Why does my red hair color fade so quickly?

(As published in the “Elle-gant Style” section of the Mill Creek Influence Magazine, July 2013. Download a .pdf copy.)

All hair color fades depending on the condition of your hair shaft. The color red, however, has the longest wavelength of all the colors so our eyes miss red the most when it fades.

Consider a rainbow. The colors always appear in the same order with red on the outside as the longest arc and violet on the inside with the shortest arc.

Since red is the most dominant color, our eyes simply miss the red molecule the most when all hair colors start to fade.

Think about this. How many red cars do you recall seeing on the way to work? Three? Four? How about violet cars? Do you even remember one?

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