This article was written by Aly Walansky and repurposed with permission from Beauty High.
We regularly spend a good chunk of money to get perfect hair color—and then it fades before we get to enjoy it! The most budget-friendly hair color is the kind we can make last the longest, and there are lots of tricks to stretch the color and stop it from changing so quickly.
Avoid Hot Showers
Hot water doesn’t only dry out your skin; it can decrease the life of your hair color, says CHI stylist Shawnee Heltsley. The temperature opens up your cuticle, releasing your precious color—and moisture. “I always tell my clients to shampoo and rinse with room-temp water, towel dry, condition, then rinse with the coldest water you can stand to seal that cuticle shut,” says Heltsley. “This will provide longer-lasting color, keeping your locks nice and hydrated while also eliminating split ends.”
Protect your hair in the sun and chlorine. Use a hair protector with SPF when in the sun, pool, and ocean to keep your color from fading, says Pasquale Caselle, international creative director/master hair colorist for IT&LY Hairfashion, N.A. A product with sunflower oil is great as it also has antioxidants to protect the hair.
Don’t Overuse Hot Tools
Staying away from your hot tools the first week after coloring your hair will also help prevent the color from fading, says celebrity colorist Michael Boychuck. Hot tools such as blow dryers and straighteners actually speed up the process of color fading. While these tools are sometimes necessary, it is best to stay away from them the first week or so after you color your hair.
Wait to Wash Your Hair as Long as Possible
The new dry shampoo offerings on the market can be a boon to newly-colored hair because when you wash less, color lasts longer. “I always have my clients not wash their hair after color for as long as they can go—at least 24 to 48 hours,” says Los Angeles-based celebrity hairstylist Mitch Stone. When you do have to wash, opt for a gentle sulfate-free shampoo.
Try a Shower Filter
This will remove chemicals, chlorine, and minerals from your shower water, says Caselle. Hard water strips your hair’s color and natural oils; these filters minimize color rinsing down the drain.
Prep Your Hair Before Coloring
One to two days before a color service, use a chelating shampoo to remove styling product build-up, says Caselle. You might also want to use a deep-conditioning mask once a week to put hydration back in the hair; this will help keep color from fading after you switch up your hue.
Use a Thermal Protectant
This will protect against heat damage from styling tools. Thermal protectants will help reduce color fade by keeping the integrity of the hair in good condition, says Caselle.
Deep Condition Less
While deep conditioning or at-home masks are a good idea before you color, they can fade a rich brunette or vibrant red, says Meche Salon colorist Kari Hill. The conditioner or mask is designed to get deep in the hair follicle to moisturize. However, when it’s rinsed out, it takes the color molecule with it—resulting in the color fading. To avoid this, a good daily conditioner will do the trick (just don’t leave it on for a long period of time).
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@jessimelani By Janell Hickman · August 28, 2018
Color is having a moment this summer.
Whether tame or wild, all of your faves are switching up their looks—and we can barely keep up! But while it’s always fun to try a new look, the summer season can be notoriously hard on your hair—think sun, salt and chlorine—especially after your strands have undergone a strenuous chemical process like going blonde. To help manage it all, we caught up with a few A-list stylists whose clientele lists include everyone from Amanda Seales to Jennifer Hudson to give us the tea on how to maintain our color well into fall (and maybe even longer!)
According to Muze|Hair founder and celebrity hairstylist, Kiyah Wright, the top summer ‘18 color trends are “platinum blonde, pale ashy blonde, caramel brown, ‘soft’ highlights, pastels, shades of pink, and icy blues.”
Jaxcee, color director at Hair Rules Salon in New York City, says she gets a lot of requests for lighter browns and copper tones. “Various copper shades like Jillian Hervey from Lion Babe or Issa Rae,” Jaxcee says. “ Rich warm chocolate browns like the one I give my client, Jasmine Cephas Jones, is also major look right now.” Jaxcee’s client list also includes Amanda Seales, Anika Noni Rose and Debra Lee, among others.
