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The other day Katie decided to take a big leap: she finally colored her blonde hair blue.
This is a bit drastic but I can’t say anything: when I was her age I sported a Mohawk among other things. As a result I was the crazy mom who did the deed after she bought the box of dye with her birthday money.
Extreme hair colors fade much quicker than natural ones so Katie and I have brainstormed ways to keep it bright for as long as possible. Here is what we are doing:
- Dry shampoo when possible. Instead of using regular shampoo on her hair when she bathes, she now uses oatmeal to give her hair a dry shampoo once or twice a week. This allows her to stretch her regular washes out to minimize fading.
- Wash in cool water. When she does wash her hair she uses cool water instead of warm. The cooler temperature minimizes fading which also extends the life of the color.
- Use shampoo designed for color-treated hair. We use Suave brand color safe shampoo. It is cheap and does just as well as the more expensive brands. We used Suave for years so we are also familiar with the product, though this is the first year we have tried the color-safe version.
It has been a couple of weeks since she made the plunge and her hair still looks as fresh as it did when we first colored it. According to Katie, her friends who decided to color their hair after she did are already experiencing some fading, so I guess our tricks are actually effective.
Of course, all of this stuff takes a bit of work, which is why I generally stick with browns when I do the dye thing. I like the fact that my roots don’t show as much when my hair grows out.
Do you know of any tips to extend your hair color? Please share your stories in the comments below.
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