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How to Make Your New Hair Color Last

Jun 10, 2008
It does not matter if you get your hair dyed at a professional salon or if you do it yourself at home; the care you must give your new color afterwards is always the same. Taking proper care of hair that has been color treated can become rather expensive if you schedule regular visits at salons, but it is just as easy to manage it yourself at home. Whatever you do decide it is crucial that you do exercise hair care techniques to avoid those dreaded roots, dry spots or damaged looking hair. When you make the decision to change your hair color the last thing you want to end up with is hair that looks dull, flat and lifeless.

The first thing to think about and schedule out is when and how often you need to have touch ups to avoid your roots showing. Stylists recommend getting a touch up every four to six weeks, but it also depends on the color, technique and at what speed your hair typically grows. If you got your hair dyed at a salon then your stylist will be able to help you figure this out and give you some helpful beauty school tricks. The have been trained to know exactly how to keep your hair looking vibrant for as long as possible. There are some simple steps to follow at home that will buy you more time between your visits to the salon or drugstore.

One of the most important parts of caring for you new hair color that most people overlook is the shampooing process. It is so important to be sure you do not wash your hair the same day you get it colored. Your scalp produces natural oils that protect it from becoming irritated from the chemicals in the dye, so if you wash your hair you will also be washing away those protective oils. Ultimately, the longer you wait to wash your hair after coloring it, the more the color will attach to your hair and appear much more natural. After your first wash since getting it dyed, you should try to only shampoo your hair once every other day. This will allow your scalp to produce the natural oils that give your hair that shiny and vibrant look. While your hair may seem greasy at first, it will actually become less greasy the less you wash it.

Lastly, always use a shampoo that is formulated for hair that has been color treated. Experts have developed special formulas for you hair so it is silly to not use them. These three simple shampooing rules will give your hair a beautiful look that will fool everyone into thinking it is your natural hair color.
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