Dyeing your hair is a great way to style your hair, but sadly, the color will slowly fade away. How fast it will fade will depend on which chemical you use to dye your hair, what your hair texture is like, and which color too. However, the way you care for your hair will also affect how long the color is gonna stay. There are some simple tricks you could use to maintain color for your hair a while longer, so let’s take a look with us and see what those tricks are.
Tip No 1 To Maintain Color For Your Hair: Wait Before You Wash Your Hair.
Don’t jump straight to the shower and wash your hair after you just finish the whole dyeing process. Your cuticle layer is opened during the dyeing process, which means it is easier for color to penetrate the hair shaft. Washing your hair too soon after your appointment when the cuticle layer could still be open will lead to your color being washed down the drain. Wait at least 72 hours or three days for the cuticle layer to fully close, and only then will your hair be safe to wash with shampoo. The longer you wait, the more time the color pigment will have to soak into the hair cuticle – which will help you keep your hair color longer.
Tip No 2 To Maintain Color For Your Hair: Use The Right Products.
Switch to sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner after you dye your hair. Sulfates are responsible for stripping your hair of its natural oils and moisture, which can then lead to color fading. Can’t have that, can we?
Tip No 3 To Maintain Color For Your Hair: Cool Water Is Better.
If you want to keep your hair color from fading, we’re sorry to say that a hot shower isn’t a great choice for your hair color. Hot water makes your hair’s cuticle open, which then leads to your color washing out during the shampooing and conditioning process.
If you don’t want to see your hair color go down the drain, try slightly warm water when you’re washing your hair and then cold water to rinse during the conditioning. The warm water will allow the shampoo and conditioner to do their job correctly, while the cold water will help seal in the moisture from your conditioner and prevent color fade by sealing the hair’s cuticle.
Tip No 4 To Maintain Color For Your Hair: Stop Overwash Your Hair.
It’s not wise for people with dyed hair to wash their hair every day if they want to keep their hair color longer. Over-washing your hair can take away the natural oils of your hair, thus making it drier and easier to be damaged, as well as looking dull and coarse. Also, every time you wash your hair, you also wash away a little bit of your hair dye. Try washing your hair every other day or even 2-3 times a week to keep your color on lock.
Color-safe dry shampoos are a great alternative for your off days of not washing your hair. It will refresh your hair without you having to step into your shower. Remember to use the shampoos and conditioner for dyed hair will also make your hair color last longer.
Tip No 5 To Maintain Color For Your Hair: Protect Your Hair From Heat.
If you have dyed hair, using a heat styling method won’t do your hair color any favor. Heat will strip away color and damage your hair and maybe cause split ends. If you have to use heat tools to style your hair, always make sure to use a heat protectant spray before blow-drying or styling. This is the key to make sure your hair won’t be damaged and stripped off all of its hydration, as well as smooth the outside of the hair, and help maintain your color.
Tip No 6 To Maintain Color For Your Hair: Wear A Cap/Hat.
The Ultraviolet rays from the sun will fade your color. If you’re an active person that loves doing any outdoor activities or planning on a trip to the beach during your summer vacation, make sure to take cover and bring a hat or a cap to shield your hair from the sunlight and protect your hair color.
Tip No 7 To Maintain Color For Your Hair: No Chlorine.
If you’re planning on going swimming or a quick dive at the pool, then make sure you’ve got your swimming cap on. Swimming pools use chlorine as a chemical bleaching agent for cleaning purposes. This chemical will strip color from your hair. Blonde will turn into a greenish tint, while darker shades may become dull, dry out, and lose their shine. However, if you’ve gone to the pool and forget your swimmer’s cap, you can still save your hair. Before you jump down to the water, wet your hair in the shower and use a conditioner, but don’t rinse it out. The conditioner will create a barrier on the hair shaft to keep the chlorine from penetrating your hair shafts.
Tip No 8 To Maintain Color For Your Hair: Trim It Regularly.
Trimming will get rid of split ends, which can cause your hair to be brittle and easier to snap. Split ends won’t hold color and will fade even faster too, so getting a hair trim every 6-8 weeks will keep your color looks fresh and beautiful.