Recently I shared some tips from Brad Johns on how to keep your blonde hair looking great, but note that many of these tips will actually work for other hair colors as well.
I thought I would also share my favorite tips and products to maintain your hair color. Currently I color my hair a few shades darker than my natural color, but I was a “blonde” for about 8 years, the brunette is a pretty recent change for me.
These product swap outs and treatments will maintain your hair color for weeks longer! No more fading color, brassy or green tints!
1. Prevent Damage from Hair Color
Going darker will deposit color onto your hair, and won’t damage it at all. But if you’re going lighter, you can expect to damage your hair with the bleach. For this reason it is usually recommended that you stay within a few shades of your natural color and if you want a more drastic change you should do it gradually.
One way you can help prevent damage from bleach is to use Olaplex (more information in this hair mask post). Your stylist can add it directly to the bleach, and there is a take home treatment as well. It will help restore di-sulfide bonds in the hair.
2. Filter Your Water
When blonde hair goes brassy or green it is the result of metals, and that is in your water. A water softener can help somewhat, but it is better to filter the metals out of the water completely. T3 created a shower head (in regular and handheld versions) to help preserve your hair color, but you can also find similar shower heads at lower price points such as this Culligan version.
3. Clarifying Shampoo
Sometimes it is inevitable that your hair will get some buildup on it. Whether that is from styling products, heavy metals from your regular water or maybe you’ve been swimming in a pool. That is when you need a clarifying shampoo to remove the build up and chelate the metal out of your hair. Note these aren’t meant to be every day shampoos, they’re periodic use products to remove buildup.
After years of living as a blonde in an area with hard water and now as a mom of two natural blondes with hard water and pool… you can imagine that I’ve tried just about every clarifying shampoo out there. I’m pretty picky about which ones work and don’t work, here are my favorites. I use the Paul Mitchell on my 7 year old, her blonder (and pickier about shampoo scents) 3 year old uses the more expensive R+Co. I’m hoping to transition her to Paul Mitchell this summer!
4. Color Specific Shampoo and Conditioner
One of the best things you can do for maintaining your hair color is to use a shampoo/conditioner duo created specifically for your color! Each shade of hair has its own specific concerns, and you can address them every day with the specific shampoo and conditioner. I’ve listed a few options here for different colors, but you should know that these products come at all price points and for all shades of color, not just Blonde!
Red Hair Shampoo
Note because red hair tends to fade so quickly, red hair shampoos are usually color depositing shampoos. Rather than using one of these shampoos daily, I recommend periodic use and using a general color protecting shampoo daily.
Joico Color Infuse Red Shampoo
John Freida Radiant Red Boosting Shampoo
Grey/Silver Hair Shampoo
AG Hair Colour Care Sterling Silver Toning Shampoo
Matrix Total Results So Silver Shampoo
Color Protecting Shampoo
Note there are also just general color protecting shampoos that aren’t specific to a color.
Matrix Biolage Colorlast Shampoo
Kerastase Bain Chromatique
Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo
Klorane Color Enhancing Anti-Fade Shampoo with Pomegranate
Bumble & Bumble Color Minded Shampoo
5. Products to Remove Brassiness
We’ve all had hair color turn brassy, even if you didn’t realize that was what was happening. It’s the super golden/brown tone that can dull your blonde or make your brunette hair warmer than it should be.
If your hair color is just “off”, you’ll want to neutralize that brassiness with a purple toned treatment product. Note that because this is an issue experienced by all blondes, many of the products will be labelled for blonde hair. However, they will neutralize brassiness in other hair colors as well.
I’ve listed both treatments and shampoos for this problem below. The treatments will work more quickly, but just swapping out your shampoo every now and then will prevent the issue.
6. UV Filters
One of the main ways that your color fades is via exposure to the sun. If you’re wearing sunscreen, you should also protect your hair!
How do you protect your hair color? I’d love to know your favorite products in the comments below!