You did your research, read 5000 salon reviews on Yelp, and finally went for the plunge—and your shiny, new hair color looks amazing. Props. The only problem is your bank account has taken the fall, and the situation is, ahem, not as pretty. What’s a broke girl with fabulous hair supposed to do? Not let that multidimensional color fade prematurely, that’s what.
We spoke with celeb colorist and L’Oréal Paris hair color expert Kari Hill (she’s responsible for the perfect hair color of Taylor Schilling, Michelle Williams, and our own sister site’s editor) and beauty DIY expert and Beauty Bean founder Alexis Wolfer and asked for their budget-friendliest hair color tips. Keep flipping for six hair color maintenance tips every broke girl should know!
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the nourishing benefits of a fancy shampoo and conditioner. This duo conditions, protects, and strengthens your hair while also helping to shield your color from fading.
Heat is one of the biggest factors when it comes to your hair color fading—so try to keep your long, hot showers to the minimum (which you should have been doing anyway, if you’ve been showering like a beauty editor). Same goes for your heat styling tools—all of them scorch your hair and open up the cuticle, making it way easier for the dye to come out. If you’re going to be out in the sun, protect your strands with a product that contains UV filters, like René Furterer’s Fluide Hydratant ($28).
Sometimes, a quick rinse with ingredients in your kitchen is all it takes to revive your dull strands. Here are a couple of our favorite DIY concoctions, based on your hair color (because coffee and blond hair don’t sound like they would yield desirable results).
With intense, cuticle-enriching conditioners and color-protecting UV filters, this mask keeps your color intact for longer while adding a glossy sheen to your hair for days after use. Apply it all over once or twice a week for really incredible results.
So your roots are growing out—not to fear. Kari Hill says you don’t necessarily have to schedule another salon visit at the first sign of grow-out. Instead, she recommends doing what she calls “headband coloring.” “[This means] you only color the visible new hair growth at the roots and around your hairline, where a thick headband would otherwise color,” Hill says. “L’Oréal Paris’s Mousse Absolue ($13) is actually reusable for up to a year, so you can use a little color every few months and then save the rest for when you need touch-ups again.” For the super budget beauticians, she recommends squirting just a small amount of the dye into a bowl and using a small paintbrush or toothbrush to apply the hair color. “This tactic ensures that you are only using what you need!” she says.
Not only will eating healthier foods be better for your body, but certain ones can make your hair shinier and brighter too. Picks like eggs, which are full of biotin and protein (something your hair cuticle is actually made of), and salmon and sea buckthorn berry, which are full of healthy fats to keep your hair cuticle strong and shiny, will help you in your quest for bright, vibrant hair. Check out the 11 foods your hair will thank you for eating.
Want more wallet-friendly beauty tips? Check out our broke girl’s guide to anti-aging!