5 Color Fade Culprits – Eufora International

5 Color Fade Culprits

Chances are if you’ve ever had your hair colored, you have fallen victim to premature color fading. While not completely preventable, we’ve identified some of the top offenders to help you slow down the inevitable, so you can keep your crowning glory vibrant for longer!

Before we put these color faders on blast, we wanted to ask Joanne Rempel,
EuforaColor Development Manager,
How does hair color work?

 

Hair color works by opening and then penetrating the cuticle layer of the hair (the outer protective layer). After the color service, the color is then sealed in by closing and keeping that cuticle layer healthy! When the cuticle layer is damaged or left open, the color pigments will gradually fade."

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With that in mind, let’s reveal common causes to color fade!

UV Damage

Hair needs UV protection, just like skin. Those golden rays can do a number on colored tresses by breaking down the chemical bonds causing more rapid fading and even creating unwanted tones due to melanin degradation. Not only that, the sun’s rays can be drying resulting in brittle, drab hair. Shield your strands just like you would your face by using product that offers UVA/UVB protection or even consider wearing a hat!

Hot Tools

Are you seeing a trend here? Heat from any source can work against your hair color. If you just can’t air dry try turning down the heat setting on your favorite styling tools and always remember to prep hair with a product that creates a barrier between the source and your fragile strands.

Aggressive Products

Harsh detergents and sulfates can remove more than just build up, they can remove color!  Use quality shampoos and conditioners that help to keep hair pH-balanced and extend the life of hair color.

Hot Water

Hot showers can feel relaxing and therapeutic, but extreme temps can cause the hair cuticle to open further, allowing for color to be more easily rinsed out. Turn down the dial and use cool to lukewarm water on your strands to keep the cuticle down and color on lock!

Shampooing Too Often

Step away from the shampoo! Cleansing hair too frequently can strip hair of its natural oils and leave recently deposited color molecules vulnerable to being washed out. Try going every other day and refreshing your hair with dry shampoo on days off.

UV Damage

Hair needs UV protection, just like skin. Those golden rays can do a number on colored tresses by breaking down the chemical bonds causing more rapid fading and even creating unwanted tones due to melanin degradation. Not only that, the sun’s rays can be drying resulting in brittle, drab hair. Shield your strands just like you would your face by using product that offers UVA/UVB protection or even consider wearing a hat!

Hot Tools

Are you seeing a trend here? Heat from any source can work against your hair color. If you just can’t air dry try turning down the heat setting on your favorite styling tools and always remember to prep hair with a product that creates a barrier between the source and your fragile strands.

Aggressive Products

Harsh detergents and sulfates can remove more than just build up, they can remove color!  Use quality shampoos and conditioners that help to keep hair pH-balanced and extend the life of hair color.

Hot Water

Hot showers can feel relaxing and therapeutic, but extreme temps can cause the hair cuticle to open further, allowing for color to be more easily rinsed out. Turn down the dial and use cool to lukewarm water on your strands to keep the cuticle down and color on lock!

Shampooing Too Often

Step away from the shampoo! Cleansing hair too frequently can strip hair of its natural oils and leave recently deposited color molecules vulnerable to being washed out. Try going every other day and refreshing your hair with dry shampoo on days off.

To sum it up, Joanne says,

 

UVA/UVB rays from the sun, hot tools, and harsh chemicals can rough up the cuticle layer and speed up the rate at which our color fades. Just like our skin, damage and fading increase with greater exposure! 
 
The best way to preserve color is to seal the cuticle, protect against UV and heat damage, and nourish your hair with the proper nutrients to keep the cuticle layer healthy.

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Need a Styling Solution for Color Fade?

Our legendary styling duo of Sculpture™ Styling Glaze + Illuminate™ Shine Mist can help fight the fade and extend your color up to 30% when used together. 

High concentrations of Organic Aloe Vera and squalene combined with a rich complex of plant and flower extracts close and then seal the cuticle providing numerous benefits that go beyond color protection!

  • Lock in color
  • Protect from heat styling
  • Brilliant, weightless shine
  • Add manageability
  • Frizz control
  • Adds moisture
  • Detangling 
  • Reduces static flyaways
  • Light to medium control

Need a Styling Solution for Color Fade?

Our legendary styling duo of Sculpture™ Styling Glaze + Illuminate™ Shine Mist can help fight the fade and extend your color up to 30% when used together. 

High concentrations of Organic Aloe Vera and squalene combined with a rich complex of plant and flower extracts close and then seal the cuticle providing numerous benefits that go beyond color protection!

  • Lock in color
  • Protect from heat styling
  • Brilliant, weightless shine
  • Add manageability
  • Frizz control
  • Adds moisture
  • Detangling 
  • Reduces static flyaways
  • Light to medium control