For years I’ve always gotten some type of color in my hair — whether its bronze highlights, dark red, light red, or recently purple. Getting my hair color is something that makes me feel good.
About a year ago when I dyed my hair back to my natural color (very dark brown) thinking that I was going to stop getting my hair colored (cause it can be pricey) but I felt so odd. It’s crazy that it actually made me feel different, and not in a good way.
The downside with getting your hair colored, is that there is some extra maintain required if you want the color to last and stay vibrant. Especially when it comes to the colors I love, red and purple.
Tips on how to maintain your color treated hair from fading
1. Sulfate Free Hair Products: This is an important tip. Sulfates in hair products isn’t ideal for any type of hair (as it can be a bit fought on hair) but its definitely bad for colored hair. Sulfates can cause the color to fade quickly as its a strong cleaning agent.
Good thing there are tons of sulfate free options available. From the different ones I’ve used I feel that Pureology Hydrate Shampoo has been the best one and the Pureology Hydrate Conditioner has the best minty smell that leaves your hair feeling so soft and even tingly. Its amazing.
Keep in mind that any other product you normally use on your hair (mousse, hair spray, gel, etc.) also needs to be sulfate free. I don’t really use any additional product (except for dry shampoo) in my hair, but always be sure to research it to avoid using anything that will start to strip the color.
2. Minimize Hair Washing: Dry shampoo will be your BBF when dealing with color treated hair. Seriously.
First time I dyed my hair I had no idea about all the rules. So I washed my hair about 2-3 times a week. And the color faded extremely fast. I then found out that its best to just keep hair washing to once a week. So if your hair starts to get a bit oily just throw on some dry shampoo.
Also, when washing, try rinsing with cooler water. With warm/hot water you can cause the color to fade quicker.
3. Use Professional Hair Color: Many times I’ve tried the cheaper route of using box color from the drugstore, only the end up disappointed. I finally learned my lesson after using a cheap brand and the color faded in less than 2 weeks and left my hair really damaged. Ew.
Getting your hair colored is pricey. I know that a lot of people do it themselves and it looks great, which makes me so jealous. But if you are like me and have no experience in hair styling/coloring, then trust a professional. When I do go to a salon I first research the place, see if they specialize in hair coloring (very important!), and ask all the questions.
And if you are in the Orlando/Kissimmee area I highly recommend my hair stylish, Ashley White. She is pretty amazing with color and the sweetest!
I know it can be pricey but if you follow the steps on maintaing the hair color you can get longer lasting hair color that looks amazing!
And I leave you here with a mini collage of my recent hair coloring adventures within the last few years (too bad I’m not sharing my weird highlight phase, LOL).