How to Use a Conditioner for Red Hair

Keep your hair color healthy and vibrant.

Having red colored hair should come with a handbook, especially for those who are experimenting for the first time. There are so many things you should avoid doing to preserve the longevity of your ruddy hue, and of course, there are a number of things you should be doing as well. At the top of your list, right after finding the best shampoo for your red hair, is being on the hunt for an effective conditioner for red hair.

The quality of your conditioner contributes to the overall look and feel of your hair. It doesn’t matter if you find something at your drugstore or your favorite beauty chain, as long as it moisturizes, adds shine (if this is something you’re into) and provides your hair with the conditioning it needs. Below we’re highlighting one of our favorite color care conditioners and how to use it on red hair. Read on and take notes:

When it comes to caring for your red hair, contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t really matter what temperature you wash; you should opt for washing your hair with the temperature that you find most comfortable. Find your happy medium and you’re all set.

When building your hair care routine for red hair, find a hair care system that suits your hair type. Look for products that enhance the look of your hair color and protect it at the same time. One of our current favorite budget-friendly picks is Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. This system is infused with Moroccan Argan oil—what we love to refer to as liquid gold. With continuous use of this product, you’ll notice your hair will have a more vibrant look, shine and a long-lasting conditioned feel.

conditioner for red hair: hair washing process
You can’t go wrong once you find the right hair care routine and conditioner for red hair.

To begin your routine, saturate your hair with cool water, then massage the shampoo into your roots and work up a lather. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Now it’s time to use the conditioner: Apply the conditioner to the lengths of your hair, then allow it to sit on your strands as if you were giving yourself an at-home treatment. Leave it on for about five minutes, then rinse. The goal is to make sure the conditioner penetrates your hair before the rinsing process.

conditioner for red hair: fine red hair
Use a color-safe conditioner for red hair to enhance shine and protect your hair color.

If needed, follow up with a leave-in conditioner (Note: If you have dry hair, we highly recommend this step.). In between washes, to maintain the moisture levels in your hair, apply a dime-sized amount of leave-in conditioner before bedtime. Try Suave Professionals Honey Infusion Leave-in Conditioner, as this conditioner helps with moisture and is perfectly safe to use on color-treated hair.