Natural redheads worry about their hair fading as well as ‘by choice’ redheads who are dyeing (pun intended) to keep their locks vibrant. There are many heavy chemical-based products on the market that can help prevent fading, but here at How to be a Redhead, we’re always pushing for our redhead beauties to go the natural route. Luckily, many companies are creating ‘all natural’ hair products to keep our locks gorgeous, but how about actual natural products that can be found right in your kitchen?

Jamie Millmather, a Master Stylist at LaLaLuxe salon in Providence, RI knows all about keeping red hair super shiny and full of vibrancy. “We all know the story about red hair, although it’s beautiful it’s the hardest color to keep,” says Millmather. “Maintenance is key to keeping hair color vibrant and healthy, for both natural and dyed redheads.”

READ: Keeping Red Hair Vibrant Without Hair Dye

Here are Millmather’s top all-natural hair tips:

1. “If you do get your hair colored, that same day you go to the salon, do an at-home hot oil treatment. You can use Extra Virigin Olive Oil or a treatment from the drugstore. Put it on, wrap your hair in plastic wrap, and rinse with cold water. This will help seal the cuticle and prevent excess color fade in the first shampoos.” This is also a great tip for natural redheads as the hot oil protects and seals the hair.

2. “Repetitive hair masks are a must! Keeping your hair properly balanced with protein and moisture will ensure that your hair color stays vibrant. When it comes to at home hair care treatments you have more options then you think. As far as a deep conditioning, you can use half an avocado puréed, olive oil or mayonnaise to get your locks re-hydrated just be sure to wrap your hair in plastic wrap. If shine is what you are looking for, look no further than your fridge and do a beer rinse! It gives hair great shine, and I would recommend a light beer for this type of mask.”

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  • Grace

    i am a natural red, and in the summer I go extreme blond, from the sun, so winter time I cherish the red. I also for vibrancy color my hair with any dye that is light auburn, maybe every few months due to that naturally as I get older my hair grows in blond around my hairline; light auburn is most likely the closest to my natural hair color. I don’t leave it on but maybe ten minutes and it just is a nice refresh, plus side? It always grows back in naturally my pretty color! 🙂

    • Susan

      Hi Grace, My hair sounds much like yours and I’m thinking that it’s time to add a little color. Is there a specific brand and or color you have found you like? Thanks.

      • Anonymous

        I like buying Loreal. I usually go w/ medium auburn. My hair is lighter like orange. I love the deeper auburn shades. Also, if you make an acct w/ Loreal online, enter the codes on the bottle. After your 5th box of color, you get a cupon for a free box!

  • amanda

    Sounds like a waste of a beer!! Jk!

    • Anonymous


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  • Tess

    I have always used natural Henna on my hair. Now I used Avigel henna! It comes in different shades of red. I use the straight red henna. It keeps the original color of my hair and covers up grey with no fading. I just touch up my roots every 3 to 4 months. I mix olive oil with the Henna when I apply it.

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