If you follow me on Twitter chances are at some point over the last few months you may have seen me having a little moan about my hair. After trying the Colour B4 hair colour remover (and messing it up) I decided I was going to get it stripped professionally at the hairdressers. I headed down to consult my hairdresser and she asked me to start fading my colour using washing up liquid. After several weeks of fading (mostly using Head & Shoulders rather than washing up liquid) I consulted my hairdresser again and was told that it probably didn't need stripping, she'd just dye over the top of the colour I'd got to.
I was pleased to hear it wouldn't need stripping as I was concerned about it becoming damaged, but when she finished it really wasn't what I wanted at all. I'd decided to go red but dying this over the top of my old colour resulted in it going even darker than it was before. It looked black, until it caught the light and flashed red, but the worst part was that my roots were really obviously red. I went back a few days later to complain but I still wasn't happy as she wanted to just continue dying red over the top saying it would fade over time and become the colour I wanted.
So five days later I paid another £50 to another hairdresser to strip out that colour and dye it the colour I wanted. I was much happier this time, although the colour I ended up with still wasn't quite what I wanted. So a week later I dyed it again myself with a box dye and I'm finally happy with the colour I've got.
I've never hugely been into hair care and in terms of shampoo and conditioner (when I actually used conditioner!) have mostly used what my mum has bought or reasonably priced products that were new out that caught my attention. When I decided to strip my hair I also decided I was going to really start taking care of it to make sure it stayed in good condition and to help protect my colour. So I've recently acquired quite a few new hair care products.
Have you spotted the product that wasn't in the main shot but that I snuck in for the close up! I'm fully aware that red is a difficult colour to try and maintain so I'd decided to switch to colour protect shampoos and conditioners. I've been dying my hair for five years now but for some reason have always just used standard shampoos and conditioners. Some time last year/possibly earlier this year I won some Aussie products and really enjoyed using them so decided to pick up the Aussie Colour mate shampoo and conditioner. These are a little more expensive than I used to spend but they're always on offer in Boots. I was recently chatting to a PR about hair care and when I said I was changing my colour they offered to send me the Bed Head by Tigi Colour goddess shampoo* and conditioner*. I don't think I've ever used higher end hair care before so I'm really looking forward to giving these a try.
In terms of treating my hair to a mask I also bought the Aussie 3 minutes miracle colour deep treatment as it was 3 for 2 when I bought the shampoo and conditioner and this was definitely my favourite product out of the ones I won from Aussie. Of course I've seen Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer mentioned here and there so I thought I'd give it a try. This is quite an expensive product but I got it in the sale when an additional discount code was also offered, so I got it for around £12. If you read my September Glossybox post you'll have seen that I bought the box specifically for the Maria Nila Luminous colour masque. The masque is worth nearly £19 and I paid £13 for the Glossybox so it made perfect sense.
The Fudge red head colour conditioning treatment was actually given to me by the hairdresser that corrected my hair, thank you Kirby (yes my new hairdresser is called Kirby!). I was planning to get a product like this to try and help keep my colour vibrant between dyes and was thinking of trying Maria Nila's version. However, if I like this one I might stick with this as it's only a couple of pounds per sachet.
After reading Jemma from Floral Etiquette's August beauty favourites post I decided I needed the Living proof prime style extender in my life. The idea of this product is it works like a primer, but for your hair, helping your style to last twice as long. The part that really attracted me to this product though is that it's said to repel dirt and grease helping your hair stay cleaner for longer. If a product (other than dry shampoo) really can help me go longer between washes then it really will be a holy grail for me.
Finally, the sneaky stealth product is the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)done Wave creating sea foam, although to be honest I've kind of guessed at the name because it really isn't obvious what the name should be. This was a magazine freebie and I really wasn't intending to pick it up, but as I've decided to start going for wavy/curly hair more often (I've even bought some brand new tongs) I thought I'd try it. As it mentions sea foam I really thought it was a mousse but it's actually a liquid, which I have to say did confuse me. I've read up on how to use it though and it sounds good.
Some of these I have used once or twice but others I haven't touched at all yet, so I'll start trying and will report back on each of them over the next few weeks.
Have you got any recommendations for me for kick ass hair care for red hair?