If you dye your hair often you know that there’s nothing worse than watching that beautiful hair color fade away.
If you haven’t seen your natural hair color in decades, you know that frequent coloring sessions can get expensive and that they can be hard on your hair.
And if you are someone who loves to try different and exciting bold hair colors every couple of months, you don’t want those vivid hot pinks and bright blues to fade before you have a chance to really show them off.
So once you get your hair dyed, how can you make that hair color look great and last as long as possible?
Use Color Safe Shampoos to Maintain Your Hair Color
Always avoid washing your hair for at least 72 hours after it’s been colored. The hair cuticles need this time to close entirely around the dye before they should be opened again.
- Once it’s finally time to wash your hair, grab a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically formulated to preserve colored hair. These are a MUST for color treated hair! Color protecting shampoo seals your hair cuticles around the dye to prevent it from escaping!
- Avoid rinsing your hair with hot water. It will open up your hair cuticles allowing the dye to escape from your hair. You don’t have to use freezing cold water, even lukewarm water is better than hot water.
- Once you’ve rinsed your hair, don’t stand underneath the shower head. Letting water run over your rinsed hair can speed up the hair color fading process.
- There are also color depositing shampoos and conditioners on the market that will help preserve color in between salon visits.
- Don’t use clarifying shampoos after you’ve dyed your hair. Clarifying shampoos are basically designed to be the total opposite of color safe shampoos. They will strip the color right out of your hair, causing it to fade quickly.
- If you want to use a clarifying shampoo, use it the day before you get your hair color redone! That way it will strip out the old dye and get your hair prepped for a fresh, new color.
Check out some of the best color protecting shampoos here!
Use Special Hair Care Products
Since you need to avoid washing your hair immediately after it’s been colored, you might want to get a little creative! Use hair care products to keep your hair color fresh.
- If your hair is naturally oily, use a dry shampoo for colored hair to absorb the excess oils. It will keep your hair looking clean even when it hasn’t been washed. Dry shampoo serves the purpose of cleaning your hair without water. It is great for people with colored hair who shouldn’t wash their hair too frequently.
- You can also use dry shampoo to cover dark roots. If you’re a natural brunette but a blonde at heart, you understand how frustrating dark roots can be once your hair starts growing out. Because dry shampoo spray can produce a white powdery residue, it is perfect for concealing dark roots! It will blend in with the rest of your light colored hair!
- Shampoo and conditioner aren’t the only hair care products that have color-depositing properties! My clients love to use color depositing products like heat protectants and glossy serums. These refresh their hair color in between visits. These products can tone hair as well as add a bit of color to hair that is fading or growing dull.
How to Keep Your Red Hair Going Strong
Keeping red colored hair maintained takes a greater effort than any other shade because red colored hair tends to fade very quickly. Follow these steps to keep your red hair color vibrant longer!
- Make sure to use quality dye on your hair. Obviously, we hairstylists want what’s best for our clients so we only use the best products on your hair! But if you are doing your own dye job at home, make sure you use a high-quality dye that won’t leave your hair looking crazy.
- Don’t wash your hair too soon, especially if you’ve dyed it red! Red hair color fades faster than any other color so you have to be even more careful about washing it before it has set in properly. When you do shampoo, always rinse red hair with cold water.
- Use color safe sulfate-free shampoo for red hair. Sulfate-free shampoos are gentle and won’t strip your hair of the red dye. It’ll also leave your hair’s natural oils alone, keeping it healthy!
- If you have your hair dyed red, you should splurge in some really good color protecting shampoo to keep it from fading rapidly.
- I recommend that all my unnaturally red-haired clients use hair treatments at home in between salon appointments. Conditioning treatments can really revive the tone and vividness of red hair! After shampooing your hair, apply a hair treatment for colored hair onto your towel dried hair and let it sit for up to two minutes. Then rinse! These treatments will cut down on your visits to the salon, saving you time and money!
Be Good to Your Colored Hair
Yes, colored hair takes extra maintenance. Yes, it’s totally worth it. You know that if you’re going from dark hair to platinum or white, it can take several sessions to get the perfect color you want. You don’t want to let all the time and money you go down the drain because you didn’t use the proper hair products! Keeping your hair healthy using shampoos that are free of sulfates will keep your hair color vibrant longer, and it will also keep your hair healthy! If your hair is healthy and well nourished, hair dye will not fade as quickly. Do yourself and your colored hair a favor! Healthy hair is happy hair and happy hair holds color!