You are careful to protect your hair from the sun, you take breaks from the curling iron on a regular basis, and you always follow your stylist’s instructions for proper hair care. So why do you find your bright, shiny hair color falling flat well before your next appointment? Sneaky color-faders you didn’t even know existed could be to blame. In the case of color preservation, what you don’t know can hurt you—so read on to learn how to arm yourself against these little-known sources of color change.
You already know to be cautious with your hot tools usage, but did you know your hairbrush could be sucking the brilliance right out of your beautifully highlighted tresses? If you’re using a metal brush or a brush with metal bristles to blow out your hair, you’re basically running a hot iron through your hair every time you dry. To avoid scorching your strands and dulling your color, trade any metal brushes for a brush with natural bristles and a wooden, ceramic, or plastic barrel. We like the Round Styling Brush ($53) from Michael Van Clarke and Moroccanoil’s Ceramic Barrel Boar Bristle Round Brush ($84).
Your Hygiene Habits
After sun exposure, frequent shampooing is the next largest color-fader. We’re not advocating for a total shower boycott, but swapping a sudsy shampoo day for a dry shampoo day will prolong the life of your color and protect the health of your hair. Remember, your scalp’s natural oils are Mother Nature’s deep conditioner—let them work for your hair. Frequent washers should also note that after a fresh process, it can take up to 48 hours for your color to fully settle into hair. Try to steer clear of the showerhead for two days to start off your new color preservation plan on a high note.
It’s true. The very water you bathe in could be messing with your expertly colored locks. The rusty pipes in your charming pre-war apartment, well water, or even the common impurities found in most water sources can alter your color—blondes, especially. Installing a filtration system for the whole house may not be an option, but adding a showerhead filter (the Source Showerhead Filter ($130) by T3 is one good option) to remove chlorine and other chemicals can drastically improve the condition of your hair and your hair color.
Any metal brushes or shower saboteurs lurking in your beauty routine? Let us know which of these under-the-radar color-faders shocked you the most.