Whether you have platinum blonde, brown, black, red, or even blue hair, color-treated hair needs a little extra attention if you know clearly how to keep color in hair long. There is nothing worse than spending a huge amount of money at your hair salon for the latest on-trend colors and then fading after a week due to no hair care. How to maintain colored hair with useful tips that Luxshine suggests now will help you to keep hair hue longer.
Several tips of how to maintain colored hair
After coloring, wait for a full 72 hrs before shampooing
When dyeing your hair, your cuticles are opened, allowing the color to easily penetrate the strands of hair. When you wash your hair too soon after the appointment, the cuticles may still open up, resulting in your hair color being washed down the drain. It takes up to three days for the cuticles to close completely so the longer you wait to wash your hair after dyeing, the more time it will take for the pigment to penetrate into the cuticle. This will help the color be durable.
Wash hair less often
Washing your hair every day is something you should avoid if you want your hair color to fade. Not only do you wash off the natural oils that moisturize and keep your hair color fresh, but you also wash off a little hair dye every time you wash your hair. Try washing your hair every other day or even 2-3 times a week to preserve the color.
Use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner
Sodium laureth sulfate, also known as sodium laureth ether sulfate, is a type of anionic detergent found in many personal care products. This ingredient is used to help create the foaming effect of your shampoo and conditioner. By using sulfates, you run the risk of losing your hair’s natural oils and moisture, which could then lead to the loss of your color processed hair (which you only lose hours and dollars at the hair salon to gain).
Add dye to your conditioner
If you are rocking a brighter color like pink, purple, or even blue, try adding a bit of dye to your conditioner when washing your hair. This will dye your hair a bit each time you wash it to keep it looking fresh until the roots are longer.
Turn down water temperature when shampooing
While showering with hot water makes you feel great, it is not too perfect for your hair color. When washing your hair with hot water, the hair cuticle opens, allowing your color to flow out as you wash and condition your hair.
To prevent all your color from being washed away, try washing your hair with warm water and then rinsing it off with cold water after conditioning. Warm water will allow the shampoo and conditioner to penetrate and clean, while cold water will help keep moisture from your conditioner. It also prevents the color from fading by sealing the hair cuticles.
On off days, use dry shampoo
On days off without washing your hair, try using a dry shampoo that is safe for hair color. This will refresh your hair and make it look like you have just washed your hair without having to wash it! You can also try dyed dry shampoos to revamp your hair color without going to a salon.
Use leave-in treatments to protect hair color when styling
Dyed hair and chemically treated hair need moisture replenishment and sun protection to prevent damage and loss of nutrients to the hair. Hair treatments will help keep your hair smooth and hydrated, and it is important to find one that is UV-resistant so the sun doesn’t fade your hair color.
Use heat protectant spray before using hot tools
The heat will lose color and hydration and lead to hair damage. To help prevent these problems from occurring when using hot tools, try using heat protectant spray before drying or styling. A heat protectant spray will help reduce moisture loss from within the hair, smooth out the outside of the hair, and protect hair from moisture after heat styling, in general, will help maintain your hair color.
Prepare your hair for the next color process
Use the clarifying shampoo for colored hair the day before your next color treatment at the hair salon. This will remove any oils that may prevent your hair color from seeping into the cuticles to a deeper extent.
Keep up with trims
The ends of truncated hair won’t retain color and will fade even faster so make sure you cut off those dead ends every 6-8 weeks so your color looks fresh from root to tip!
Chlorine is a chemical bleach that cleans swimming pools and will definitely discolor your hair when enjoying a sunny day in the pool. Blonde hair turns green easily, while darker colors can dull, dry, and lose shine. So if you find yourself wanting to go to the pool, try wearing a swimming cap! Or, try getting your hair wet in the shower, using conditioner, and not rinsing. This creates a barrier in the hair strands so that chlorine doesn’t get in.
Hydrate Your Hair With Conditioning Treatments
Moisture loss and dryness are common consequences when you dye your hair. The only way to deal with this is to moisturize your hair with hair conditioning treatments. Incorporate shampooing, steaming, and wrapping hair into your hair care routine at the same time. Hair conditioning ingredients like banana, yogurt, olive oil, and honey have long been used as home remedies to improve hair health. So a hair pack made of these ingredients can help soothe frizzy hair, restore the damage, and moisturize with its moisturizing properties.
You will need
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Processing Time: 1 hour
- In a bowl, mash the whole ripe banana until it is completely lump-free. To do this, add a teaspoon of olive oil and mix well.
- Add 1 teaspoon of yogurt and one teaspoon of honey and mix well.
- Apply this mixture to your hair from root to tip.
- Once the hair is completely covered, leave the incubator for about an hour.
- Rinse with a mild shampoo without sulfate and cool water.
- Repeat this once a week.
Follow these instructions and enjoy your strong and colorful hair hue!