By Jordan Klee
Four Tips for Maintaining Your Hair Color
For those who have highlights and colored hair, it can be hard to maintain that beautiful in between visits to the salon. They often fade faster than anything else and depending on the color chosen; you might find your gorgeous dye job fading faster than you wanted. If you want to maintain your gorgeous salon locks longer in between visits, there are a few things you can do to help prevent fading, dulling, and more. Here are four tips to help you maintain your locks.
Go For Balayage
Instead of going with the typical foil color, you can tell your stylist you want to try balayage. This form of coloring provides you with that same highlight look without using foils. It seamlessly blends with your natural color and roots, so you don’t have to visit your colorist quite as often. The balayage grows out with your locks so you can naturally grow out a color you don’t like or take fewer visits for root touch-ups. Most colorists nowadays are very familiar with the balayage technique, but if you aren’t sure, you can always call ahead to make sure before you book your next appointment.
Instead of creating your color or highlights to be darker or much brighter than your natural look, you can go just a shade or two lighter than your base color. The lighter you are, the sooner you will see those pesky roots peeking out as your locks start to grow. Instead of having such a huge contrast, try having a smaller shade gap between the base color and your highlight color. Your stylist should be able to help you choose the best shades for your color to create a seamless contrast that doesn’t need quite as much upkeep.
Many people shampoo their locks on a regular basis, but part of color fade comes from too much shampoo. If you want your color to last longer than it typically does, avoid shampooing your mane as much as possible. The more you shampoo, the more you are stripping that gorgeous color off the strands. If you just need to shampoo, you can try using a dry shampoo to help cut back on the greasy look without washing it away. Part of a healthy mane is letting those natural oils moisturize your mane. Not only will your color last longer, but your hair will be healthier as well.
If you’re already due for a touchup on your color, there are a few ways that you can style your locks to keep others from noticing you fading color or bright roots. One way is by changing up your part. If you typically part your mane on the left, try switching it up and changing side. The best part of making your color last longer is by faking it with different styles until you can get an appointment with your stylist or your colorist. People always say to fake it till you make it, so why not try it with your color? This can also buy you time if you are on a tight budget and can’t get to the salon for a color touchup or redo.
Part of having great highlights is being able to maintain the gorgeous color you walk out of the salon with after your appointment. However, let’s face it. It can be extremely difficult to maintain such a prestigious color job, especially if you have a huge contrast between colors in your hair. You can do it though, just by using some of the tips above. You can try a new style of color, maybe even a new shade of color. If you must, avoid shampooing your locks as much as possible, and if you still find your color fading too quickly or your roots showing faster than you can keep up, you can always try styling your mane in a new way to fake it. It doesn’t have to be a pain in the tail to get your locks colored and styled, and you shouldn’t feel constrained to maintain the gorgeous locks. Just a little practice and a few hacks can help you keep your mane looking fabulous all the time