Tips to Preserve Hair Color

Posted on April 17 2013

The sun is shining and before you know it it's going to be beach time. Unfortunately the sun often strips and dulls hair color. Here are our favorite tips and tricks to keep hair color from fading away this season so you can bask in the sun and not have to worry about any extra salon trips to freshen up your hair.

Tip 1: Choose your shampoo and conditioner wisely. Invest in some color-boosting products, many brands carry certain products geared towards blondes, brunettes and redheads. John Frieda has a great line tailored to dyed hair called Color Renew. An extra tip for blondes is purple shampoo and conditioner- it cancels out the brassy yellow tones that may develop over time, giving your locks a fresh-from-the-salon blonde! My favorite purple shampoo is Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights, just don't leave it in for more than five minutes. Another shampoo tip to preserve color is to avoid sulfates! Too many sulfates dry out hair, giving it a dull look. Tigi Bed Head Superstar Suflate-Free Shampoo is my personal favorite!

Tip 2: Protect your locks from the sun. The best defense against the sun is a UV repelling leave-in product. I cannot recommend Oribe Supershine enough! It's paraben free and color safe and works magic against the sun. If you want to be extra-cautious throw on a sun hat and/or a scarf and you're good to go!

Tip 3: Cold rinses. When you wash your hair try and use luke-warm to cold temperature water, the colder the better! It seals the follices shut, preventing color loss and leaving your locks silky smooth. If you're really dedicated invest in a filtered showerhead to avoid minerals and chemicals in shower water than can dull your hair.

Tip 4: Hold the heat. Avoid styling with hot irons and blow dryers as much as possible! If you need them use a heat-protecting leave-in product. A long-time favorite of many is Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray.

Tip 5: Try your best to not wash your hair every day!

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