Useful Tips and Tricks for Better Hair Color Protection!

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Aug. 31

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Tired of seeing your expensive hair color go down the drain every time you wash? Well, that’s because you are making a lot of mistakes in taking care of your colored hair. Of course, you want your colored hair to stay around for a while which is why you must know what causes the hair color to fade so quickly and what you must do to make sure that your hair color stays on for longer.
Causes and Tips:
Cause and Tip # 1:
First and foremost, determine the health level of your hair. Try using the wet stretch test where you stretch wet hair to about 30% of its length. If it is healthy, it will return to its original length like a rubber band without any sign of damage. So if you think your hair shows and signs of damage, it is best to get a protein or moisturizing treatment prior to getting your hair colored. This will make sure that color stays for long without getting washed every time you shower or wash your hair.
Cause and Tip # 2:
If you have grey hair, it is best to leave the color on for longer. We often make the mistake of washing hair color sooner than we should. Not giving it sufficient time to complete the coloring process results in a weaker bond which starts to wear off after a few washes.  
Cause and Tip # 3:
Are you using hard water on your hair? If so, then we have bad news for you. Using hard water can result in the accumulation of calcium and magnesium that can build over your hair and prevent the color molecules to stick with your hair. It is advised to always use soft water or use water softeners so the water won’t damage your hair.
Cause and Tip # 4:
Emulsification of hair is extremely fundamental to ensure that color has properly bonded with the hair before the closing of the cuticle. It is important to ensure proper emulsification for 4 to 5 minutes if you want the color in your hair to stay for a long time. The process involves adding a little bit of water to the color applied hair and working it into nice leather. Massage the hair with color for a little while and then add more water to rinse out the excess. Emulsifying makes sure that you have broken up the oil-based color and your hairs have absorbed as many color as they could.
Cause and Tip # 5:
Do not wash your hair with hot water when you are rinsing them clean of the color. As hot water not only damages your hair but also strips them of the natural oils. Moreover, it will cause your hair cuticles to open and cause color loss. Avoid taking hot showers if you have had your hair colored. Rather than going for soothing hot showers, opt for lukewarm water. It is best to avoid hot water to wash your hair for a while after having them colored.
Cause and Tip # 6:
One big mistake people make after coloring or having their hair colored is that they shampoo immediately after. It is good to wait for at least 12 hours and best to wait 24 hours before shampooing your hair after having them colored. This will prolong the life of your newly colored hair.
Cause and Tip # 7:
More important than the waiting period before shampooing your hair is the use of color-protecting products afterward. Avoid harsh hair products, shampoos, and conditioners that may strip your hair of their color. Use products that have a balanced pH or have it stated on them that they are ideal for colored hair. Products loaded in harsh chemicals, plastics, and petrochemicals can cause your colored hair to appear lifeless and dull.
We agree that colored hair can add a spark to your personality but it is in your hands whether you can manage that spark successfully or not.
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