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Autumn is almost here, and red is occupying most of the beauty landscape these days. From soft summertime auburns to deep burgundy hues, more and more clients are requesting bold red shades this season. If you’re ready to fully embrace the seasonal style, there’s one thing you should know—red hair coloring is known to fade quickly! Thankfully, our stylists at the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Lee’s Summit, Kansas, have years of experience providing clients with gorgeous, long-lasting coloring services and have revealed the real reason your red color may be fading. Find out what you need to know below!
While rocking red hair is at the top of everyone’s fall bucket list this year, the threat of quickly fading color can seem menacing when it comes to maintaining its original vibrant shade. This is because the color molecules in red pigment are actually much larger than molecules in other colored dyes. You may notice the first few times coloring your hair that the color doesn’t fully penetrate the hair cuticle and washes away more after each shampoo. If your natural color is blonde or brunette, it will likely take a few attempts to get the red pigment to stick to your hair because your natural color will not support a red hair molecule as well as somebody with naturally red hair. Even with the most talented stylist, your hair will begin to fade around four weeks, so you should anticipate more frequent maintenance!
After understanding why red tones fade much quicker than other hair colors, it’s no surprise that red-colored hair requires frequent and meticulous upkeep. It’s important to speak with your stylist and curate a customized at-home haircare routine to encourage long-lasting healthy results. Our experts at the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Lee’s Summit recommend implementing the following practices for an optimal outcome:
Avoid Daily Cleansing—Excessive shampoo and exposure to hot water can cause the hair follicle to open, allowing the red hair molecule to release quickly. Additionally, anti-dandruff and deep cleansing shampoos strip the hair color, so it is essential to opt for a shampoo specifically designed for color-treated hair. Aim to wash your hair only two to three times per week, utilizing dry shampoo on the days between washes!
Use Low-Temperature Heat—When styling your hair with hot tools, set your stylers to lower temperature settings to avoid excessive color fading. Similar to hot water, hot styling tools such as curling irons and straighteners can cause the red hair molecule to release and fade quickly.
Protect Your Hair From Sun Damage—Much like your skin, your hair requires protection from UV rays to remain healthy and vibrant. Using hair products with SPF, such as a UV-blocking conditioner, before going outside for extended periods of time can help maintain your color. If you don’t have this color-protectant product at home, you can also throw on a hat for some added level of protection!
Are you interested in achieving the perfect autumn hair color this season? At our student salon within the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Lee’s Summit, students under the supervision of licensed educators can provide you with the perfect red tone that complements your natural hair. Schedule an appointment today, and receive expert advice on maintaining your color long after your initial appointment!
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If you are passionate about hair and desire to be successful within the beauty industry, the Z Hair Academy cosmetology program is the perfect fit! At the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Lee’s Summit or one of our three other locations, you can start your education right away on a schedule that works for you. Get started today by speaking with a member of our Admissions team!
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