How Can I Keep My Hair Color Longer?

A fresh dye job can make you feel like a million bucks. A couple of weeks later, however, you may not have that same vibrant color you did before. While nothing can replace a touchup appointment once your roots start growing in, there are some great ways to make your hair color last for as long as possible. Consider these tips:

  • Avoid drastic colors — Some colors, like reds, fade faster than others and may leave you needing a touchup sooner than expected. Dyes that are more than a couple shades lighter or darker than your natural color can start to show at the roots more quickly than natural shades. If you’re trying to stretch out your coloring, ask for your hair stylist’s advice on well-transitioning colors if you can’t make it back to the salon for a while.
  • Use an SPF — Sun damages hair and can make a dye job fade quickly. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, consider using sunscreen made for hair. Many brands incorporate SPF into their products for people just like you! Learn more about protecting your hair from the sun.
  • Find a color enhancing shampoo — Definitely do use a shampoo developed for color-treated hair. They provide hair with essential moisture and color enhancers to keep your hair looking great for weeks.
  • Be careful with chlorine — Chlorine is awful for all hair, but dyed hair is particularly susceptible to color changing and damage from pool water. Rinse your hair both before and after you get out of the pool to keep the chemicals from penetrating your hair shafts and causing damage.
  • Protect your hair from heat — Hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons may make your hair look great for the day, but over time they can cause real damage. Make your color stay strong by protecting the overall health of your hair with heat protection sprays. To keep your hair healthy, avoid drying and styling your hair when possible.
  • Rinse with cool water — Some stylists advocate cold-water rinses while others believe it makes no real difference. Try it to see if you see or feel a difference.
  • Don’t over wash — Some people are addicted to washing their hair daily while others can go 3–4 days at a time. Try a dry shampoo if you have a hard time keeping your head out of the water. Daily massages can help your scalp feel reinvigorated without the necessity of shampooing or conditioning.
  • Try a color-depositing conditioner — If you notice significant fading and can’t make it back to the salon, try a color-depositing gloss or conditioner. They aren’t great to use on your hair all the time, but they can help you get your color back until you can go to the salon for a professional touch up.

Don’t forget to ask your stylist for more tips when you go in for an appointment. Someone who has actually worked with your hair can give you personalized recommendations for making your color last. There is a lot to keep track of, so don’t be afraid to inquire with the experts!

Book your appointment at a local Salon Lofts in Columbus, OH.

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