Fight The Fade!

Tips For Conserving Your Hair Color

hair color fade preventionOne of the greatest things you can do to change up your look is to color your hair!  There are so many fun colors and highlight options to experiment with and show your best self.  However, there are few things worse than gleefully leaving the salon with fabulous (and sometimes pricey) color, only to watch it fade in a matter of days.  There are many things you can do to fight the fade, protect your investment and rock that new color for all its worth!  Follow our six easy steps to color conservation bliss:

1. Before you color, wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove product buildup.  Removing this buildup will allow the dye to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft and make your color last longer.

2. After you color, wait as long as you can (preferably 2-3 days) before washing your hair to allow the color to really set in.  Even from that point, try to limit your hair washing to 2-4 times a week to actively prevent fading.

3. Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically recommended for colored hair.  The chemical makeup of these products is carefully formulated to be less aggressive with colored hair and even add moisture to help your color shine. There are a number of great products out there, some even formulated for specific colors like Aveda and Redkin’s color conserve lines.

4. Avoid overuse of heat styling tools and be choosy about the ones you do use.  Heat styling abuse can be detrimental to hair in general and multiplied for colored locks. Try to limit your use of heat styling tools as much as possible but when you do use them, protect your hair with product.  Use a thermal protection spray like Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray or CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray before using any heat styling tools to give your color extra protection.

5. Take cover from the sun! Those hot sunrays can quickly dull your vibrant new hair color.  If you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time, rock a floppy hat, sporty cap or sassy scarf as a barrier between your color and the sun.

red hair color fadeDo remember that every person’s hair is different and some folks’ hair can hold color better than others.  Additionally, some colors fade faster than others.  Red hues tend to fade considerably faster than brown or blonde tones.  Especially in these summer months, be aware of the sun and pool chemicals.  Both can really speed up the fading process.

Hope these tips help lead you to the lovely and lasting color you deserve!

Tell us… What colorful hues are you wearing and protecting right now?