Friday, August 17, 2012

How To Prevent Fading Hair Color

You've just reached your dream shade – but how do you hold onto the fresh, “just-left-the-salon” look? Luckily it isn’t too hard to keep your color, but you do need to pay attention to how you’re treating your hair.  

Use color safe shampoo.
Regular shampoo can strip color out of your hair, so it’s important to use one that’s very gentle and
formulated for color-treated hair. You can also look for a color-enhancing shampoo that deposits
temporary color in your hair with each wash.

Always condition.
 Especially after exposure to water, it’s important to restore moisture to your hair to keep its color
fresh. You can cut down on shampooing to reduce stripping out color but make sure you condition
your hair regularly.

Reduce heat exposure.
 When you overheat your hair with blow-dryers and styling tools, the cuticles can become damaged
and break. Openings in the shaft allow color molecules to leave the hair, which causes fading color.
Make sure you use a heat-protecting spray and hold the blow-dryer as far from your hair as possible.

Limit sun exposure.
The sun fades hair color just like it fades clothing or curtains. Keeping your hair covered when you’re
outside will help save the color. You can also use a leave-in conditioner with UV protection or a
special sun-protecting hair spray.


Glaze treatment. Coloring your hair can open up the cuticles and lead to damage. Damaged hair loses its color faster. A glaze will coat the strands and lock in color, and some even deposit temporary color to give your hair a boost.

Brunettes: Brown shades tend to last longer because of qualities in the pigment. However, you can
keep them vibrant by using a lightweight hair glaze after every other shampoo.

Redheads: Red molecules are the first pigment your hair releases when you wash it, according to
WebMD. So if you’ve used a red shade in your hair, wash your hair every other day instead of every
day, and use a very gentle shampoo and conditioner.

Blondes: If you’ve lightened your hair, it’s important to use a gentle shampoo for color-treated hair
and deep conditioner to restore moisture and prevent breakage.

Via: HFW

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