There is nothing like a splash of color to transform or brighten your look. Austinites and University of Texas at Austin students are no strangers to unique hairstyles. Whether your shade of choice is a natural color or a vibrant purple, the key to maintaining those shiny hues is giving your sensitive colored hair the care it needs. Here are five tips that will help you repair and preserve that brand new ‘do.
By Hannah Shih
Illustrations by Lauren Nail
1. The Cinderella Fit:
The right shampoo might be the happily ever after your dye-damaged hair is looking for. Stick with sulfate-free, color-enhancing shampoo and conditioner. Shampoos like Clairol Shimmer Lights will have different formulas specifically geared for different shades of dyed hair. The right shampoo will make all the difference in keeping your dream hair from fading.
2. Less Might Just be More:
Don’t be tempted to over wash your hair. Dye actually clings to the oil and moisture in your hair, helping lock in that color for as long as possible. Invest in a quality dry shampoo and embrace that unwashed, second-day volume.
3. Be an Ice Queen:
Jealous of Elsa’s platinum locks? If you skip all other tips, remember to rinse your hair with cold water at the end of your shower. Hair cuticles open with exposure to warm water, meaning the dyed hair color can fade out with every hot water wash. An icy shower may not seem as fun as a snowy Arendelle, but it will go a long way in retaining that blonde ombre.
4. Shine Bright like a Diamond:
You could be rocking that fresh new color, but it won’t have the same impact if your hair is dull and flat. The harmful alkaline chemicals used to dye hair can also cause dye and moisture to fade out if you don’t moisturize your hair properly. A reliable leave-in moisturizer will patch up your cuticle layer and create a barrier that protects and shines. No girl needs a knight in shining armor when some shine serum or a coconut oil mask can give your hair armor of its own.
5. The Rapunzel Effect:
She may have been trapped in a tower, but Mother Gothel knew how to protect her precious golden locks. Dyed hair is especially vulnerable to heat, and UV rays can be as damaging to hair as they are to skin. If you are planning on spending a full day in the sun, invest in a trendy hat or quality UV protection spray. No one wants faded hair and there’s no better excuse to rock a chic fedora or floppy hat.
Dyeing your hair can be addicting since every change can make a difference in your style. From red to chocolate brown to a dark brown balayage, I have experimented with a lot of different colors. I have learned through my personal hair journey that the most important part about enjoying your new color is maintaining the health of your hair. When well-maintained, shiny, healthy hair is the best accessory.