Best Ways To Make Hair Color Last Longer
Fading hair color is always a problem making a bit annoy. So, how to make hair color last longer? Here is a list of the best ways to keep your hair color longer. Check it out!
Multitask while you work out
"The more moisturized your hair is, the better it holds color," says Washington, D.C.-based celebrity colorist Ian McCabe. He suggests using any gym session as a time to treat your strands to an extra dose of moisture: smooth coconut oil onto hair's ends and braid it before exercising. "The heat from working out will help lock in the moisture," he explains.
Raid the pantry
For apple cider vinegar, that is. Once a month, mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water, and use the mixture to rinse your strands after your regular shampoo and conditioner routine. The rinse will freshen highlights and boost shine by removing the dulling mineral buildup that's accumulated on the hair shaft, explains Dorram.
Turn down the heat
As good as piping-hot showers feel, you've probably heard that they're a recipe for dry, rough skin. And failing to turn down the temps dashes your chances of great-looking color, too. "Super-hot water opens the cuticle and washes away the dye," says Amelia Trammell, a colorist at the Bumble and bumble Downtown Salon in New York City.
Get a touch-up between appointments.
It's possible to extend your color for a few weeks without getting a full-on color treatment. The secret? Asking for a few highlights that frame your face or for your colorist to lighten the roots at your hairline by one to two shades, Dorram says. She calls it the "pick-me-up" that'll keep your hair looking flawless until your next regular appointment.
Add a topcoat
Maintain color and boost shine between sessions by scheduling a glossing treatment at your salon. Trammell likens the treatment to the topcoat you get during a manicure. "It adds a shiny coat and locks the color in," she explains. Plus, it'll neutralize any brassiness and seal the hair's cuticle so it reflects light and looks fresh. Try the treatment as often as once a month, says Trammell. But for best results, don't opt for an at-home gloss—it can mess with the work your colorist has done, she says.
Embrace hat hair
Now that summer's almost here, it's especially important to protect your color from UV rays, which will fade your shade in the same way they lighten your patio furniture's cushions. Roxie Darling, a colorist at Hairstory Studio in New York City, suggests wearing a hat or scarf when outdoors to keep your color bright.
Skip a shampoo
If there's one thing just about every colorist will agree on, it's that washing your hair frequently does more harm than good. The detergents meant to get grime off your scalp cause color to fade faster. To put off shampooing without suffering a greasy look, invest in a great dry shampoo; Pemoulié's favorite is Oribe Dry Texturizing Hair Spray and apply it along your hairline or part before styling.
Creative styling can help you get away with unwashed hair. Put some dry shampoo at the root—Trammell uses Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder—then backcomb it slightly before whisking it up into a half-up topknot. "Nobody will ever know you're going on day five without washing," she says.
Personalize your products
When you do wash your hair, Darling suggests using a hydrating cleansing cream, but not before bringing it to your colorist and asking him or her to tint it for you. This will help you properly sustain your exact shade with each and every wash, she says.