Livin' La Vida Lucia

The Keys To Keeping Hair Color

By Lucia Rossi

All good things must come to an end, but when it does, we can start again. This is especially true when it comes to color treated hair.

When you change the color of your hair, you want to get the most out of it so not a penny is wasted. You want to swing those luscious locks for as long as you can.

Believe me, I get it. I’ve had bright red hair for over two years now and it is not an easy color to keep. I have learned a lot over that time and I want to share the knowledge.

First, let me say that color care requires dedication. Especially if you’re a bright color lover like me. With good care, you can dye your hair every two months instead of one. That means less money and less time spent. Who can resist?

Here’s what you need to know:

Before You Dye Your Hair

Try deep conditioning your hair a few days before the dye job. Dyeing can give your hair some serious over drying so deep conditioning will help give your hair a boost of moisture plus it helps lock in color.

Don’t want to spend a lot on deep conditioner? No problem. There are easy recipes online using products you might already have around your home like olive oil, honey, eggs, bananas, avocados, coconut oil, and dare I say…mayonnaise.

With dyed hair it’s important that you try to deep condition maybe once a week so your hair doesn’t feel like an old broom from all the dryness and damage. If you can’t do that, try leaving your hair conditioner on in the shower for a couple of minutes to give your hair some extra moisture and nourishment.

Before you dye your hair, it’s also good to remember that dye jobs work best with “dirty hair,” meaning your hair is unwashed for 24-48 hours. This gives your hair the chance to build up its natural oils so it can better adhere to the hair dye.

Here's a picture of me dressed up as Barnacle Boy from SpongeBob, Happy Halloween!

Here’s a picture of me dressed up as Barnacle Boy from SpongeBob, Happy Halloween!

After You Dye Your Hair

As painful as it may be, washing your hair with cold water will significantly save your hair color from running off in the shower so much. This doesn’t mean you have to take a cold shower, just try washing your hair separately from your body. Hot water will take off more of the dye and strip off your hair’s natural oils drying out your hair even more.

Also, it’s important that you don’t wash your hair too often. Showers lead to color loss, and we want to save the color as much as possible. Get used to wearing a shower cap when you shower everyday and try to only wash your hair 1-3 times a week.

If you feel like your hair is getting too oily, put on dry shampoo or even baby powder on your scalp before you go to sleep and when you wake up, you’ll be as good as new.

If you can afford to get a little fancy, think about investing in a showerhead filter. The filter will cut down the iron and lime in the water which will be healthier for your hair.

Watch out for your hairsprays, gels, and mousses because they can contain alcohol that can make your color run. Be sure to check the first five ingredients. Products that contain keratin and argan oil are really good at keeping hair color in place.

As tough as it may be, try to stay away from heat products. Yes, flat ironing your hair after a dye job helps lock in color in the hair shaft but after try to cut the usage down. There are so many beautiful hairstyles that are with braids, twists, and up-do’s for you to try out. There are also a plethora of no-heat curls and waves tutorials online that can save you a lot of damage. Remember, dyeing your hair causes it to get dry and brittle so damage control is necessary.

With the chemical damage and cold weather coming along, dandruff can rear its ugly head. The last thing you want is to make it snow with your dry scalp. Personally, I found the best color-safe solution is baby oil. So simple, yet so effective.

Dampen your scalp with the baby oil, put on a shower cap and sleep with it over night. When you wake up, wash your hair and you should immediately see a difference.

Sigh. Having said all that you might think having dyed hair is full of responsibility. And it is! If you damage a natural part of you for the sake of beauty then be willing to take care of it! Show your new hair the same love you would show a new tattoo. All your work will pay off and people will notice.

So in the wise words of Ice Cube, check yourself before you wreck yourself.

check yourself

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