Your Hair Color Last
Karen M. Shelton
you have your hair professionally colored
or you use a home hair coloring kit, you
probably want to make your hair color
last as long as possible. There are several
things you can do to maximize your newly
colored locks so that the beautiful new
hue remains gorgeous and vibrant as long
below are several techniques you can try
for finding a great hair color you will
(Image courtesy of Clairol).
Select the hair coloring product that is most
compatible with your life style.
If you don't have time to redo your roots every
3-4 weeks, you may want to select a hair color
shade that is only 1-3 shades lighter than your
natural color. The closer you go to your natural
hair color, the less your roots will show as
they grow out.
your roots are less obvious, your hair color
will last longer before you have to touch up
your roots. Always select the type of coloring
product that is easiest for you to maintain.
Apply a deep conditioning treatment to your
hair a few days before coloring.
The better conditioned your hair is, the easier
the color will take and the longer it will last.
Recently conditioned hair will also be softer
and shinier. As an extra bonus, a deep conditioner
will protect your hair against any possible
damage from the color chemicals.
hair that has not been washed for one day.
The natural hair oils will assist in making
the hair color application more successful.
The color will cling better to hair that is
Use a color enhancing shampoo between
applications to enhance and maintain
the color. The color shampoos like Mine,
Manic Panic, ARTec, Paul Mitchell and
Aveda's color shampoos are specifically
designed to keep your color fresh as
long as possible. Be sure to use the
color shampoos religiously to maintain
your color. The color shampoos will
help you keep your color looking good
until it is time for the next application.
If you don't wish to use a color enhancing
shampoo then at least use the most gentle
shampoo that you can.
(Image courtesy of Clairol)
exposing your colored hair to the sun or
chlorine in swimming pools.
sun may fade your hair color and the chlorine
may damage the color. In some severe cases,
if you have colored your hair a very light color
the chlorine may leave a green tinge to your
your hair conditioned.
Hair coloring will make your hair drier than
normal. It is important to keep your hair conditioned
and soft. Conditioned hair holds color better
than dry, brittle or damaged hair. Conditioned
hair also makes the colored hair shinier and
a temporary color to give you longer wear.
There are several wonderful temporary hair colors
now available on the market that will give your
hair a temporary color what washes out after
a few shampoos. If the roots seem to be growing
out a lot faster than normal, or the color looks
a little faded, use a temporary color until
your next permanent color application.
Use layered colors to prevent an overall
faded color look.
If your hair is colored all one color, or seems
to fade rapidly after each color application,
you may want to try a layered color look. The
advantage to applying layered colors would be
to have complimentary shades of darker and lighter
colors which would reflect the light and give
the color a multidimensional look. This would
give your color a fresher, less faded look.
It would also last longer because of the multiple
shades woven into your hair. A professional
colorist would need to assist you with layered
coloring since it can be somewhat complicated.
Celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves also recommends
using eye shadow in a matching color to your
blonde hues and gently dabbing along the darker
roots to camouflage new growth.
Hair Coloring Notes
If you use a home hair color kit be sure
to read all the instructions before you
begin and always have an extra box on
hand in case you run out of the mix, have
an unexpected spill or the bottle is damaged
in any way.
you visit a color professional, be sure
that you carefully explain your lifestyle
and time constraints.
sure to select a color that you can maintain
easily and will fit your pocketbook.
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Karen M. Shelton - Noted as a leading
consumer hair expert, Karen is the founder &
CEO of the award-winning, financially successful,
Her articles & hair tips have been regularly
featured in 101 HairStyles, ShortCuts, Pregnancy
magazine, Radiance, Hair World, e-Pregnancy,
Myria.com, BeautyWalk.com, eBody.com and Ask.com.
Featured as a Cybergrrl of the Month and profiled
in Cybergirl@Work: Tips And Inspiration For
The Professional You, Karen was named as one
of Working Woman Magazine's Entrepreneurs of
the Year in 2001. She also received the MTBC
Tech Titan award for Emerging CEO. Articles
about Karen have appeared in the Dallas Morning
News, D Magazine, Dallas Business Journal, Red
Herring, Fortune Small Business, Modern Salon
and Working Woman Magazine.
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