Being a redhead, while appealing, also requires a lot of maintenance, especially if you have a fantasy red color. This is the bright, show-stopping fire engine red, like Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Unfortunately, red hair is prone to bleeding when exposed to liquid like water and sweat. This can stain your clothes, your bed sheets, and your pillows. If you’re vigilant, you can fade out the hard red color into a soft, pretty hue. Be careful though, red pigments are also the largest, meaning they wash out the easiest. With carelessness, you would be venturing into a zone of murky, brassy colors.

Wash, Wash, and Wash Some More

It’s common knowledge that having red hair means you’re not supposed to wash it? The unfortunate thing about have red hair is that it bleeds whenever it gets wet! Now that you’re fading your red, you can wash it! Wash it daily. Wash it often. Feel free to lather up several times during one shower.

Pro tip: use clarifying shampoo. Not only does this get rid of hair gunk, but it also helps with slowly fading the pigment. As a warning, the first time you wash with clarifying shampoo, it’s going to look like a murder scene in your bathtub.

Get Your Vitamins

Vitamin C is good for your body and for killing hair color. If you can get your hands on them, vitamin C tablets work best. Make a powder out of them and mix with dish soap and shampoo. You can use one or the other or both. Put this on your head, wear a shower cap, and wait for several hours. Do know that the vitamin C can cause flaking and sores if you do this too much.

Go to the Salon

No better way to get the desired color than to go to a professional to get it done. While red washes out the easiest, it also somehow sticks around the longest. You could have some leftover pink or orange strands. Avoid unnecessary complications by seeing your stylist who knows how to work your hair.