6 Ways to Make Your Hair Color Last Longer

You’ve spent good money getting your hair colored at the salon. Now, you want to make it last. Here, six products that’ll buy you time in between visits and, ultimately, save you money.


Dove Nutritive Solutions Color Care Shampoo


After a dye job, steer clear of super sudsy cleansers, which can strip strands of color fast. Instead, opt for a low sulfate formula that gently cleanses hair without removing the good stuff (natural oils and vibrant color).

To buy: $5, drugstore.com.

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Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo


The best fix for fading? Go longer in between shampoos. Soak up oil and sweat with a dry shampoo on days when you don’t wash. This formula comes in blonde, brunette, and dark brown to help cover roots and grays to help you go even longer between salon appointments.

To buy: $9, ulta.com.

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Alterna Haircare UV+ Color Protection Rehab Deep Hydration Masque


Because hair color tends to strip strands of moisture, it’s important to use a nourishing mask once or twice. This one contains bamboo extract to strengthen and Kalahari melon extract to prevent UVA and UVB damage.

To buy: $26, sephora.com.

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Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Gloss


Dull, lackluster strands are a dead giveaway for old color. Get your shine back without a trip to the salon by using an at-home gloss, like this one. Panthenol and pro vitamin B5 condition while silk protein leaves behind a sheen. Use it up to three times a week between your usual shampoo and conditioner.

To buy: $26, sephora.com.

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UltraSwim Moisturizing Chlorine Removal Shampoo


There’s nothing more refreshing in the heat of summer than jumping into a pool—unless you have to worry about protecting your color. Use this neutralizing shampoo right after a swim to rid hair of chlorine to prevent discoloration (read: green hair!) and brittleness.

To buy: $4, walmart.com.

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T3 Source Showerhead Filter


To ensure good hair days, start with the water in your shower. The chlorine found in tap water can dry out your hair and fade your color. This shower head contains a filter to remove 95 percent of chlorine, plus other impurities for healthier, more luscious locks after about 10 washes. Bonus: It also leaves skin feeling more supple and radiant.

To buy: $130, amazon.com.

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