How to Keep Black (dyed) Hair From Fading! Ft. Aveda Black Malva
How to Keep Dark Dyed Hair from Fading
Having hair professionally dyed is never cheap, so once you get the perfect shade, you want to make it last as long as possible. Dark-dyed hair can notoriously fade well before you want to make another trip to your stylist, but don’t fret. By knowing how to preserve the color in your hair, you can make it last longer!
Caring for Dark-Dyed Hair in the Shower
Avoid shampooing for 72 hours.One of the first and biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to dyed hair is to wash it too soon after dyeing. The dyeing process opens the cuticle layer of hair, which is where the dye actually resides in strands of hair.One of the first steps to preserving color entails giving the cuticle layers of hair enough time to close completely before washing the hair. To do this, you should wait 72 hours after dyeing your hair before ever washing it.
- As many people already know, the dye will seep out naturally to some degree as the cuticle layers of the hair close. You should wear dark clothing and use dark pillow cases during this period to avoid staining them.
Wash your hair less frequently.Even after the cuticle layer of hair closes, shampooing causes hair to swell and allows the color to escape.By simply washing your hair less often, you can help preserve the color.
- Use dry shampoo in between washes to help keep your hair looking and feeling fresh.
- If you have an oily hair type and would really hate washing less often, take advantage of color-safe dry shampoo.This will allow you to clean your hair minus the water and suds.
Use color-safe shampoos and conditioners.When you do actually wash your hair in the shower, use a shampoo specifically formulated to preserve dyed hair. Most companies now offer lines of color-protecting shampoos and conditioners. These products actually help seal your hair cuticles, which help to lock dye inside hair strands.
- In addition to using color-protecting products, you should also completely avoid clarifying shampoos because they can strip color from hair strands and speed up the fading process.Some stylists may recommend a clarifying shampoo the day before a color refresh, however, specifically because they help strip the old dye and ready the hair for the fresh dye.
- Some products contain trace amounts of dye and deposit it on your hair when used, essentially providing a micro-recoloring each time you use them.Just make sure to find the product appropriate to the color of your hair.
- Make sure to get a good, quality color-safe product, as some cheaper brands may not help protect against color loss.
Rinse with cold water.It may not sound like a very fun proposition, but using cold water to wet and rinse your hair will help preserve the dye. This is because cold water will close the cuticle. Avoid using hot water as it opens the cuticles, allowing dye to escape.
- In addition to avoiding hot water, you should avoid excessive rinsing in general. Once you have completely rinsed shampoo and conditioner out of your hair, don’t simply tilt your head back and allow water to continue running through your hair because this can slowly strip dye as well.
Blot hair to dry.As many people may have already noticed, towel drying dyed hair is an easy way to ruin a towel. Roughly towel drying your hair scrapes even more dye out of the cuticle layer of hair that is already open from the shower water swelling hair strands. By gently blotting hair and allowing it to air dry as much as possible, you will strip less dye.
Consider installing a water purification system.Most of us live in locations that have mineral-heavy hard water. If you dye your hair often and can justify the purchase, consider installing a water purification system for the shower. This will eliminate minerals and trace amounts of chlorine from treated water, both of which can strip hair dye.
Caring for Dark-Dyed Hair out of the Shower
Avoid overusing curling irons, flat irons, and blowdryers.Colored hair is often more brittle, making it more vulnerable to heat. Try to avoid overusing curling irons, flat irons, and blowdryers when styling your hair to keep the hair healthy and stop fading.If your style really requires the use of these items, then make sure you apply a heat-protectant spray first.
Use color-safe hair products.Many of the common ingredients in hair products can dry, bleach, or strip hair dye. Look for specifically color-safe hair products while especially avoiding products with alcohol, peroxide, or ammonia, which can strip color and weaken hair.In addition to color-safe products, you should use products for your particular hair type—fine, thick, oily, dry, etc.—since these will promote healthier hair and counteract the drying and brittleness that dyeing hair can lead to in general.
Use a hair mask once a week.Keeping in moisture and preventing over-drying of colored hair is important to keeping the hair healthy. By using a hair mask once a week, you can help protect dark-dyed hair. Make sure the product you use is paraben free with aloe, and leave the hair mask on for a full hour with a shower cap over it to help it most effectively penetrate your hair.
