Highlights are fun and add glam to your look. They mimic the effect of the sun hitting your strands which gives your locks a natural, sun-kissed glow. They also add depth and dimension to otherwise flat hair. Plus, there are a lot of different ways to sport them—you can either go subtle or choose a more edgy look. Yes, the best thing ever invented!
If you’re in need of some advice on how to keep your highlights from fading, we’ve got tips that will help keep your highlights last longer, so read on!
How to maintain your highlights
1. Stay away from the sun
The sun can quickly strip your hair of color and moisture so don’t stay too long under direct sunlight. If you love the outdoors and are into activities like hiking, wear a hat or hide under an umbrella. They may cramp your style, but at least your highlights will still blow everyone away once you put them away.
2. Avoid styling hair with hot tools
Aside from the sun, high temperature is the greatest enemy of your highlights. Excessive use of hair dryers, flat irons, or curling irons won’t do your shade any good, but if styling your hair with heat is a must, use heat protectant to shield your color and your hair from damage.
We recommend: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray. This will help shield your strands from extreme heat, and save both your hair and your color from damage.
3. Wash with shampoo and conditioner that are especially formulated for colored hair
Watch out for salts, sulfates, and detergents, and alcohol in your products as these ingredients strip hair color out. Opt for products that are specifically developed for colored hair because they are formulated specifically to help resist fading and create a protective barrier on color-treated tresses.
We recommend: Cream Silk Color Protect Hair Reborn* Conditioner. It has a sulfate-free formulation, specially designed to protect colored hair from dryness and dullness from the first wash.
4. Think twice about taking the plunge
Into the pool, we mean. Chlorine is not exactly your bff if you have highlights because they make the color fade. A good trick is to mix conditioner and water together in a spray bottle and spray your strands with the mixture before and after dipping in the water.
5. Use deep conditioning treatment regularly
Colored hair tends to get really dry and this is one of main reasons your hair looks less vibrant. Bring back the shine and moisture to your hair and preserve the color by regularly using deep conditioning treatment once a week.
Editor’s tip: For a truly intense treatment that cushions the hair cuticle and replenishes lost moisture, use TONI&GUY Damage Repair Mask. It provides hair with hydrated shine and enhanced softness.
Like any other type of dye job, hair highlights are a bit tricky to maintain. They require a bit of extra attention and effort to keep the colors fresh and vibrant. If you had your highlights done at the salon, we bet it wasn’t cheap, so the longer your hair stays looking as gorgeous as it did on the first week, the better.