Dying your hair is fun, but also expensive. The color always seems to fade away so soon and before you know it, it’s time to go to the salon again. And in this disastrous economy, dying your hair is sadly and quickly becoming a too costly habit for a lot of people. But don’t fret. There is no need to stop dying your hair. Just follow these tips below which will help make the color last longer and save you some money:
1. Use a gentle shampoo
A lot of shampoos on the market contain harsh cleansing agents, which are very effective at removing all traces of dirt, oil and product buildup on your locks. Unfortunately, they can also strip your hair color off! For this reason, shampoos targeted specifically for color-treated hair are often recommended but the sad truth is they don’t work. Despite what the label says, these shampoos can still contain harsh surfactants and strip off the color they claim to protect! Instead than trusting the label, read the ingredient list: avoid shampoos with harsh surfactants such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate and C14-16 olefin sulfonate and opt for those with gentle cleansing agents such as Cocamidopropyl Betaine.
2. Don’t wash hair often
Even if you use a gentle shampoo, or even if you use just water, a little bit of color will fade away anyway whenever you wash your hair. Because of this, don’t wash your hair too often or you’ll soon have to go back to the salon to have it dyed again. Whenever you can, opt for dry shampoo or, if you have blonde hair, baby powder. They will absorb the oil in your hair, making it look (although not feel) clean.
3. Dye hair at home
These days there really isn’t any need to go to the salon to dye your hair. You can simply buy hair dye in any supermarket or beauty store and do it yourself. It can seem a bit daunting and scary at first, but it really isn’t. Just make sure you follow the instructions on the box very carefully and chose a shade that is not too different from your natural color. In addition, apply some vaseline along the hairline and ears before you begin to avoid stained skin. Oh, and don’t use all the dye but save a bit of it to touch up your roots when they’ll start to show up again.
4. Touch-up highlights at home
Dying hair at home may be easy, but if you want highlights, it’s best to go to the salon. Attempting to do that yourself may go terribly wrong. However, you can safely touch them up at home. Just buy a color that’s really similar to that of your highlights and follow the instructions on the box carefully.
Do you know any other tips to save money on hair color?