How to Prevent Hair Color From Fading

Prevent Hair Color Fading

Prevent Hair Color Fading


I’m sure that you can all agree that one of the most frustrating experiences a woman can have is going to the salon, spending a lot of money on getting her hair color done, only to have it fade after a short period of time. You are probably wondering why this happens. Well there are many, many things that can cut the life of your color short. It is very important that you learn what can cause this problem and what you can do to reduce the fading of your color.

Environmental Factors


Excessive Sun Exposure

Oh, that sun! It is so nice to be in it, but it is SO bad for your hair color! Many people don’t even realize how much the sun can lighten your hair. If you live in a  state where the sun is always shining, make sure to wear a hat or scarf to minimize the exposure.  Also, if you have a sunroof in your car keep it closed.  A lot of women drive all over town with the window and its cover open not realizing that the sun is baking their hair through the glass, resulting in hair that loses its vibrancy and color.

Women in a Sun Hat


Excessive Wind Exposure

Exposing the hair to wind can cause the hair to weaken. If you live in a windy city it is very important that you protect your hair by wearing a hood and using the correct moisturizing products!

Wind Blowing Hair


Extreme Temperatures

If the climate that you live in tends to be humid or extremely cold than this can affect your hair color in a negative way. Like I stated earlier, it is very important that we protect our hair by keeping exposure to heat, freezing temps and wind to a minimum!


Hard Water

Hard water can wreak havoc on your hair color. It can leave deposits on the hair, causing the hair to fade and become dull. Hard water is generally associated with well water.



Oxidation naturally occurs when oxygen molecules attach themselves to the color molecules on your hair, which will cause your hair color to fade. Unfortunately, this is one of the only causes of hair color fading that you cannot control.

Over Shampooing

There is such a thing as shampooing your hair too often! Many people are trained to shampoo their hair every time they take a shower; but it is really not good for your hair. I feel that over-washing is one of the most common reasons for poor hair-condition and color fading in women’s hair.


Using the Wrong Shampoos

Many shampoos are formulated with harsh chemicals such as sodium or ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium or ammonium lauryl ether sulfate. These detergents strip the color molecules from the hair cuticle, fading hair color. It is imperative that you purchase a high quality, ultra-gentle cleanser that is designed specifically for color treated hair.

Use Color Enhancing Shampoos

I highly recommend that you use a color enhancing shampoo; not only will it help extend the life of your color, but it will add vibrancy and shine to your hair as well. These shampoos work best if used with a conditioner and are not intended for everyday use; they should only be applied every 3-4 days. Try alternating the other days with a moisturizing shampoo. Lastly, make sure to talk to your stylist when purchasing a color enhancing shampoo, you need to make sure you are getting the correct tone to compliment your hair color.


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