How to Make Hair Color Last Longer

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Women spend a fortune on their color—why wouldn't you want it to last longer? Blonde, brunette, redhead or covering gray. No matter what shade you are, sitting in the salon chair for 90 minutes every month is a serious time drain. It's also not necessary. I checked in with my favorite colorist, Joseph Mullen of New York's Blackstone Salon for tips on extending the life of your hair color. 
 

Choose the Right Shampoo to Make Hair Color Last Longer

Women who dye their hair shouldn't use any old shampoo.

Choose a shampoo specifically formulated for color-treated hair, or use a mild shampoo without sulfates or sodium chloride. Joseph likes Pureology Hydrate to maintain color. If your color has faded, try a color deposit shampoo once a week. As the name suggests, these add color back into your hair. Joseph recommends Bumble & Bumble Color Support, which comes in a range of five colors.
 

Wash Hair Less

The fact is any shampoo will start to strip hair color from your 'do. Instead of shampooing every day, try to wash your hair less. Wearing dirty hair may take some getting used to, but you'll be happily surprised to see your color last longer than ever before. Pick up a good dry shampoo (see our favorite dry shampoo options here) to help soak up oil to avoid looking too greasy.

 

Avoid Hot Hairstyling Tools

Addicted to your hair dryer or straightener? Unfortunately our favorite hairstyling gadgets can actually cause your hair color to fade more quickly, especially right after treatment.

Skip the styling tools and go for a no-heat hairstyle in the week following your salon appointment. 

 

Try a Gloss for Lasting Color and Shine

Many salons, offer glosses free of charge, or for a nominal price, as a way for clients to extend the life of their hair color. The process takes just ten minutes to apply and yields noticeable results.

At home glosses are another option, if you'd like to go the DIY route. I like the John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze.
 

Keep Your Hair Color Close to Natural

Sorry, gals with pastel-colored hair: The greater the change, the more frequent touch ups required, because your roots really stick out. Joseph says if you stick within two to three shades or your natural color, you'll be able to maximize your time between salon visits.
 

Skip the Single Process and Opt for Highlights

Highlights are a better choice than a single process because your natural color shows through, so it won't be as obvious when the color starts to grow out. However, highlights typically take longer to apply than single process. To save time—and money—ask your colorist for a half a head of highlights. Get a full head of highlights ever other time or every third.