Isn’t it just awesome when you find the perfect color for your hair? Not only does it make your mane look vibrant and shampoo-ad worthy, but the perfect hair color can complement your skin tone and make you look more attractive.
Unfortunately, the color of your hair changes over time, whether you were born with the perfect hair color or got it from the salon.
Blame it on melanin. Melanin is a pigment in your body that decides what color to give your hair. As you grow from baby to adulthood, the level of melanin in your body also grows. This is the reason for babies with blond hair having a darker colored top when they are older.
Eventually, your body will produce less melanin. When this happens, your hair will turn gray, then white. Thankfully, there are hair coloring products to help you get your perfect hair color back.
But, alas, your natural hair color makes a comeback. What can you do to keep your perfect hair color a little bit longer? (Frequent salon visits can be quite expensive, indeed.)
Do Root Touch-Ups
Your hair grows. This is inevitable. A root touch-up is a great and inexpensive way to keep your perfect hair color a little bit longer. You can even do it at home by yourself.
When you see the roots of your hair in your original hair color, grab a hair coloring kit and apply the perfect color on your roots.
Make sure that you perform an allergy test at least 48 hours before you apply hair color.
Watch Out For The Sun
Like your skin, your hair also needs protection from the sun’s UV rays. When your hair is often exposed to the sun, the outer covering of the hair is damaged by UVA and UVB rays.
When this happens, your hair can become discolored and dry. Remember to wear a hat or a cap whenever you will be outside for a prolonged period of time.
You can also look into using hair products that claim to protect your hair from UV and UVB rays.
Nourish Your Hair
Did you know that, like your face, your hair needs a mask, too? Yep. Hair masks help bring moisture back to your hair.
Since your hair is not a living tissue, it needs internal and external moisturizers to keep it strong and shiny. Remember that discoloration is a sign of damaged hair.
You can actually make a homemade mask to save you a trip to the store. Just grab a yogurt, mayonnaise, honey or olive oil and rub some into your hair.
Leave the mask on for at least ten minutes and do the whole thing at least twice a week. It is strongly recommended that you shampoo and rinse your hair completely when you are done with your homemade hair mask.
Shampoo Every Other Day
Shampoos are formulated to clean your hair which means they have ingredients that can remove the color from your hair when used frequently.
It won’t hurt to shampoo every other day, especially if you do not have oily hair. You can also get shampoo that is specially designed for color-treated hair.
Prep Your Hair For The Pool
If you cannot avoid going for a dip, use a leave-in conditioner on your hair as this can help with color fading. You can also wear a swim cap.
Most, if not all, pools contain chlorine to clean the water by getting rid of any bacteria already in the water and introduced to the water. Chlorine can harm your color-treated hair because it is, mainly, bleach.
So, it can cause your hair color to fade or change the color.
Say No To Hot Water
Yes, a hot shower after a long day does sound nice, but what about your perfect hair color? Hot water can shorten the lifespan of your color-treated hair.
It lifts the outer layer of your hair. Hair experts suggest using lukewarm water or water at cooler temperatures when you wash dyed hair.
Give Your Curling Iron, Flat Iron, And Blow-Dryer A Break
Exposing your dyed hair to heat is a no-no if you want to have that perfect color for a longer time. Heat damages the cuticle layer of your hair, and makes it easier for water to get in your hair and color to fade.
Use hair products that protect your hair from heat before you style your hair.
Be Gentle With Your Hair
Rubbing aggressively at your hair when you dry it can also damage the hair. Too much roughness when you dry your hair with a towel can also shorten the life of your dyed hair.
Instead of rubbing hard, try blotting your hair gently with your towel and letting the air dry it.
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