Whether you’re trying to grow out your red hair, or can’t get an appointment at the hair salon for while, the better you care for your gingerness the better. Take care of it and it’ll take care of you, helping you to get more healthy-looking, shiny, glossy, vibrant red hair.
Here are our top tips for keeping your ginger hair in tip-top condition.
The simple act of shampooing your hair is drying, particularly if you use hair products that contain harsh chemicals. And seeing as red hair is naturally coarse and fragile, we need to treat it with extra care.
It’s true that you can train your hair to get used to being washed less frequently, so start off by using shampoo every other wash, and instead rinsing and conditioning your hair on your off days.
Reading the ingredients on your shampoo bottle is vital: products with sulphates and chemical nasties are terrible for your hair, particularly red hair due to its fragility.
Instead, opt for gentler products that don’t contain SLS, parabens or gluten (plus, they’re vegan) – and you’re well away. Grab some hair products for redheads from Gingerful (suitable for both natural and dyed red hair).
While other hair shades may condition their locks less frequently, conditioner is more important for gingers to help to counter the coarseness of red hair.
Invest in a high quality, moisture-rich conditioner to keep the frizz at bay, and use a deep conditioner or hair mask once a week, too. A leave-in conditioner is also a great way to keep your hair shining and bright between washes.
We all strive for beautiful, shiny, healthy-looking hair, but if the hair cuticle becomes damaged (usually from pollution and heat and UV exposure), the cells don’t lay flat, preventing the light from reflecting efficiently, resulting in dull-looking hair.
Opting for a clear gloss every 4-6 weeks will make your red hair squeal with joy and shine.
Not that we’re encouraging UV exposure for redheads, but when you do step into the harsh sunlight, aside from being lathered in sunscreen from head to toe, don’t neglect your ginger hair! Hats and sun protect hair spray are your saviours.
Not only are UV rays damaging for your red hair, but heat styling is too. So, while we’re spending more time at home, try to relax your styling regime and just let your red hair go with the flow, whether that’s straight, wavy or curly. A break from heat stylist is great for increasing shine and giving strength to your ginger locks.