March 27, 2017 Perry Lara

9 Tips to Stop That Vibrant Hair Color Fade

Don’t settle for the vibrant hair color fade. Bright hair color doesn’t have to have a short shelf life!  Whether you’re rocking bright candy-colored highlights, pretty pastel ombré, chic hue like rose gold or midnight blue, or any other fantasy hair color trend, you CAN make your hair color last longer. It’s all about maintaining your color correctly between salon visits. With a few easy tweaks to your current hair care routine, you can help prevent bright hair color from fading and keep your colorful locks salon-fresh. Read on for 9 essential tips.

  1. GO PRO WITH A PROFESSIONAL HAIR COLOR SERVICE!

Woman with purple highlights in her hair

Photo Credit: Sami Skinner, Redken Artist

It may be tempting to DIY, but when it comes to bright hair color hues, booking a salon appointment is the way to go. Why? First of all, your stylist has access to the latest professional hair color products, which are formulated to be super vibrant, gentle, and long-lasting. But more importantly, your stylist has the professional expertise to customize a color just for you… so you get exactly the results you want. Contact Beehive Hair Studio to schedule your appointment today.

  1. OPT FOR A HAIR BONDING SERVICE

Short, blonde hair

Unless your hair is naturally light blonde, your stylist may need to further lighten your hair color in order to get the most impact out of your new shade. If lightening is going to be a part of your hair color journey, ask your stylist to use a hair-bonding additive during your color service.

  1. SHAMPOO THE SMART WAY…

 Redken shampoo

Photo Credit: Redken USA

When you’ve got vibrant hair color, just say no to sulfates (it can strip hair’s natural moisture and fade your color). Sulfate-free shampoos are formulated without drying ingredients, so they’re perfect for cleansing bright hues. Even better, some formulas like Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics have ingredients that help seal color into the hair fiber. Bright hair, do care!

  1. …AND MAKE DRY SHAMPOO YOUR NEW BFF

Redken dry shampoo

Photo Credit: Redken USA

Don’t want your bright hair color to go down the drain? Skip the daily shampoo, and only wash your hair every other day or every third day. On your no-shampoo days, use dry shampoo to keep your hair feeling fresh and clean. Bonus: it’ll give your bright locks extra texture, too. Perfect for creating twists and braids that show off your colorful style!

  1. ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR HAIR WHEN USING HEAT TOOLS

Redken hair products and hair dryer

Photo Credit: Redken USA

Can’t live without your blow dryer, flat iron and curling iron? No judgment… neither can we. But using heat tools on unprotected hair can lead to color fading, so make sure to use a heat protectant.

  1. MOISTURIZE WITH A HAIR MASK

Redken hair mask

Photo Credit: Redken USA

Know how your skin looks brighter and healthier after a mask? Same goes for your hair. A moisturizing hair mask that’s formulated for color-treated hair will help your vibrant color look brighter and fresher. Plus, healthy hair holds onto color longer, so making time to mask will extend the life of you bold color. Use 1-2 times a week to help your strands stay bright.

  1. STAY STRONG WITH STRENGTHENING HAIR CARE PRODUCTS!

Redken hair care products

 Photo Credit: Bree Monks

We can’t say it enough… strong hair is healthy hair, and healthy hair holds color better. Give vibrant hair color a fighting chance by adding some muscle to your strands. Use a strengthening treatment to help repair and strengthen hair.

  1. DON’T BE A SUN SEEKER

 Woman with light colored hair

Photo Credit: Sami Skinner

Everyone knows the sun is bad news for your skin, and the same goes for your hair color too. UV rays can oxidize (i.e. break down) color pigment and make your bright strands fade faster. Um, no thanks! If you’re heading to the beach or spending the day outdoors, toss on your favorite wide-brimmed hat.

  1. WEAR A SHOWER CAP ON NO-SHAMPOO DAYS (YES, REALLY!)

 Woman wearing a shower cap

Photo Credit: Jacque Morrison

Plain old water may seem harmless, but when your water has a high mineral content (a.k.a “hard water”) it can actually strip and fade your hair color over time. If it’s a no-shampoo day, throw on a shower cap before jumping in the shower. It may seem a little old-school, but it’s an easy way to help bright color last longer.

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