Vibrant hair colors require special care, so it’s important to know what to expect if you are planning to dye your hair anytime soon. Whether you dye your mane red, platinum blonde, or even brunette, hair colors fade over time, with the bolder and lighter tones fading faster than the more natural ones. You do not want to spend hundreds of dollars at a beauty salon, only to have it fade after a week or two because you did not take care of your hair. Here are some hair color care tips and tricks on how to maintain hair color that will keep your locks looking fresh and healthy.

Avoid Shampooing for 72 Hours

Dyeing opens up the hair’s cuticle to allow the color to penetrate the hair shaft more easily. This cuticle can remain open for a while after coloring, which causes the color to wash out of the hair. It takes up to 72 hours for the cuticle layer to completely close, so it is best to wait three days before shampooing your dyed hair. This will ensure that the color pigments have fully penetrated the cuticle of your hair, which will help the color last longer.

Use Color-Protecting Hair Products

It’s best to avoid shampoos that contain the following ingredients: Sodium chloride, parabens, petrochemicals and especially sulfates. Sulfates are used to add lather to shampoos and conditioners, which strips hair of its natural oils. They can also cause color to be stripped from your freshly treated hair. So, pay attention to the ingredients of the hair products you use before you buy them. There are different products for all hair types, and you can ask your hairdresser or stylist for advice on which sulfate-free shampoos they recommend for you.

Add Dye to Conditioners

Rich and bright colors like pink or blue fade faster than others. Therefore, if you re-dye your hair every time you wash it, the color will stay bright and fresh. If you add a little dye to your conditioner when you shower, your hair will be lightly recolored and retain its color. This way you can refresh your locks and prolong the color between visits to the hairdresser until your roots grow out.

Cold Water is Better

You may love a hot shower after a long day at work, but your hair does not. When you clean it with hot water, the cuticle of your hair can reopen, washing out the color when you shampoo or condition your hair. To avoid this, wash your hair with warm water, apply conditioner and rinse with cold water. Warm water helps to properly cleanse the hair, while cold water locks in the moisture from the conditioner, keeping the hair color intact and the strands moisturized.

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