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Red hair is often thought of as the most high-maintenance color because, well, it is. But last night, I replaced my low-maintenance highlighted brunette with a deep reddish hue. Don’t worry—I haven’t consigned myself to weekly trips to the salon. I opted for the lazy girl’s red. My colorist, Ronnie Dieterich of the Ted Gibson salon in New York City, added highlights a few inches from the scalp and a red gloss. He explained that this technique (as opposed to allover red starting at the root) will allow me to go months without visiting the salon instead of having to go in for touchups every six weeks. With this color, I can let the highlights grow out into an ombré effect and just pop into the salon for a gloss every few months to hold onto the red tint. Since red hair tends to fade the fastest, here’s what I’m planning to do to keep my new hue vibrant all winter long:
Shampoo wisely. Each time you shampoo, color can slip out of the hair’s cuticle—so the less you shampoo, the better. But when you do, use cold or tepid water and try a color-protecting shampoo and conditioner. My favorite is L’Oréal Professionnel INOAColor Care Protective Cream Shampoo and Conditioner.
Glaze over. To keep the color fresh between salon visits, try an at-home glaze, like John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze to keep the color looking freshly dyed—plus, they leave hair supershiny and healthy-looking.
Protect it. Just like skin, hair needs protection from the sun, too. I use a UV-blocking spray, concentrating on the top layer, which sees the most sun. Also, before hitting your red hair with a blow-dryer, flatiron, or curling iron, apply a generous dose of heat-protecting spray.
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