Low Maintenance Red Hair

Keeping Your Red Locks Looking Fresh: Low-Maintenance Hues for Busy Lives

For those with hectic schedules, high-drama red hair can start to lose its allure when the maintenance becomes just as demanding. But take heart! With the right colour and care, red hair doesn't have to be a high-maintenance hassle. Read on for tips on choosing low-key shades that retain their radiance with minimal fuss.

Low maintenance red hair

Match Hue to Lifestyle

Choose red tones that naturally suit your activity level. Bright, vivid reds like pillarbox red or cherry red fade the fastest and require the most upkeep. For low maintenance hair, opt for deeper red hues.

Rich Auburns

Saturated auburns with a strong brown base hold their colour well. The darker tones are less prone to fading so you can go longer between colour jobs. Styles like "red velvet" or "merlot" retain vibrancy with less maintenance.

Warm Cinnamons

Cool, Red Hair Colours At Gusto Salons West End London

For gentler fading, warm cinnamon and coppery reds transition nicely into softer, golden tones. Styles like "gingersnap" evoke autumn with their warm, golden undertones.

Dimensional Reds

Low maintenance red hair

Multidimensional reds like "rosé red" blend red, gold and rose-brown shades to mimic how red hair lightens naturally in the sun. The ombre effect results in softer grow-out.

Low-Maintenance Styling

How you style red hair impacts its longevity too. Try these low-fuss tips to make your colour last longer between salon visits:

  • Rinse with cool water - Hot showers cause colour to fade faster. Rinsing hair in lukewarm or cool water helps lock in colour.

  • Shampoo less often - Limit shampoo to 1-2 times per week to prevent drying out coloured strands. Use dry shampoo to absorb oil between washes.

  • Gently towel dry - Rubbing wet hair aggressively can cause colour to leach out. Gently squeeze or blot hair with a towel instead. Let air drying do the rest of the work.

  • Use colour-protecting products - Opt for sulphate-free shampoos plus conditioners and styling products designed for colour-treated hair. These will help maximise colour retention.

  • Protect from sun - Just like skin, hair colour fades faster when exposed to UV rays. Wear a hat when outdoors or use a protective spray designed for coloured hair.

At-Home Refreshers

Between salon appointments, enhance fading colour with temporary solutions:

  • Colour depositing shampoos - Every few washes, swap regular shampoo for one that deposits a colour boost like WNt London's Sulphate Free Shampoo or L'Oreal Paris Colour Vibrancy.

  • Colour enhancing masks - Once a week, apply an intensive conditioning mask like Redken Colour Extend Magnetics to refresh colour molecules.

  • Root touch-up kits - For spot treating new growth in between salon visits, semi-permanent root kits quickly camouflage roots. Target just the regrowth rather than full head application.

  • Date night gloss - Before a big event, revive colour's shine and depth with a temporary glossing treatment. Clear glosses add luminosity without altering your base shade.

The Takeaway

Low maintenance red hair

Just because you're busy doesn't mean you have to say bye-bye to bold red locks. With the right shade choice plus simple at-home care, red hair can stay fresh and vibrant with minimal maintenance required. Don't be afraid to give red a whirl - as long as you make low-drama colour and styling choices, you'll save time and still look fabulous.

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We love to make life easy for our clients so you can book your hair colour consultation or appointment by calling Gusto Hairdressing Soho on 020 7287 0015 or Gusto Covent Garden on 020 7836 9163 or Gusto Hairdressing Oxford Street on 0207 486 5044.  You can also book quickly, easily & securely online.

Low maintenance red hair

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