For many, summertime is already here, which means plenty of time spent outside under the sun.
It is common knowledge that sun protection is extremely important, but, with so many different sunscreens
This should go without saying, but the better quality hair dye you use, the longer it will last. You really shouldn’t skimp when it comes to choosing the dye itself; spending more money on the dye and the professional salon will save you money in the long run. If you buy cheap pharmacy, generic brand dye, it will probably last about half as long as a higher end brand, if that. So go ahead and splurge!
After you get your hair colored, remember that you want to protect the color, not wash it out. When you’re choosing your shampoo, conditioners, and other hair products, look for ones with color protecting qualities. Of course, try to avoid gels or products with alcohol in them, as this will not only hurt your color, but it also damages your hair.
Wash Less Frequently
What’s the best way to not wash away those colors? Wash less! If you wash your hair with shampoo every day, try washing it only once every two days, or even less. Or even better, ditch the shampoo altogether and try co-washing. Co-washing is a newish trend that calls for you to use conditioner only, no shampoo. Combine this trick with the first one, and you’re sure to have longer lasting color.
Improve Your Showering
If you love taking showers, and your hair requires washing frequently, there are a couple of tricks that can help prolong your hair’s color even if you shower daily. First of all, you can purchase and attach a water filter for your shower head that will remove some of the bad minerals that cause your color to fade more rapidly. Also, you shouldn’t stand with your hair directly under the stream of the shower except when you are rinsing your hair. And when you are rinsing your hair, try using warm water instead of hot water, as hot water removes dye faster.
Sunscreen for Your Hair
Your hair needs protection from the sun as well, as those same harmful UV rays that damage your skin can also damage your hair and your color job. Look for specially formulated shampoos and conditioners that contain SPF, or go for a special sunscreen made just for hair.
Tip: Make sure you wash out your hair before AND after swimming in a chlorinated pool – these chemicals break down hair color quicker, giving your hair a dull appearance.
Hopefully, these five tips will help you get additional weeks of color, while putting extra money in your pocket, and time in your schedule. We would love to hear from you! Share some of your favorite tricks to make hair color last longer.