Hair Answers: Preserving color

Posted in Answers, Celebrities, Products on September 6th, 2010 by Reagan

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Q by Heather: Im a lifelong blondie and just recently took the plunge into red.  Everyone keeps telling me that red fades the fastest, so what do you recommend for preserving the color so I can extend the time between colorings as long as possible?

I have very fine, soft, limp hair, and have found a color-safe volumizing shampoo/conditioner that I LOVE, so Id prefer to continue using those, merely adding color protecting products to these products and not replacing my shampoo and conditioner.

A by Reagan: Going from blond to not blond is tricky. Blonds tend to have more porosity than everyone else, so the color fades the fastest. Its also true that red fades faster that other tones, so you are in double fade fast mode. Here is my recipe for preserving color

~Use Shampoo for color treated hair (which youre doing Heath! Good job! Can I call you Heath?)
~ Shampoo less often. Remember how much I like dirty hair? Here is another perk to dirty hairshampoo strips your color little by little every time you do it. So the less you do it, the less you are stripping! I dont want stripper hair!
~Use a color depositing Shampoo once in a while (maybe once a week? once every other week?). You have to get one that closely matches your color level. I recommend this one.

*Note* I posted this picture of Christina Hendricks because she is a natural blond who went red when she was just a little girl! And also I posted this picture of her because Madmen is my favorite show and her character is the main reason for that..

7 Responses to Hair Answers: Preserving color

  1. Alicia Says:

    Reagan, I love this blog as a fellow artist; its a joy to read.

    Haircolor nerd alert

    Its actually a common misconception that red hair fades the fastest. Red is the first color picked up by the human eye (hence red stop lights, etc) so when it fades, you notice it first. All haircolor fades at the same rate. As far as preserving reds, a lot of hairstylists/colorists put too much brown in their formula out of fear of a too red result. This, coupled with using the wrong volume developer can cause hot red roots and brownish red ends. And dont even get me started on those that pull perm. color through the ends Gah! So, you need to find a colorist that knows their stuff. If youre not lucky enough to visit Reagan in NYC, do research to find a certified colorist in your area!

  2. Abbie White Says:

    im learning so much from this blog! aaaand 5 million more compliments on my hair at the labor day picnic today. just a warning: you might have 5 million people emailing you to cut their hair:)

  3. Deidra A Says:

    I dont know if this is scientific fact or not but when I went really red, I washed in the coldest water I could stand and it really seemed to help with not fading.

  4. Jenny Says:

    I am a huge fan of both of your blogs. You are one amazing girl.

  5. Nat Says:

    You are a very talented lady! Thanks for all your great hair tips. I have a question for you what about going from dark brown/red to a littler red and if I wanted to match human hair extensions to those, What would you do?

  6. cm Says:

    What about blond?

    Here is my deal I like highlights. I dont discriminate. I like them big, I like them chunky (anyone get the kid-movie reference?).

    BUT after a few weeks, starts looking washed out and kind of blaaaaaa. then we start with the roots.

    if I put a color enhancer on it, it seems like it kind of turns my hair all one color! (my hair is naturally light brown with gray! eek!).

    help me Hairdresser on fire. help me..

  7. sarah haslem Says:

    I dont want stripper hair.

    Love it!


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