We know ladies...You go to the salon and spend hundreds to get that beautiful white cool blonde, or that vibrant copper or red, even the perfect chocolate or soft pastel rainbow color. We know, we see those selfies. The truth is you feel amazing, you're loving your color, and it is finally the perfect tone you have been hoping for. Then, one day, and literally it seems like it happens overnight, your color you have been obsessing over has faded, leaving you with a not so stellar hue. Your cool blonde is now brassy, or your copper or red is now an undesirable tone of orange, or your pastels have completely disappeared. If this happens to you much sooner than you desire, then we are here to help. In this journal we are breaking it down by hair color, and giving you professional tips for How To Prevent Your Hair Color From Fading So Quickly. Check out some of our favorite tips to give your hair color that extra longevity.
Pastel Hair Color
If you're a pastel hair color lover, then you know exactly what we are talking about when we say high maintenance. Pastel hair color can be a bit of a buzz kill when it comes to longevity. If your pastel tones are one color, then keeping it fresh can be an easier task than those that go for multiple pastels. If this is your thing, then very regular salon visits will be a necessity for you to maintain the colors. Pastels are often created using direct dyes, which are temporary...very temporary. So temporary that salon visits will need to be every 3-4 weeks for touch ups.
There are options for touching up your pastel colors at home. First and foremost, it is never a bad idea to make sure you are using haircare products that will help to preserve and extend the life of your color. In addition, opting for products that will maintain and improve the health of your hair should also be a top priority. As a pastel addict, you know that your hair must first be lifted to a platinum or very light blonde. Unfortunately this can come with some damage and raised cuticles. The problem with the lifted cuticle is that when the cuticle is open, the color will wash out easier and faster than if the cuticle is shut down tight. To do so, you want to use products that will balance the ph in your hair and also hydrate and repair. Our Iles Formula Shampoo and Conditioner is your hairs BFF.
Eventually however, the pastels will wash out completely. This can be avoided by asking your stylist for a recommendation for a color conditioner that can be used in addition to your regular regime. Sometimes, just once a week is enough to help the colors last a bit longer. Other times, you may choose to use them daily. If you do use it daily, apply it before your Iles Formula Conditioner and then close the hair scales down after your have rinsed the color away using your Iles Formula Conditioner. This will ensure you close the color back into the hair shaft. Our conditioner INSTANTLY shuts down the hair cuticle on ALL hair types. It's how we became so famous for hair repair, it works the same way by shutting in your color.
Ok blondes, the same practice goes for you. We cannot stress the importance of an at home haircare regimen to help ensure your hair is taken care of between salon visits. You may find that your cool blonde starts to feel super warm after just a handful of washings. Our Iles Formula shampoo helps to keep your blondes looking light and bright. Should you need an additional product to supplement, reach for a purple or silver shampoo that you can use once per week. Keep in mind, these color shampoos and conditioners are not meant to be used daily, but more so on occasion for maintenance.
If you opt for warmer and more buttery blondes, then you will not necessarily need another product for maintaining your blonde besides a good high performance haircare regimen. For blondes however, you have additional maintenance to pay attention to. If your natural hair is darker, you can bet your roots are starting to show in as little as 3 weeks. Are you thinking of going blonde? Be sure that the maintenance required for blonde is in your budget. It's important to keep those roots touched up to ensure the blonde is always even and clean, or opt for an eased in regrowth blonde, that is becoming more and more popular these days as you save several weeks on the maintenance touch up.
Those of you who wear extensions, this next section is for you. We all know the secret to seamless extensions is all about the color blending. Quite often coloring extensions is a very complex procedure, because 9 times out of 10 this human hair has been purchased from 3rd world countries. The hair starts off black and is bleached up several times for the European/ American market ranging from all shades of browns , auburns to blondes. The hair once purchased is often very porous. The key here is be sure to use a conditioner like Iles Formula that will not only close those cuticles but will actually repair the poroisty damage that the extensions have. It will also deliver the feel to those extensions of real healthy hair, that people have come to trust us for.
Hair above by: @hairby_chrissy from Habit Salon
Photo Credit: Hair By Guy Tang
Reds & Coppers
Nothing beats a stunning red or copper hair color, am I right ladies? You know the ones that catch your eye every time? If you wear red or copper then you know that color fade is definitely an issue. We're here to help you with How To Prevent Your Hair Color From Fading So Quickly.
The rule of thumb for all of you red and copper beauties is to hold off on washing your hair every day. This may be difficult for some of you, and if thats the case then a dry shampoo might be a good suggestion to hold you over in between. When you do finally wash your hair, try to do so with cold or cooler water. The reason for this is because hot water opens the cuticle which allows the color molecules to wash right out of your hair shaft. Cooler water keeps the hair scales down. This is also why our Iles Formula Conditioner would be ideal for you as well. It keeps the hair scales shut, which keeps the color right where it belongs, on your hair. For added pigment, once a week color conditioners recommended by your stylist will also help.
Photo: Hair by Guy Tang
Ladies living in the brown family of hair color, your color is the least likely to fade out fast. However, what you will mostly experience is challenges in the root area. If you are grey, this will especially be the case as the grey will start popping up quite fast, and they are very good at standing out and being very visible as we are sure you are already well aware. There are many options for How To Prevent Your Hair Color From Fading So Quickly and also solutions for fixing those unwanted quick to arrive grey hairs.
Let's start with ways to hide the grey hairs. There are many products on the market that you can quickly touch up the roots and hide them in between hair salon visits. Our favorites, Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch Up Sticks and Root Concealer Touch Up Spray. They are literally exactly what they say they are. One is a spray and one a stick. Both very user friendly, but a quick fix for concealing the grey. This also works if you have lighter hair naturally and your roots show very light next to the brown hair color.
What we love about brown hair is how shiny the hair can look. This can be achieved by using styling products that will enhance the shine. Our Finishing Serum will achieve this for you and at the same time protect your color from UV and color fade. How many of you can relate to that moment of your brunette shade turning to a brassy orange hue because of sun fade? Well Iles Formula Finishing Serum used daily will prevent this from occuring. Vitamins, nut oils and silk feed the hair with nothing but goodness and will never weigh the hair down. They deliver not only UV and color fade protection but protect the hair from heated tools and humidity.
The health of your hair and what you are using at home is a big priority for helping to keep your colors from washing out. Think of it like this, why invest in your hair color if you don't invest in proper products to care for it at home. A good quality shampoo and conditioner, paired with some root concealers or color shampoos and color conditioner for extra maintenance is always the best option for How To Prevent Your Color From Fading So Quickly.
What are some of your favorite methods for keeping your colors fresh? We would love to hear about them in the comments.