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Tips on how to save money and make your hair color last longer

Updated on January 4, 2011

Make your hair color last longer

Men and women are both using hair color to improve their appearance these days, and this process is not cheap especially if you have it done professionally. Therefore with the ever increasing costs of living we need to save our hard earned money wherever we can. I hope to show you a few tips on how to save money and make your hair color last longer.

We all love to go to the hairdressers and be pampered. My favorite part is when they massage the conditioner into my hair after the color has been applied. It is so relaxing it nearly puts me to sleep. To save money you could have your hair colored professionally then the next time do it yourself.

The best way of doing this is to make sure you are using the same color as the professional. In most cases you will not be able to use the same product, although you could be sneaky and ask what brand of color they use. You may even be able to see the color and brand when choosing your color from the color chart.

Coloring your own hair

More and more people are learning how to color their own hair to reduce these expenses. If you are not confidant enough to do it yourself then ask a friend if they could do it for you and return the favor by doing theirs on the same day.

This way you can still obtain your hair treatment in a relaxing environment and help one another. You can do this in your home then alternate to their home and of course relax with a coffee and treats while waiting for your hair to color

Choose the right color

Here are a few things to keep in mind when doing your own hair:

  • Decide whether you want a semi permanent or permanent hair color
  • For the first timer choose a color similar to your own so the re-growth will not be so obvious.
  • Make sure it is a permanent color with one hundred percent grey coverage if you need that.
  • Never apply color to newly shampooed hair. Color will take better with the natural oils in your hair before treatment.
  • For the hard to cover grey sections of hair, often these are the side bangs on men and women make sure you put the color on those areas first to give it longer to take.
  • Do a test first before using a new product in case you have any allergies
  • Choose a product with its own crème conditioner
  • Read all the instructions and wear protective clothing. You don’t want to stain or bleach your clothes.
  • Choose the right shampoo and conditioner

Where possible choose the same brand of shampoo and conditioner as your color and make sure it is specifically designed for colored or treated hair. Some shampoos can strip the color from your hair. 


Avoid washing your hair every day as each time you wash your hair you are washing out your color. Reduce the amount of shampoo you use and massage gently then condition in the same manner and rinse.


Excessive use of hair dryers will damage your hair, or use on low heat. Towel dry and brush it dry naturally where possible.


Protecting your hair

Here are a few tips to protect your hair in the everyday situation:

  • The UV rays of the sun will damage your hair so wear a hat
  • Chlorine will damage the color of your hair. Wear a cap if possible when swimming in a pool.
  • If your hair is very oily, trying brushing some baby powder through it to soak up the excess oil
  • Our water has additives added like chlorine so use a water purifier to remove these before washing your hair.
  • Work with a friend when it is time to retouch the roots in between coloring.


By working with a friend like I suggested and following the above tips on how to make your hair color last longer you should also save more money to spend on other necessary things.


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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for the tips on how to protect the color. It always comes out nice when I first color it, but then ...uugghh. I will definitely try these

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      marrissa, wow thats worth knowing, we are never too old to learn new things thats for sure

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      Kate Swanson 6 years ago from Sydney

      One more thing worth mentioning - never use dandruff shampoo on coloured hair. It will strip a LOT of colour out!

      Actually I learned that tip after a friend of mine coloured her hair and hated the result. We phoned a hairdresser friend of ours and she told us to wash it a few times in Head & Shoulders. It really got rid of a lot of the colour.

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thsnks for that and for reading my blog too. cheers

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      Chris Montgomery 6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Great tip! Love your blog too :)

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      iplaywithscissors 7 years ago from Dry dry desert.

      Great color saving tips!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Supportmed , thanks for stopping by and commenting yes we have to be so careful these days.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Great points on staying within the same chemical range from product to product (shampoo and conditioner). And it's definitely safer to color hair that's not been shampooed first. Great advice. v/r

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Askashlie, thanks for that and hope you had a great v day too. cheers eileen

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      AskAshlie3433 7 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

      You really have some useful hubs Eileen. I can't wait to read more of them. Happy V-DAY!

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      Glemoh101 7 years ago

      thanks for your amazing hub , I voted your hub up , I rated your hub, share your hub at facebook and bookmark it at delicious Stop at my hub and do same.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      lctodd, I am in the same boat it doesnt last long really I keep wondering why I dont let it go grey and be done with. thanks for stopping by

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      sylvia L, yes I know where you are coming from they must think we are all millionairs. Itell them that I dont want to contribute to their superanuation. That slows them up.

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Very useful and mine needs it right now. I have gotten lazy with things like while writing. Great advice and great hub as always.

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      Sylvia Leong 7 years ago from North Vancouver (Canada)

      Okay, I really am laughing out loud right now! Up here in the frosty north (Vancouver, Canada) a simple brush on colour is $80. Add $20 to that if your hair is long. Then, if you want your hair cut as well - add on another $65. Yikes!

      Yup, I do it myself. I buy the little box for $10 & try not to splatter too much dye all over my bathroom.

      Great Hub! Thanks.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Barbara Kay, you are so right that way you are helping each other. Another idea is if you can do something that the other person cant like sewing or crochet or cooking. Yes where we live I went to getmy hair cut the other day and they wanted 44.50. I nearly died on the spot.

      I shopped around and pensioners get it for 18.00 on one day at another shop. I cannot see how people can afford to pay that much. I sure cant. thanks for stopping by

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      Barbara Badder 7 years ago from USA

      I pay one of my relatives $10 everytime I need my hair recolored. I purchase the hair coloring myself for about $7. They don't color their hair, so we can't trade, but I get it done cheaply and help them out financially at the same time.

      The hairdresser here wants $40 and up to color my hair, so it's still a good bargain.