November 21, 2023 7 min read
How can you maintain your hair color for longer? In this article, we will share our professional tips straight from the experts.
Dying your hair is a beautiful form of self-expression, and we are absolutely living for it! From ravishing reds to sun-kissed blondes, each hue tells a unique story - but how can you maintain your hair color for longer?
In this article, we will share with your our most essential tips and tricks that go beyond the salon so you can enjoy your beautiful mane without constantly worrying about color fading.
So, without further ado, let's get right into it!
If your hair is losing its color, there are a few factors that could be contributing to it - let's take a look:
Considering all of these factors, it becomes obvious that hair color can fade a lot faster if you are not taking the right preventive measures, as well as the proper post-care measures.
So, if you are looking to maintain your hair color for longer, let's take a look at some of the things that you can do:
One of the most important things you can do if you want to maintain your hair color for longer is to use your heat styling tools properly.
First and foremost, make sure to use your flat iron or curling wand on lower temperatures whenever possible - ideally, between 200°F and 300°F (90°C - 150°C).
If your flat iron doesn't have temperature control settings, we highly recommend investing in one to avoid damage and color fading - such as the NuMe Megastar Flat Iron.
Made with tourmaline plates, this flat iron emits more negative ions than hair straighteners made with other materials, locking in moisture and reducing dryness and loss of color.
Avoiding multiple passes on your hair strand is also essential to avoid damage and fading - a good flat iron will provide optimal results more efficiently without causing unnecessary damage.
If you want to maintain your hair color for longer, keep in mind that excessive hair washing can also contribute to color fading. The act of washing itself can strip away color molecules from the hair shaft.
The more frequently you wash your hair, the more opportunities there are for the color to be washed out.
In addition, shampooing can open the hair cuticle, the outer layer of the hair shaft. This makes the hair more porous, and allows color molecules to escape more easily.
If you want to maintain your hair color for longer, make sure to protect your hair from environmental factors such as UV rays and pollution. Environmental pollutants can accumulate on the hair, stripping away color and contributing to a dull appearance.
Regular cleansing and protective measures help mitigate this.
In addition, sun exposure can cause oxidative stress, leading to the breakdown of color molecules. UV rays weaken the hair structure, making it more susceptible to color fading.
Using a thermal heat protectant like NuMe Watch Me Werk can help protect your hair from the absorption of UVA and UVB rays, reducing the rate of color fading. Wearing hats and not going out during peak sun hours is also essential.
Rinsing your hair with cold water helps against color fading by closing the hair cuticle. The hair cuticle is the outermost layer of the hair shaft, and it consists of overlapping scales. Hot water can cause the cuticle to open, making the hair more porous and prone to color loss.
Cold water, on the other hand, helps to close the cuticle, sealing in the color molecules and preventing them from escaping.
This protective effect minimizes the risk of color fading and helps maintain the vibrancy of your hair color for a longer period.
Shampoos without parabens and sulfates are good for preventing hair color fading for various reasons. Let's take a look:
For this reason, using a shampoo without sulfates and parabens is essential if you want to maintain your hair color for longer.
We recommend the NuMe Vegan Hydrating Tourmaline Shampoo - made using a proprietary blend of proteins, tourmaline powder and 11 amino acids, it's perfect for keeping your hair moisturized and hydrated to prevent fast color fading.
Colored hair is more prone to dryness and damage, especially at the ends. Regular trims remove split ends and damaged portions, preventing the damage from traveling up the hair shaft and compromising the color.
On another hand, it is important to keep in mind that healthy hair holds color better. Trimming helps maintain the overall health of your hair, ensuring that the color is applied to a strong and resilient structure.
To maintain your hair color for longer, we also recommend maintaining a well-balanced diet.
Healthy food rich in proteins, minerals and vitamins contribute to maintaining hair color for longer by providing essential nutrients that support overall hair health.
Foods like eggs, salmon, leafy greens, avocado, berries, nuts and seeds, and sweet potatoes are great for nourishing your body and improving your overall well-being.
Regular deep conditioning treatments help maintain hair color for longer by addressing several aspects of color-treated hair.
On one hand, it helps with moisture retention - as we mentioned earlier, colored hair tends to be drier, and this is where deep conditioning comes in handy by providing hydration.
On another hand, deep conditioning helps to smooth and seal the hair cuticle, the outer layer of the hair shaft. A sealed cuticle reflects light better, enhancing color vibrancy and preventing color molecules from escaping.
For optimal deep conditioning, we recommend the NuMe Vegan Tourmaline Hair Mask - infused with tourmaline powder and packed with 11 amino acids, it repairs and balances your hair texture for frizz-free, short, and color-vibrant hair.
If you want to maintain hair color for longer, it is also important to prevent chlorine damage. Chlorine can have very harsh effects not only on colored hair, but also hair in general.
It can strip away color molecules from the hair shaft, leading to premature fading and dullness of the color. Chlorine is a drying agent that can leave the hair dry, porous, and more susceptible to damage. Damaged hair is less likely to hold color effectively.
Protective styles help maintain hair color for longer by minimizing exposure to external factors that can contribute to color fading. For example, braids or twists can minimize friction between hair strands. Reduced friction prevents color molecules from rubbing off, preserving the integrity of the color.
In addition, protective styles shield hair from environmental factors like UV rays, pollution, and harsh weather, preventing these elements from contributing to color degradation.
And last but not least, keep in mind that tangled hair is more prone to breakage and color loss. Protective styles help prevent tangling, reducing the risk of damage.
To keep colored hair from fading, use sulfate-free shampoos, rinse with cool water, limit heat styling, and apply UV-protective products. Deep condition regularly for hydration, trim damaged ends, and embrace protective styles.
Minimize exposure to chlorine and pollution, maintain a balanced diet, and schedule professional touch-ups. Consistent care preserves color vibrancy and extends the lifespan of your stunning, colored locks.
The longevity of hair color varies based on factors like color type, maintenance, and hair care practices. Permanent dyes typically last 4-6 weeks, while semi-permanent colors may fade sooner.
Regular touch-ups, color-safe products, and protective measures can extend color vibrancy, promoting a lasting and vibrant hue.
Vivid and unconventional colors like bright blues, purples, and neon shades are often the hardest to maintain. These colors fade quickly due to larger color molecules and require frequent touch-ups.
Additionally, they can be more prone to color bleeding and may need specialized care to prevent premature fading and maintain vibrancy. The commitment to unconventional colors often involves a dedicated hair care routine to keep the shade bold and beautiful.
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