I recently learned that I was making a huge mistake. I was doing something so dangerous that my life as I knew it was at risk. I was dyeing my hair blonde and then taking care of it completely incorrectly. Who knew that hair dye, hot tools, and shampoo were a bad combination for my hair? I thought these things were just a way of life. Chances are, you too are probably ruining your hair color without even knowing it. Ladies, coloring your hair professionally costs way too much money to let it fade too quickly. Follow these tips to keep your color looking fresh for as long as possible.
If you color your hair and also use a blow dryer, hair straightener, curling iron, or all of the above on a regular basis, it’s time to learn the cold, hard truth. These two concepts do not mix well together. Hair color is sensitive to heat, and too much heat exposure will cause your color to fade too soon. This is especially true when it comes to bright colors like purples, reds and blues. Try letting your hair air-dry every once in a while and only use a straightening or curling iron a few days a week. Using one everyday can cause significant damage to all parts of your hair, not just the color.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your color is to use the right shampoo. Avoid washing your hair with products that contain sulfates because they will strip out the color molecules. Find a shampoo that is made specifically for colored hair to help keep your locks vibrant. There are several sulfate-free shampoos on the market so finding one that you like should not be difficult. Also, avoid hot water to protect your color. Try bathing in room temperature water if possible. This will protect the outermost layer of the hair follicles since hot water tends to life the outer later of hair where a lot of color is stored.
It also should not be a secret that you need to be more careful in the summer months as the sun and pool can cause significant damage to your hair color. UV rays from the sun weaken the color molecules in your hair, which will make your color appear dull and faded. Chlorine from the pool can also cause build up in your hair overtime and cause color to fade. The best thing to do during the summer is to wear a hat when you are in the sun for extended periods of time. If you can’t wear a hat for some reason, try to take breaks in the shade when you can. If you are swimming a lot, wash your hair with club soda to help breakdown the chlorine.
These tips are great to follow during your day-to-day to keep your hair color fresh, but remember the most crucial time for color is the 24 hours after you get it done. Wait at least a day to wash your hair after coloring it; otherwise the color will not have time to set in. Washing your hair too soon and too often will cause it to fade much more quickly in the long run. So no matter how much you love your colorist, follow these color tips and avoid seeing them so frequently.