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8 Ways to Make your Hair Color Last Longer

If you’re like me, you love going to the hair salon. There are no kids asking for you to wipe their bottoms or fighting with their brothers. Just lovely smells, freshly washed hair (that you didn’t have to do yourself!), and maybe even a scalp massage. It’s heavenly. However, it is also costly. As much as we’d like to, we can’t be up in the salon every 4 weeks on the regular. Or at least I can’t. That is why I have come up with 8 tips to make your hair color last longer and go longer in between hair appointments!

Tips to Make your Hair Color Last Longer

ways to make your hair color last longer

They aren’t mind blowing tips, but if you add them all together you just might add a week or two between appointments! Not to mention I think your hair will be feeling all the more fabulous for it.

Wash less frequently.

Yes, I know, it might sound gross, but it’s actually better for your hair! If you wash your hair two times a week you are cutting down the amount of time you are roughing up your hair with shampoos, conditioners, product and even heat. If you have somewhat greasy hair and the thought of two times a week makes you sick to the stomach, I’ve got some tips for you.

  • Develop a routine. Wash Monday and dry and style nicely. Tuesday half-up or bangs out of your face (so you want keep touching your hair and getting it dirtier!) Wednesday add some braids and Thursday rock a slicked back bun. No one has to know that the ‘slick’ part is grease! 🙂 Wash again Friday and repeat.
  • Stop playing with your hair. The more you touch it, the greasier it gets!
  • Invest in some good quality dry shampoo. Big Sexy Hair is my absolute favorite! I have a whole post on how to use dry shampoo here.

Prep Your Hair

About a week before you head to the salon, deep condition with something like this one from Ulta to prep to for the color. It will be it’s healthiest before applying the color, receive it better and help it last longer.

Deep condition

You can do this with some homemade concoctions like coconut oil and some essential oils, or buy a good deep conditioning treatment. It will nourish your hair and limit the split ends thus keeping you out of the salon longer!

Cold Water

This is a toughie and I’ll admit that I don’t always do it. But if you can stand it, rinse your hair in the shower with cold water. If you’re like me and you just can’t bring yourself to switch the water to cold, at the very least, go for luke warm. You can try to stand back away from the stream and just stick your hair in the cool water, it’s a lot more doable although still difficult!

Touch up your own color

Getting your color done at the salon can be the most expensive part. If you follow this list you’re already on your way to making your hair color last longer. However, you can also buy and mix your own color and do it at home. I always do my own hair color at home and it saves me at least $30-$50 each time. I buy my hair color from Madison Reed in Trieste Red and it is delivered to my home every 6 weeks. I touch up the roots myself and bam – fresh color for $30!

Have a Root Touch up Kit on Hand

These are amazing, I must admit. I don’t have any grey hair yet and I’m still stoked about it. It’s basically a powder cover up for your roots. Whether you have greys or not, you can still extend the time between colors by just applying this as needed! You can find the little compact one shown above at Madison Reed. For ladies with grey hair it is a must have! You basically just brush on the product where your roots or grey is showing and it will temporarily cover up your roots! I think every woman should have this on hand because let’s be real – who has time to always keep their roots looking perfectly touched up? Well, now you can!

Try a Gloss or Glaze

Another genius product. On the John Frieda product page it says that is has “mild dyes and shine boosters to increase the depth and vitality of your hair color. Hair is left full of shine with a fresh from the salon look. Not permanent hair color. Will not lift or lighten hair color. Ammonia and peroxide-free.” I personally haven’t tried this one but it comes highly recommended so I know I need to give it a try. The one I linked to above is brunette but they have a clear or even a color refreshing gloss. Keep that hair color looking vibrant! Madison Reed also came out with a similar product that appears to be quite a bit healthier. They have 8 colors including a gloss. I really want to try this one!

 Avoid too Much Sun Exposure

I know it seems like winter and you shouldn’t have to worry about this one, but we should still be careful! Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the sun isn’t doing it’s thang! Try hats or beenies to cover up when it’s cold but sunny. Another great way is to try Redken Color Extend Sun Set Shampoo and Solar Screen SPF 12 before you head out. Spritz a bit on your roots and over your lace wigs for protection. It’s a tad pricey but if it’s helping you consistently extend the time between colors than it could be saving you money!

There you have it! I bet if you combined these 8 tips to make your hair color last longer you could save a bunch of money this next year by going longer between hair color appointments! Any other tips you might add? I’d love to hear them!

*This is not a sponsored post but there are a few affiliate links in there. If you click on the link and purchase a product I might get a cut although the price always stays the same for you. Thanks for supporting Ma Nouvelle Mode!!*

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15 Responses to 8 Ways to Make your Hair Color Last Longer

  1. AlexandraFunFit January 3, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Sweet. Perfect timing, as I need my grey roots touched up. I am going to check out your link for that.

    • Natalia January 9, 2015 at 6:47 am #

      You’ll love it, it’s just a genius idea!

  2. Marissa January 7, 2015 at 10:30 pm #

    Thank you for posting this!!! : )

    Glosses do help and I have tried them before. Also once a week I add manic panic to my conditioner and leave it in for 10min which brightens my red hair as well.

    • Natalia January 9, 2015 at 6:46 am #

      Oh that sounds great, I’m gonna have to look into that. I haven’t heard of it before!

  3. McKayla Strauss June 24, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    I’ve been planning on changing my hair color for a little while now, so this should be really helpful once I actually do it! I didn’t realize that trying to wash your hair in cold or lukewarm water can help to make the color last longer. That might be a little hard to follow through with, but I’ll have to at least give it a shot!

    • Natalia June 27, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      It definitely is hard to follow through on! In the hot summers it isn’t as hard, but man in the winter! It’t tough. It’s probably good to get in the habit of turning down the heat a little 🙂

  4. Veronika October 26, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    What is the benefit to the cold water? I have heard that suggestion before. But I don’t recall anyone explaining why exactly that benefits hair damage. Or is that just a reference for hair color, so it bleeds less?

    • Natalia October 28, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

      Cold water helps to close the cuticle and seal in moisture from the conditioner — which helps your hair look shiny and healthy. So, by all means, take a warm shower, but at the end, rinse with cold water! Hope that helps!

  5. Barbara. W November 28, 2015 at 5:48 am #

    I usually use quite hot water to wash my hair because it’s difficult to use cold water in winter. What is the best temperature if using warm water? Thanks for sharing!

  6. Mellisa Louise January 13, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    Great advice! But remember when you’re using a hair product with healthy oils in it that it needs to be rinsed out really well with warm/hot water, then hit your hair with some cold water to close the cuticle again. It’s different for non oil products though. I love the tip about not washing too often, definitely don’t want to strip the healthy oils from your hair too often without replacing them.

    • Natalia January 14, 2016 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks for the tips, so helpful!

  7. Hazel Owens April 20, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    I’m one of those people who couldn’t imagine only washing my hair two times a week. I try to only wash it every other day, but even by the second day it starts to look greasy. I understand that it’s a good way to keep your hair healthy and keep the color in, but the best I could do right now is look into dry shampoo more. Thanks for the tips.

    • Natalia May 23, 2016 at 9:50 am #

      Different hair calls for different things! I can hold off without it getting too greasy. You’ve obviously found what works for your hair, that’s the best way!

  8. Tina@ hair August 23, 2016 at 2:08 am #

    My red curly hair used to be very thick then I had brain surgery now it’s weak and any good idea for that? Please !

  9. Christina October 19, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    While some may find the hair suggestion an unlikely choice, this is a growing trend among women with various hair textures. Some find that by scaling back on their washes, they can improve their hair, just as you’ve shared.

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