Simple Steps to Lasting Hair Color

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Watching your new vibrant hair color transform into dull, brassy shades is never fun – especially when you pay an outrageous amount of money each time you step into the salon for all-over color or highlights. Whether you color your hair at home or have it professionally done, no want wants to walk around with less than stellar color – so check out some of these tips to extend the life of your color:

Wait before shampooing – Even though most of us wash our hair before heading to the salon, Hair Boutique suggests waiting between 24 and 48 hours after shampooing the hair to do the color treatment. Natural oils in the hair work to ensure color deposits more thoroughly into the hair follicles, so don’t wash them away! After color, wait another 24 to 48 hours to shampoo – it gives your hair more time to absorb the dye for richer, long-lasting color.

Shampoo sparingly – Though the hair color is going to fade naturally within a few months, choosing the right shampoo can stretch the color even longer. SkinCare News suggests washing the hair every other day to avoid stripping the follicles of natural oils or color. That doesn’t mean you have to walk around with greasy strands, either. Use a dry shampoo if you need to soak up excess oil or you want to freshen up the hair between washes. Clinic Brampton cosmetic surgery advises that when applying hair color, you need to ensure that you are using a legit product to avoid any complications.

Use Shampoo for Colored Hair – Most of us don’t want to add more to the bill when we go to the salon, but shampoo for colored hair is a good investment. Shampoos and conditioners are specially designed to neutralize brassy tones in the hair, and some products for color treatments actually deposit small amounts of color into the hair to keep it looking fresh, according to Good Housekeeping Magazine. One of my favorite products is Blue Malva Color Conditioner by Aveda – it keeps blonde hair looking golden, not orange, but also works with all hair colors to keep it from appearing brassy over time.

Protect it from UV rays – Think all you have to worry about is protecting your skin from the sun? The hair is just as sensitive – protect the hair follicles and color with a hair protectant designed to defend against UV damage. SkinCare News suggests Frederic Fekkai Advanced Salon Technician Anti-Fade Top Coat.

Protecting the color and avoiding an excess of products are two sure ways to extend the color as long as possible. Your hair is going to need re-coloring, of course, to deal with roots or because some colors naturally fade quicker (think reds!), but you can implement these tips to save a little time between trips to the salon!