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Keep It Locked: Tips For Maintaining Color-Treated Hair

by Shilpi Tomar {{"2015-09-01T15:00:00.000Z" | blogDate:'MMMM d, y'}}

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Your hair is your crowning glory, and it deserves a lot of care and consideration, especially when it comes to color. Between applications, the intensity of your hair color slowly fades, but here are a number of steps you can take to keep it vibrant and beautiful for as long as possible. Here are some quick tips and solutions from the team at Madison Reed.

Choose the Right Hair Care

The products you use every day can affect how long your hair color lasts. Sulfates and parabens can add extra chemicals to your hair, stripping its color, dulling it down, and drying it out. Use a shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t contain these ingredients, preferably ones with UV protection. Some products are formulated specifically to protect hair color. They’ll help preserve your chosen shade for longer.

Drench in a Mask

Your hair naturally needs moisture, so give it a once-a-week treatment that specializes in locking color in. Masks add a softening agent to the hair, and keep it saturated and protected from the heat. Choose a mask that has color-protectant ingredients, for double protection against color fading.

It's All in the Water

Depending on where you live, your water source can be harmful to your hair color. If your tap water has a high mineral content, get a water softener to turn that hard water into a gentler element. And in general, try adjusting your shower head to a softer, more even flow—when your shower sprays too hard, it can do physical damage to your hair, and your color will fade more quickly.

Get a Little Glossy

Get some extra mileage out of your hair color between touch-ups by boosting it with some shine and color every few weeks. Gloss is a semi-permanent cover up for fading hair. Application is much simpler than permanent hair color, since it only coats the hair instead of permeating it, and it’s less of a commitment, since it lasts through just a few shampoos. Most are designed to leave you with softer, shinier, more vibrant hair. Your shade won’t go unnoticed.

SPF? Yes, Please

Our mothers were right—SPF helps prevent premature aging due to sun exposure. What many people don’t know is that SPF can also do wonders to protect your hair. The UVA/UVB rays from the sun can quickly fade your hard-earned color, so defend your locks by using a styling cream, spray, gel, or shampoo & conditioner with UV protection to block them out.

Tomato Juice Rinse

If your hair is blonde—whether by nature or by choice—sometimes a dip in the pool will inadvertently color it green. But don’t worry, it’s simple to fix it with a 100% natural tomato juice rinse. Wash your hair, then rinse it with ½ cup of tomato juice (vinegar or lemon juice work just as well). The acidic rinse will neutralize the copper oxide deposits your hair picked up from the pool water.

Take Cover

When in a swimming pool, wear a swim cap to protect your hair from chlorine, and to avoid inadvertently turning it green (see above). You can also apply a conditioner with UV protection to your hair before swimming, and leave it on your hair while you're in the pool.  While outside, wear a large sunhat for 360 degree protection from the sun. And if you’re going to a baseball game, throw a baseball cap on your head and take a seat in the shade. There’s a hat for every occasion, and their main purpose is to protect that gorgeous hair color from the sun, so don’t shy away from accessorizing.

Avoid Overwashing

Did you know that you don’t need to wash your hair every day? Keep in mind that the more you wash it, the more often it’s exposed to water and cleansing agents. Give it a break and avoid washing your hair more than necessary to keep the color from fading out. Whether your hair is straight, wavy, curly, or coily, there are different hair care routines to maximize its health and color.

Use Heat Protection

A good heat protectant spray or cream can safeguard the integrity of your hair and reduce fading quite a bit. Try one with SPF for extra protection from UVA/UVB rays, and make sure to use the right amount for your hair type and volume—thick and curly will require more than fine and short hair.

Get personalized recommendations by building your Hair Profile or calling the Color Crew, our team of certified colorists and professional stylists. They love listening to your hair history and tailoring suggestions to suit your hair and style. At Madison Reed, we love to help people look and feel their very best!

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