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Fall into color.

in-AutumnFall is a season of change and of color. So with this don’t you think its time to change your color. Naturalista or relaxer queen a like, color is a good way to change up the same old style. But with color comes great responsibility. Here are some ways keep your color and keep your healthy hair.

  1. Protect your hair. Covering your hair from the elements helps prevent free radicals from forming,¬† which are atoms or molecules that add to your color when they take electrons from pigment molecules. Wear something to cover your hair when you’re outdoors for a long time, or look for leave-in treatments with UV absorbers that block some of the color-fading rays — like benzophenone-3 or -4, polyquaternium-59, cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride, and butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane.
  2. Use color-protecting shampoo and conditioner. Regular shampoos and conditioners don’t help to keep color, so use something that does. Wash and condition your strands with products that are suppose to keep your color , they work by sealing your hair cuticle so your strands hold on to the dye inside. And, unless it’s the day before your touch up, don’t use clarifying shampoo, which can strip strands and speed up the color fade process.
  3. Watch the shampoo. The more you wash your hair, the faster your color will fade. Shampooing causes the hair strands to swell, and the color then seeps out little by little. If you need to shampoo often, make sure you use shampoo for color treated hair.
  4. Don’t get to hot. Extremely hot water can have effect on hair strands. Wet hair is stretchier¬† than dry hair, and the stretch of hair increases with the water temperature. This indicates the hair structure is more relaxed, which can allow more pigment to escape. So wash with lukewarm water or cold water.
  5. Watch the pool. Chlorine is fading your color. Apply a little deep conditioner to your hair before you dive in to protect and moisturize the hair. Then add a swim cap over the conditioner for an extra layer of protection.

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