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How to Make Salon Color Last Longer

Girl with dark brown red hair.

Hair Color CC Photo Courtesy of Antara

If you’ve just gone to your hair salon in Fort Collins, you might be wondering how to make that amazing color last. It can seem like salon color washes out after a few weeks, and this may actually be true depending on what you do to your hair. Since we want your color to last as long as possible, here are some tricks and tips that we’ve put together to help your hair color last a long time.

  • Try not to wash your hair frequently: Your hair has already been washed thoroughly at the beauty salon, so there’s no need to run home and wash your hair again right after your appointment. Try not to wash your hair for a few weeks. If you only wash your hair when it’s greasy, you’ll lock in that color longer.
  • Note that dual-process coloring lasts longer than single-process: If you have one solid color all over your hair, your roots will grow in faster. In contrast, if you have highlights or more than one process happening, your hair color will last longer. If you want your hair color to really last a long time, go for a second process.
  • Ask for a gloss: At the end of your color session, ask the salon to apply a glass to your hair. A gloss will brighten up your color (especially if you have highlights), and this process will also help your color last longer. Most salons do not charge for gloss, and it’s a ten minute process. You can also stop by your salon between coloring visits just to get a gloss.
  • Chill out when it comes to water temperature: Cooler water doesn’t damage hair as quickly as hot water does, so choose cool water when you can.
  • Use shampoo with no sulfates or sodium chloride: Both can strip hair of color.
  • Stay out of the sunshine, and stay away from pools with chlorine: Both the sunlight and the chemicals inside of pools and hot tubs can strip hair of its color quickly. While you may want to stay outside on a nice day, wear a hat or bandana to prevent the sun from bleaching your hair completely. If you do want to swim, wear a bathing cap.

Hair Color When Pregnant

What can you do to extend the life of your hair color when you are expecting? The truth of the matter is that there’s little evidence to support the notion that hair color is bad for expecting moms. Even though color sits on your scalp for a period of time, it is not actually absorbed by your scalp, so it probably doesn’t pose a threat to your child. That said, if you are nervous about coloring your hair during your pregnancy, the best advice is to limit the applications to a few times per pregnancy.

If you’re coloring your hair every six to eight weeks, you should be able to keep your visits to a minimum. But, if you do want to stretch it out until after you deliver, the aforementioned tips should work for you as well.

Visiting Athena Spa and Salon

Calling a bunch of beauty salons only to be put on hold can be frustrating, and that’s why we pride ourselves on making sure that we get to your appointment as quickly as possible. Call us to book today, and we will make sure that we get you in as soon as we can. When it comes to your hair, we know how important color and cut is, and that’s why we’re here for you. You can also visit us on Facebook if you have any questions!

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