Hair color is one of the most popular services offered in a salon. But have you ever had your hair colored, and loved the vibrant, rich shade, only to be disappointed when it starts to fade weeks later? Hair color services don't come cheap, so you want your color to last until your next touch-up appointment!
One of the reasons hair color fades is the use of cleansing and styling products that aren't made to protect color-treated hair. These products contain sodium laurel sulfate and other ingredients which can strip your mane.
Exposure to the sun is another culprit. The sun reacts with your hair hue and can cause oxidation, leaving you with unwanted gold and brassy highlights. Today, you can find a slew of hair products with UV protectants built right in.
Chlorine can also cause hair color drama. If you've ever seen a blonde come out of the pool with a green cast to her hair, you know exactly what I'm talking about! A good rule of thumb is to avoid the pool for at least 2-3 days after coloring your locks. There are also products on the market that can help minimize damage, like Pureology Purify Shampoo.
Whether a professional does your hair, or you're a DIY kinda gal, know the types of colors on the market: permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary. Permanent color enters the hair shaft and removes some of your natural hair color molecules. Semi-permanent does not, and is formulated to wash out gradually. Temporary color only coats the outer layer of your hair shaft and is easy to rinse out. Each formula has its uses, and your stylist will have the knowledge and experience to help decide which one is best for you. If you purchase at-home color, scan the box and make sure you know exactly what you're getting.
The best way to ensure your hair color doesn't fade is to use professional products formulated to protect and nourish your hair. These products contain natural oils and conditioners to seal the cuticle layer and keep the hair color molecules where they belong. When you go to your stylist for your next appointment, ask for some recommendations to keep your hair looking fresh and bright!
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