You’ve just stepped out of the salon with gorgeous hair color that makes you feel like a million bucks. Now, it’s time to protect your investment and keep your hair color looking its best between visits. While color naturally fades over time, here are a few tips to help make it last.
Tip #1. Choose the Right Shampoo
How long your hair color lasts can be determined by your shampoo. Harsh chemicals found in many shampoos, like sulfates and parabens, can strip your hair of its color and give you a dull, dry look. Use a shampoo without these chemicals, preferably one with UV protection, to help preserve and protect your hair’s color and moisture.
Tip #2. Wash Your Hair the Right Way
Shampooing every day can fade your color, so suds up every other day instead. It’s also important to save your hot showers for days you don’t shampoo. Lukewarm or cool water can help your color last. Many experts recommend waiting two days to shampoo after you first color your hair and using filtered water when you shower. If a whole water filtration system isn’t in your budget, you can easily swap out your shower head for one with a filter.
Tip #3. Use Pigmented Products
Pigmented shampoos and conditioners are designed to enrich and lengthen the life of your hair color. Depending on your hue, pigmented products contain colors like violet shades for light blondes, yellow shades for golden blondes, or brown and red hennas for brunettes and redheads. Try using a pigmented shampoo or a rinse-out conditioner. Talk to your stylist to figure out the best products for your hair type.
Tip #4. You Need Sun Protection
Sun protection isn’t just for skin, your hair and scalp need shielding, too. When you’re outside on a bright day, care for your hair by using products with UV protection. You can also protect your hair from the elements by using a spray conditioner with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 10 or 15. Spritz it on several times a day to maximize moisture—especially if you’re outdoors for long periods of time. During the summer when the sun’s rays are the most harmful, try wearing a hat or scarf to keep your hair covered.
Tip #5. Avoid Chlorine
Spending too much time in the swimming pool can be harmful to color-treated hair. The chemicals in chlorine can leave your locks parched and they build up over time causing your hair color to change. This may be especially noticeable on blondes as their color can take on a green hue. To combat this, try using a leave-in conditioner spray before and after your swim. Wearing a swim cap to keep your hair dry is an even better choice. If you do suddenly find yourself with a head of green-tinted hair, it can be easily remedied with a tomato juice rinse. Hair specialists say the acid in tomato juice neutralizes the copper oxide buildup from the pool’s chemicals.
Tip #6. Use Less Heat
Dyed hair is more susceptible to heat damage, so avoid using curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers as much as possible. The best way to protect your hair when you’re heat styling is to use a heat protectant spray first. Try to let your colored hair dry naturally whenever you can. If you must blow dry, use the lowest heat setting.