Hair Care Tips for Colored and Naturally Red Hair

Red hair is just beautiful. It’s really no surprise why poets and painters have tried to capture the beauty of red hair with their words or their canvasses since time immemorial. Fiery titian locks evoke images of dancing flames, of sunrises and sunsets, of energy and passion.

If you have red tresses, it’s only right that you celebrate the glorious color of your hair. And because red hair is special, you should also take especially good care of it to keep healthy, manageable and vibrant. Here are hair care tips that can help you maintain the beauty of your ginger mane.

    1. Never go out under direct sunlight without any covering for your head. Exposure to direct sunlight is bad enough as it is because it can cause heatstroke and dehydration. It can also cause your hair to dry, and if your hair is ginger-colored, the beautiful color of your tresses can fade as well. Whether natural or applied, red pigments are vulnerable to sunlight and can wash out very easily.


    1. Natural red hair is also naturally coarse and prone to drying, splitting and breakage. To prevent this kind of damage to your ginger strands, it’s important that you feed your locks with moisture regularly and generously. So, be lavish with conditioning your tresses. Wash your hair with conditioner every day and coat it with leave-on conditioner or hair serum. Every week, pamper your mane with deep conditioning. You should also shampoo less often – no more than once a week – to allow your strands’ natural oils to do their work in nourishing and protecting your mane.


    1. As much as possible, use products appropriate to your ginger hair. There may not be a lot of hair care products available that specifically cater to redheads, given that there are only so few natural redheads out there. But a thorough Internet search will yield some good results and lead you to great products for your fiery tresses. If you’re not a natural redhead, you should use hair care products particularly designed for colored hair.


    1. If you feel that you need to enhance the red highlights of your hair, you can rinse it with cranberry juice after washing it. Cranberry juice is very effective in bringing out the red in hair. Just be careful not to stain your clothes, your towels or any important household linen with cranberry juice, however.


  1. Always be gentle when handling your ginger hair. Red tresses are naturally fragile. So, make it a point to be careful when dealing with your hair. Avoid yanking or tugging at it so its strands won’t snap off. Additionally, try to minimize styling it with heat-based styling tools. Red hair doesn’t take heat too well and so should be protected from it. If you have to blow-dry or iron your hair, make sure your tresses are coated with leave-on conditioner first.