Dying your hair a new color for the first time is great fun. Whether you’ve gone for a firey red or an electric blue, little beats the feeling of heading out after a DIY dye and debuting your lush new hair for the first time.
Re-dying your hair, however, is less fun. As fun as dying your hair bright colors is, maintaining your new hair color is not. Luckily, these five tips can help you increase the amount of time between a dye and a re-dye.
Wash your hair less regularly
Every time you wash your hair, a little color is lifted. Washing your hair less regularly therefore means keeping your hair bright for longer. When you do wash your hair, rinse it with lukewarm water. Hot water will open your cuticles and cause color to wash out.
Use Color Protective Shampoo & Conditioner
These products are sulphate free and are designed to be gentle on your hair. Make sure you don’t skip out on the conditioner as this will keep your hair in good condition and protect your hair.
Keep Out the Sun (Or Wear a Hat)
The sun is the enemy of brightly colored hair. Avoid contact with it like the plague, or you could just wear a hat.
Go Easy On the Curling Irons
Blow-drying and curling or straightening your hair with heat can cause it to dry out and the color will fade. If you have to use these products, use a heat-protection spray o your hair first.
If you enjoy swimming, get into the habit of wearing a swimming cap. The chlorine can interact with the dye causing it to dull or worse, change color completely.