How to Make Your Hair Color Last Longer (However, Haircare)
Because dyes, highlights and touch-ups cost enough already, we need good tips to help us keep our hair color last longer! There are so many tips out there that I consolidated the most popular ones as well as ones that scientifically and logical make sense.
I’ll admit, I haven’t ever colored my hair at all - like, ever.
So, I would love to hear your feedback on these tips in the comments below!
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Below are XX tips to keep your hair color lasting longer.
1. Don’t head straight to the shower.
Ryan Pearl, a celebrity stylist from Cutler Salon in New York City, recommends you wait at least 24 hours before shampooing to allow the dye to settle into the hair. However, if you must get that clean-hair feeling sooner, he says you can use cool water to scrub the scalp with your fingertips because it’ll still cleanse the hair without pulling at the color.
2. Skip the hot water.
I don’t how you ladies who color your hair can handle this one! I love my hot showers!
But, if you’ve spent all the money coloring your hair, then the hot shower may not be worth it.
Pearl encourages you to use water at cooler temperatures to help prolong the “brilliance of the color.”
3. Avoid chlorinated or hard water.
If you’re going swimming, make sure to use a hair protector with SPF whether it’s the pool, lake, ocean or just in the sun. Pasquale Caselle, international creative director/master hair colorist for IT&LY HairFashion, says it’ll keep your color from fading. Caselle also says a product with sunflower oil is great since it also has antioxidants to protect your hair.
However, if you don’t have a hair protector then try saturating your hair in regular water or a good conditioner prior to swimming. This allows the hair to absorb the conditioning product instead of absorbing chlorine molecules. But, as soon as you’re finished swimming, hit the shower for a thorough shampoo and deep conditioning treatment.
You might also want to consider a shower filter to remove chemicals, chlorine and minerals from your shower water.
4. Switch up your favorite products.
Coloring your hair might just mean you’ll need to change our your favorite products. JB Shelton, an educator for Bosley Professional Strength Haircare, says that many over-the-counter products contain salts, sulfates and detergents. These ingredients strip hair color right out and is why they’re so inexpensive!
Look for products that are sulfate and alcohol free.
5. Space out your shampoo days to every other day.
Shampooing your hair every day could be stripping the color even if it’s professionally done. Try to shampoo every other day and use a dry shampoo in between washes.
6. Use shampoos and conditioner treatments for color-treated hair.
This might seem obvious to some, but it’s best to use and invest in a shampoo and conditioner treatment that’s designed specifically for color-treated hair.
Shin An, hairstylist and owner of Shin Hair Salon in Santa Monica, California, recommends the following three shampoos to protect your color.
It is also warned to keep clear of clarifying and dandruff shampoos as they can strip the hair.
Conditioner is equally important in making sure you’re using one for color-treated hair. But alongside the product you use, it’s also important how you use it.
According to Christopher Pierce from Andy LeCompte Salon in West Hollywood, “When using color conditioners, make sure to wring the hair out well and apply the conditioners evenly in small sections in order to thoroughly saturate the hair. Let it sit per the manufacturer’s instructions before rinsing.”
Chelsey Pickthorn, colorist and salon owner, recommends the below conditioner. It comes in six difference shades so that you can pick the color most similar to the lightest tones in your hair.
7. Focus on the scalp.
When washing your hair, be sure to focus your shampoo on the scalp and not so much on the middle to ends of your hair because this can strip the color over time.
8. Reduce the heat.
Heat can be harsh on your hair that’s not color-treated. But it’s even more harsh on colored hair. Check out last week’s article on How to Protect Your Hair from Heat Styling Tools to learn what you can do to help protect your hair.
9. The sun fades color, too.
Try wearing a hat when going out in the sun to protect your color!
10. Prep your hair before coloring.
About one to two days prior to your color appointment, use a chelating shampoo to remove product build-up. According to Caselle you might also want to use a deep-conditioning mask once a week to put hydration back in the hair. This will help keep the color from fading.
In the comment below, let me know if you found this tips to be helpful!
Be sure to check back next week on how to keep your hair look younger and slow the aging process, of yes, your hair!