If you spend the time and money to color your hair, it only makes sense that you would want your pretty new hair color to stay around for a while. No matter how bold your hair color is, however, without the proper hair care maintenance, your pretty shade could rinse off your strands and straight down the drain. Yikes! To help you keep your hair color from fading, ahead we share six of our all-time favorite hair care tips for color-treated hair. From the shampoo and conditioner you use, to the hair style products your colored hair can’t survive without, your ultimate hair care routine for your vivid mane is below.
Hair Care Tip #1: Use Products Formulated for Color-Treated Hair
Not all shampoos and conditioners are created equally. If you dye your hair, it’s important to look for a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for color-treated hair. Try a duo of sulfate-free products, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner.
Hair Care Tip #2: Keep It Cool
Showering in super-hot water might feel relaxing, but it can actually do a number on your hair, leaving it feeling dry and looking dull. So, if you color your hair, make sure to rinse off in lukewarm water instead. Your hair color will thank you!
Hair Care Tip #3: Make Time for Masking
Using the proper shampoo and conditioner in your hair care routine is a big step, but when it comes to protecting against color fade, it’s not quite enough. To elevate your hair care routine to match your hair colors high maintenance needs, stock your vanity with a couple of hair masks. If you love traditional hair masks, try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm. If you’re looking for something new and fun to try, consider adding the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Sheet Mask or L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask to your routine. Designed for a fuss-free application, these hair masks will help deeply nourish your color-treated hair without making a mess.
Hair Care Tip #4: Opt for an Air Dry
Since heat can be a culprit in hair color fade, try to air dry your hair as often as possible when you want to elongate the length of time between coloring appointments. To help enhance your style sans a blow-dryer, add a bottle of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to your routine. With just a few spritzes and scrunches for good measure, you’ll look fresh off the beach with a head full of laid back waves. Beachy waves minus a trip to the ocean? There you go!
Hair Care Tip #5: Always Use a Heat Protectant
On those days where you absolutely cannot avoid heat styling—like on your wedding, your BFFs wedding, or any other equally as big holiday or event—whatever you do, just be sure to start with a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, first.
Hair Care Tip #6: Be Prepared for Touchups
There will come a point when you’ll have to touch up your hair color. Be prepared by keeping a box of dye stocked in your vanity. Try our best at-home hair color kits: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference, L’Oréal Paris Féria, and L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme. Each of these at-home hair color kits is available in a variety of beautiful shades, whether you want to opt for something subtle or go bolder. Make sure to follow the instructions included with the packaging and you’ll be good to go.
Now that you know the basic tips of hair color fade prevention, you may be wondering if there are specific tips for your particular hair shade. To get you on the right track, check out our article, The Right Way to Take Care of Blonde, Color-Treated Hair.