fighting the fade

I feel like a broken record at the moment, banging on about my hair again. But currently my hair has become the most consuming part of my beauty regime. Before I use to search for the perfect foundation or the most desirable cleanser, but now it is all about the barnet. 
It has been exactly two weeks now since I had it recoloured after the dreaded fade struck, and I am really pleased with how the colour has stayed. I went back to my hairdressers this afternoon for a cut and blow-dry and even she seemed in awe of how radiant my hair has remained. Shamefully I can’t remember the last time I had my hair cut, it was definitely pre-Christmas last year, so I had a much needed three inches snipped off as well as having a heavy side fringe swept in.

I asked you, my oh-so trusted readers, in one of my previous hair posts if you had any tips, tricks or recommended products you could enlighten me with to help me fight the fade. You came up trumps, so I thought I would compile a little overview of all the suggestions I received. I have not tried all the products mentioned below so cannot vouch for their effectiveness yet. However I tried a Wella toner sachet (99p from Boots) and didn’t think it did anything spectacular for my hair. I am washing my hair as little as possible and have notched down the temperature of my water quite dramatically, both of which I believe have helped maintain my colour.

* Redken Colour Extend range
* Limited hair washing (luckily I only need to wash my hair every 4-5 days)
* Use cold water to rinse, this closes the pores and stops fading/bleeding
* Wella’s wash in/wash out colour toner sachets from Boots 
* CHI organics tone and shine in Red Auburn (THIS looks amazing)
* John Frieda Radiant Red range
* Aveda Madder Root
* Mixing part hair dye to your shampoo or conditioner each time you wash your hair
* I also found this post from fellow redhead, Messy Carla, really useful

For the past two weeks I have been using Tresemme’s new Colour Protection range. I think the above photos speak for themselves in regards to the performance of these products. I am very impressed.

Long live the red!

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  1. 24th March 2011 / 10:24 pm

    Gorgeous colour hunnie and that fringe is lush 🙂 xx

  2. 24th March 2011 / 10:28 pm

    I absolutely love your hair it sooo deep strong and stunning I am jealous…I mean envious 🙂


  3. 24th March 2011 / 10:32 pm

    I can't believe you have managed to keep the colour so vibrant, it looks amazing! Love the fringe, I can never get my hairdresser to cut one of these in for me!


  4. 24th March 2011 / 10:35 pm

    wow it's amazing the colour's looked so deep and vibrant! from jus the pictures anyone would think you'd just had it done! it looks so beautiful, i get serious envy every time i read your blog! x

  5. 24th March 2011 / 10:38 pm

    the colour is amazing! its so vibrant and bright! can imagine how amazing its going to look in the spring sun! 😀

  6. 24th March 2011 / 10:56 pm

    One thing I wouldn't use is the Aussie colour protection stuff! I used them when I had red hair and they made it fade ten times faster than when I stopped using it!

    Just sayin' 🙂

    Rhiannon xx

  7. 24th March 2011 / 11:03 pm

    That colour is just wonderul, red is the hardest colour to keep tho 🙁

  8. 24th March 2011 / 11:06 pm

    I love this colour so much its gorgeous and it really suits you 🙂 X

  9. 24th March 2011 / 11:49 pm

    you look fabulous as always!!

    I wish i could give you some genius advice but i dont really have a problem with colour fading…my hair is so dry its soaks up everything and never lets it back out!!

    This is a great post tho for those that do have fading problems…loads of goood ideas!!!

  10. 25th March 2011 / 12:00 am

    Your looks so gorgeous and vibrant:)

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  12. 25th March 2011 / 8:57 am

    Great tips Milly, keep it up- so so gorgeous xx

  13. 25th March 2011 / 9:34 am

    from what i can see the cut looks lovely, loving the fringe <3 xxx

  14. 25th March 2011 / 9:51 am

    Glad the Aveda Madder Root is working out for you along with the other bits. Loving the cut too, the sweeping fringe is gorgeous. x

  15. 25th March 2011 / 11:16 am

    Your hair looks amzing. Love these pics. x

  16. 25th March 2011 / 1:45 pm

    omg dream hair x

  17. 25th March 2011 / 2:10 pm

    hey sweet just found your blog and I LOVE it 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxx

  18. 25th March 2011 / 7:48 pm

    I've dyed my hair red for over a year now and have stuck to using the Tresemme Colour Protection shampoo and conditioner, always helpful to see more tips though 🙂
    Love your colour!

  19. 25th March 2011 / 9:27 pm

    what colour dye did u use…
    ive been wanting similar shade or red but since my hair is naturally black..its really hard to get what i want…
    hope u help me out..
    btw i loves ur hair

  20. 28th March 2011 / 3:47 pm

    Beautiful colour! Suits you really well!
    I'd LOVE to dye my hair that colour but a. not sure if it'll suit me and b. a lot of upkeep. I may do it one day…

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  22. 17th May 2012 / 9:03 pm

    Ah I used to get so much traffic from this post! I was the one who'd suggested the CHI organics toner but then I changed my blogs url and now I don't! Bummer x