Ways to help your hair color last longer
- Choose hair color close to your natural shade to extend time between treatments. Also, allow two to three days before washing after a color treatment to allow color pigment to bind and hair’s outer layer (cuticle) to calm down from the damaging chemical process.
- Use tepid water with a cool final rinse and set your 450-degree flat iron down to 200 degrees for healthier hair and less cuticle-damaging heat.
- Protect color-treated hair from pigment-fading, discoloring UV rays with a hat and leave-in conditioner with sunscreen.
- Use haircare products formulated specifically for color-treated hair, which do not contain the harsh, cuticle-damaging cleansing agent sodium lauryl sulfate (or similar derivatives) or drying alcohol.
Also, save more than 50 percent on salon coloring by finding “student” coloring days at your favorite salon or local beauty school. Just be sure the instructor or master colorist is supervising.
Also, do-it-yourself hair color products sold at the grocery or drug store cost around $10, much less than the price of an average beauty salon color treatment. You can also consider using henna…which is much less costly than salon hair color. For more information on henna here’s a great site: www.hennaforhair.com.