When you spend your valuable time and hard-earned money coloring your hair you want to ensure your hair color lasts. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting just a few weeks out of a color, especially one you love! Here are three ways to ensure the effort you put into coloring your hair is worth it:

  1. Choose products wisely
  2. Skip shampoos
  3. Limit heat

Choose products wisely

Wouldn’t it be great if the only product you had to worry about in terms of hair color was the dye itself? Unfortunately, we’re not there yet. Many shampoos and conditioners on the market contain additives like sulfates and alcohol that leave your hair brittle and dry. When your hair is fragile it does not retain color as long as healthy hair. Therefore, it’s essential to choose hair products (beyond the hair color) that contain color-protecting ingredients specific for your hair color.

At My Hair Color Formula we offer several select brands of high quality shampoo and conditioner to protect your color, including AWG, SuperPlump®, Mastey and Marula. You can view and order these products here.

Skip shampoos

As important as selecting the proper shampoo is, it’s equally important not to overdo it. Shampooing too often (as in daily) strips your hair of the essential, natural oils it needs and cuts down on the longevity of your dye job. Try to wash your hair every other day at the most and spread it out even longer if you can. If you feel like your hair is looking a little greasy, try some color safe dry shampoo or throw it into a ponytail or bun.

Limit heat

Heat is colored hair’s biggest enemy. If you can avoid overheating your hair it will go a long way towards keeping your color strong and beautiful. You can do this by cutting back on the use of curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers. Also, while showering, don’t keep your head directly under the faucet and use cool water when rinsing out shampoo and conditioner. It is not a myth that you can literally wash out your color. It’s important to also protect your colored locks from the heat of the sun. Choose styling products that contain UV filters or use sunscreen made specifically for the hair.

There you have it – three relatively simple ways to help preserve and protect your hair color. If you incorporate these steps into your regular hair care routine you’ll see the length of time you get out of your dye job extend and that’s great not only for selfies, but the bank account.