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KEEP RED HAIR FROM FADING

Post: Kristin Ess, top photo by Kristin Ess, bottom photos Kristin Ess, Angela Kohler + Tyler Jennings

MERMAID ALERT. Hands down the most frequent question I get asked when I meet people for the first time is how I keep my red hair so bright. Everyone looks at you when you’re a hair colorist as if you’re holding out on some mega-secret that’s finally going to crack the case on color fading. The truth is, there’s a whole list of secrets! There not just one magic potion to pour on your head. If there was, I would own it by now and I would share it with you right here. I’ve written about red hair color on TBD before as a blogger, but now I want to write from the perspective of a fellow redhead. I could just list off a bunch of color safe shampoos but there are plenty of color shampoo roundups online, right? Instead I’m going to give you a rundown of the things I do and things I don’t do to keep my hair the brightest! These are all tips that I know work because over the last decade I’ve been every single shade of roja and I’ve taken lots of notes. Here are my top 10 ways that I keep my un-natural (but totally natural) red hair on point…

  1. I have a custom conditioner made. You have to find a Davines salon and get a pro to make you one, but it’s worth it. HERE is a salon locator. So many conditioners out there for redheads are off on their tone. They’re either too pink or too yellow or too translucent. Trust me on this. Find a salon and let them mix your exact shade.
  2. Cool water washing isn’t a myth. In the winter time, I will even knock up the heater temp in the bathroom just so I can handle the cooler water setting. It doesn’t need to be cold, it just shouldn’t be hot. Changing my water temperature did slow the fading and made my hair more reflective in the long run.
  3. Swimming in a chlorinated pool? NO. Hair exposed for long periods of time in the sun? NEVER. Just don’t do it. Not unless you plan on getting your color done within the next couple days. No… just no. I only swim in salt water or fresh water. If I get in a chlorinated pool, I just won’t put my hair in, end of story.
  4. Spray leave-In conditioner is a must. I always use THIS ONE because I’ve tried about a hundred and there’s not another one like it. It seals, protects and shines like the top of the Chrysler Building. If I leave on a trip without it, it’s the first thing I have to locate when I land.
  5. Permanent color, then gloss. So for my own formula, I have someone apply my root color first which is a cream-based permanent color, then I put another cream-based permanent color through the ends. And THEN I go the extra mile and gloss over that while at the shampoo bowl (after my color has been rinsed). It takes about 20-25 minutes and it’s a similar process to a deep conditioning treatment. My hair used to fade like crazy when I didn’t put a gloss over the permanent color. I attribute most of my current vibrance to glossing over the regular cream-based color. You’re definitely going to get charged for that at the salon, but it’s not insanely expensive and it isn’t sold to people without a license. I prefer glossing my hair with Shades EQ which is from Redken. Ask your colorist or find a Redken salon HERE.
  6. Glosses in between colors. Again, it takes the same time as a deep conditioner so prioritize! I do my roots every 2 1/2-3 months, so I find a time right smack in the middle of my color appointments to get glossed. Again, I gloss with the same Shades EQ formula as before.
  7. I definitely keep blowdrying to a minimum. I’m not saying I skip blowdrying because my hair has strong wave/frizz and needs to be blown out, I just wash less (see next tip!). I’ve never done my own scientific study on this, but I know from experience that running hot air into my red locks on the daily is a no.
  8. Invest in a great dry shampoo. My favorites are THIS ($), THIS ($$) but mostly THIS ($$$). Once I became a dry shampoo addict, I started seeing my color fade much less. Obviously the less you’re washing, the less you’re fading.
  9. Every redhaired mermaid needs an ionic dryer. I use the Elchim 2001. I’ve used it forever and it’s my favorite all around. I won’t preach about the benefits of ionic dryers becuase I already did that recently RIGHT HERE.

In case we’ve never met or you’re just starting to follow TBD, I’m a redhead too, thanks to the powers of pigment. I’m also a hairstylist/colorist. As a professional, we have access to so many great things and I just wanted to share my personal favorites. If you have any tips or products that you’re obsessed with, I would LOVE for you to list them down below in the comments. We always love to hear what you’ve been using and how it’s working for you.

My last words of advice are… Always make sure you give red hair color a chance to stick. It took me about 4 rounds before my red stopped fading so much, mostly because I was blonde before. Don’t expect to go from lighter hair colors to red with no fading the first time, or even the second. Be realistic about it. Also, if you’re going red go through types of red (USE THIS POST IF YOU WANT!) with your colorist. It’s best to be on the same page about which red is which. Don’t be embarassed to take pictures with you! We love it.

