You’ve just found the perfect hair color, but you’re worried about it fading too fast! Not to worry, we’re here to help you maintain your color as long as possible. Because hair color makes your hair more porous, causing it to absorb and release moisture more easily, it’s important to keep your hair conditioned, and limit how wet it gets. Here are 10 tips to help you protect your hair color, keeping it conditioned and limiting damage.

Protect Your Hair Color At The Salon

1. Use Quality, Conditioning Hair Colors

At Salon 755, we make sure to use professional hair color with conditioning properties. Our products continue to condition your hair as the weeks go by.

2. Red Dye Fades Faster

Red dyes have the largest molecules, which makes it the hardest color to penetrate your hair with. This means red dye will fade the fastest, so be sure to use a hair color with high-definition to minimize the fading.

Protect Your Hair Color In The Shower

1. After Coloring, Wait 2 Days Before Shampoo

After having your hair colored, it’s best to wait 48-72 hours before shampooing it in order to let the color set better, meaning it will last longer.

2. Shampoo Less Frequently

Because coloring it makes your hair more absorbent, washing it releases some of the color every time. Try to shampoo just 2-3 times per week to help keep your color vibrant. You can also use a dry shampoo to clean your hair once or twice a week between washes.

3. Wear A Shower Cap

On the days where you aren’t shampooing, wear a shower cap to keep your hair dry and prevent color from washing out with the water.

4. Use Cooler Water

Use lukewarm or cool water when showering, as hot water can wash the dye out of your hair faster because it opens the surface of your hair strands.

5. Condition Constantly

When you do shampoo, be sure to use color-protecting conditioner. This makes your color look shinier, more even and helps your hair avoid drawing in moisture which can fade the color.

6. Blot Your Hair Dry

Drying your hair with a towel can ruin the towel because dye is being scraped off of your hair. Instead of roughing up and wiping your hair, blot it and allow it to air dry more, so less dye is removed.

Protect Your Hair Color All Day Long

1. Use Leave-In Treatments/Protect From Heat

Using a leave-in conditioning treatment can help detangle your hair, while protecting it on the occasions you need to use heated tools such as blow dryers, curling or straightening irons. Be sure your hair is completely dry before using hot tools to prevent them from cooking your hair.

2. Avoid Chlorine/UV Light

Water will of course pull some of the dye out, but chlorine will also damage your color by possibly turning it green. Wear a swim cap if you must go swimming or into a hot tub. If you can’t wear a swim cap, wet your hair with non-chlorine water and apply a leave-in conditioner to help prevent the chlorine from clinging to your hair. UV light from the sun can also damage your hair, as well as heat from the sun. Try to avoid too much exposure; wear a hat if possible, or use a leave-in conditioner with SPF.