After having spent valuable time and money, nobody would be happy to see their hair color fading just after a few washes, especially when you have managed to acquire the perfect shade after a lot of effort. Here are a few tips to make your hair color last longer – shining and looking fresh.
Before you get down to coloring, be sure your hair is clean and healthy.
If you spot any type of damage give your hair time to get back into a healthy state. Avoid immediate washing and conditioning before coloring. A gap of at least 24-36 hrs would be ideal, so that the hair builds up its natural oils. This will enable the color to stick firmly to the hair and stay on for longer.
Once the coloring is done successfully, use only superior quality shampoos and conditioners to add more life to your hair color. Be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner that are specifically labeled as ‘color retaining’ or ‘color enhancing’. While changing the brand of the shampoo and conditioner, importance should be given to the conditioner as this is the key element that will prevent the hair color from fading.
Another important factor to remember is not to over-shampoo – keep in mind to cut down the use of shampoo to twice or thrice a week, at the most. The quality of the shampoo is very important, as only a small amount will be enough if the quality of the shampoo is good. Shampoos of inferior quality can take away your hair’s natural oils too, besides damaging the hair color. So it is better to start using color enhancing and non-lathering type of shampoos to help your hair retain the hair color for longer.
You must also pay attention to the type of water you use. First and foremost, if it is hard water, you have to use softening agents because hard water contains minerals that harm the hair shaft, which will in-turn speed up the fading of the hair color. Also don’t use very hot water for washing, as hot water tends to lighten the hair color, especially all the shades of red. Use only warm water for shampooing and end your hair wash with a cold water rinse. Exposing the hair to too much sun also has the same effect as the use of hot water. Too much sun is not good even for the health of your hair. It is better to use a scarf to avoid the damage, or another alternative is to apply a deep conditioner that will negate the sun’s heat and protect your hair.
Lastly, let there be a gap of at least two weeks between hair coloring and other chemical hair treatments like perming. The chemicals used for the perm can change the color or even completely wash off the hair color, if it’s done too soon after the coloring. The best option is to go in for hair coloring only after a week of getting a hair perm.