Coloring your hair can be disappointing when your fab new shade fades too quick, so if you want your new hair color to stay nice and freshâ€”as fresh as Debra Messing's lovely red hair color (right)â€”then check out this expert advice.
- If you have healthy hair then your color will last longer. Importantly, then, you need to make sure your hair has the correct moisture and protein levels.
- A hair color that's within two or three shades of your natural hair color will last longer because the fading won't be as noticeable.
- One of the first signs that your hair color is old and tired is when your roots are really obvious. Semi-permanent hair coloring can help you avoid this problem as it fades off more gently.
- If you choose a permanent color then a tinted hair glaze added over the top can help seal in your new hair color.
- If you're booked in for a hair coloring service then skip any other additional chemical treatments as things like perms can make your hair dryer and, in turn, increase the speed at which your color fades.
- For hair color solutions that are a little more fade-friendly try highlights or an underlay: highlights are done with bleach so they don't fade; and since the color of an underlay is quite subtle (its only visible through your top strands) it's not the end of the world if it fades a little.
- Shampooing your hair more than every other day will increase your hair color's fading. We recommend a pigmented shampoo also to help slow fading down.
- The sun does a great job fading your hair, so rather than cover your new hair color with a hat, grab some styling products with UV protectors.
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