Hair color is a personal thing, and so personal, in fact, that there are more people than you might think among us whose hair color is not their naturally-given shade, but for some reason, they opt for never revealing this fact, and allowing the world at large to just believe that signature color of their coif happens all on its own. In addition to the many folks sporting the vast range of “natural” shades, there’s another burgeoning group of fashionistas who seemingly wouldn’t ever be caught topped with any color even closely resembling a natural hair shade. This camp continues to evolve with new color formats that now include the likes of ombre, tie-dyed, rainbow and painted-on applique designs. And just as varied as all the hair color choices among today’s individuals, are the methods used to achieve them. Some involve really high-end salons, using pricey products and a lot of professional time and effort, and some are obtained by use of a little box of drugstore hair color, purchased for under $10. The thing is, it really doesn’t matter how we came about getting the hair color we have, we like knowing that it will last as long as we want it to.
Many Benefits to Color Retention
Keeping that hair color is easier than most people believe, but it does require some attention. And sustaining the color you started out with doesn’t only just make it look better, but it will also be much better for your hair–with less chemical processing that characteristically strips your hair of natural oils and nutrients. This way, you decrease the number of re-dos, giving your hair a nice break between color sessions and not to mention, save money. Now, those luscious browns won’t turn muddy looking, vibrant reds won’t turn pinky and gorgeous blonde shades will retain their original glow. And it’s a little-known fact that healthy hair is able to hold onto coloring a longer time than unhealthy hair.
Start Out the Right Way
You already know about post-coloring intervention to pamper your hair with extra conditioning, if you are not a hair coloring newcomer. What most people don’t know is that it’s good to get your hair ready, prior to coloring it. Around a week before coloring your hair, apply a deep conditioning treatment to your hair. There are DIY at home methods involving nutritious ingredients you can buy at the grocery store, like avocado and olive oil. Keeping your colored hair conditioned and taking extra precautions to protect it will ensure your color will last.
Learn About Shampooing
The days directly following any hair coloring treatment are when what you do can most impact the longevity of your hair color. Try to go as long as possible without shampooing your hair following coloring it. The effect that heated water (and shampoo) has upon your hair–and especially color molecules deposited onto the shaft of strands is significant. After coloring, and between color sessions, wait as long as possible, and keep the wash and rinse water a little cooler than you normally would. Even under ideal circumstances, you’re going to lose a little color during each wash. Use only sulfate-free shampoos (and conditioners) that claim to be gentle. Because it’s the sulfates that produce the lather, don’t expect as much lather to believe that your hair is fully clean.