The truth is, how long a shade lasts and how well it wears, and even how healthy their hair remains greatly depends on how well they care for it once they leave the hair salon. Not every color requires the same amount of upkeep, and if you’re thinking about changing up your hair color, it might be helpful to know how much effort it will take on your part.

So what can you do to keep your hair color lasting longer? Here are five pigment protecting tips.

Wait as Long as You Can Before Shampooing

When coloring your hair, your cuticle layer is opened, making it easy for color to penetrate the hair shaft. Washing your hair too soon after your appointment runs the risk of your cuticle layer still being open, which could lead to the color being washed down the drain. It can take up to three whole days for the cuticle layer to fully close, so the longer you wit to shampoo your hair after you color your hair, the longer the pigment has to soak into the hair cuticle.

Keep it Cool

Piping hot water definitely can take its toll on your strands. Wet hair has more stretch than dry hair, and that stretch increases even more under hot water.

To prevent seeing your color fade, try shampooing with slightly warm water and then rinse with cold water after conditioning. The warm water will allow the shampoo and conditioner to penetrate and cleanse, while the cold water will help seal in the moisture from your conditioner.

Stop Washing Your Hair

Okay, maybe not completely. But there is no need to wash your hair every single day. Imagine what would happen if you washed your favorite blouse every day? Not so pretty. Not only are you washing away the natural oils that moisturize and keep your hair healthy, you also wash away your hair dye bit by bit every time you wash your hair. Try washing your hair every other day or even 2-3 times a week to keep your color lasting longer.

Use UV and Heat Protecting Spray

We’ve already talked about how hot water will strip away your hair color, the same goes with UV rays and hot tools. Prevent this problem by using a heat protectant spray. It will help reduce moisture loss, smooth the outside of the hair, and protect your hair from humidity.

Use Color-Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner

Traditional products don’t add anything to help hold your color. Use a shampoo and conditioner that are sulfate free and that are designed for color-treated hair. They work by sealing your hair cuticle so your strands hold on to the dye inside.

Also, steer clear of clarifying shampoo is you have dyed hair, unless it is the day before a color touch up as it can strip your strands and speed up fading.

The next time you find your hair in need of coloring, come make the color count and visit our hair salon in Joplin, MO. Our experienced team of hair stylists have the expertise necessary to make your next hair coloring a success. They also specialize in hair cuts of all types and can give you the style you are sure to love.