While you don’t necessarily have to toss all your current hair products, you’ll want to refresh your collection with sulfate-free or color-safe options to keep your new investment on fleek. “The type of shampoo you use is key in keeping vibrant colors alive,” explains Jaxcee. “I love Bumble and Bumble’s Color Minded Shampoo for straight to loosely curled textures and Hair Rules Cleansing Cream for highly curly to kinky textures.”
For wash-and-go clients, Jaxcee recommends cleansing and conditioning at least 3 times per week. For those with relaxers or blowouts, she suggests not letting more than 5 days go by without a fresh wash. “Your hair can be your best friend if you treat it with the care it needs,” she adds.
Wright, who works with Jennifer Hudson, Tyra Banks and Laverne Cox, often reminds her clients (especially those who are natural) of the drastic effects coloring can have on curl patterns. “Dying your hair will definitely change the curl pattern,” Wright explains. “The best way to lighten your hair without altering the texture, would be to keep your base color and begin by adding highlights.”
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“My advice is to take it in steps,” she adds. “ Don’t try to dye your hair all at once. Take it slow, especially when you start doing blonde. Begin with highlights and then gradually introduce more color to your hair about every 6 months.”
Hairstory colorist Julia Elena echoes Wright’s sentiments.
“Bleach will not eliminate curls, but it does tend to dry out the hair,” she says. “Bleach, in essence, sucks out all of your natural oils. It all comes down to looking closely at the type of hair, mixing the bleach accordingly and applying it properly to maintain the integrity of the hair.”
“As a hairdresser who my clients look to as a person they can trust implicitly, it is important to be transparent and have an open dialogue,” Elena adds.
Her product of choice isNew Wash.
“It cleans effectively yet unlike detergent it keeps your natural oils intact,” she says. She’ll even mix together semi-permanent color with New Wash for clients to use as an at-home treatment to keep their color from fading.
For at-home maintenance, Wright favors the tried-and-true olive oil and saran wrap combo. “Sleep with your hair wrapped overnight,” she adds. “This helps with hydration and moisturizes and conditions color treated hair.” Wright is also a fan of “conditioners that have color already build in, like Overtone. These conditioners will refresh your colors and are great for maintaining those unnatural hair colors like pinks, purples, etc. ”
Elena suggests all of her clients wrap their hair in a silk wrap nightly. “Hair tends to get knotted when you’re sleeping which causes a whole lot of mess, extra brushing, manipulating, etc.” she continues. “I also recommend Hair Balm. It’s great because it has so much moisture which helps keep hair from getting brittle, and you can apply it wet as well as you can add more once hair is dry.”
If your hair is feeling dry and/or brittle, Wright loves using braids as a styling hack. “Not only will braids help you reduce the amount of heat you used on your hair, but they’ll give you a fun, wavy texture once taken out,” she says. “I’m noticing that women of all races are doing a lot of different braid techniques in order to maintain their hair. Simply wash and blow dry your hair first, put a shine serum (or hair oil) on the hair as needed and then braid.”
One tip that Jaxcee can’t highlight enough is keeping your hair super hydrated. “Once you leave the salon chair, it’s up to you to maintain a regimen that keeps your hair moisturized and healthy,” she says. “Moisture is always king!”
“I love using leave-in conditioners on my hair when it’s feeling extra dry during colder months. My favorite for blow drying is Kerastase Keratine Thermique Blow Dry Primer. I apply Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil-In-Cream on freshly washed and conditioned hair before I put on my curly product for my wash and gos.”
Of course, Elena doesn’t want color maintenance to feel too serious. “Have fun with colors,” she says. “If there is a color you’ve been wanting to try, speak to a professional. I always suggest booking a consultation first so that you can get to know the colorist, feel comfortable and ask questions.”
For more tips on maintaining colored strands, visit ESSENCE.com.
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- How to Make Your Hair Color Last Longer
- 1. Shampooing the day after you dye your hair.
- 2. Throwing box dye over freshly salon-colored hair.
