How to Keep Purple Hair Color from Fading

Finally, you had your hair colored with the very trendy color purple and of course, the last thing that you want to worry about is the purple color fading! Whether you just experimented with this new color, or you have been dreaming about this ever since, we will help you keep your purple hair color from fading so fast.

I personally had my hair colored with purple a few years ago, so I learned all the lessons on how to keep the vibrant purple from lasting longer than usual. 

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Best Tips to Keep your Purple Hair Color from Fading

Here are some of the best recommendations on how to make your new and vibrant violet hair from fading:

✔ Refrain from washing your hair often

If you’re living in tropical countries, you might find it normal to wash your hair on a daily basis with regular shampoo and rinsing it all off with water. Did you know that the ingredients on regular shampoo can fade out your purple hair?

Yes, they do! While they can remove all the dirt and excess oil on your hair, they are also the main reasons as to why purple hair fades out faster than usual. It is highly recommended that you wait for a couple of days before washing your freshly dyed hair.

✔ Use Dry Shampoo

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I just mentioned not to wash your hair often, but if you’re currently living in a tropical country where the climate is hot, keeping the sebum off of your hair is not possible! So, to save your hair from fading due to washing, what you can use is a dry shampoo.

Dry shampoos can clean your hair off and remove excess dirt and oil without fading your purple colored hair.

✔ Cold Showers are the Best!

Keep in mind that it’s not just the frequency of washing your hair is all that matters to keep your purple hair vibrant. Hot showers can also make your hair color fade out.

Refrain from Heat Styling

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Are you a fan of curling irons, hair dryers, and straightening irons? You might want to skip that if you have newly colored purple hair. The heat from these tools opens your hair cuticles and the color pigments would escape from the cuticles.

If this cannot be reduced, what you can do is to apply some heat protectant on your hair. You have to remember to do this every time you apply heat on your hair. 

You might be asking, can the heat of the sun damage your purple hair too? Yes, it can. If you’re always out and about under the sun, you have to apply some sun protection or sunscreen made for the hair. This can prevent the UV rays from damaging your hair. Wearing a hat and an umbrella are also useful!

✔ Choose the Right Shampoo

One of the best ways to protect your purple hair color from fading is to choose the right products that you apply on your hair - especially shampoo!

We have mentioned using a dry shampoo, but what shampoo should you use when you go take a shower?

The most important thing that you should remember when choosing a shampoo brand for your purple hair is to pick a sulfate-free one.

Common drugstore shampoos (including anti-dandruff and clarifying shampoos) are usually full of sulfates which can hasten up the fading of your hair.

Color depositing shampoos will also work wonders on your violet hair! These shampoos tend to deposit the color pigments on your hair and not strip them away even while taking a shower. If you have deeper purple tones, they can create a more vibrant look when you use them regularly.

Is it Hard to Maintain Purple Hair?

To tell you honestly, purple hair is very prone to fading compared to natural hair shades like brown. So yes, compared to other color tones, maintaining a purple colored hair can be quite challenging.

But don’t fret! There are a lot of ways to keep your hair vibrant longer, just take note of all the tips and tricks that we have mentioned above. Another golden rule to remember when you have colored hair is to always keep it properly moisturized. 

Increasing the moisture and hydration levels of your hair can make it less prone to breakage and damage. You can use oils and deep conditioners to keep the color pigments on staying on the hair shaft. 

Can I Use Purple Shampoo on Purple Hair?

The best answer to this question is to evaluate the tone of your purple hair first. If you have lighter shades of purple (like pastel or lavender one), purple shampoo will definitely work. But, if you have darker shades of purple, using a purple shampoo won’t do much of a difference on your hair color.

Purple shampoos are usually intended to be used on blonde and lightly shaded hair. This type of shampoo cancels out the brassy and yellow tones that are usually seen on blonde hair when the hair color starts to fade out.

Related: Learn more about using purple shampoo on your purple hair here!

How Long Does Purple Hair Dye Last?

If you currently have bright purple hues, you have to expect that it may fade out right after a few washes. On the other hand, if you try to stick with all the recommendations that we have above, you can definitely make them last longer than usual! Just stick to washing with cold water and keep your hair and scalp moisturized.

Key Takeaways

Having purple colored hair is super trendy and pretty, even if it comes with a little more effort on maintenance. All in all, you don’t have to be too worried about the purple color fading, because there are ways to lengthen the vibrance! 

Just make sure to address the issue directly so you can immediately take action in preventing the color from fading out so quickly. But for now, enjoy your newly dyed purple hair and make sure to take hundreds of selfies of you and your pretty hair!

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