Colour fading, of freshly dyed hair can be caused by many factors. But what are these factors and what can be done to stop colour fading? First of all, colour fading cannot always be blamed on a low-quality dye. A lot of people tend to blame the source of dyeing (salon), or the product itself – but in many cases this effect can be connected to our hair’s porosity. Hair’s structure and its health condition matters a lot, especially when it comes to dyeing. It has been scientifically researched in recent years that poor porosity can ultimately lead to an accelerated colour fading. If this is the case, and you’ve established that it is the possible reason why you’re dealing with fading, then you should carry out certain steps that limit or prevent this reaction. Firstly, try to supply your hair with extra protein or a specialised moisturising treatment that can improve the intensity of our hair colour, making the colour fading far less visible. Secondly, you could purchase more intense dyes, whereby the colouring grabs onto our hairs and stays with us for longer, restricting the effect of fading.
Another reason why colour fading occurs is because of insufficient dye-processing time. It’s a typical mistake that people make when they dye their hair themselves. This refers to the situation when the dye is applied to the hair for a very limited amount of time, a lot shorter than specified on the instruction manual. People often jump straight into the dyeing process, without familiarising themselves with relevant rules that need to be followed. This is especially visible for grey hair which requires far more time to absorb a hair dye. Therefore, when you’re dying your hair by yourself, without the use of any professional help, make sure to directly follow the instructions and keep the hair dye on as long specified.
Hard water can also cause colour fading. The elements that are present in hard water (especially calcium) can make it difficult for the dye to hold onto your hair. When you are often exposed to hard water either at your home, work etc. then during wash time, try to substitute washing your hair with either mineral water or purified water (water treated with components that remove the calcium). If you are unsure whether you have hard/soft water at home, then it’s easy to test this out by subjecting the water to various tests which can be obtained in any pet shops (aquarium-focused shops especially), or other specialised centres.
So we’ve now established a couple of reasons why your hair may be fading, and the possible solutions to those issues. But what else can be done about colour fading apart from the aforementioned reasons? When it comes to our hair, it’s best to always consult any issues with relevant specialists. Hair stylists, dermatologists or any other designated experts are truly irreplaceable in those situations. So if we’re thinking of our hair as an important feature of ours, then it’s always worth to visit someone who could make valuable suggestions. Interestingly, contemporary hair studios and salons offer free consultations and advice before any major visit is even booked. What’s more, hair salons may not only give you valuable advice, but also recommend and provide on-the-spot, permanent solutions to the existing problems. So the opportunity is there, and all of your worries, from crumbling hair to colour fading can be easily eliminated.