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Boosting hair color
April 6, 2014, 2:52 pm

Most hair coloring often fails to provide a long lasting rich hue. While the present condition and density of your hair determines how long freshly applied hair color will last, it also depends on hair growth, the amount of times you wash your hair and whether it has recently been color-treated. Nevertheless, here are a few ways to ensure that your hair coloring does not fade easily.

Washing hair: Always use a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner meant for your specific hair color, as it also adds some of the color back into hair as the dye is being washed out. Moreover, do not do anything to hair 24 to 48 hours after it has been color treated — especially washing it. And when you do wash your hair, use cold water, as it keeps the cuticles closed and prevents your hair color from bleeding out.

Color-protecting serum: After washing your hair, run a color-protecting serum throughout as it coats the hair and protects it from heat and humidity. Stay away from products containing sulphate, a strong cleaning agent that removes hair color.

Protein treatment: It should come as no surprise that hair color will last longer on healthy hair. When hair is dyed and damaged, the cuticle is porous. Hair color sticks to these gaps, creating darker areas in each strand but fades out just as quickly. The solution to this is a hard protein treatment, which closes the cuticle so color is locked in evenly. Head to your salon for a protein treatment a few days before your hair color appointment.

Semi-permanent color: A semi-permanent dye lifts and deposits color into the hair and fades naturally. However, a permanent color risks the health of hair and limits the variety of shades you can change in the future. A semi-permanent dye allows you to play with your color, especially if you’re the type of person who likes to change your hair color frequently. Just keep in mind that anything with a red tone in it tends to fade faster.

Hair color usually fades: Hair color is designed to fade. That way when roots grow, it eliminates the hardness between two colors. Then, it is time to hit up the salon for a fresh application again.

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