The first thing that people will mention to you is how difficult red hair is to maintain. Without getting too scientific, the red dye molecules are the largest, which means that they’re also the first to slip out of your hair. I’ve tried everything from frequent color refreshes to pushing the boundaries of cleanliness between washes, but that can be damaging and gross. Color depositing conditioners have always been an option, but I didn’t really feel like any of them were formulated with the shade of red that I prefer. I’ve also watched many YouTube gurus mention the concept of making your own color depositing conditioner, but none of them shared specifics and I also couldn’t find a blog post that I felt educated me enough to try it myself.
This week I felt adventurous and decided one evening to pick up a tub of Manic Panic on my way to a party and I was blown away by the results.
What Is A Color Depositing Conditioner?
Essentially, the vegetable dye coats the strands of your hair but doesn’t penetrate the shaft. It’s a temporary hair color, but it is very handy for those of us with difficult to maintain shades since it refreshes the color similar to what the color looked like right after it was dyed. Don’t expect this to cover up roots or last after your next washing since this isn’t designed to open the hair cuticle any more than a typical cleansing.