05-08-2013, 08:16 AM
Join Date: Mar 2011
I have been red for well over a decade, so feel your pain with the fade. I suspect what damaged my hair the most was not initially doing the roots but 'refreshing' the lengths every six to eight weeks. I now use a high pigment semi permanent (La Riche Directions) for the red, that actually lasts better than a permanent colour!
My colour lasts particularly well because I conditioner only wash in cool water, shampoo rarely touches my hair when it does I lose way more colour even if the product is sulphate free. Also what has helped was growing and cutting out the worst of the damage, hair that is porous due to damage loses colour more easily than hair that is less so. I want to grow my hair longer so it was tough to accept I needed to keep cut hair that was just not salvageable but two years on it has been worth it.
Are you sure your hairdresser is simply clarifying, she is not chelating to remove the chlorine and salts which could interact with the dye? The amount of silicone in your shampoo is unlikely to build up because the shampoo itself will remove them, it's silicones in conditioners and styling products that are likely to be causing any build up you have (any ingredient with suffix -cone, -conol or -xane). If you cut the silicones out other than the water soluble ones (prefix PEG-) you won't need to clarify.
Are you aware research suggests coconut oil can protect the hair from protein loss during washing, brushing and styling, colour treatment and from UV light?
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.
Treatments: Komaza protein, Komaza Matani, coconut oil with sugar syrup. Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots curl creme, Rockin RInglets
Experimenting with: Mega-Tek, Curl Harmony reviver, Elvive Full Restore 5.
Last edited by Firefox7275; 05-08-2013 at 08:19 AM.