Keeping it Red

I recently dyed my hair again – which is something I don’t tend to do too often because of the damage it generally causes, but I’ve always enjoyed having a bit of an occasional changeup. I’ve posted before on my hair dying routine and I used the same product again this time. I enjoy semi-permanent dye, but of course it fades quite quickly, so this time around I made the commitment to trying to make the colour last as long as possible. In the past I would buy a random shampoo meant for redheads but never actually liked the product, and did not bother to get it again. Instead, I hit up my local Trade Secrets and was recommended the Abba Color Protection Shampoo, which is from an all natural brand, and apparently quite popular. It’s not cheap, but I do really enjoy this shampoo – it smells nice and is a lovely creamy consistency that leaves the hair feeling clean without being stripped. When I was traveling recently, I picked up a travel-sized L’Oreal Color Radiance Shampoo, which works great. To go with both, I’ve just been using the conditioner that comes in the dye box.

One huge thing I’ve been trying my best to do is to not wash my hair everyday. It’s well-known that daily washing can be stripping to the hair, not to mention expensive, with the amount of product that one goes through. I have quite greasy hair so I tend to be bad and wash my hair daily, sometimes using some kind of cleansing conditioner to lessen the number of products I’m using on my poor, damaged hair. But now that I’ve both dyed it and am heat styling it regularly, I’m trying to be good and wash my hair only every other day, as well as alternate my Abba shampoo with something gentler. I picked up the L’Oreal Ever Pure 6 in 1 Cleansing Balm, which is meant specifically for coloured hair. It smells quite a bit of chemicals but all in all, it does the job. I think I would try to find a different cleansing conditioner the next time I dye my hair, but for now I will continue to use this one up.

To treat my hair after being washed, I picked up a bottle of the Ouai Hair Oil. The brand seems to be all the rage right now, and while I’m not huge on styling products, I do love me some hair oil, so I’m currently using a pump or two of this in my ends after I shower. It smells floral and leaves the hair feeling soft, although I will say that I prefer the Alterna offering. The only extra plus is that this hair oil claims to prevent dye from fading.

The last product I’ve been using, and most interesting to me, has been the Revlon Nutri Color Creme, which is a sort of hair glaze that almost re-dyes the hair. It’s a very potent and pigmented gel/cream that is meant to be used almost like dye – after shampooing I leave it in my hair for 3 minutes and then rinse it out. I do this once a week and it refreshes the colour without the trouble of actual dye. It definitely works and I am loving it so far!

It’s been almost a month since I first dyed my hair and the combination of the above products has really helped keep my hair colour looking as fresh as when I first dyed it, despite only being semi-permanent. What are your favourite products to use on coloured hair and what drugstore hair dye do you use?