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You can spend a pretty penny for the perfect hair color that you have always been wanting. So, it is important to keep that new color staying fresh and up-to-date, even a month or two after the treatment. The big question is, what can you do to keep your hair color fresh in-between your hair services?

When you dye your hair, the pigments are held captive inside the hair strands. But anything that can lift the hair shaft’s cuticle, allowing pigment particles to escape, can fade that pretty color. One of the biggest color-stealing culprits? H2O. Plain water dilutes the pigment and causes it to fade faster. But before you stop washing your hair for good, try these hair saving techniques that will save your color!

Avoid Hot Showers

Hot water doesn’t only dry out your skin; it can decrease the life of your hair color. The temperature opens up your cuticle, releasing your precious color—and moisture. The key to showering with hair color is to shower and shampoo with room temperature water, towel dry, condition, then rinse with cold water. This will provide longer-lasting color, keeping your locks nice and hydrated while also eliminating split ends.

Swim Smarter

Protect your hair in the sun and chlorine. Use a hair protector with SPF when in the sun, pool, and ocean to keep your color from fading. A product with sunflower oil is great as it also has antioxidants to protect the hair.

Wait to Wash Your Hair

The new dry shampoo offerings on the market can be a hair saver to newly-colored hair because when you wash less, color lasts longer. After getting your your hair color service, it is best to not wash your hair for at least 24-48 hours. When you do have to wash, opt for a gentle sulfate-free shampoo.

Don’t Overuse the Hot Tools

Staying away from your hot tools the first week after coloring your hair will also help prevent the color from fading. Hot tools such as blow dryers and straighteners actually speed up the process of color fading. While these tools are sometimes necessary, it is best to stay away from them the first week or so after you color your hair.

Use a Thermal Protectant

This will protect your hair against heat damage from styling tools. Thermal protectants will help reduce color fade by keeping the integrity of the hair in good condition.

Deep Condition Less

While deep conditioning or at-home masks are a good idea before you color, but they can fade a rich brunette or vibrant red. The conditioner or mask is designed to get deep in the hair follicle to moisturize. However, when it’s rinsed out, it takes the color molecule with it—resulting in the color fading. To avoid this, a good daily conditioner will do the trick (just don’t leave it on for a long period of time).

Use Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner

Wash and condition your strands with products formulated to be protective. At Elements, there are several products by Moroccanoil, Sudzz, and Loma that have color protectant ingredients to help keep your color treated hair intact. Especially if you have blonde highlights or are a full color blonde, using a purple or blue shampoo weekly will help tone down the brassy/yellow tones in the hair, keeping your blonde looking like new.

If you are interested in going blonde, it is important to take a look at the different types of blonde to choose from. Ranging from lily white to darker, almost brown hues, blonde hair has the versatility to cater to all skin types. When it comes to bleaching your hair blonde, it needs to be kept in mind that the shade that is chosen doesn’t wash you out. Here are the six most popular shades of blonde described.

Platinum Blonde Hair

Platinum blonde is the lightest shade of blonde you can do. Platinum blonde can come in different hues as well, ranging from completely white to yellow/golden. This shade goes best with pale to medium toned skin and is really great with bright brown or blue eyes.

Baby Blonde Hair

Otherwise known as ‘natural blonde hair’, this blonde coloring looks very natural in terms of the highlights and lowlights that are used to achieve this look. Baby blonde can either be on the lighter or darker side in terms of shades. Of course, if you’re darker then you should use darker shades of blonde, and vice versa if you’re very light/pale. This will make sure that your end result comes out looking as natural as possible.

Strawberry Blonde Hair

This shade of blonde features a faint reddish appearance, giving it that strawberry blonde look. Depending on the amount of red put into the hair, it is easily mistaken for being called ‘redhead’. Strawberry blonde tends to look great on all skin types depending on the shades used.

Golden Blonde Hair

On the darker side of the blonde spectrum, golden blonde hair is the healthiest looking shade of blonde. The key to achieving a successful golden blonde hair color is by choosing a color that won’t come out brassy and by adding dimension through high and low lights within the same color.

Ash Blonde Hair

If you’ve ever seen hair with a subtle gray appearance, then it was more than likely an ash blonde color. This color is a great option for women who are looking for a softer look, as opposed to being boldly blonde. The gray tint gives it a more mature look, so this color is great for women who are starting to actually go gray. Ash blonde tends to looks best on pale to medium skin tone.

Honey Blonde Hair

Honey blonde features brown lowlights which make it the perfect blonde for women with darker skin tones. This color tends to work great on medium-dark skin tones since it’s not as light and won’t be too harsh for the skin. If you’re on the pale side, you may want to lighten this color up with some highlights around the face so that it doesn’t wash you out.

Overall

If you are tired of the basic hair color and want that gorgeous blonde to make your hair brighter, you can try full highlights or even balayage that can blend different shades into your natural look.

So, which one is your favorite shade of blonde?

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