|Making Your Hair Color Last
|Karen Marie Shelton - Copyright - All
|Revised Publication Date: 04/23/11
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Whether you have your hair professionally colored or
you use home hair coloring kits, you want to
make your hair color last as long as possible.
There are several things you can do to maximize your newly
colored tresses so your beautiful new hue remains gorgeous and
vibrant as long as possible.
Listed below are several techniques you can try for
finding a great hair color you will love:
a hair coloring product that is most compatible with your life style.
If you don't have time to update your roots every 4-6 weeks, you may want
to select a shade of hair color only 1-3 shades lighter than your
natural color. The closer you stay to your natural hair color, the less
your roots will show as they start to peek through.
When your roots are less obvious,
your hair color will last longer before you have to touch up your roots.
It is always best to select the type of coloring product that is easiest for you to
Apply a deep conditioning treatment to your hair a few days before coloring.
The better conditioned your hair is, the easier the color will take and the longer it will
last. Recently conditioned hair will also be softer and shinier. As an extra bonus, a deep
conditioner will protect your hair against any possible damage from the color chemicals.
It's best to apply hair
color to "aged hair" Wait at least 24 or 48 hours before applying
The natural hair oils will assist in making the color application more successful.
The color will cling better to hair that is not dry.
Use a color enhancing shampoo
between applications to enhance and maintain the color. Color shampoos
are specifically designed to keep your color fresh as long as possible.
color shampoos religiously to maintain your color. A color shampoo will help you keep
your color looking good until it is time for the next application. If you don't wish to
use a color enhancing shampoo then at least use the most gentle shampoo that you can.
Avoid exposing your colored hair to the sun or chlorine in swimming pools.
The sun may fade your hair color and the chlorine may damage the color. In some severe
cases, if you have colored your hair a very light color the chlorine may leave a green
tinge to your hair.
Keep your hair well-conditioned.
Hair coloring will make your hair drier than normal. It is important to keep your hair
conditioned and soft. Conditioned hair holds color better than dry, brittle or damaged
hair. Conditioned hair also makes the colored hair shinier and brighter.
Add a temporary color to give you longer wear.
There are several wonderful temporary hair colors now available on the market that will
give your hair a temporary color what washes out after a few shampoos. If the roots seem
to be growing out a lot faster than normal, or the color looks a little faded, use a
temporary color until your next permanent color application.
Use layered colors to prevent an overall faded color
If your hair is colored all one color, or seems to fade rapidly after each color application,
you may want to try a layered color look. The advantage to applying layered colors would
be to have complimentary shades of darker and lighter colors which would reflect the light
and give the color a multidimensional look. This would give your color a fresher, less
faded look. It would also last longer because of the multiple shades woven into your hair.
A professional colorist would need to assist you with layered coloring since it can be
hairstylist Ken Paves also recommends using eye shadow in a
matching color to your blonde hues and gently dabbing along the
darker roots to camouflage new growth.
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Final Hair Coloring Notes
If you use a home hair color kit be sure to read all
the instructions before you begin and always have an
extra box on hand in case you run out of the mix, have
an unexpected spill or the bottle is damaged in any way.
If you visit a
color professional, be sure that you carefully explain your
lifestyle and time constraints.
Be sure to select a color that you can maintain easily and
will fit your pocketbook.
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Original Publication Date: 3/1998 - Revised Publication
About Karen M. Shelton
Noted as a leading consumer hair expert, Karen is
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