There is nothing quite like a splash of color to completely change the way you look. Adding color to your hair can deliver a daring new style, but it can also deliver a pretty hefty hit to your wallet. In order to get the biggest bang for your buck, you should use the following seven tips that will help you maintain that brilliant color for a longer period of time:
1. Shampoo and Condition: It's perfectly natural to want to have clean hair, but as a rule of thumb, most dying products call for you NOT to shampoo for a period of time before you dye. This allows the color to better adhere to the built up oils in your hair. One thing you can do a few days before you dye is submit your hair to a deep conditioning, as this will add a ton of moisture that the dye loves.
2. Choose a Suitable Color: Going the complete opposite of your natural hair color is incredibly daring, but it also means that you will need to re-dye as soon as your original roots start showing. Going with a color that is in the ballpark of your natural color will make the finished look hold that much longer.
3. Be Aware of the Weather: A lot of people go for a big color change ahead of a new season or an upcoming vacation. The sun in particular can dry out your hair and fade the color that you have added, so stay out of it as much as humanly possible.
4. Select the Right Products: If you do need to be in the sun, you can choose products that have sunscreen built right in. You should be playing close attention to the products you use after coloring anyways, always opting for those that are designed for colored hair.
5. Water Temperature: Hot water is not the best for any type of hair, but it can be particularly damaging to hair that has been given the color treatment. Cooler water is definitely the way to go when it comes time to shampoo and condition your hair, and we can almost guarantee that you will feel as good as your hair looks after getting the cold treatment.
6. Go With the Glaze: Choosing a glaze that makes the color of your hair pop is as simple as selecting one that is suitable for the base color. You can apply the glaze when you shower, and be delighted at the way it really brings out the new color of your hair. Alternatively, you can ask your stylist to apply the glaze if the color is professionally done.
7. Color For The Short Term: Going with a bold new color can be a little bit nerve-wracking, which is why opting for a temporary glaze or dye that can be rinsed out is often the smartest way to go. You can always go with a more permanent look if the color you choose turns out to be the perfect choice.
Those are just a few tips to help keep your new hair color in place longer. Do you know of any other tips that I may have missed?