Make your color last

I recently came across an issue of Good Housekeeping which I was surprised to find a few beauty tips in.

This one was how to make your hair color last whether its DIY or from the salon. Save your haircolor, cash and keep it nice and shiny longer.

The tips from their lab…

Get out of the water!!

Wait what?  Water is the main culprit, with or without shampoo the dye molecules leach out add that to any chlorine, salt, and minerals in the water which cause the outter layer of the hair known as the cuticle to lift. This accelerates the loss of pigment.

There’s a few things you can do these are both from GH or my own experience/use.

For one, GH mentions a showerhead that filters out damaging elements.

When you go swimming, use a bathing cap or put a coat or 2 of LEAVE-IN conditioner through your hair.

I can up them on that. I not only use sunblock on my body, when I was dying my hair, I used to put sunblock through my hair as well. (back to that later)

Also remember whenever you first get your hair dyed, DO NOT wash it I think they say 24 hours, I wait 48-72 hours. (basically, I wait until my hair looks greasy. (which if you pull it back into a braid, no one can tell )

Also I have known about dry shampoo for years. I love it and in the summer when I carry it, I also carry a travel size shine spray (or a little hair oil or the olive oil brand hair lotion into my hair for some shine)

Hair Oils….  Argan Oil, Jojoba, Coconut,

Ors Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion 8.5 Ounce (251ml) (3 Pack)Here’s the direct link to it on Amazon


Both the magazine and I agree

Gloss is the Boss

Collor enhancing Gloss can boost shine and a sheer tint to revive your shade between appointments. You can get one at the salon, or buy one in store close to your shade and apply it every couple of weeks.  John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss  is available for $12 in drugstores.

Shun the Sun

The sun works like a bleach. You’ve seen beach bums and surfers with dark hair have blonde looking hair on top? For a long time I did not I thought they dyed it to be like that, or that it only happened in California, maybe Hawaii and other places of that sort.  Then it happened to me and not when my hair was dyed, it was my own natural color, and I’ve got dark brown hair.

I used to work outside 5 days a week sometimes 6 up to 10 hours a day. I had been laid off in August or September of 2010, I forget how many months after I dropped by to say Hi and see how everyone was doing. One of the girls looked at me and said man your hair got dark.  So I would say that proves it, though I don’t think I have photos to show it. My Dark brown went to a light to medium brown.

So it’s not only dyed hair that breaks down but the melanin that gives natural hair its pigment. Now remember I mentioned using sunblock in my hair (I think they make one specific for the hair by Biolage but it has been awhile since I heard about it so I’m not 100% sure on the brand.I did look to see if I could find something to suggest to try (original Scalp screen with UVA/UVB protection) but as I said Instead of using something seperate I just use whatever lotion or spray sunblock I already bought for my body. It saves me money, and works fine.

The magazine does suggest though that if you will be exposed to the sun for long periods use a hat or a scarf.

Shampoo Smarter

There’s no such thing as ‘total color safe shampoo’ (being water being the first enemy of hair color) and not only does the Good Housekeeping lab say so, I could have told you so from experience.  I was dying my hair for a few years. I think I tried (for the time) every type of color safe shampoo/conditioner. It would still look like the red sea in the tub when I’d wash my hair.  Sulfate-Free shampoos are thought to slow down color loss, GH test found that don’t always perform better than those with sulfates. Extend the life of your color with a proven formula labeld for color treated hair.

l also saved my color by washing every couple days Durinig the summer wash every other day to every 2 days in the winter every 3-4 days.

Good Housekeeping tested shampoos and 3 stood out.  They “evaluated label blinded products pairs at all price points on testers with color treated hair and on dyed and bleached hair swatches.

  • Fade resistance over time
  • conditioning ability
  • shine enhancement
  • cleaning, ease of use and  scent
  • look and feel of hair after use

they note that their research shows that the products all performed best when they were paired with their conditioner counterparts of the same brand and collection which are formulated to work together.

Their ‘Power Preserver’

 Treseme Keratin smooth color Shampoo and conditioner   85/100 score

Infused with argan and marula oils this duo gets Top marks for leaving hair feeling clean, boosting shine and hydration as well for its fresh scent. They feel creamy like a salon product leaves hair soft and shiny.

The hair swatches showed the least color change after a  20 wash cycle=simulating 5 washes per week over 4 weeks and 10 hours of UV exposure)  supposed to be

$5 each in drugstores


The Sulfate-free Star

OGX Fade Defying + Orchard oil shampoo and conditioner    78/100

Best for those who are sensitive to Sulfates, the cleansing ingredients that irritate sensitive skin.

Rated best for rinsing out well, highlights were more vibrant and  the color lasted longer and softening hair.

Came in CLOSE behind the winner for fade prevention and second for conditioning effects

$8 each in ULTA or buy both in 13 oz bottles for $21.99 in the above link.


Most Moisturizing

Hair food Color Protect Shampoo and conditioner  77/100

The hair food set has the richest conditioning and hydration. as well as color saving benefits.

Easiest to dispense and least irritating (the shampoo is sulfate free) After five weeks, one of the testers hairdressers commented on it. Dying hair can leave ones hair feeling very dry (especially when bleached first) one of the testers said she “loved how moisturized it felt after one use”

Came out on top in the lab’s wet combing test using the Instron device which engages conditioning (you should NOT wet comb your hair!! It pulls hair out and leaves split ends)  sadly it did not score as well as the others in color retention.

$10 each @ Target  or both on Amazon for $19.68


You might also want to use ‘It’s a 10’ haircare I was not sure if I wanted to include this in this post or the next post for dying hair.

However  for coloring or a perm this is a great product even for natural non chemicaly treated hair.

Its a Miracle leave-in product with 10 benefits in each bottle!

  1. repairs
  2. adds shine
  3. tames frizz
  4. protects color
  5. detangles
  6. prevents split ends
  7. Curbs breakage
  8. softens
  9. boosts body
  10. protects hair from heat.

I’m not sure if its still useable or expired but if you purchase on the site use WH15 at checkout to save 15%.

You can also find it on amazon


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