- 3. Washing your hair too often.
- 4. Rinsing with hot water.
- 5. Not using a conditioner for color-treated hair.
- 6. Drying roughly with a towel.
- 7. Overusing your curling iron, flat iron, or blow-dryer.
- 8. Not protecting and hydrating the hair.
- 9. Forgetting the glossy factor.
- 10. Overexposing your hair to the sun.
- 11. Re-dyeing unevenly.
- 12. Getting your hair colored too often.
How to Make Your Hair Color Last Longer
We know how it is…you color your hair and you LOVE it. And then a few weeks later it starts to fade or looks a little dull. Nooooo! Well don’t worry – we’ve got your hair covered with these tips and products to help extend the life of your hair color, allowing you to color less frequently and enjoy that gorgeous new shade for as long as you want.
Here are some simple things you can do in your routine leading up to coloring:
- Prepare Your Hair
By taking some extra care before you color your hair, you can help your locks get ready to hold onto your permanent color.
- Deep Condition
By adding a deep conditioning step into your routine prior to applying color, you’re giving your strands an extra dose of moisture, which helps to fortify them. Stronger hair is better able to hold onto color – it’s more challenging for dry hair to keep color vibrant. We recommend deep conditioning once or twice a week in the weeks leading up to your salon or at-home color session. The easiest way to deep condition? Apply your favorite conditioner to wet hair – we recommend our Color Protecting Conditioner – and leave on for fifteen minutes before rinsing.
- Use Products with Keratin
Another easy way to fortify hair is by using products that contain keratin or other proteins that penetrate the hair shaft to repair the structure. Luckily, all of our products have been formulated with keratin, a true hair-loving ingredient. Which leads us to…
- Pick Your Color Products Wisely
If you’re using permanent hair color, it’s important to use a product that doesn’t have potentially drying and damaging ingredients. Unfortunately, a lot of traditional hair colors use ingredients that can weaken hair, and dry, damaged hair simply cannot hold onto color well. This can create a cycle of over coloring, in which a person applies more color to hair earlier than they should because the color has faded.
At Madison Reed, our permanent hair color is free of these chemicals, and is packed with nourishing ingredients including keratin, argan oil, and ginseng root. If you plan to color at a salon rather than at home, ask your colorist about the product they use, and if they offer an ammonia-free option.
How To Protect Your Hair After You Color
To help extend the life of your color, consider your daily routine and the products that you use for hair maintenance. These simple steps will help keep your hair color looking vibrant longer.
- Shampoo less. If you’re a daily shampooer, it’s time to grab a shower cap and hold off on washing everyday. Frequent shampooing can strip hair of its natural oils, and for color-treated hair, it can also strip color molecules, leading to a quicker fade out. Every other day is a good target for daily washers new to shampooing less, and two to three times a week is even better.
- Shampoo smart. When you do shampoo, be sure to use a product that is formulated to work with color-treated hair, like our Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner.
- Kick your heat habit. If you’re sensing a trend that heat is rough on your hair, you’re right. Regular blow drying and hot tool styling can do a number on your hair – hello, dryness, hello, breakage, introducing color fade. Try to limit your heat styling, especially in the first week after coloring your hair. When you do need to reach for that curling iron, grab a thermal protectant first. Both our Style and Tame products protect hair from heat while preserving color and helping you style your hair.
- You look great in hats. The sun does a lot of good for us here on planet earth, but it’s also one of the biggest stressors on color-treated hair. Exposure to the sun can lighten up color or contribute to a faster fade. If you know you’re going to be in the sun for extended periods of time, grab a floppy hat – they’re very on trend – or tie on a scarf for a retro look.
- Gloss On You can help keep your color looking vibrant longer by using a gloss treatment in between color sessions. This gives your existing color a boost, refreshing color. Our Color Reviving Gloss lasts for six to eight shampoos, which can extend the life of your color, adding shine.
