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The How-To Lounge: Making Your Hair Color Last Longer

Changing your hair color can be so much fun, especially if you're in need of a new look but don't want to lose your length. Your hair color says a lot about who you are so if you're one that feels like you practically live in the salon, here are some tips to help your color last longer.

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  • Make sure you like and trust your colorist. He or she doesn't have to be the best stylist in town, but they do need to be the best person for you
  • Keep in mind that highlights have a smoother grow out period than all over color. They also look more natural, especially during the summer time when your hair tends to get naturally lighter from the sun
  • Always condition your hair. The better condition your hair is in to begin with, the longer your color will hold
  • You should aim to get your hair colored every 6-8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows. Keep in mind that colorists book up quickly so it's best to make your next appointment before leaving the salon so you don't end up in a jam - or three inch roots
  • Try to go as long as possible without washing your hair after getting it colored. Let the color settle and when you finally do have to breakdown and give it a good shampoo, rinse with cold water to close the cuticles of your hair
  • Whatever color you are, use matching color enhancing products - remember to buy both the shampoo and the conditioner - they only work when used together
  • Keep your color treated hair out of the sun if possible. Not only will it dry out your hair, but it will also wreak havoc on your color. Also, avoid chlorine at all costs. The chemicals can strip your color and even turn blonde hair green - no, it isn't a myth!

I hope these tips help and have fun with your color, you only live once!


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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
oh such good tips! thanks for this!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
Is it true that I should not wash my hair the day I get it highlighted? I have very oily hair, it's icky. Within a few hours of washing it my hair is limp and if I touch it... lets just say I'll look like I can fry eggs on it! So when I wake up in the morning it has to be washed! But my sis said I shouldn't on highlight day??
millarci millarci 9 years
Very good tips! Thanks!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
A glaze is also really good in between colorings for extra kick.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I do it at home, too. I find some of these work well for me, some not so much. For instance, color enhancing shampoo and condition is MURDER on my hair. I need to use shampoo to treat the curls and waves, not the color, or I'm sunk. Also, by enhancing my natural color now rather than changing it completely, I've been able to stretch that 6 weeks between colorings to at least 12. It's great.
spiceG spiceG 9 years
i have dark hair, but still dye it a bit darker... so my roots are lighter and this looks so unnatural. is there any product that you can put on for temporary wear that can add darker highlights to extend my time between dyes? PLEASE HELP!
Rubita Rubita 9 years
I lucked out in the natural hair color department (I'm a light blonde with good highlights). But, I've had the same color my whole life and am bored, bored, BORED! I'm planning to try my hand at being a mysterious brunette this fall, so this came just in time. ;) Thanks, Dear!!
mrsyuen mrsyuen 9 years
Great tips! Thanks DearSugar! Hollybeebo, you can dust a little baby powder on ur roots to avoid your hair looking greasy. If you don't have baby powder, you can also use a little foundation.
tudamax tudamax 9 years
Sooooooooooo, do these pertain to someone who colours their own hair at home? I do this every 6 or 7 weeks, and it works great for me (alot cheaper, too) and I have never had to complain about the job the hairdresser did.
fashiontoronto fashiontoronto 9 years
hollybeebo, that's true, but what's a couple days of greasy-ness as compared to ugly faded colour for a month or two? Personally, I make the sacrifice and just wear hats/headbands/scarves for 2-3 days :D
hollybeebo hollybeebo 9 years
It's easier to follow the "avoid washing" tip if you go lighter because it makes your hair more porous and doesn't look as oily as a darker shade will.
fashiontoronto fashiontoronto 9 years
As someone who has been every hair colour imaginable (and is about to go to blonde from brunette tomorrow!) I can confidently say that all of these tips are great and true! ESPECIALLY the bit about not washing your hair for as long as possible after getting colour done...there's no way to make the toner go away faster!
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