If you’re searching for reliable ideas to bring back your vibrant flaming red hair 🔥 , you’ve come to the right place (if you’re here for the spring wreath video, just skip to the bottom of this post!). I am in fact a natural, very fiery, redhead in my early 50’s. My home decor, catchy blog name “Redhead Can Decorate” stems from my hair color. It’s very true that I am a redhead who loves to decorate, but my hair can’t seem to hold up to it’s name like it use to! Fortunately, I’ve learned a few tips over the years, so I’m here to share “How to Get Your Red Hair Color Back for Natural Redheads Over 50”.
Here I was in college around 1990. While getting this photo done for college graduation, I remember my handsome boyfriend (now handsome husband of almost 30 years) waiting in the car for me. I had this fluffy “scrunched” style down so good I could get it done in 30 minutes flat 😆. However, in all honesty, I detested my red hair. It set me aside, it made me feel different, when all I wanted was to fit in.
My Red Hair Story
My red hair came from my dad who was also a natural redhead, but turned brown. He will be 89 this year, and his hair is pure beautiful white (he has a ton of it, too). My red hair has received a lot of attention my entire life…some good, some not-so-good. It’s not easy being a redhead, especially as a little tyke, and then again as we age. The teen years were rough too, trying to get “tan”, and high lighting my bright red locks to look more like society makes us feel we should look to be “pretty”. It took me many years to realize how beautiful my red hair was, and now all I can do is wish that color back. I bet if you’re an older redhead reading this you know exactly how I feel.
Now that I’m 53, my hair has faded to almost completely golden blonde (strawberry blonde at times). I don’t have gray hair, but it probably could turn almost white if I let it. Here I am below back in October 2022 at the beach with my boyfriend, I mean husband 😊. You can see how the red has faded and this is about 2-3 weeks after coloring it.
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So, although I wish I could tell you how to “KEEP” your red hair coloring from fading, It’s just not something that is in the cards for most redheads. I’m not going to get into the science because you can just search that on your own. What I can tell you, is how I turn my faded red hair back to that vibrant red I miss (or close to it), even if it is short lived. I’ll include the coloring product(s) I use, how I use them, and tips on how to keep the red as long as possible (you might not know some of these little secrets).
Meet My Hairdresser for the Last 3 Years
Both photos above, and below were taken shortly after WE COLORED MY RED HAIR AT HOME. Yep, you heard that right. My husband helps me color my hair and I like it that way for many reasons. Rick is not a cosmetologist, he is actually a lawyer. You see, after the pandemic hit I decided to stop going to salons because our daughter has autoimmune disease. Rick is a very gentle, detail oriented man, and he is very helpful with whatever I need. He really has gotten good at cutting, and coloring-I’m a lucky gal!
Tips on How to Get Your Red Hair Color Back for Natural Redheads Over 50
Okay, so now that you know who my hair dresser is, I can tell you all the tips we’ve learned over the years. Please only do your own hair coloring at your own risk…I am not a hair dresser, just a redheaded lady who colors her hair at home.
The photo below was taken after I used this red hair color dye which I have found to be the best- meaning: affordable, easy to use, doesn’t hurt my sensitive scalp, and lasts the longest with the best color.
Believe me when I tell you, I have gone to the salon (which is absolutely ridiculously high priced especially if you need to get it done every 8 weeks), done the on-line custom colorist thing, and I’ve even tried homemade remedies like cranberry juice. I’ve tried everything under the sun for turning my hair red and still this is the best coloring product for me.
[IMPORTANT: If you happen to notice a different redhead on the red hair dye box at different times/locations, don’t be alarmed because they seem to change the image often. Be sure to pay attention to the NAME/NUMBER/LETTER on the box that I am telling you about.]
MORE TIPS: The day before I color my hair, I try not to use as many products on it and brush it out really well. This gives my hair a smooth texture and coloring goes on easier.
I wear an old sweatshirt, we wear gloves, and I use a pick like this to separate the sections for Rick while he gets to my roots first. We don’t use clips.
We follow the directions on the box as far as how to color. Rick puts the color on my roots first (I sit in front of a mirror, while he stands), then applies it to the rest of the hair. I start timing at that point and leave on 25 minutes (so about 35-40 minutes total). I rinse in the shower with warm water, and use my own color safe shampoo and the conditioner they provide in the box.
I skip washing my hair for the next day or 2 to let that color set.
IMPORTANT: I don’t ever wash my hair every day. I wash with color safe shampoo (no sulfates) every other day, and use only color safe conditioner on the off days.
I try not to over color my hair which will dry it out. I usually go about 8 weeks in between coloring unless I have a special occasion coming up. I also color 1 week prior to any special occasion because I find the first week to be too dark red for my skin tone.
When my color starts to fade, I sometimes use a non-permanent brown tinted conditioner to deepen the color. You can try it on a strand first.
When my color REALLY starts to fade 😖, but I don’t feel like coloring yet, I use an oil like this one after my hair has been washed and dried. This oil (coconut oil works, too) brings out the natural low lights I have in my hair, and it smells fantastic.
Lastly, this wax is my most favorite hair product of all time. It truly helps bring out the deep red tones in my hair when I’m styling. See those darker shades in my bangs below…yep, that’s the wax!
Enough about hair, here’s a video of the latest spring decor I added to our apartment door, Enjoy!