DIY Color Depositing Conditioner AKA how to keep your hair bright red

20 Sep

I have tried every color depositing product on the market since the 1990’s.  Some of the best and faves have been discontinued.  WHY ARTec????

A few years ago, I decided to become an amateur chemist and start making my own. My bathroom has the battle stains to prove this.

I started off with using regular hair color, but then I discovered Pravana and my life changed.

Pravana is a deposit only color, so no developer is needed!  It coats hair beautifully 🙂  This is a salon brand, so you will need to order it online or through your stylist.  It is available on Amazon and Image Beauty.

You can customize this if you are coloring your hair something other than red.

Here is my magic recipe:

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1) Empty shampoo or conditioner bottle

(I prefer to use a 11 oz bottle so that I don’t have a lot of it made)

2) Your favorite conditioner

(right now I am using DermOrganic shampoo and conditioner.  They are sulfate free)

3) Pravana Vivids Red hair color

4)Tressa Extremers in Fushia

(only use this if my hair needs to look brighter)

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Step 1) Mix it up!  Using my 11 oz bottle, fill it with 2/3 conditioner and 1/3 Pravana.  I get about 3 to 4 batches of color conditioner from each Pravana tube.

If I use Tressa, I give it a gentle squeeze.  I don’t need pink hair at age 37.

Step 2) Use as your conditioner in the shower.  You can leave it on for a while for more intense color.  THIS STAINS.  If you want to avoid staining your nails in particular, wear gloves.

Step 3) Enjoy your amazing hair

You’re welcome 😉



14 Responses to “DIY Color Depositing Conditioner AKA how to keep your hair bright red”

  1. Lucy Valdez September 20, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    This is awesome! I always struggle with keeping my hair red, especially with the stubborn grays…

    • yourfairygodmother September 20, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      Pravana is amazing! It doesn’t dry or damage your hair. Here’s to keeping your hair color fresh!

    • yourfairygodmother September 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      yeah, red is hard to maintain. But worth it! Let us know how this works for you!

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  5. Andrea October 1, 2015 at 5:39 am #

    this sounds exactly like what I need to do. I’ve come across other diy color depositing conditioners but they all say to leave-in for 20-30 minutes. Well, I might as well re-dye if I’m going to do that.
    How long do you usually leave this diy conditioner on??
    Will applying in the shower while one shaves, scrubs, etc be enough time to visibly refresh the red color??

    thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • yourfairygodmother May 16, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

      Yeah, I don’t have 20-30 mins in the shower. My hot water would run out! I’m sorry for the late reply. We abandoned this blog for a while, but now are attempting a comeback.

      I leave mine on for maybe 10? As long as it takes to shave and do other stuff while showering. If I want to get more intense, I will take a bath on a Saturday and sit in a tub for longer time. I don’t do this very often.

      This is the best solution for color deposit conditioners!


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