5 Tips on How to Make Hair Color Last Longer

By Leah Williams •  Updated: 08/27/22

If you want to achieve a dramatic change in your look, try changing your hair color! You’ll be amazed at how different you’ll look.

Hair coloring is fun as you’ll get to choose the color that you prefer and even have the freedom to play with different hairstyles. 

Still, it’s a wise idea to do the procedure in a salon to ensure your strands are well-taken care of and to minimize damage.

In this article, I’ll share a few tips on how to make hair color last longer. This also aims to demonstrate the proper way of handling your color-treated hair.

So, read through up to the end!

5 Ways to Make Hair Color Last

Use the right hair products.

Choosing the right hair products for your color-treated hair is extremely important since other products can strip off your hair’s color.

Use color-safe shampoos that are free of harsh chemicals like sulfates, alcohol, parabens, and other toxic ingredients for your hair. These ingredients can cause dry and frizzy hair and can strip hair color and natural hair oils.

It is important to choose products that are nourishing for your hair since dyed hair is prone to dryness. So, be wise when choosing products hair products to preserve your hair’s luster and color longer. 

Opt for lukewarm, not hot water when washing hair.

Hot showers are relaxing but not too good for your dyed hair. Hot water opens the hair cuticle and leeches out your hair color and making it appear dull.

If you want your color-treated locks to remain fresh and healthy, use cold water for hair wash instead. This closes the hair cuticle and in return lets your hair color stay in place longer.

Apart from letting your hair color stay longer, cool water can seal the hair cuticles and lock in the moisture in your strands resulting in healthier and stronger hair. 

Condition and mask your hair.

You must know that color-treated hair is fragile and needs a lot of TLC. So, make sure to invest in high-quality conditioners and hair masks.

Hair masks and leave in conditioner can retain the moisture in your dyed hair which can make it softer, shinier, and healthy looking.

Ask the hair colorist for product recommendations and use it to maintain your hair. You can also opt for a DIY hair mask and treatment. 

 Let your hair color settle.

Do not wash your hair for 24 hours after the color is applied. The dye is still settling even after it is washed by your colorist.

That means washing your hair right after the hair color treatment can result in fading. If you want the hair colour to last, wait for 24 hours before washing!

However, if you really want to wash your freshly coloured hair, it would help if you resist the use of shampoo. Just use cold water to run through your hair. 

Occasionally skip heat styling. 

Generally speaking, heat styling tools like blow dryers and curling irons are bad for your hair when overused or used on wet hair. Excessive heat can cause frizzy hair, breakage, color fading, and worst of the worst, hair loss.

Heat damage can oxidize the pigments of your dyed hair which can result in color fading and dry hair, especially when hair has high porosity. 

And if you’re a big fan of dyed hair, you’d be more tempted to color your hair too often which can lead to further damage. 


Color-treated hair requires more care and attention as they’re prone to damage. So, it’s best that you know a few techniques that can help make your hair dye stay longer and your hair healthy.

Go and visit your master hair colorist for hair coloring.

Read this article to know the best shampoo for colored hair. 

Leah Williams

Leah Williams is the founder of Lucky Curl and has been in the hair care and styling industry for the last 15 years. Since then, she has developed incredible expertise and a deep understanding of how to treat and style the most difficult hair types and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the readers of Lucky Curl.

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