Fading your hair color is sometimes a necessary part of hair care when transitioning between colors. Here is how to do it safely, and what to expect.
When washing your hair, there a few things you can do to speed up the process of fading your color.
You don’t want anything depositing color into your hair, so it’s time to break out the regular conditioner again.
While sulfates are drying to your hair, they also help pull color out faster. Wash with hot water.
Vitamin C helps open your hair’s cuticles and release the pigment while you wash your hair. You won’t need much – just half a teaspoon mixed into your shampoo will do the job.
Keep your hair healthy and hydrated! Make sure it doesn’t deposit any color before you use it.
A healthy head of hair usually doesn’t require washing it everyday, and by washing less, you preserve more color. Wash your hair as much as possible: any time your hair gets wet, you should see some color loss. Swimming helps too!
You can use the opposite color on the color wheel to tone out any small trace of color that’s left – the same way you tone out brassy yellow blonde with Pastel Purple Daily Conditioner. For instance, if there’s a little green left in your hair, diluted Pastel Red Daily Conditioner will tone it out. Pastel Orange will tone out traces of blue, and so on around the color wheel. We made a video on toning with oVertone to show you exactly how it’s done!
Bleach can sometimes drive pigment further into your cuticle, making the color impossible to remove from your hair. Try every other avenue before resorting to bleach!
How quickly your color fades depends on several factors.
1. How porous your hair is. The more porous your hair is, the easier it will take and lose color. This depends on several things – the texture of your hair, how much you’ve processed it in the past, etc.
2. Type of water used to wash your hair. If you wash your hair with hard water, it will fade a lot faster than washing your hair with soft water. Hard water has more minerals in it that can cause color loss from your hair
3. Amount of time spent in direct sunlight. If you spend only a few mintues a day in direct sunlight, your hair wont fade much faster. However, if you’re in direct sunlight for long periods of time, it will take a toll on your hair color.
4. How often you wash your hair. The more often you shampoo your hair and wash with hot water, the quicker your color will fade.
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