One of the most frequent complaints from black women with color is premature fading. Since the cuticle of kinky hair never closes completely, the molecular level is left exposed and the result is both natural and chemically induced fading. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your color and prevent pre-mature fading:
- Keep maintenance in mind. Always choose a color that is easy to maintain and fits with your lifestyle. “It’s never a good idea for a low-maintenance woman to get a high-maintenance color,” Ward says. If you are on a budget or tight schedule, opt for natural shades or highlights, that require less maintenance. Many women make the mistake of waiting until their color has faded to try and enhance it — but you can easily extend the life of your color by taking proper care of it beginning with day one.
- Wait at least two days after shampooing to color your hair. The buildup of natural oils will help your hair to absorb the color more readily.
- Deep condition. Give your hue a boost, by doing a deep conditioner several days before you color your mane. A deep conditioner makes it easier for your hair to absorb the color and will give you longer lasting results. Plus, a good, deep conditioner can help to reduce any damage that may occur during the coloring process. Try tgin Honey Miracle Deep Conditioner which contains raw honey for softer, shinier tresses and jojoba and olive oils, which nourish and heal strands in need of repair.
- Use color-protective products. Refresh your color by using a shampoo made for color treated hair in between salon visits. Color treated shampoos are gentler on the hair and often contain semi-permanent pigments that help the hair to maintain its bottled brilliance. For color that endures, try tgin Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo with aloe vera to gently cleanse hair and Pro Vitamin B5 to reduce breakage and increase moisture retention.
- Minimize your exposure to sun and chlorine. Sun and chlorine can damage your color and also cause your hair to feel dry and brittle. For added protection against chlorine, wear a swimcap or apply a leave in conditioner to your hair before you hit the pool. To reverse the harsh effects of chlorine and other harsh pool chemicals, try tgin Replenishing Conditioner formulated with shea butter, green tea, and Cupuacu Butter to help maintain the hair’s natural moisture.
- Avoid overusing heated styling appliances. As colored hair is prone to dryness and breakage, it is important to limit your usage of blowdryers or flat irons, which can cause color to fade and lead to split ends. If you must use heated styling appliances, make sure that they are set on the coolest possible setting. A thermal protector like tgin Argan Replenishing Hair & Body Serum should also be used when blow drying or curling your hair.
- Keep your hair moisturized. Natural hair that is conditioned and well moisturized tends to hold color longer and have more shine. To keep your hair feeling soft and supple, Ward suggests using thick and creamy water-based conditioners. Try tgin Butter Cream Moisturizer for Natural Hair made with blends of shea butter and coconut oil to smooth the hair cuticle.
- Use a color refresher. Ask your colorist for a color refresher (mixture of shampoo and semi permanent color) to keep the color vibrant between touch-ups.
- Trim your Ends. Keep your color looking rich and vibrant by getting your ends trimmed every two to three months. Even if you are natural, getting your ends trimmed is a must in order to protect against split ends and breakage.
- Read the label. “Avoid styling products containing alcohol, which strip the hair of moisture and leave your tresses looking dull and lifeless” says Ward. Instead, look for moisturizing water-based styling aids rich in natural oils and conditioners. Try tgin Twist & Define Cream, which works great on locks and twists by taming frizz while keeping hair vibrant and healthy.
Rich and vibrant hair color can be the ultimate accessory and the key to looking and feeling fabulous. Just remember, regular care and maintenance are both critical to achieving color that remains true over time.
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