2 ways to do a red hair rinse: dye and shampoo – which option is best for you?

between hair colorings

Do you feel like the brightness of your red hair dye fades quickly? Then you can do a color rinse.

  • There are two ways to do a red color rinse. One is using the same color of dye you originally used to dye your hair. The other is using shampoos specifically for color rinsing. I’ll tell you here a little more about each of these options.
  • No matter what option you choose, always apply a color rinse on wet hair and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • One more important thing: you should not confuse a color rinse with renewing your color. A color rinse is optional and serves only to renew the life of your color, returning the shine it loses each time you wash your hair.


Red tones are very attractive and combine perfectly with all skin colors, but they’re difficult to maintain.

I call them “the paradox tones” because although red tones have a lot of pigmentation, they fade quickly.

That’s why you’ll see only a few days after applying the dye, your color will become dull and lose shine.


 From there, the best solution is a color rinse, a process by which you add pigmentation to your hair, which you always apply to wet hair and let sit for twenty minutes. 


You can do it with your usual dye or with a shampoo that contains red pigments. And best of all, you don’t need previous experience with hair dying.

Today I’ll help you to understand what a red color rinse is, and which will be best for your hair.


So stay with me, because I’ll tell you:

  • What the best color rinse is according to your hair’s health
  • How to apply a color rinse to your red hair
  • The difference between a color rinse and re-dyeing your hair


Today’s the day you will discover all the secrets to maintaining a vivid red tone for a long time.


Tabla de Contenidos


What type of color rinse to choose according to the health of your hair

As I mentioned at the beginning, red is a difficult color to maintain, since it becomes dull quickly and needs strict maintenance.

That’s where the color rinse enters in; it helps the red tone stay intact.

If you don’t know which of the two types of color rinses you should use – dye or shampoo – let me give you some recommendations.


  •  If your hair is damaged, I recommend that you choose the shampoo option,  because using a dye color rinse requires using 20 volume developer; this will damage your hair more and cause it to dry out.

Shampoos with red pigments have, among other things, essential oils that protect your hair.


  •  Now, if your hair has a specific tone of red, you should opt for a color rinse using dye,  because red shampoos only have three red tones: deep red, red, and intense red.

If the red in your hair isn’t any of these and you apply one of these shampoos, your tone will change.


Keeping this in mind, you can choose either of these two options, because they will have excellent results in bringing your red color back to life.

Now that you know which of these two options to choose, we will see the process by which we should apply the color rinse step-by-step.


How to do a color rinse step-by-step

We’re going to start with the red shampoo option. You won’t need too many things, but remember that it’s very important that you choose a shampoo keeping in mind the red tone you have in your hair.


Color rinse with shampoo

deposits red pigments

There are many shampoo brands for red color rinsing on the market, but as a hair color professional I recommend that you use one of these three:

  • CELEB LUXURY VIRAL COLORWASH: this shampoo is concentrated, and with only one wash your red color will look like you just applied it. On top of that, it is 100% vegan.
  • PUNKY REDILICIOUS 3 IN 1: this product is a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. It comes in six distinct tones you can choose from and contains essential oils that protect your hair from damage.
  • KERACOLOR COLORWASH: this is one of the most popular ones. It renews your color in minutes and makes your hair shiny and damage-free.



  • Step 1: Wet your hair. You can do it in the shower, since it will be the most comfortable and easiest.
  • Step 2: Apply the red shampoo, making sure to lather well and cover all your hair, from the roots to the tips.
  • Step 3: Let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • Step 4: After 20 minutes, rinse your hair with warm water and apply your usual conditioner.


Color rinse using dye

pre pigment hair

Something very important that you should keep in mind  if you’re going to choose this option is that you should always use the same tone of red dye you applied to your hair before. 

If you don’t do this, you can change the tone of your hair. You’re only looking to revitalize the color, not change it.



Once you have cleaned your hair with your regular shampoo, you can start.

  • Step 1: The dye kit will have everything you need, so you’ll just need to mix the bottle of dye with the 20 volume developer and mix everything until you have a homogenous cream.
  • Remember to put on gloves before starting to apply the mix since red pigments tend to stain everything – absolutely everything.
  • Step 2: Apply the mix on your wet hair as if it were a hydrating mask, covering your hair well from the roots to the tips.
  • Step 3: Let this sit in your hair for twenty minutes, then wash your hair with lots of warm water until the water runs clear.


What’s the difference between a color rinse and renewing your color?

As I told you about before, a color rinse isn’t the same as re-dyeing your hair.


  • A color rinse is applied to wet hair and is only left on for 20 minutes. But when you re-dye your hair, you must apply it to dry hair and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.


  • Also, a color rinse is optional, while re-dying your red hair is necessary if you want for your hair to look put-together.


  • And lastly, you should do the color rinse with the same tone of dye that you applied to your hair before.

However, when you renew your color, you can change the tone as long as the new color is still red. You can choose a lighter or darker red with no problems.


The color rinse will help to add pigmentation to your tone when it fades after washing your hair.

But eventually the moment will come where you need to re-dye your red hair completely.



As you can see, a color rinse, whether with shampoo or a dye, is an excellent tool to keep your color alive for longer.

You can always apply it two weeks after dying your hair red, since it will make sure your tone will not become dull, and you can extend the time between renewing your hair color, causing less damage to your hair.


What will you use to rekindle your red color? Dye or red shampoo?

Deja Tu Comentario