Do you love the sheen and shine your hair has after you have it professionally colored? Do you feel like a whole new person? Wouldn’t it be nice to make that feeling last for as long as possible? If so, you need to take steps to preserve your color. After all, professional coloring services represent an investment, which means it just makes sense you would want to do anything you could to make it last.
If you agree, use the tips here.
Avoid Taking Hot Showers
You probably already know that hot water will dry out your skin but did you know it can also reduce the life of your hair color? When you wash your hair in hotter water it will open up the cuticle, which releases moisture and your color. Try to shampoo your hair and rinse it using water that is at room-temp, towel dry your hair, condition your hair, and then rinse it out with the coldest water you can to seal the hair cuticle shut. This is going to help the color last and keep hair hydrated, while eliminating split ends.
Be Smart When Swimming
You should take steps to protect your hair in chlorine and the sun. Try to use a hair protector that has SPF in it when you get in the pool, ocean, or while you are in the sun to help keep your color from fading. A product that has sunflower oil is a great option, as it also has antioxidants that can help protect the hair.
Don’t Overuse Your Hot Tools
It’s best to avoid using your hot tools, like your straightener, curling iron, etc., for at least a week after you have had your hair colored. This is going to help prevent fading. Even blow dryers will speed up the color fading process. After the week has passed, it’s best to use these tools sparingly.
Wait to Wash Your Hair After it is Colored
Today, you can find an array of different dry shampoo products that can be a great way to keep your newly colored hair clean, while protecting the color. It’s important to wait as long as possible to wash your hair after it is colored. At the very least, you should wait 24 to 48 hours. When you do wash it, make sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo.
Consider Using a Shower Filter
This is going to remove the minerals, chlorine, and chemicals out of your shower water. If you wash your hair in hard water, it will strip the color and the natural oils. With this filter in place, it will minimize the likelihood that your new color is going to go down the drain.
As you can see, there are several steps you can take to help preserve your color. Be sure to talk to your stylist, too, as they may be able to provide you even more actionable tips that will ensure your hair looks amazing for as long as possible.