Don’t do it yourself. There is much more to applying color than you might think. A colorist will ask you questions about your hair history that are vitally important to achieving the right color, preventing damage, and making your color last. Instructions on the back of a box don’t know if your hair pulls red, whether chemical damage has affected your hair’s porosity, or whether you should stay away from ash undertones. Don’t know what these mean? That’s why you need a professional!
Don’t over-shampoo. Shampoo cleans your hair, stripping away dirt, oil, and unfortunately color as well. Try not to use too much shampoo per wash, and don’t shampoo every day. I make it a game to see how little shampoo I can use in the shower, and how many days I can go in between. I save loads of money on hair products and it allows my color to metaphorically take off its shoes and stay a while. Also, focus on sudsing the roots only—your ends will get clean when rinsing the shampoo out.
Use color-safe products. This is so important. Using shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair is the one of the best ways to keep your hair looking beautiful between visits. They’re not as harsh as other kinds of shampoos and conditioners, so they don’t strip your color. Tip: Using cooler water when rinsing will close your hair’s cuticle, locking in the color.
Avoid damage. The more damage your hair has, the more porous it will be, and porous hair has a really hard time holding color. Have you ever seen a girl with bleached blonde hair try to go dark? It fades quickly and it’s not pretty. The healthier you can keep your hair, the longer your color with last. Cutting back on the hot irons is in your color’s best interest!
Touch it up with a gloss. A gloss is a semi-permanent color process. A lot of times it is done right at the shampoo bowl in the salon and only takes fifteen minutes. It freshens up your color when you’re not quite ready for the full treatment. You can even do a clear gloss on blonde hair to shine it up if it’s looking dull. A gloss will last you anywhere from three to eight weeks, depending on your hair type and the color you’re getting.