By treating your hair right before, during, and after your coloring session, you’ll be able to keep your hair color looking great longer than you might expect! Ready to dive into a new hue? Be sure to visit our color advisor to get started on your way to refreshed, long-lasting hair color.
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Your clothes, your pillowcases, your skin: your hair is bleeding. Not bleeding bleeding, but the color is leaking on everything. Most people with dyed tresses have experienced this tragedy, but it doesn’t have to mean you can never wear white again (or that you have to give up dyed hair!). Here are five ways to combat hair dye bleed.
1. Avoid washing hair often — It goes without saying, but if your hair is dyed a fantasy color (like blue, red, purple, pink, etc.), every time you wash it, you’re going to see color running down the drain. The more you wash, the more your hair will fade. If your hair is wet, it also has more potential to bleed, so limit your hair washing.
2. Always put on clothes/go to sleep with dry hair — To avoid rivulets of color from rushing down your neck and ruining your outfit once you get dressed, keep your hair dry during your showers when you’re not washing it. Put it up in a bun and/or wear a shower cap. After you get out of the shower, always make sure your hair is totally dry. It will bleed less.
3. Hats are your best friend — Not only are hats good at keeping your color from fading, but these will also prevent your scalp from direct sun exposure, which can warm you up. Speaking of…
4. Limit your time in the sunlight on hot days — Water isn’t the only liquid that causes your hair to bleed. Sweat will do it, too. On very hot days, either wear a hat, wear your hair up, seek out shade, or limit how long you spend outside. Your skin will thank you.
5. Use color gloss — Hair experts suggest a color gloss to keep tresses colorful and leak-free. This acts as a sealant, which prevent color bleed. Your hair will look awesome, too, which is a nice side effect. While this method isn’t entirely foolproof, it’s certainly worth a try.
There are some hair dyes that will run literally every time they get wet. Some colors run even when you sweat. Red tends to be especially bad about this. You can’t really stop the bleeding, but you can deal with it in a few ways.
1. Don’t wear nice or non-machine washable tops while the color is still running. You will likely ruin them. Try to wear shirts that you either don’t care that much about, or tops that are the color of the hair dye. Black is also good, since it won’t show most dye stains.
2. Wear your hair up. If your hair is long enough, keeping it in a ponytail and off of your neck and collar will prevent a lot of staining. But don’t put wet hair in a ponytail unless you want breakage.
3. Use an old pillowcase in a darker color. If you notice your hair color rubs off even when dry or you sleep with damp hair, don’t sleep on a nice or light colored pillowcase.
4. Dry your hair with a towel that’s the same color as the dye or an old towel. The dye will stain other towels. I’ve found most towel-staining dyes I’ve used wash out with Persil detergent, but don’t use that brand new white towel, just in case.
5. Invest in some Oxiclean or Spray N Wash. You will end up with a lot of stained collars/shoulders, and possibly pillows and blankets. Make sure to test the cleaner on a small inconspicuous area to assure the cleaner won’t discolor the fabric.
6. Blow dry your wet hair, if possible. I don’t recommend using above medium heat due to the damage heat tools can do, but I understand how insanely frustrating it is to dry hair your hair on the cool setting. If you let your hair air dry, just avoid wearing nice shirts while your hair is still wet.
A lovely pink-stained collar.
After months or even years of the same beauty routine, dyeing your hair can give you a fun update. To make sure your new ‘do lasts and your locks remain healthy, we’ve rounded up a few things you should avoid after leaving the salon.
1. Shampooing the day after you dye your hair.
It’s one of the most common mistakes, and one of the most costly. “After having your hair colored, wait a full 72 hours before shampooing,” says Eva Scrivo, a hairstylist in New York City. “It takes up to three days for the cuticle layer to fully close, which traps the color molecule, allowing for longer lasting hair color.”
2. Throwing box dye over freshly salon-colored hair.
If you don’t love how your color came out, trying to fix it yourself with hair color from the drugstore could end up making it much worse. “Resist the urge to throw something over-the-counter onto your freshly highlighted hair,” advises Nikki Ferrara, colorist at New York City’s Serge Normant at John Frieda. “Most box dyes are permanent colors and will be more drying.” Instead, have a pro do your color correction.
