A few people have asked me recently about how I look after my newly dyed red hair so I said I may as well do a post on it, share the knowledge and all that!
My own natural colour is a light brown/dark blonde but I really wanted to change things up so I went to my hairdresser originally and she toned down the remains of my blonde highlights, thereby evening out the overall colour of my hair. She then added red over that and since then I've been topping it up at home with (1) Wella's Colour Fresh semi-permanent colour in 6/34 (dark blonde/gold red). This is a pretty cheap and cheerful dye. I get mine on look fantastic for around €11 a bottle, which is good for hair dye. It doesn't have any frills attached- no little bottle of conditioner for after you've washed out the dye and the plastic gloves provided are a bit useless. That being said, it's easy to apply, I leave it on for 20 minutes and it's sorted for another couple of weeks.
To help prolong that even further, I use (2) L'Oreal Elvive colour protect shampoo. This was recommended to me by my hairdresser and it was also voted best shampoo for colour treated hair by beaut.ie readers, so that's good enough for me! It claims to boost colour radiance for up to 7 weeks, which I'm not completely convinced of but I do think it's effective. It also smells nice, lathers well and doesn't dry my hair out.
I then condition with (3) Kerastase Chroma Reflect Radiance Enhancing Milk for colour treated hair. I really like Kerastase products, especially their conditioners. This is lovely on the hair, leaving it soft and just a little bit swishy with a nice shine once dried.
Lastly, once or twice a week I use (4) Clairol's Colourseal Gloss for radiant redheads (I have in the past used both the blonde and brunette versions and they're also excellent). I love these little tubes. This is a treatment for after shampooing and is designed to prolong your red in between colourings. If I could only recommend one of these things it would be this; my hair is always in better condition after I use it, it's softer, shinier, the colour is definitely more evident and it smells delicious- like coconut. Mmm.
So that's my lot. I have also been using a hair oil but will save that for a separate post! Anyone using anything else for red hair you'd recommend?