We can all understand why it’s so important to make your hair color last as long as possible. Watching it fade after only a week or so is a major bummer, and it can result in hair color frustration. That’s especially true if you have wisps of gray peaking through or some super dark roots are mixing with your bright blond dye-job. Keep reading to get the full scoop on how to make your hair color last.
1. Early Conditioning – If you don’t take proper care of your hair the week before you plan to dye it, you might be in for some trouble. Make sure to deep condition your hair three days before you dye it to give it an extra boost of moisture. However, don’t condition your hair at all after the deep conditioning treatment.
2. Do Shampoo – A day before your dye-job, lather up your hair with shampoo to clean it thoroughly and get rid of any build-up or dirt that it may have picked up. However, that should be the last time you clean your hair before you plan to dye it. The natural oils in your hair will help the color stick.
3. Close to Natural – Though you might want to go for a major change and dye your blonde hair black, be aware that the farther away you go from your natural hair color, the more noticeable the dye-job is. Plus, once the roots start to grow out, you won’t have to worry about re-dying your hair right away.
4. Skip the Sun – Spending too much time in the sun is another big reason why your new hair color is quickly fading. Lucky for you, there are now hair sunscreen products that protect your color if you plan on being in the sun for long. Or you can just go the easy route and purchase a cute hat.
5. Hurtful Heat – Blow-dryers and flat-irons will make your hair more manageable and straighter, but they also speed up the hair-color fading process. If you can’t part with these tools, at least stay away from them during the first week after your dye-job. Then gradually add them back into your hair care routine.
6. After the Job – You’ll need a special shampoo after you’ve colored your hair. We always use AVEDA Color Conserve Shampoo. Shampoo your hair once every couple days. The more you shampoo the faster color fades.
7. Cool Water – Don’t wash your hair in hot water, as it can break the cuticles of your hair and leave it vulnerable to color fading. Instead, opt for lukewarm water at the beginning of your shower and drop the temperature to cool near the end.
8. Say No to Swimming – There’s a reason why you don’t catch many older women splishing and splashing in the water on a hot summer day. The chlorine in swimming pools strip away hair dye, and could leave you with faded hair color.
We use & recommend Color Conserve : Aveda’s ultimate system to protect and preserve color-treated hair. It offers protection against the causes of fading and delivers intensive repair with daily and weekly rituals.
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