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How to Keep Hair Color From Fading

You finally got the color you’ve dreamed about. You no longer flip through magazines and think to yourself, “I wish my color looked like hers”. Every highlight and every lowlight is perfectly placed. You couldn’t be happier. But two days later, you start to panic because you have to wash your hair. What if it washes out? It will surely fade. And continue to fade with every wash. So what can you do? You’ve spent a lot of money on something that will only look stunning for a week. Well, think again. Here are some super simple steps you can follow to keep your hair color lasting longer and making less trips to the salon (unless you’re gray because unfortunately we haven’t found a way to permanently get rid of those YET!).

Shampoo Less Often

It is probably the most obvious step, right? What is difficult, however, is keeping that unwanted oil away. If you have never tried a dry shampoo, do it. Dry shampoos are designed to freshen up the way your hair smells and desiccate any moisture that has built up at your roots. I would suggest a professional product as opposed to an over-the-counter product. Paul Mitchell makes a great dry shampoo called Dry Wash. Dry Wash is an aerosol spray that you apply directly to your roots and brush through your hair. It smells great and even gives body, leaving the hair looking refreshed and clean.

Gloss It Up

Many hair color brands offer a great chemical process that doesn’t add additional color but will act as a type of “top coat” to preserve the hair color underneath and add amazing shine. Ask your hair stylist about this service because, trust me, it will be worth the extra charge. Paul Mitchell has a product called the Clear Shine that does exactly this. It also acts as a six to eight week treatment that is great for highlighted or over-processed hair to condition those ends.

Give Your Hair A Drink!

Hair that is dry and damaged is less likely to hold a hair color. So that full head of color you just paid a pretty penny for is not going to last if you aren’t using the right products. Color Protect shampoos and conditioners are great to use not only immediately after you receive the service, but at every wash. Also, read those bottles! Find out what you are using and what it’s doing for your hair. Many professional color protect shampoos and conditioners not only prolong your color life by conditioning, but also protect against UV rays and other natural agents that break down hair color.

Keep Up With Your Color

We’ve all waited until our regrowth has reached our ears before calling to make an appointment. Of course it doesn’t look that great, but another downfall to doing this is that your hair has already faded to the point that you’re basically starting over. If you keep up with your color, returning to the salon about every six to eight weeks, your hair will hold those color molecules and will stay hydrated with the addition of the “top coat”.

Product: Your Hair’s Best Friend

Many professional products are designed to not only help with the styling process and finishing, but also to protect your hair against damaging agents, such as UV rays and sun damage. We all love sitting by the pool in the summertime, but watch the time spent in chlorine. If you are a water lover, it will be a good idea to invest in a good clarifying shampoo to remove those chemicals that can not only damage your hair, but also pull out your color or hair change the tone entirely. So don’t pass up that Take Home stand and listen when your stylist recommends products. Your hair will thank you for it!

how to keep hair color from fading
Contributing author Erica King is the Social Networking Leader for the cosmetology school Bella Capelli located in Pittsburgh, PA. Bella Capelli is a Paul Mitchell Partner School that utilizes the professional Paul Mitchell techniques for hair design. Erica joined the team only a few months ago, and she not only manages the school’s social networking sites, but also writes blogs about hair care, products, and how-tos. You can follow the school and read more of Erica’s work on WordPress and Facebook.




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