Hair color is a great way to make a stylish statement. It can give your curls kick, jazz up your TWA and add dimension to your locs. While you can darken, lighten, or add highlights or lowlights to your hair, there are also unique options that vary from bright rainbow hues to pretty pastels. If you’ve noticed that your hair color is more brassy and fades quickly, it’s time to reconsider how you care for your hair color.
Take precautions with your natural hair, you will need to be just as careful with how you treat your hair with color. If you are thinking about dying your hair or having trouble with unwanted color fading, read on for some beneficial tips that will keep your hair vibrant longer.
1. You’re not deep conditioning enough. Frequent deep conditioning leaves hair softer and more manageable while preserving the color. The healthier your hair is, the longer any type of dye will stay. Damaged hair, like split ends, makes it harder for the color to adhere to the cuticle. So if your strands are damaged, your hair color won’t last as long.
2. You’re not using a shampoo and conditioner with color protecting ingredients. They are specifically formulated to be both gentle and protective. Look for ingredients like UV protectors, butters and oils to moisturize and hydrate, as well as protein to restore the damage that coloring can cause.
3. You’re overusing your heating tools. Keep blow drying, flat ironing and curling to a minimum. This zaps any moisture right out of color-treated hair, and is more prone to breakage and damage from these high-heat tools. If you do need to use heat on your hair, take precaution by using a heat-protective product.
4. You’re washing your hair too much. Color’s worst enemy is water. Colored hair absorbs and releases water easily. As it exits, water takes along color molecules. Wash no more than twice a week. On the days in between, use a dry shampoo at the roots to soak up any oil.
5. You’re not conditioning after every shampoo. You probably think you can skip conditioning your hair every time you shampoo, but conditioning is just as important, if not more. Make sure you are conditioning your hair– especially the longest part. The tips can be several years old and hold the most damage, whereas the roots are only a couple of months old. Start by your ears and work your way down to the tips.
6. You’re using water that’s too hot. As tempting as those steamy hot showers may be, it can be harmful to your hair. Heat makes dye bleed faster, so hotter water loses color quicker. Instead, washing your hair in lukewarm water will help your hair color stay brighter longer.
7. You’re not using a glaze. Using a glaze every other week will give your hair increased shine and re-boost fading color. It adds vibrancy that will keep your color looking fresh until your next color touch up.