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Fact: It’s redheads that truly have more fun. Natural redheads have it made, but some of us have to work for it. Live fast, dye young. Bad girls do it well.
We party so hard, our red hair fades rather quickly. That’s just how it’s always been with red hair. It’s the price we pay for having such a rad color. Does that mean we have to accept it? Absolutely not. We wouldn’t be bad girls if that were the case. 😉
We’re going to whip up some color-depositing conditioner today that will help your red last forever. They sell some of these in stores:
We need something that boosts our color in-between dye jobs, and these will do the truck. My issue with store bought varieties is that I don’t have much control over the exact color it deposits and that made my inner control-freak uncomfortable.
Let’s paint the town red and make our own. First, you’ll need your red hair. I made a post a while back on how I achieve my red color, click here to see that post.
What You’ll Need:
- Manic Panic in some type of red or pink (Your choice in color, I use Vampire Red)
- conditioner (I use Pantene)
- a non-metallic mixing bowl
- something to stir with
- a bottle or jar to keep your conditioner in (I use a hand soap pump)
What You’ll Do:
First, we’re going to start with my Manic Panic of choice in vampire red. We’re trying to make our color practically immortal here, after all. There are several different reds that Manic Panic offers. You could definitely use this method with any other color, too! Blue hair, blue conditioner. Blonde hair, pastel purple conditioner for toning. The possibilities are limitless and we can say goodbye to faded hair forever.
I stirred it until it was a solid color. Then, I loaded it into a frosting bag and squeezed it into an empty hand soap bottle. This way, it’s easier to dispense while in the shower and will make less of a mess. No matter what you do to prevent the mess, keep in mind that it will probably end up looking like a crime scene in the shower anyway.
You will use it like you would a normal conditioner after shampooing, leaving it in for a few minutes. The longer you leave it in, the better the results.
Other ways to red immortality include:
- washing it as least often as you can, 1-2 times a week
- wash it with cool water
- using your new red conditioner
If you’re into the dye scene, check these out:
- How To Get And Keep Bright Red Hair
- How To Easily Get Bright Red Hair
- New Hair: Arctic Fox
- New Hair + Other Babbly Bits