If you're a bottle blonde – or brunette or redhead – then you know that keeping that color looking fresh and healthy can feel like a full-time job. But while experienced gals may know the ins and outs of caring for colored hair, those of us who are trying out a new shade for the first time might not be hip to all the tips and tricks that'll help keep our tresses looking fabulous.
For one thing, cut back on the shampoo. Most of us wash our hair more often than we need to, anyway – a scrub every other day is enough to keep locks healthy and clean. If your hair has been dyed or highlighted, excess washing will strip the color faster.
Ever notice how your mane always seems to get blonder in the summer? That's because hair color fades in the sun – even if you're going au natural. However, colored hair has the potential to turn brassy, so do you best to shield your tresses with a hat if you're planning on a long day outdoors.
Finally, don't skimp on touch-ups. Colored hair requires maintenance, so visit the salon every six to eight weeks to keep your locks looking fresh, healthy and vibrant.