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When you have left the hairdressers with a new hair color, you want to keep the color looking as good as it did on day one, right? But sometimes, even after one wash the color can fade and not look as good as before. So how can you keep that ‘just done’ look even after you’ve left the salon? Here are some tips to help you to care for your bleached or dyed hair.

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Use a Quality Color

The difference between going to a salon  or doing it yourself at home, can be that the quality of the product you’re using at home is likely to not be as good. When you use professional hair color, it is going to be well made, with conditioning properties that will carry on moisturizing your hair as time goes on.

If you’re going to do it yourself, then look for the colors that are labeled as ammonia-free or that use natural oils like avocado oils, for example. These are much more likely to make the color last. I’ve been known to use a box from time to time, and my other tip, and this only applies to blondes, is to go darker and cooler than you think. Bleachy and brassy is not a good look, but I love my most recent experience with a darker ash color.

And make sure you love your stylist. There are three people in the world I trust with my blonde: Sylvia & Jenn P. at Progressions (Sylvia did my highlights from when I was 12-18 and Jenn started doing them when I was in college) and Amanda at Illusions.

Don’t Wash Your Hair Daily

Of course, you need to hop in the bath or shower daily. But you don’t need to always wash your hair when you’re in there. Washing your hair every other day, or even longer perhaps, can help to make the color last longer. Plus, the things that you are washing your hair with can strip the natural oils from your hair. And when your hair is drier, it is going to absorb color less. So do think about how often you wash it.

Use a Shampoo For Your Color

If you want your hair color to last longer and keep looking as glossy as it did on day one, then using a shampoo and conditioner that are specific to your color is going to help. Not only will it help to keep the color to last longer, but it will be designed to treat drier hair, just as colored hair will be. You could look at a site like The Right Hairstyles, for example, as it has a review of shampoos for dyed hair if you needed to find one right for you. But speak to your hairdresser as to what they recommend too.

Choose a Toner

This can be specifically if you have blonde in your hair, but a toner works wonders to bring the color back to life. If you have some blonde in your hair, then it can fade with time and become a little yellow or brassy. Which is where a toner comes in as it adds in tones of blue or violet, to balance out the brassy yellow tones. This is good to do every couple of weeks, to keep your hair looking as good as new. It is especially important if you’re trying to achieve the silver or platinum blonde look.

BONUS: Play with color

When I was in college, this girl Missy dyed the underside of my hair hot pink for Halloween. A ton of fade, two bleachings, and seven months later, I was back to blonde. But gone are those days! There are shampoos and conditioner with fun colors abound, but my favorite is the Celeb Luxury brand shampoo. I’ve used their silver and lavender and I’m going to have a little pink somethin’ somethin’ for my bachelorette party but the best part is I can use it for a few days, and then it comes completely out in a couple washes once I’m sick of it!

Do you have experience of dying your hair different colors? Have you found anything that works for you? It would be great to hear what you think.

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There has definitely been a rise in people showing an interest in the health of their skin over the past couple of years. With so many products on offer, it can be hard to know exactly where to start with it all. It’s not an overwhelming process unless you make it so; the most important thing that you need to consider is staying on top of your routine to be able to see a difference in your skin, as well as possibly changing parts of your lifestyle to give yourself the best start.

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Drink More Water

Good skin starts with good hydration. Before you start with any other products, pick up the most natural product of all and start drinking more water. You should aim for at least eight glasses per day, if not a few more. This isn’t just good for your skin, but your body on the whole – and especially your brain. You’ll be increasing your focus and concentration, meaning that you’ll be able to think more clearly about what you are doing in regards to your skincare routine. Not only that, but you’ll begin to notice the difference in your skin within a couple of days; blemishes tend to clear up a lot more quickly when they’ve got water to work with.

Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize

As long as you get down the basics, you can build on from there. The Big 3 to have is a cleanser, a toner and a moisturizer. It’s a good idea to follow a guide to skin care if you aren’t sure about how much to use and where to use it. There are companies that offer what you need in bundles in order to get you the basics without having to shop around for it, but it doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to stick with the same line of products. You may find that mixing and matching suits your skin better; we all have different skin types, and while one brand may be great for your best friend, it could bring you out in a rash or leave your skin feeling more dry or oily than usual. Don’t be afraid to have a play around with what you think may suit, and if you don’t get on with a product, don’t give up on skincare all together – there will be something out there for you.

Look For Incorporated Products

Makeup brands are becoming wise as to the benefits that people are looking for when they choose their beauty products. Some foundations and facial creams have started adding in sunray filters, with UVA and UVB deflectors being present within to protect your skin. Look for the brands which have teamed up with skincare companies to bring you the best of both worlds  – it’s not too much to ask that something that you wear every day is looking after your skin rather than making it worse. It’s getting straight to the point and could be saving you quite a bit of time during your daily routine.

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Thinking of beauty and makeup routines can fill many with dread. Women are either trying to battle the fight against aging or how to figure out simple makeup tips and the right foundation shade. A basic beauty routine should not come with a big manual and list of instructions.Take simple small steps to little routines and you’ve already won half the battle.

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There is plenty of skin care products out there, in fact, the skin industry is booming with more women wanting to take care of their skin. The most important step is to keep it simple, three steps that are needed is a face wash, toner and serum/moisturizer. Try not to overload your beauty cabinet with lots of tried and tested products. Identify the specifics of your skin type once this has been achieved successfully you’ll save yourself shopping around and save money in the process.Sticking to a routine before bed, you’ll reap the benefits and this sets up a smooth and gorgeous skin base when applying foundation.

Once you’ve conquered the skincare aspect all you need is the perfect foundation shade. If you’ve managed to already successfully find your shade then be thankful, most women still do not know how to get the right shade. Plenty of beauty counters, and stores like Sephora, can help match up your skin with their in store testers which can match instantly. Whatever you do, do not test on the back of your hand this is an old myth that the skin matches your skin. If you want to match skin yourself place the tester on the chin line. This method will be the closest way to match without professional help.

You may have self-confidence issues which can hinder your ability to conquering a successful beauty routine. Sometimes the only way to restoring radiance wellness and beauty is to be pampered by the professionals. A wide range of treatments are available to make you feel relaxed with minimal effort. Chemical peels, are great to gaining confidence back if you’ve suffered at all with bad acne scars. Not only offering treatment but guidance and support to keeping your skin looking the best it can. Treat yourself by visiting and take a step in the right direction.

It’s not just about looking beautiful but feeling good too. Leading a happy and healthy lifestyle is the key to sustaining a beauty routine. Confidence is one of the best things to have that isn’t in your makeup bag. You can have all the expensive makeup you like, but if you lack the confidence to believe how naturally beautiful you are you won’t look or feel radiant.

This may be obvious but by drinking and eating the correct things your skin will thank you for it. Drinking water is the best beauty tip to providing healthy skin, keeping you hydrated and clearing out toxins. All the moisturizers and skin care products merely enhance the skin to achieving a healthy glow and preventing ageing. These steps along with a healthy and positive attitude to loving yourself really does help to being the best you possible.

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