Red hair is as rare as it is beautiful, and it’s no surprise that many women are turning to this striking shade to make a bold statement. From natural auburn to vibrant cherry, endless possibilities exist for those who wish to rock a red mane. It’s especially a popular color during the Autumn months, adding warmth and texture to summer-weary hair. But with great hair color comes great responsibility. Redheads (especially those who dye their hair in vivid hues) need to give their locks extra TLC to maintain their bold and bright color. To help you out, our N4 professional stylists have collected their top industry tips and hacks to help you keep your hair healthy and vibrant, no matter the shade of red you choose.
Interesting Facts About Red Hair
Before we go into our tips, though, we thought it might be fun to throw in a few fun facts. Red hair is, after all, described by many as a beautiful genetic mutation that makes up only 2% of the population globally, often coming from Scotland and Ireland. And did you know that both parents must be carriers of the mutated MC1R gene to pass on red hair to their children, even if they themselves don’t exhibit red hair?
Caring For Red Hair – Top Tips
Natural red hair holds onto its pigment for dear life! So, if you want to color your strands, it’s likely you’ll need to bleach them first. Our advice is…rock your red! On the positive, you’re unlikely to go gray with red hair, and will instead naturally fade to white via rose gold. How glorious, Dah-ling!
Investing in high-performance, professional hair care products is the first step in any hair care routine, whether your hair is natural or dyed. Look for options like sulfate and paraben-free shampoos, conditioners and styling products, and opt for a botanical based, organic range to best protect your colored hair. These options are your best protection and will keep your locks looking healthy and strong without damaging and tainting your color.
One of our personal favorites for anti-aging and color protection is N4’s sulfate-free Clarifying Shampoo. It gently yet deeply cleanses the hair, helping to remove product buildup without stripping away color. It’s ideal for nourishing red manes and contains organic, natural ingredients with an intoxicating fragrance blend of White Freesia, Golden Amber, and Warm Musk. Think Tom Ford’s seductive Black Orchid scent. Perfect for siren reds!
Styling Routines for Red Heads
Now that your shampoo is sorted, you need to focus on your styling routine. Quick hair styling doesn’t mean you need to compromise on quality. We love to use N4 Styling Foam on all shades of red-colored hair because it adds voluminous hold and velvety rich texture without weighing the hair down. Not to mention that it’s organic and vegan, so you can feel good about using it.
You can also try a hair repair oil, like Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair, which is an all-in-one elixir that should be a handbag essential for everyone! With added illuminating shine, it boosts all hues of red for maximum impact and micro-fast blowing drying time.
Protecting Red Hair
Try incorporating deep conditioning treatments into your routine for added protection and maintenance. Plenty of organic & vegan hair treatment options are available that cater to redheads specifically. Look for formulas that are alcohol-free to help prevent hair drying out. One of the beauties of the Number 4 botanical range is that it contains Liquid Complex Culture, boasting a host of natural color-protecting ingredients derived from nature. Look out for Lemongrass, Gooseberry, Organic Oatmeal, and Golden Seal, which can be found in our Liquid Purity Complex. So ideal for protecting our red-haired dah-lings!
Try UV Protection for Your Colored Hair
Another important factor when it comes to color maintenance is avoiding UV exposure. UV rays not only damage skin but also fade hair color over time.
To prevent this, you could wear a hat when spending time outside, but with such beautiful colored hair, the world deserves to see it in its glory. Some haircare brands have specific products for this purpose, like UV protection hair sprays that are organic and vegan. At N4 professional hair care products, we recommend Super Comb Prep & Protect to protect your ruby jeweled hues from the sun’s damaging golden rays.
From Burgundy to Merlot
Whether you go for copper, burgundy, a shade of red wine (hello, Merlot!), or you prefer to go fire engine red, it’s a bold and beautiful statement color that never fails to deliver the “wow” factor. But whatever vibrant hue you choose, it’s crucial that you keep your hair healthy and hydrated. With these tips and tricks, you’ll have a head-turning hair color that’s built to last and continue to channel your inner Jessica all season long – whether that’s Rabbit or Chastain.
Final Thoughts on Maintaining Red Colored Hair
Red hair is a true gift. It’s a rare and natural phenomenon that has captivated people for centuries. Whether you were born with red hair or dye yours, it’s essential to take good care of it to retain that bold, bright, and beautiful hue. This means investing in high-quality, sulfate-free, organic & vegan hair treatment options and styling products that are sure to preserve both your hair’s color and health. If you’re looking for products that meet these requirements, N4 is the perfect brand for you, Dah-ling. With our extensive range of professionally inspired, high-quality products, you can easily maintain and protect your red locks from root to tip. So go ahead and embrace your inner mermaid – or firebrand – and show off your stunningly vibrant hair color for all the world to admire.