Meg hair! I was out with my friend Adam and he said to me “Don’t you know any red heads that you can fix me up with? I love red heads.” I know like a gazillion people but this request made me stop and think. I’ve been a red head before. Actually, most of my girlfriends have tried to go ginger. It’s just pretty hard to maintain. In my opinion it fades the fastest. The only consistent red head I know is Goddess Granny and I think her husband might mind if I gave Adam her number!
What’s the trick to sustaining a lush red hue? As with all hair questions I ran to our resident expert Marco Pelusi and this is what I learned!
Many of my clients like to wear a redder color in their hair, and it’s certainly a fun option – even my blonde clients may wish to redden their color. Usually for us here in L.A. it’s a matter of being red carpet ready! But it’s just sweet to have brighter color when it’s really sunny outside during the warmer months, and a richer, deeper tone when it’s gets colder. Often a reddish tone is a lovely choice to add into your color – again both to blondes or to light brunettes – if your skin tone can carry it. A problem can arise quickly, however, when you add red colors: they sometimes fade more quickly than the usual blonde or brunette color. As a general note, reds are first to fade, because they are the largest dye molecules. Whether you’re is a redhead, blonde or brunette, if you’re going even a bit redder, you should always be mindful of what you could do to prevent your hair from premature color fade. This may include leaving the color on a bit longer on certain areas, or mixing up separate formulas for the roots vs. the rest of the hair. Ask your haircolorist about this issue. Be sure to not simply pull through the same root color, but rather use a fresh color formula for the ends of the hair. Really put your colorist to the test so you’ll be able to maintain your color longer. Then you need to evaluate which haircare products you’re using at home. You need to make sure that the products are specifically formulated to repair and moisturize, as well as prevent hair from premature color fade so that the redder color lasts and doesn’t fade quickly. Marco Collagen Color Guard Haircare works beautifully to achieve this goal. Lastly, as a general rule, it’s possible that you won’t need to shampoo as often, perhaps every other day, which will help retain red haircolor for a longer period of time.
Also, in general for all hair, but especially red color treated hair, you need to prevent your hair from drying out, especially at the ends. The longer the hair is, the older it is, and it will need special treatment. Longer hair doesn’t have the benefit of sebum or hair oils produced at the scalp that keep the hair shaft healthy and shiny. In addition, any different dimensions/levels of color/chemicals on the hair creates a need also for more conditioning. Therefore it’s a matter of using high quality restorative products – shampoo for the scalp, and conditioner for the ends. When you condition, allow time for the conditioner to sit on the ends of the hair. The concept is just like moisturizing your skin. It’s important not to over shampoo/cleanse the hair, because this can dry it out. All you really need to do is shampoo the scalp, and let the shampoo rinse down the ends, as opposed to forcefully scrubbing through the older ends of the hair. When conditioning, however, only truly concern yourselves with the ends of the hair, where moisture needs to be replenished constantly.
The moral of the story is to richen or redden your color to suit your skin tone – and to moisturize and take extra special good care of it to boot! Check out www.marcopelusi.com for color care information.
Thanks Marco! Oh, and Adam-I’ll keep looking! Maybe a red headed Meg Head is interested!!
Who is a natural red head and who is a little bit less then natural-but still a red head? Do you get tons of attention? How do you maintain your shade?