11 Easy Ways To Keep Your Hair Color From Fading

by Lindsay E. Mack

Freshly dyed hair is such a treat. It's fun to play with the deeply hued strands and enjoy the rich color. But, like all things of beauty, dyed hair does not last forever. Knowing the tips to keep your hair color from fading can prolong your enjoyment, though.

It's an exciting time to be alive for anyone who loves hair color. Do you want to cover some grays and match your natural tone? Done. Would you rather have hair that's literally every color of the rainbow? Done and done. It's mesmerizing to look through social media pics of all the varieties of hair color, from dusty lavender to ice blonde to jet black.

As talented as this current crop of hair stylists may be, there's still one downside to any dye job: the inevitable fade out. Even the prettiest dyed strands are subject to new growth, washings, and stylings. Really, the only way to have hair that holds its color forever is to buy a wig. For the stuff that grows from your head, though, there are a few tricks you can use to make its color last a little longer. Whether you have a few subtle highlights or all-over screaming red dye, these tips can help your color stay fresh and bright.


Chill With The Heat Styling

You've probably heard this countless times: heat styling damages hair. Especially if that hair is dyed. According Cosmopolitan, even a few seconds of heat styling can make color fade dramatically. Turn down the heat, or embrace the air-dried look.


Deep Condition More

Conditioner is pretty magical stuff. And, according to HuffPo, a weekly deep conditioning treatment can help preserve your color. Plus, it's a pleasant self care routine.


Go For Touchups

Don't have time for a full appointment? Prevention suggested you book a touch-up with your stylist, as a little root treatment or some highlights can work wonders.


Protect Hair From Chlorine

Don't let your hair get in the way of a great day at the pool, just take a few precautions first. According to Glamour, people with dyed hair should presoak their hair in clean water before getting in the pool. The theory is that your hair will ultimately absorb less chlorinated water, decreasing the dye damage. Alternatively, check out saltwater pool options in your area.


Reconsider Your Products

The heavy-duty clarifying shampoo may not be your best friend right now. Ask your stylist to recommend a shampoo for your specific color-treated hair. The right products can make a world of difference.


Rinse In Cold Water

A long, hot scrub might feel great to your scalp, but it isn't that helpful for your hair color. According to the website for Vogue, rinsing your hair with cooler water can keep the hair's cuticle closed and reduce fading. The chill rinse can be refreshing, too.


Save Hair From The Sun

Hair is also susceptible to sun damage and fading. Wear a hat when you're out or consider a product designed to protect your hair from the sun, according to Bustle. Even strands of hair need protection from UV exposure.


Spritz On Dry Shampoo

Want to stretch out your shampoo sessions? According to the website for Self, dry shampoo can make a hairstyle last a little longer. Plus, newer versions of the stuff come in a range of shades to match your own hair.


Try A Glaze

Doesn't this treatment sound lovely? According to the website for Allure, doing an at-home color glaze can revive your hair's color in between appointments. Plus, it's a little way to pamper yourself every week or so.


Use A Shower Filter

Do you live in an area with hard water? Women's Health suggested you showering with a water filter, as it might help remove chemicals and minerals responsible for fading hair dye.


Wait For Initial Shampoo

When you first get hair dyed, the color needs time to set. According to the website for Matrix, it's best to wait at least 48 hours before shampooing after you color. If you can go longer, even better.