How To Make Semi-Permanent Hair Dye Last Longer

How To Make Semi-Permanent Hair Dye Last Longer ...

Elite Daily spoke with Sharon Dorram, a master colorist with decades of experience. From buying a shampoo that's truly color-safe to properly protecting your hair from color-damaging elements, you'll find everything you need to know about keeping your color looking fresh and vibrant in the future.

The Expert

Sharon Dorram is a world-renowned hair colorist. Her a long list of celebrity clients includes everyone from Julia Roberts to Nicole Kidman to Kate Hudson.

How long does semi-permanent color last?

It's helpful to know how long you can expect your salon color to last in the first place before you go to Dorram's color-care instructions. "In terms of touch-ups, it depends on how fast your hair grows," she says.

How To Make Semi-Permanent Hair Dye Last Longer

Here are the top ways to prolong the life of your hair color, according to a professional colorist:

1.Go To The Salon With Clean Hair

"Colorists prefer their clients to have clean hair because this allows them to see the true color of the hair," Dorram adds. You can use your normal shampoo the night before or the morning of your appointment, but if you're someone who frequently rinses out your shampoo, use a gentle clarifying shampoo like Ouai's Detox Shampoo to ensure that you're not leaving any residue that could harm your color.

2.Get A Good Color-Safe Shampoo

Dorram notes that for someone with coarse, porous hair, it's possible to wait four days to wash their hair after having it colored; others with fine or oily hair might want to wash their hair as soon as their hair starts looking oily.

The main thing to consider when washing your hair is whether or not it is color-safe, is that you make sure you examine the ingredients yourself. "Sulfates, parabens, alcohol, and sodium chloride (salt) are the most common culprits that will pre-maturely strip your hair of its color," says Dorram, adding that you'll also want to avoid charcoal and salicylic acid. "These are lesser-known, but equally harmful chemicals to avoid."

Depending on the season, you may change up your shampoo.

Dorram recommends alternating your shampoos in a similar fashion, depending on the season (or current skin care concerns). For example, if your hair is particularly dry in the winter, you may try a product like ColorProof's Super Rich Moisture Shampoo. The brand makes other color-safe shampoos for more specific hair problems, such as a lack of volume or unwanted frizz.

Dorram advises that how often you should wash your hair should be determined on an individual basis. "It really depends on a person's hair texture, their level of activity, and the amount of oil on their scalp," she says.

4.Protect Your Hair From The Pool

"During the summer, I advise clients to avoid swimming because chlorine will affect their color," according to Dorram. Dark hair colors may notice their color changing when exposed to salt water. You can also wet your hair with cold water before swimming and hydrate your hair with hydrolyzed elastin, castor oil, and olive oil.

...And The Sun

Dorram explains that your face and body require SPF when you go outside, but your hair requires it as well. "Exposure to sunlight will cause your color to fade faster," says the lightweight mist. Moroccanoils Protect & Prevent Spray is made of organic ingredients to provide UV protection while nourishing your hair.

6.Try A Pigment-Depositing Product

Dorram cautions against DIY coloring treatments that will keep your color fresh. "In my experience, they can do more harm than good," she says. For brunettes, Eva NYC's Tone It Down Blonde Shampoo is free of sulfates and parabens.

7.Avoid Styling Products With Alcohol

"Acid in styling products is one of the worst things for color-treated hair," Dorram says of commonly used products like dry shampoo and hairspray. "It's very drying and will strip the color out of your hair much faster," she adds, adding that aerosol sprays should be avoided whenever possible. ACUREs dry shampoo is an alcohol-free dry shampoo that effectively uses plant-based ingredients to remove excess oil from greasy roots.

Don't Forget About Using A Heat Protectant

Dorram advises you to limit how often you use your hot styling tools, as well as to moisturize your hair with a heat protector. These include safflower seed oil, artichoke leaf extract, and mongongo oil, which all help to maintain hair's moisture and shine.


Sharon Dorram, a well-known colorist and co-founder of the Sharon Dorram Color, is at the Sally Hershberger Salon in New York City.

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