How To: Retouch Red Hair

It has be a long, long, long, LONG time since I’ve done a beauty post & I feel so bad! I’ve been immersed in fashion and entertainment that I’ve had no time to really focus on makeup, hair, nails, and such. But … that’s over know. Hooray!

So I’ve been a red head for about a month now and it’s been pretty awesome. I’m not going to lie there’s a lot of upkeep when you’re a red head because obviously the color red fades immensely. The color will always run when you wet or wash your hair no matter what. Still, it’s an awesome color and if you’re bold enough and willing then go for it. If you want to know how to dye dark hair red go to my past post here.

I just recently retouched my hair and did my roots about a week ago & here were my results ….


I’ll tell you straight up. You can’t tell my hair is red in certain lighting so when I took this picture the sun wasn’t out but it was light outside. I have more of a burgundy mixed with red on my hair. Now let’s talk about retouching! You’re going to buy the same dye you first used when you dyed your hair red. I used L’oreal Hi Color for dark hair in Red Hot. Then instead of using a 30 or 40 volume, you’re going to want to stick to 20 volume, because you’re retouching not going lighter. If you want to go lighter or redder, then go for 30 or 40 volume. You’re gonna also want to get a protein filler in the color red to help the color lasts in your hair. Mix all those ingredients up throughly, apply to your hair, let it sit for about 30-40 minutes. Wash it out and voila! You’ve retouched and refreshed your red hair.


Wash your hair in cold water. The color will run less.

Use color friendly shampoos and conditioners, avoid ones with sulfate. 

Put some drops of red protein filler in your shampoo and conditioner, it helps maintain the color.

** The best shampoos and conditioners that I use for my red hair are Riveting Reds and L’oreal’s Advanced Hair Care  Color Vibrancy!

Products Mentioned:

L’oreal HiColor Red Hot, $6.99

L’oreal 20 Volume Developer, $3.99

Colorful Products Protein Filler #10 in Red, $5.00

John Freida’s Riveting Reds, $17 total

L’oreal’s Color Vibrancy, $14 total






  1. Hi, I have been getting my hair dyed red professionly, but it’s getting really expensive. I want to start doing it on my own cuz it’s cheaper, but I have several questions. First of all, do you think if I mixed Red Hot with Red would come out a little brighter then the just the Red Hot by itself? I saw a girl that used Red Hot only, But I want it just a tad bit brighter/lighter. Also, like I said, I’m already red so if I was to mix the two colors, which volume of developer should I use, 20 or 30? I would appreciate your help, hope to hear back from you soon, thanks!

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