- If you prefer hot oil treatments to hair masks, you can substitute these instead, but avoid using both unless you have extremely dry hair since both can leave your hair looking greasy.
Avoid too much sun.UV rays are some of the biggest enemies of hair dye. While you no doubt want to show off your lustrous locks in the sunshine, you should still try to minimize sun exposure.Use this as an excuse to show off some of your best sun hats.
Use leave-in treatments with UV absorbers.Obviously, no one wants to permanently avoid sunshine. Though less effective than a hat or simply avoiding UV rays, you can use a leave-in hair treatment with UV absorbers to help filter the UV rays.
- For effective UV absorbers, look for products with benzophenone-3 or -4, polyquaternium-59, cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride, or butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane.
Stay away from chlorine.Especially during the summer, the draw of pools and hot tubs can prove too strong even though you know the chlorine is terrible for dyed hair. In these instances, rinse your hair with fresh water before going swimming. By wetting the hair with regular water first, you will limit the chlorine absorption in the pool.Rinsing chlorinated water out of your hair as soon as you get out of the pool or spa will help as well, but you’re still better off avoiding chlorinated water completely when you can.
QuestionI have my hair dyed half dark blue and half dark purple. What do I do to make the color last a long time?
Licensed CosmetologistLicensed CosmetologistExpert AnswerAs the article states, you can use dry shampoo versus regularly shampooing your hair, especially if you shampoo everyday. It is also wise to invest in a good color care shampoo and conditioner. These steps will help your color last as long as possible, before fading.Thanks!
QuestionI recently dyed my hair dark blue and it bled in the shower. It is still dark, but I am a scuba diver and I have to dive today. Will my hair be ok?
Licensed CosmetologistLicensed CosmetologistExpert AnswerUnfortunately, your hair will not be okay. I'm sure that the water you're swimming in has chlorine in it, and you'll need to shampoo with a clarifying shampoo to remove the chlorine. That will most likely strip some of your color.Thanks!
QuestionCan I go swimming in fresh or spring water?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can go swimming in a fresh water spring. Try to stay away from pools and beaches as the water there can cause bleaching effects to your hair.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I go swimming in a pool?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerApply some oil to form a protective layer on your hair before you enter the pool. It is suggested that you stay away from chlorine for a week or more after you dye your hair. Wear a swimming cap when you enter the pool. Try not to stay in the pool for a really long time. Use good hair care products and color protectant creams or sprays before entering the pool.Thanks!
QuestionI am a swimmer, but I need to dye my hair. What do I do to keep it from fading?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWear a swimming cap!! Do your hair in a bun and pop on the cap. It is bound to keep your hair dry and safe from chlorine!Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I have to use dandruff shampoo?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPerhaps contact your doctor and ask for a type that is color-safe, or consider using the shampoo less frequently and leaving it in for longer. Always use cold water!Thanks!
QuestionHow can you keep your hair looking nice after you dye it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerInvest in a color protect shampoo and expect to re-dye your roots every 8 weeks or so.Thanks!
QuestionIs it safe to use hairspray on dyed hair?Lord_TommoCommunity AnswerYes it is. Make sure you wash it out the next time you shower, as your hair can get weak and break easier.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I keep my black-dyed hair from fading?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut your hair in a shower cap, and wash it every other day. Use a color-protecting shampoo/conditioner/after-shower product.Thanks!
QuestionWhat hair products are safe to use for newly highlighted hair?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf bleach was used to highlight your hair, any product with strong color has a high chance of staining your hair. One way to avoid this is to let your hair grow out and then cut the bleached parts off. Also make sure to use heat protection whenever you apply anything with heat to lessen the hair damage.Thanks!
- No matter what steps you take to preserve it, red hair colors will fade the fastest simply based on the chemistry. Crimson pigments are larger than those of browns and blacks and are more unstable.
- Preparing your hair for color before dyeing it is also important. A deep conditioning treatment the week before dyeing and a clarifying shampoo the day before dyeing are both great ways to prep your hair for color.
Things You'll Need
Color-protecting shampoo and conditioner
Paraben-free hair masks or hot oil treatments
Color-safe hair products
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