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How to Make Your Color Last Between Treatments

A color treatment can make you look younger, make your natural color richer, or just add a bit of fun to your style. However, eventually, the color will begin to fade and you’ll need to make another appointment with your colorist. The good news is that there are measures you can take at home to help extend your color.

Wash Less

Wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair for the first time after a color treatment. The cuticle of the hair will be open right after the treatment and washing will hasten the loss of color and expedite its fading. Whenever possible, limit cleansing to twice a week. A dry shampoo can be helpful between shampooing.

Shampoos and Conditioners

Use a shampoo and conditioner that’s specially formulated for color-treated hair. You might want to consider a pre-shampoo treatment to revitalize, strengthen, and reduce breakage. Be sure that the shampoo and conditioner is also crafted for your particular hair type.

Use a Mask

A hair mask contains a variety of ingredients that smooth the hair cuticle and provide nourishment. Color-treated tresses are more prone to breakage and a mask used twice a month will make your hair shiny, vibrant, and help reduce breakage.

Limit Styling Tools

Hot styling tools take a toll on untreated hair, so you can image what they do to color-treated locks. Styling tools that use heat also emit steam. The result are hair cuticles that open and leak color. Limit the use of styling tools, turn down the heat, and use a heat protectant.

Sun and Showers

Sun can fade or even burn color-treated hair. Be sure to wear a hat or other type of hair covering when you’re going to be out in the sun. Rinsing hair in very cool water before shampooing can help it retain color. The cooler temperature closes the cuticles. Follow the rinse with a warm shower, but be sure to rinse in cool/cold water to help seal color in.

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