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How to keep your hair color from fading

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Keep those sassy tones from fading with these tips.

Keep those sassy tones from fading with these tips.

We can all agree that there's no better feeling than leaving the salon with a fresh hairdo. Not to mention it's the perfect opportunity to take the ultimate selfie and get those likes on Instagram. But unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and that color will eventually fade. 

There are, however, a few ways to ensure that shade sticks around a little while longer before your next appointment with the colorist. Don't let that expensive dye go to waste. Consider these tips to keep your hair from fading so quickly:

Wash with color-protective shampoo and conditioner
Once you've colored your hair, you need to kiss standard shampoo and conditioner goodbye. Allure magazine recommended finding products that are rich in color-protecting ingredients so you'll never have to worry about your shade washing out in the shower.

Cool it with the scalding hot water
Before you lather the shampoo into your hair, make sure the water temperature isn't too high. Stylist Shawnee Hetlsley told Women's Health magazine that hot water opens up your hair cuticle, which releases the moisture and color from your strands. Take her advice on how to wash properly:

"I always tell my clients to shampoo and rinse with room-temp water, towel dry, condition, then rinse with the coldest water you can stand to seal that cuticle shut," she said. "This will provide longer-lasting color, keeping your locks nice and hydrated while also eliminating split ends."

Make dry shampoo with your new bestie
You obviously can't go without shampooing, but you certainly need to minimize the days you're washing your hair. Lathering up your luscious locks every day will make your color fade faster. The solution? Invest in dry shampoo and make it your best friend. A generous spritz of the stuff will grab the oil and dirt from your head, nourish your strands and keep you from looking greasy between wash days.

Protect your locks from the sun
Much like your skin needs SPF to avoid sun damage, your hair needs protection to avoid color fading. Invest in a product you can spray over your hair before you head outside – no matter what time of year it is – to keep your hair colorful and vibrant.

Style your hair naturally
When was the last time you let your natural beach waves flow? If you want to make your hair color last longer, it may be time to let the locks dry on their own more often. According to Women's Health magazine, hot tools like blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons can make your hair color fade faster. Do your best to use these tools less frequently, especially within the week of getting your hair dyed. 

If you have to use a styling tool, just be conscious of how long your head is exposed to the heat. Use your favorite Baby-G watch to monitor the minutes you're drying your hair. The less amount of time the heat hits your strands, the longer your color will last.