4 Weeks since I took the plunge and went full on copper top, and I still haven’t sat still long enough to write about the rather epic four and a half hours it took (or how much I love it), but I’m making a quick pitstop to tell you about the products that have been keeping my tresses in tip-top condition since.
I knew that going from brunette to bright copper was going to take a certain amount of bleaching, and I wasn’t wrong. Luckily I was in the hands of a pro, but that doesn’t mean that my hair didn’t suffer to some degree and I’ve been using a combination of products to maintain it.
First up, the colour. I searched high and low for good reports of an affordable colour maintenance shampoo specifically for red heads. Red dye is the most unstable of hair dyes (the molecules that make up the colour are the largest, meaning they sit very close to the surface under hair cuticles and are very easily washed away), so I wanted something that was going to keep those suckers in for as long as possible. The general consensus on the web seemed to be that John Frieda’s Radiant Red collection was by the far the best, so into my basket it went.
Next up, the condition, all that bleaching meant some serious TLC was needed, so when the kind folks at John Frieda asked if I’d like to test some products from their new Full Repair range, I was more than happy to oblige. One of my sisters swears by their blonde hair repair products, so I knew it was going to be good. I’m super sensitive to smells, so fragrance is a big factor for me when choosing hair products, I don’t care how effective it is, if it doesn’t smell right then it’s not going on my head. The Full Repair shampoo and conditioner has a lovely clean fragrance, reminiscent of an expensive moisturiser, so I was sold! With Inca Inchi Oil rich in omega-3, Full Repair leaves hair soft and shiny, restoring brittle, bleached hair to it’s former glory.
Fast forward 4 weeks, and by alternating the Radiant Red and Full Repair, I’ve managed to keep the condition of my formerly brunette hair, with all the colour and pop of my new colour (I’m still not quite used to strangers commenting on the colour of my hair though!)
And of course, when an extra dose of shine is needed, a few drops of the original and best John Frieda Frizz Ease serum and I’m good to go.
Note: Some of the above products were bought by me, others were kindly gifted by John Frieda, but all views and opinions are 100% mine. If I wouldn’t recommend it to a friend, I wouldn’t recommend it to you.