By Natalie Baker
We’ve all experienced the mini-high of stepping out of the salon with freshly colored hair, but sadly, it’s a euphoria that can be short-lived. While newly colored hair looks shiny and rich, without proper care, blondes can go brassy, brunettes may turn muddy, and reds can lose vibrancy. Fight the fade with these top color-extending tips.
Choose the Right Foundations
For shampoo and conditioner, there’s no such thing as “one size fits all.” Products formulated especially for color-treated hair are a must to maintain your hue. CJ Cassaday, Celebrity Stylist and Color Specialist for CJ Cassaday Hair Studio 49 in Beverly Hills advises, “With all colors, first make sure you use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner, as these have less detergents that will strip out your color faster. Many clients feel that they need to over-condition after coloring especially when doing a bleach and tone, but that’s not the case.“
Instead, Cassaday says your goal is to lock in your new color, “Use a clear sealant. This not only conditions your hair by coating it and creating incredible shine, it lays on top of the hair cuticle, repairing the hair. Instead of using a deep conditioner that will push out the color molecules, it will help prolong your color until your next visit with your colorist.”
Protect Against the Elements
The sun is like kryptonite to color-treated hair. UV rays bleach your strands and are a fast-track to fading. Covering your hair with a cute silk scarf or over-sized hat is one of the best ways to protect your color. If you’re stepping out into direct sunlight, always apply a color-protecting UV spray to hair shielding it from sun damage.
Turn Down the Heat
Flat irons, curling wands, heated rollers, and blow dryers may be some of our most trusted tools, but too much heat on colored or bleached hair can compromise its condition. During the coloring process, the protective layer is stripped away so the dye can penetrate the cuticle and deposit color. Without that layer to shield it, hair is more vulnerable to drying out from using styling tools. When you must apply heat, use a heat protection balm or spray to coat the hair with an extra protective layer like One ‘n Only™ Argan Oil Thermal Shine Spray.
Upgrade Your Water
A hot shower at the end of the day is one of life’s little pleasures. But for dyed hair, it’s a quick route to faded color. Hot water opens the hair cuticle, allowing color to be washed away. Instead, stick to lukewarm water when you wash your tresses. Cold water helps to seal the cuticle, which in turn prolongs the life of the color.
Minerals and metals in your tap water can affect your color, too, causing discoloration over time. Hard water hitting your strands in the shower penetrates porous, color-treated hair causing a brassy or dull look. Remedy the situation with a screw-on shower filter that removes impurities from your water before it touches your hair.
Makethese simple tweaks to your routine to extend the life your color and lengthen the time between salon appointments. Not only will your color stay fresher for longer, but you’ll save yourself time and money, too.