Beauty Dilemma: Fading hair colour
Help! After being blond for years I recently started having my hair dyed red but I find my new colour looking faded and tired between salon visits. Is there any way to make the colour last a bit longer? I love the red, but the top-ups are beginning to cost me a small fortune.
Straightening irons, curling tongs and heated stylers can damaged already fragile coloured hair so cutting down on the heated styling products and using a heat protection spray whilst styling will go some way toward keeping your colour bright.
Since moving from light to dark doesn't help matters when it comes to the fade, you need to protect hair for as long as possible. For daytime wear a UV protection spray like Schwarzkopf's BC Bonacure Sun Guardian UV Protection Spray should help lessen the exposure of your hair to the elements and when it comes to washing and conditioning there's plenty of ways to keep hair, and in turn colour, well protected.
Washing hair less frequently and using a colour protection shampoo will help to protect the balance of hair oils and closing hair cuticles by cold rinsing may also work in some measure.
There are also some great conditioners out there which both give colour a boost and protect by locking in moisture. Try Revlon's Professional Nutri Colour Crème, which comes in a good variety of shades and contains just enough pigment keep colour rich. Wash as normal, condition for three minutes and rinse for soft, vibrant hair.
With thanks to Clive Johnston at Clive Alexander Hair Cutters.
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