By Leah Fletcher
You have a fantastic hair color that you just love. It complements your complexion, makes you feel younger, and strangers on the street constantly stop you to ask about the color and where you got it done. Of course you want this to last as long as possible! These five tips and tricks will help your tresses hold onto your radiant color for a long, long time.
Choose the Right Shampoo
Maybe you already know that sulfate shampoos tend to strip away the hair’s natural oils. They also tend to make a great hair color fade. Sulfate-free cleansers are better for black hair in general, so if you have a favorite, you can continue using it. However, there are color-safe shampoos on the market that specifically work to make that shade last as long as possible. Some suggestions include:
Mizani Supreme Oil Sulfate-free Moisturizing Shampoo
Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo
Tresemme Color Revitalize Shampoo
You don’t have to switch from a beloved cleanser if it’s currently doing the job, but you might consider alternating your regular shampoo with a color-preserving one from time to time.
Stay Close to Your Natural Shade
When your permanent hair color doesn’t differ greatly from your natural shade, it’s much less noticeable as the color grows out. While this tip doesn’t prolong the life of your color, it lessens the frequency of touch-ups and/or salon visits. You can still try a vibrant shade without stepping away too far from your own color. Burgundy, deep auburn and chocolate are all gorgeous colors that can impart a richness and depth to your style without requiring you to disguise your roots every six to eight weeks.
Seal With a Color-Caring Oil
There may not be a lot of oils on the market specifically designed to make your color last, but Matrix Oil Wonders: Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil is one of them. I was able to try a trio of the Oil Wonders, each serving a different purpose, and these oils are heavenly. The Egyptian Hibiscus is incredibly light, but gives amazing shine to the hair. Plus, it smells delicious! It’s also made to keep your color vibrant for as long as possible. This oil works for all textures.
Keep it Cool
Your post-conditioner rinse, that is. Hot water can make your color fade more quickly than it should, so when cleansing your hair, keep the water warm and end with a cool rinse. The same rule for heat applies to thermal styling tools or any direct heat (indirect heat in the form of diffuser dryers, hood or bonnet dryers is fine). Too much heat can turn your color brassy or cause it to fade.
Protect Your Locks
Your gorgeous color needs to be protected from many things, and during hot weather, this includes the sun and pool water. The sun’s rays can make your color appear dull before its time; the harsh chemicals in swimming pools can change your color to an unflattering tone. If you know you’re going to be outside for long periods of time, sport a hat, headwrap/scarf and/or wear a protective style that keeps the majority of your tresses out of sight. Before taking a dip in the pool, wet your hair thoroughly with water and then slather on conditioner. This will keep out a lot of the chlorinated water that will suck the life out of your color. The better protected your hair is, the longer your color will last.