wikiHow to Make Hair Color Last Longer

Whether you have your hair professionally colored or you use home hair coloring kits, you'll want to make your hair color last as long as possible, especially when an upcoming event is near.


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    First, when you select hair color to put on your hair, make sure it's a professional blend. Don't just go for the cheapest! Why? Because in the long run, you might spend a few more bucks - but the color will stay vibrant longer. Also, think about your lifestyle. Can you do a touch up every 4 weeks or 8 weeks? If you can't always get a touch up on time, choose a shade closer to your natural color so it won't be as obvious when your roots start to show.
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    Before coloring your hair, deep condition it a week before the color. This can help the hair color "grab" onto your strands - preventing discoloration and fading throughout time. As an extra bonus - your hair will be protected from the coloring chemicals, and hair will be less likely to break off during the coloring session.
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    Also, let the natural oils from your scalp work their magic. Washing your hair at least a day before you get your hair colored will help to protect the hair shaft and helps to prevent fading much like deep conditioning.
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    Use color enhancing shampoos and conditioners in between touch ups. If you have blonde hair, use a clarifying shampoo to remove chemicals which can alter color and make it less vibrant.
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    If you have a darker shade, choose a gloss shampoo and conditioner close to your preferred shade. This will liven up your hair and give it back its shine.
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    Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and chemicals in pools and hot tubs. The UV rays from the sun can dry out any hair color, making it look dull and lifeless. If you are out in the sun, be sure to apply a protective conditioner before going out. The same goes for pools and hot tubs that contain chlorine which can discolor hair. Apply conditioner or oil to your hair to lessen the effects of chlorine, or tie up longer hair.
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    Use a temporary coloring stain on your roots if you don't have the time for a touch up before a special event or occasion. You can find them at most local retailers. Apply to the roots after washing, it temporarily looks just like you had a brilliant salon visit. Also, root touch up dye kits are also available at most retailers for longer lasting results.
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    When rinsing out dye, or washing your hair, use only cold water. This helps keep color longer.


  • It is best to apply hair color to "dirty hair" Wait at least 24 or 48 hours before applying color products. The natural hair oils will assist in making the color application more successful. The color will cling better to hair that is not dry.
  • Apply a deep conditioning treatment to your hair a few days before coloring. The better conditioned your hair is, the easier the color will take and the longer it will last. Recently conditioned hair will also be softer and shinier. As an extra bonus, a deep conditioner will protect your hair against any possible damage from the color chemicals.
  • For non-grays, select a hair coloring product that is most compatible with your life style. If you don't have time to update your roots every 4-6 weeks, you may want to select a shade of hair color only 1-3 shades lighter than your natural color. The closer you stay to your natural hair color, the less your roots will show as they start to peek through. When your roots are less obvious, your hair color will last longer before you have to touch up your roots. It is always best to select the type of coloring product that is easiest for you to maintain.
  • There are several things you can do to maximize your newly dyed tresses so that the color remains gorgeous and vibrant as long as possible. Listed below are several techniques you can try for finding a great hair color you will love:

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