The 21st Century Herbalist

5 Tips for Keeping Your Hair Color Bold

It’s then end of Natural Hair Dye Month and now that you’ve gone to all the trouble to color your hair, I’m sure you want to keep it that way!  Even if you didn’t use one of the natural hair color solutions from this month for blondes, redheads or brunettes you can still use these tips to maintain your colored hair.

Tip #1: Forgo the Shampoo

The easiest way to maintain hair color, natural or not, is to shampoo your hair less often.  Even permanent hair color and hair stains like henna, will fade with washings.  I’ve talked about how often you should be shampooing for your hair type and the magic of dry shampoo but in general you don’t want to be washing your hair more than 4-5 times a week.  Ideally you may want to try for 3-4 times a week.

Tip #2: Going Sulfate-Free

When you do have to shampoo your hair, you’ll want to make sure that the product you’re using doesn’t contain sulfates.  Many hair care products contain sulfates, which are listed in the ingredients.  Sulfates can strip your hair color and leave your hair dull.  Often we use additional hair care products to combat the dullness but those products are magnets for dirt and dust which leads to more hair washing.  See the problem?  Best to just avoid all the problems and seek out sulfate-free options.

Tip #3: Keep it Healthy

Healthy hair will absorb and hold color better than dry, damaged hair.  So the healthier you can keep your hair before and after coloring, the better you’ll be able to maintain your color, which leads to coloring less often, which leads to healthier hair.  Are you seeing a trend here?  Everything with your hair is cyclical.  Be sure to check out DIY Hair Care Month for a refresher on some of my favorite natural hair care solutions.

Tip #4: Avoid the Sun

Unless you’re looking to go lighter, you’ll want to shield your hair from the sun whenever you can.  Remember that this is even true during the winter, especially after a snowfall when the sun is reflecting off of all that gorgeous white snow!  Stock up on cute hats for every season, maybe even work in a silk hair scarf or two but when you’re outside remember to keep both your skin and hair protected.

Tip #5: Chlroine is a No-Go

Swimming is such a fun activity and I really do enjoy it but boy can chlorine do a number on my hair color.  Your best option is to avoid chlorinated water, easier said than done for many of you.  I live in Florida, land of many lakes, springs and streams that are perfect for an afternoon swim but that’s not the case for many of you.  My next best solution is to get a swim cap.  Everything old is new again, right?  Swim caps are so retro, go ahead and bring ’em back!  Still not working for you?  Okay, then just put your hair in a bun and try to avoid going under water.

That’s it for this month my darling gigglers!  Check back next week for more fun tips.

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  • Katya Radovanova

    “but in general you don’t want to be washing your hair more than 4-5 times a week. Ideally you may want to try for 3-4 times a week.” Wow…I feel like I am way off here. I have always washed my hair twice a week. But I still feel like colours fade away quickly. :(

    • Katie Glenn

      Twice a week is great! Most people scoff when I say that they may only need to wash 2x/week. Well done! Unfortunately for some people their hair simply won’t hold color well. I would suggest doing a hot oil treatment 1-2 days before you color and you may need to use a color rinse between washings in order maintain your color. Oh, and be sure to keep track of your sun exposure, I find that even going for evening walks during the summer is enough sun exposure to cause my ends to start lightening up. I’m still so impressed that you can get away with only washing 2x/week, cheers to you!!

    • Alicia Nicole

      You should also be mindful of the kind of water you wash your hair with. When you use warm/hot water it opens the cuticle more, then if you use cool water, which will increase fading. I used to have my hair this bright radiant red & I only washed with cool water twice a week, I used dry shampoo for in between washes, & I only had to recolor my hair about once every 2-3 months.

  • Philippa Claire MacDuff

    ha ha, mine gets washed once a week – if even! coloured hair is drier than natural hair so actually needs to be washed less often.

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