BEST BLOWDRYERS 2014

 

As you recall, we did THIS post a couple days ago which was to help you figure out every feature you need from a blowdryer for your hair type or to combat a specific issue. And as we mentioned in that post, you should have a written short list of your needs based on your hair type, texture and/or specific issues. The week before that, we posted THIS glossary so you could get to know common words associated with blow dryers and think more like a pro while searching the shelves. Let’s face it, in order to know what you’re looking for, you have to know the language, right? Okay, so in this third and final post, we’ve made our best of the best list. Hooray!! It’s time to grab your list of needs and find the dryer that bests suits you…

  1. SuperSolano - My favorite thing about this dryer is it puts out SO. MUCH. WIND. Great for anyone with super thick hair or anyone who’s always running late.
  2. Elchim 2001 - I’ve been loyal to this dryer for over a decade. I can’t live without it. The perfect amount of wind and heat for those of you with fine hair and a LOT of it.
  3. MorrocanOil Tourmalite - Shine shine shine shine. Great for thick, dry + damaged hair. Expensive, but putting out the money is not as painful as major breakage from a dryer that causes extra damage. Invest!
  4. John Frieda Hair Dryer - A really great dryer for anyone on a budget who’s trying to minimize heat damage. It’s not the best ever, but it’s $40 and insanely good for that price.
  5. BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Travel Dryer - Little powerhouse. I’m not mad at it. Folds up nicely and doesn’t give off that just burned smell like a hotel dryer. Pretty strong for a travel dryer. Also VERY lightweight for anyone with wrist issues.
  6. Conair Infiniti Pro - Okay, this surprised me. Heavy duty, strong wind, good heat and an ac motor in a drugstore dryer?? If I were saving money, this is the one I would get as an alternative to the SuperSolano.
  7. Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 - Okay, I know some of you may bug out over the price, but hear me out… this is a serious tool. Every time I use this dryer I love it more and more. The fact that it has an ionic on/off switch is SUCH a game changer. That means I can turn it on when I want smooth and shiny locks and then I can turn it off to bulk up and create major volume. I was definitely skeptical because it’s fairly small compared to the pro dryer I normally use, but make no mistake, this little green gem’s stealing my heart one client at a time.
  8. John Frieda Ceramic Hot Air Brush - I would really only use this on shorter hair, bangs or the very ends of your long hair if you’re not coordinated enough to use a curling iron. Not ideal for getting up into the root with longer hair because it’s too likely to get tangled. That being said, this is great for getting volume and curl at the same time in shorter hair.
  9. Revlon 1875W Tourmaline Ionic - Good bang for your buck. Ha. Get it? Bang? Okay. This is like the cheaper little sister to the MoroccanOil Tourmalite. So if you’re not about to drop a couple hundo on a dryer for dry, damaged, thick hair, try this!
  10. Turbo Power TwinTurbo 3200 - This is super windy and non-ionic. That means it’s for anyone trying to get that BIG BIG hair. Anyone with  super thick hair who wants to stay away from tourmaline/ionic “smoothing dryers” will want to marry this.
  11. Conair Soft Bonnet - Shorties, pixies and curlies! This one is for you. Set it and forget it! I love a bonnet dryer for the same reasons I love a diffuser. You can put this on while you do your makeup and it will dry your hair in it’s natural state much faster. Good for those who live in cold climates who can’t get their hair to air dry quickly.
  12. Jose Eber Infrared - Infrared technology is interesting and I don’t know the long term effect of this, but what I do know for sure is that this is the fastest my hair has ever dried. Not quite as frizz free as I would have hoped but still good for me because I’m always, always, always late.
  13. DevaCurl Dryer - If you wear your hair naturally curly this is legit my favorite. It’s got these fingers that go up into your scalp which is where I always seem to need more heat/air when I diffuse. A lot of diffusers instruct you to set the hair on top of the surface, but that only dries the ends. When I do curly hair, I prefer to blowdry/diffuse more at the scalp and then let the ends air dry. This does just that.
  14. T3 Featherweight 2- I think we’ve all heard a thing or two or two thousand about this dryer. I like it a lot.  It is the greatest dc motor hairdryer on the market. It actually shocked me the first time I heard it was a dc. But that’s what makes it so lightweight. The softness that comes from this dryer is unreal and they have a line of brushes that increase shine + softness even more so. A very popular choice amongst my pro stylist friends.

BLOW DRYING HEAVY BANGS

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SO many of you seemed to love the recent BANG BOOM POW post and according to your emails & comments, a lot of you either got bangs or plan on getting bangs in 2012 but you don’t really know how to style them. While we plan on covering all of types of fringe, we’re going to start with heavy bangs (ex: half moon or Bardot bangs seen here): (more…)

I’M ATTACHED

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When you get a new blow dryer, don’t throw out the nozzle! A lot of people do this and don’t realize that it’s an important attachment. A nozzle helps direct the cuticle downward and gives you a much smoother effect when blow drying. After your hair is blown out and the cuticles are sealed down, then you can remove the nozzle and “stir up” your hair for added texture!

Xx Kristin