Picture this: You've just dyed your hair. Maybe you've picked a popping pink shade that can be spotted from a mile away, or maybe you're more of a true-blue cool-toned gal. Whatever your colour of choice is, you're excited about showing your vibrant hair off. Wash one, everything's fine. Wash two, your hair's looking good. But come wash three, and alas — your colour is suddenly a shadow of its former self and has faded into a dull, brassy tone. Keeping hair colour from fading is a tough task and one that very few can accomplish.
However, we've got a hold of a few neat tips and tricks that'll keep your hair colour from fading and even make it last longer. Ahead, we're listing down the best tricks to keep your hair colour from fading away — take notes, ladies!
- 01. Switch to sulphate free products
- 02. Space out wash days
- 03. Turn down the temperature
- 04. Don't overuse hot tools
- 05. Limit sun exposure
01. Switch to sulphate free products
Hair products designed for coloured hair were created for a reason — they actually work! If you want to extend the life of your hair colour, opt for products that were categorically made for coloured hair. More specifically, look for sulphate-free products since sulphates are generally too aggressive for coloured hair and can cause the colour to fade away much faster than normal.
BB Picks: Tresemme Pro Protect Sulphate Free Conditioner
02. Space out wash days
Washing your hair every day is definitely not ideal. You really, really need to space out your wash days, especially if you've got coloured hair. Shampooing every day won't just strip your hair of its natural oils; it’ll strip your hair colour off too. If your hair is grease central in just one day, though, use a dry shampoo instead. It'll take care of the buildup and not mess with the hues on your hair either.
BB Picks: Dove Fresh and Floral Dry Shampoo
03. Turn down the temperature
Most of us live for hot showers, but if you've spent big bucks on a dye job, it's probably best to save them for later. Hot water opens up your hair cuticles and makes them release all the colour while also drying out your locks. And if you're looking to avoid a mess, it's best to wash and rinse with lukewarm water, followed up with a cold water rinse to seal the cuticle.
04. Don't overuse hot tools
We've said it before, and we're going to say it again — heat styling is not your friend! Sure, your chunky e-girl streaks may look better when they're straightened, but using hot tools will only make your hair colour fade faster. We know it's a little unreasonable to ask you to stop doing it altogether. So first, we suggest staying away from them for the first week after you colour your hair. Instead, air or towel dry your hair, and when you absolutely must use hot tools? Always use a heat protection spray.
BB Picks: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray
05. Limit sun exposure
You knew the sun exposure was bad for your skin, but did you know it's bad for your tresses too? Sun exposure can cause your hair colour to lighten up and fade much quicker. And while we can't exactly stop you from going out, here's a friendly little suggestion: wear a hat or wrap a scarf around your head to increase the longevity of your hair colour.
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Written by Nishtha Bhalla on Sep 08, 2021
Nishtha is a freelance writer who loves all things beauty, fashion, culture, and lifestyle. With content covering a variety of topics, she brings a holistic, nuanced perspective to her writing. In her free time, she can be found watching reruns of The Office, reading anything she can get her hands on, and experimenting with astrology.