One of the most frequent complaints about hair dye is that it washes out too easily, particularly the fantasy/mermaid/rainbow hair colors. Pastels are a major culprit, as well as reds.
But while you can’t completely prevent fading, there are some things you can do to make your dye job last as long as possible!
Choose Color Safe Shampoos and Conditioners
Traditional shampoos and conditioners have ingredients that can strip dye out of your hair faster, as well as being unhealthy for your scalp and hair.
Shampoos with sulfates in them are harsher, though bubblier. Sulfates will strip the dye out of your hair, and ultimately dry your hair and scalp out. Conditioners with silicones in them are more likely to make your scalp greasy, ultimately causing you to wash your hair more often (which we’ll go into later).
You don’t have to spend a lot to get these color safe shampoos and conditioners though! Drugstore brands like OGX, Love Beauty And Planet, and Shea Moisture have sulfate/silicone free options.
Wash in Cold Water
This is, without question, the most unpleasant tip – at least in the winter. However, just like hot water causes your clothes to fade, hot water on your dyed hair will cause dye bleeding and color loss.
If you’re not feeling up to a cold shower, washing your hair at the kitchen sink with the dish sprayer is a decent alternative.
Wash Your Hair Less Frequently
Either way, you want to wash your hair as infrequently as you can stand. Washing does cause fading, even taking the proper precautions.
Using dry shampoo can help you go longer between washes. If you don’t have dry shampoo, dusting corn starch in your hair and brushing it through will help soak up the oils!
Try Color Depositing Conditioner
One great way to avoid fading is to use a color depositing conditioner like Overtone. These products add more dye every time you condition your hair, but without a lot of the harsh chemicals that a full fresh dye job has.
If you don’t like the idea of something that expensive, you can mix your hair dye into your current conditioner to achieve something similar.
Use Heat Protectant Before Styling or Drying
Make sure you use a heat protectant product before you use any heat on your hair. Some great options are the Drybar Prep Rally Prep and Prime and the eva nyc 10 in 1 Mane Magic primer.
Both of these products have detangling and and protecting properties as well!
What are your favorite tips to help preserve your color treated hair? Let me know in the comments!