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Maintaining your hair color on a budget

Maintaining your hair color on a budget

Maintaining your hair color on a budget

From cuts to extensions to coloring, the hottest hair trends can change as often as the seasons do and it’s no secret that looking good doesn’t always come cheap … or can it?

Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, author of How to Look Expensive, gives us some great tips on getting that perfect hair color on a budget and how to keep your new fall do in tip-top shape all season long.

Be a hair spy

Investigate women’s hair on the bus, in yoga class or at the office. See a color you like? Ask who did it. Or walk into a chic salon you came across and check out the hair color on the employees. Ask who did it. It’s usually another employee. This can be a great way to discover up-and-coming colorists whose prices have yet to skyrocket. Chances are, they have apprenticed with the star colorist in their salon and will give you a great color at half the cost.

Plan for roots

Ask your stylist to do a finer highlight at the root, getting thicker and chunkier down the length. This process will avoid a severe root line and make it OK to grow out a little without having to spend the extra cash on the constant upkeep.

Wait to wash

Wait 48 hours after fresh color before washing it. Although there are no studies to prove this works, it’s something that many colorists have suggested, so it definitely can’t hurt. Give your color some time to settle into your roots and hair.

Keep it dirty

Not really dirty, of course, but avoid washing your hair every day. The less often you wash, the less your color will fade. Use dry shampoo to sop up greasy roots between shampoos.

Use high-tech, anti-color faders

It’s not a marketing hype. Products designed to maintain the color in color-treated hair can help prevent fading, keep color true and put back needed hydration.

Invest in a water filter

A water filter on your shower head will remove minerals like chlorine from the water, which can fade or distort your color, turning it green or brassy. You can pick one up for only $20.


By following these suggestions, you can be sure to have beautiful, head-turning hair color all season long without breaking the bank. So go ahead, be gorgeous!

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