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Make Your Hair Color Last Longer

After your stylist has colored your hair (perfectly, of course), the fate of your locks is in your hands. On average, semipermanent hair color will last up to 4-6 weeks, while permanent hair color should be touched up every 4-6 weeks.

There are a few simple steps you can take to keep your color vibrant and oh, so gorgeous color lasting longer, looking fresher and feeling healthier.

Cover Up
According to the experts at Clairol, the sun can break down the color in hair and also bleach away melanin, which gives hair its natural pigment. When stepping outside, wear a hat whenever possible, especially when your hair will be exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time.

Use Protection
A number of hair products feature built-in UV protection. Much like sunscreen for the skin, these sprays and lotions shield your hair and scalp from damaging UV rays.

Swim Smarter
Pool water chemicals and salt water from the ocean may wreak havoc on hair color and texture. If a swimming cap is not your thing, try coating your hair with a protective gloss or even a layer of conditioner prior to swimming. This will help hair retain its moisture and keep the water from robbing hair of its color.

Try a Balayage
Hand-painted highlights, also known as the balayage technique, can grow in more naturally, helping you go a few extra weeks between appointments. This will help color to look like it is growing out more seamlessly until professional touch-ups are necessary. You also can schedule a glossing treatment at the salon, which acts as a top coat for color to seal the hair’s cuticle and prolong color even further.

Shampoo Less
Getting in the shower and wetting your hair daily can cause color pigments to leach out prematurely, resulting in fading color. There is no need to shampoo every day or get your hair wet every time you shower. Use a shower cap to cover up or pull long hair back. When you shower with a full shampoo, select products that are formulated for colortreated hair.

Courtesy of Family Features

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