Whether you’ve lost count of how many times you’ve dyed your hair or are coloring it for the first time, let’s take a moment to talk about maintenance. There’s nothing worse than getting that perfect shade at the salon, only to find that — gasp! — it starts to look dull only a few washes later. The thing is, extra care is a must for your dye job, and there are a number of contributing factors when it comes to your color fading, including exposure to hard water and the overuse of heat-styling tools.
Also, a big one: “The sun bleaches color out of everything, including your hair,” St. Louis-based colorist Caitlin Ford tells Allure. “If you are going outside for extended periods of time, protect your scalp and hair with a hat.” We also like to spritz on a little hair sunscreen from time to time.
But another major must-do is to switch your regular shampoo and conditioner with ones that are specially formulated for color-treated hair. Here, we asked the pros to help us find the best shampoos and conditioners out there to prolong your gorgeous hue.
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