It's next to impossible to completely keep your hair color from fading in the six weeks between salon visits. That being said, there are a few easy steps that anyone can take to delay the dreaded fade as long as possible. Beautifully colored hair is an investment - so it only makes sense to care for it as such. The following tips from PIN Salon cover how to manage your colored hair on a day-to-day basis.
Stumped as to what's causing your hair to fade? Here are a few common culprits:
1. Hot water and over rinsing. Do you take long, hot showers and subsequently find your hair looking dull? Try using cool water when rinsing shampoo and conditioner out of your hair.
2. Sun. There's no way around it; the sun is harsh on hair color. If you're going to spend a significant amount of time in the sun, wear a hat to cover up your color-treated strands.
3. Chlorine. Chlorine on colored hair is a big no-no - it dries out hair and makes it look and feel brittle. Those with color-treated hair should always try their best to avoid soaking their hair in chlorine. However, if you simply can't get in a swimming pool without getting your hair wet, we recommend wetting your hair with tap water first, then coating it with a hair mask. This trick will protect your hair to some degree, but we can't promise this will keep your color from fading.
4. Harsh shampoos. If you spend your time and money on beautiful hair color, why wouldn't you maintain it with quality shampoo? While common hair care brands are cheaper than salon-quality brands, in the long run, you'll be paying more as you try to correct the hair color your cheap shampoo is undermining.
5. Blowouts. Those who wash and blowdry their hair on the daily are putting a tremendous amount of stress on their hair, especially if they aren't using the right products to counteract the heat application. Later in the week, we'll introduce you to our favorite products for a safe, long lasting blowout.