked fab. But although lush to look at once first dyed, it fades fast. Three weeks later I had a red/orange with a peachy ombre tip. Pretty, but not ideal. So I re-dyed in red again and its still looking rather good two weeks later.

Red Hair
About a week and a half after the first red dye

 So here’s some hints and tips for maintaining dyed red hair.

Remember, red hair is one of the hardest colours to maintain in hair. It is likely to turn orange without lots of maintenance. 

And a professional hair colour is going to last longer than a home dye kit.

Have you ever dyed your hair a bright colour? 

What are your tips for keeping it looking fresh and new? 

*photos from my Instagram and Twitter

4 responses to “BEAUTY: Maintaining dyed red hair”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I had bright red hair in 2009, and I wish I had read these tips back in time this is such a great, insightful post. My red hair faded very quickly from red, to orange to a horrible auburn-orange-brown colour. *sadface*

    • Rachel Bradford says:

      Thank you – I am still finding that it is fading, but only at the ends, and its giving me a red ombre – right on trend! But alot slower than when I've previosuly gone red!

  2. Abby says:

    Great tips! Protecting your hair colour is a must especially if you spent a great deal of money for that. Also, it is important to wait at least 48 hours before you wash it post-colour to give it some time to be absorbed into your hair cuticle.

    • Rachel Bradford says:

      Yes that is very true, I try to leave mine as long as physically possible between dye and the first wash. Usually over a weekend spent blogging in my PJ's. No-one can see my unwashed hair then!! Ha ha x

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