There are several things you can do to make your hair color last longer. All you need is a bit of knowledge and a few other tools. Find out how you can keep your hair color looking fresh, whether you just got it done, or you are looking for ways to make the color last longer until the next appointment at the salon (or like me, my home salon!).
Wait to Shampoo
If you have just gotten your hair color treated, the first thing you need to know is to wait 48 hours if possible, before shampooing it. This will help set the color and make it last longer.
What to Do When You Do Shampoo
When shampooing color-treated hair, use cool water rather than hot. Hot water tends to dry hair out and allow color to fade faster. And if possible, stick to the “every other day” schedule of hair washing – not just for the first time, but every time.
Choose shampoos and conditioners without harsh ingredients. Shampoos full of chemicals are tough on color-treated hair and can cause damage to it, stripping color and weakening it.
Instead, look for shampoos specifically for color-treated hair (like, L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Shampoo – budget-friendly and doesn’t contain the damaging sulfates found in regular shampoo.)
How to Condition
Conditioning is a crucial step in keeping your color. A good conditioner will protect your hair from UV rays and dehydration. Find a product with natural conditioners such as avocado oil and shea butter (like, Garnier Whole Blends Nourishing Conditioner – a paraben-free conditioner that contains shea butter and avocado oil).
Use your conditioner regularly, after every shampoo. And be sure to deep condition your hair once-a-week.
It’s All on Your Plate
There are many nutrients in the foods we eat that can keep your hair healthy and therefore keep your hair color lasting longer.
To keep your hair in the best shape possible, be sure to eat foods containing these nutrients:
Vitamin E – Found in pine nuts and sunflower seeds. It boosts the strength of your hair to prevent breakage.
Essential fatty acids – Found in many nuts, avocado and fish. These nutrients also strengthen the hair.
Vitamin C – Found in green leafy vegetables, bell peppers, berries and citrus fruits. Assists with collagen production.
Protect from the Elements
Although sun can be damaging to newly color-treated hair, it’s the UV rays that can create damage as well.
UV rays can damage your hair even when the sun isn’t shining brightly. Be sure to take precautions when you step outside. A product like and be sure is created specifically to protect your hair from the great outdoors. And when possible, wear a hat.
Getting one’s hair color treated is a great “pick me up” and a perfect way to make a person feel amazing. When you do, remember these tips that will help your color last longer and keep it shining.