How To Make Red Conditioner To Prevent Fading

The Haunted Housewife - How To Keep Red Hair From Fading

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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:

bright_red_hairWe 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 IMG_5318make 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.

Pour it out into a non-metallic bowl. This stuff is thick. I made sure to get every little bit of it into the bowl. It will definitely stain, so protect your IMG_5324surfaces unless you were completely serious about painting the town red!  My conditioner of choice is regular Pantene Pro-V since that’s what I have on hand.  I squeezed the entire bottle of conditioner into the bowl on top of the Manic Panic.


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.

[Bad Girl Tip – Keep your conditioner in a skull mason jar and get a pump dispenser for it. ;)]

IMG_5327How To Use The Red Conditioner

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


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  • Samantha McGraw

    How many ounces was the bottle of pantene? Love your hair!

    • Samantha

      Thank you so much! The bottle I usually use is the 12oz! 🙂