3. Washing your hair too often.
“Color’s worst enemy is water,” colorist Ruth Roche tells Good Housekeeping. The chemicals in hair dye make your hair more vulnerable to water’s effects. This doesn’t mean you need to stop taking showers — just make simple tweaks to your routine, like avoiding excessive rinsing: “Once you’ve shampooed and conditioned, tilt your head back and let the water just run over it for several minutes,” says Teca Gillespie, a scientist with P&G. Instead of shampooing your hair every day, try using a dry shampoo like Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo ($6, ulta.com) at the roots to soak up oil.
4. Rinsing with hot water.
Adjust your water temperature to lukewarm or cold when rinsing. Hot water lifts the outer cuticle layer, which is one of the most common reasons that color fades, says Scrivo. The hotter the water, the quicker the color loss.
5. Not using a conditioner for color-treated hair.
Dyed hair is more likely to become dry and brittle, so treat it with conditioners specifically formulated for color-treated hair, like Leonor Greyl Crème de Soin à L’Amarante Detangling and Color-Protecting Conditioner ($78, amazon.com). It helps create a protective barrier, which can prevent your dye from quickly washing out.
Make sure to condition every time you shampoo, even if you have fine hair. “You really want to make sure you condition the longest part of your hair,” says Gillespie. “The tips can be years old and have the most damage, whereas the roots are only a couple of months old.” Try using a leave-in conditioner like Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner ($11, carolscaughter.com) for even more of a moisture boost.
6. Drying roughly with a towel.
Scrubbing too hard can fade color and make the ends look dry, says Lisa Marie Garcia, president of innovation for Farouk Systems. Instead, gently blot your hair and let it air dry as much as possible.
7. Overusing your curling iron, flat iron, or blow-dryer.
Colored hair is more vulnerable to heat. To keep from frying out your hair, apply a heat protectant spray before using tools like your curling iron.
8. Not protecting and hydrating the hair.
Color-treated hair can get dry and brittle, especially in the summer months, says Brianna Davis, a professional hairstylist and owner of ABL Hair Studios in Brooklyn.
“Apply a deeper conditioning mask or hydrating oil treatment (coconut, avocado, or grapeseed) on processed hair to restore and keep hair strong,” Davis says. Leave it on for 30 minutes or overnight for the best results to maintain the quality of your hair.
9. Forgetting the glossy factor.
Your hair may be a gorgeous new color, but has it lost its shine? Your hair’s protein layers (cuticles) reflect light and cause it to shine, but dye dulls this luster. To get that Kate Middleton-esque shine back, use a serum, shine spray, at-home glaze or overnight hair repair treatment like Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Gel-to-Oil Overnight Repair Treatment ($28, amazon.com). And again, cut back on the heat tools.
10. Overexposing your hair to the sun.
If you plan on spending lots of time in the sun, wear a hat to keep your hair color from fading or lightening.
11. Re-dyeing unevenly.
If you touch up your own hair, carefully apply the color on the roots only. Then, just before you rinse out the color, Estelle Baumhauer, product development manager at DeveloPlus, suggests an emulsion technique, which will revive the color on the ends and add body and shine.
After you apply color to your roots, step into the shower and add a bit of water onto your hair, right on top of the color. Start massaging the color at your roots, similar to a shampooing motion. Thoroughly massage the color all the way down from roots to ends, adding more water as necessary. This whole process should take two minutes — just enough for a perfect refresher. Then rinse your hair.
12. Getting your hair colored too often.
If you think coloring your has to be tediously high-maintenance with frequent touchups, this tip will come as a pleasant surprise. “I always tell clients to wait least six weeks before coming in again for a highlight refresh,” explains Ferrara. “That way, there’s a lesser chance of breakage from overlapping.” And less breakage means healthier-looking hair when it does come time to touch it up.
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