Casanova recommends people with lighter hair play around with a gloss for a low-maintenance copper look. Unlike the dye, Casanova says there won’t be any root growth or “line of demarcation,” meaning the shine will gradually fade.
This option works best for more subtle copper tones – it won’t give you that dramatic tangerine look. “[Whether or not you can go for a gloss] it really depends on your departure [hair color] and how far you’re going to get there,” Casanova says.
As for maintenance, Moore recommends getting your hands on a good sulfate-free shampoo. “Sulfates are harsh detergents that create soap bubbles, but they’re a bit too harsh for our scalp,” she explains. “They make the scalp dry instead of oily and strip the hair of the color we invested in.” Moore suggests buying a paraben-free conditioner, which will prevent grease buildup without dulling your shine.
Cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson once said Seduce that “sulfates can overload the skin with oils, which can make it dry and prone to allergic reactions,” meaning sulfate-free shampoos are best for sensitive, dry scalps as well as hair damaged by color.