Switching up hair color has been one of the biggest beauty trends of 2014. We saw a lot of celebs rocking all sorts of shades: grays, purples, and reds galore. While I normally save drastic changes for the salon professionals, there are a lot of new at-home solutions available that can quench our color cravings.
However, maintaining a dye job done at home can be challenging. Miguel Garcia, International Artistic & Education Director from Revlon Professional, has some tips on how to make your hair color last— whether you’re going with a bold, all over change or just want to add highlights.
“Wash hair with cold or lukewarm water instead of hot water.”
In general, the more you wash your hair, the faster your color will fade. When you do wash your hair, try using cold or lukewarm water. Hot water makes your hair porous, allowing dye to wash out more quickly. Hot temperatures can also dry out your hair, eliminating shine. Limit your washes to twice a week if you can— dry shampoo is your best friend!
“Always use color-preserving shampoo for color-treated hair.”
Many regular shampoos contain sulfates and other cleansing agents that strip the hair of dirt and oils, but also moisture and color. Color-safe shampoos are gentle, omitting alcohol and other damaging agents while often being moisturizing as well. When in doubt, just watch out for and avoid ingredients that end in sulfate, sulfonate, sulfoacetate, sarcosinate, and sulfosuccinate.
“Try to avoid chlorine.”
Exactly why many blondes lament after a swim in the pool, chlorine has the ability to change the appearance of your hair color (along with the chemicals drying and damaging your tresses). The bacteria-killing substance is powerful in lifting color from your hair, and should be avoided after a dye job. If you can’t help from taking a dip, go in with already soaking wet hair— it will help prevent the absorption of pool water. Also make it a point to immediately rinse your hair after getting out. Try protecting products like 12 Benefits Hair Treatment for an extra barrier against damage.
“Use products with sunscreen protection.”
I’ve mentioned how to protect your hair from the sun during summer, but this is extra important when you’ve dyed your hair. The sun will fade your hair color like it fades paint on an old house. Just like you should be protecting your skin from sun damage, everyone should also be vigilant in doing the same for their hair.