Hair coloring can be a big budget-buster. Caselle advises choosing a color close to your natural shade to extend time between coloring.
"Women make many mistakes in caring for their color-treated hair that damage the hair's outer layer (cuticle) allowing color to escape and fade faster, but many fixes are free." Among Caselle's recommendations:
- Allow two to three days before washing after a color treatment to allow color pigment to bind and hair's outer layer (cuticle) to calm down from the damaging chemical process.
- Use tepid water with a cool final rinse and set your 450-degree flat iron down to 200 degrees for healthier hair and less cuticle-damaging heat.
- Protect color-treated hair from pigment-fading, discoloring UV rays with a hat and leave-in conditioner with sunscreen.
- Use haircare products formulated specifically for color-treated hair, which do not contain the harsh, cuticle-damaging cleansing agent sodium lauryl sulfate (or similar derivatives) or drying alcohol.
Also, save more than 50 percent on salon coloring by finding "student" coloring days at your favorite salon or local beauty school. Just be sure the instructor or master colorist is supervising, says Caselle.
Also, do-it-yourself hair color products sold at the grocery or drug store cost around $10, much less than the price of an average beauty salon color treatment.