How To Extend The Life Of Your Haircolor

October 03, 2016

    Think long-lasting haircolor is an oxymoron? Think again. If properly cared for, haircolor can stay incredibly fresh for weeks after the initial application. In fact, maintaining your haircolor is all in the details. Everything from the type of shampoo you use to the accessories you put on your head can affect the overall look of your haircolor. Creating a routine that helps to protect and invigorate your haircolor is essential to keep it looking great.

    Any haircolor maintenance routine is going to require a little bit of effort. The extra inch given toward your haircolor is definitely worth the wiggle room between salon visits. Here are 14 ways to extend the life of your haircolor.


    Redken artist sprays hairspray to set a model’s hairstyle.

    Photo Credit: @redken5thave

    No one knows your strands better than your stylist. When revitalizing your haircare routine, turn to your stylist for their opinion on the best products for your hair type and what you should be using when you get home from the salon.


    Model with a face mask.

    Photo Credit: @thebodyshop

    On days that you aren’t washing your hair, throw on a shower cap before stepping in the shower. The tap water in your shower is often filled with a variety of color-stripping minerals like iron and chlorine, so it’s best to keep your hair dry in-between shampoos.


    Women with glossy hair.

    An easy way to revive your faded haircolor is to book a hair gloss service with your Redken stylist. Hair glosses are amazing at restoring tone, shine, and color to lackluster hair. Think of it as your haircolor pick-me-up.

    4. SLEEP ON IT

    Redken muse, model and anti-bullying campaigner, Lea T

    Reinvigorate your hair while you sleep by applying a small amount of All Soft Argan-6 Oil  to your ends before bed. The powerful oil will help to nourish your hair from the inside-out allowing you to wake up with more gorgeous, vivid haircolor. Just be sure to wrap your hair in a satin scarf after you apply the oil. Satin has a smoother texture than cotton or synthetic fabrics, so you won’t have to worry about the fabric causing frizz or breakage. Plus, it’s a great way to keep the oil from transferring to your sheets!


    The pink Color Extend Magnetics line can help to extend the life of your hair color.

    If you want to extend the life of your haircolor, switch your shampoo and conditioner to more color-friendly options like Color Extend Magnetics. This haircare range is formulated without sulfates to keep your haircolor looking fresh and glowing. 


    Model with blonde, spiral curls, yellow jacket and leather pants poses on sidewalk.

    Photo Credit: @tinakunakey

    The key to long-lasting haircolor is deeply hydrated strands. Hydrated hair holds onto color better and produces more shine than thirsty, dehydrated strands. A great way to replenish your hair’s moisture is by using a deep conditioning mask, like Color Extend Magnetics Deep Attraction Mask, once a week. 


    Model with brunette hair and effortless waves styled by Kristen Ess.

    Photo Credit: @kristin_ess

    A major culprit behind fading haircolor is excessive heat styling. Using hot tools over time can really damage the outer layer of your hair and cause it to become weak and dull. This excessive damage actually causes your hair’s cuticle to fray and break, which can lead to color fading and becoming dull. In order to protect your haircolor from damaging heat, you need to be using a heat protectant to prime your strands. Simply spray a heat protectant from root to tip and brush through to evenly distribute the product and keep your hair looking and feeling its best.


    Model, Jetta for Curvaceous

    Photo Credit: @redken5thave

    For those with curly Qs, opt for a sulfate-free cleansing conditioner instead of separate shampoos and conditioners. This combined step is perfect for adding shine, cleansing your strands, and locking in vital moisture. This 1-2-punch is exactly what your curls need while also protecting from UV damage.


    Model with straight hair wearing black hat.

    Photo Credit: @redken5thave

    When it comes to preserving your haircolor, it’s all about knowing your enemies and the sun may be one of your haircolor’s biggest adversaries. Keep your haircolor looking fresh by shielding it from the sun. In addition to grabbing a hat, protect your strands with a UV-shielding lightweight spray or oil before heading outdoors, and stick to the shade to prevent unwanted fading.


    Take your dry shampoo on-the-go!

    It’s no secret that over washing can lead to color loss over time. Instead of cleansing in the shower, opt for Pillow Proof Dry Shampoo to remove oils and shine at the roots. It’s a great way to cleanse the hair without stripping it of its color.


    Redken muse, model and actress, Suki Waterhouse

    Keep your blonde hair looking sensational by using a color-depositing conditioner like Blonde Idol Custom Tone Conditioner in-between your regular salon visits. This unique conditioner works by depositing a small amount of color onto your strands to help tone and brighten the look of blonde hair. Just add a small amount throughout your hair in the shower, allow it to sit on your strands for three to five minutes and then rinse. It’s an easy way to ensure your blonde haircolor stays looking fresh for weeks after your color appointment. 

    12. ADD A FILTER

    Model with grey ombre hair created by Vanessa Cesario

    Photo Credit: @vanessacesario_

    While Instagram filters are great, a filter for your shower is even better. Block out harsh minerals and other color-fading sediments by installing a filter on your showerhead. This handy device is everything you need to upgrade your shower routine and protect your precious haircolor.


    Product shot of One United Multi-Benefit Treatment.

    Don’t have time to fuss over hair masks and treatments? Add moisture to your hair in a flash by using One United Multi-Benefit Treatment. This amazing leave-in spray helps to protect your haircolor, while moisturizing and nourishing your hair from the inside out without the weight. 

    14. EAT WELL

    Image of healthy food.

    Photo Credit: @pureologyus

    Believe it or not, your diet can have a huge impact on the appearance of your haircolor. Choosing nourishing foods like lean proteins, leafy greens, and nuts can help nourish your hair and keep it looking better than ever. These smart eats are packed with nutrients like vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E that can help to strengthen your strands and add tons of shine. 



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