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Planning on dyeing your hair for the big day? Hair experts recommend getting your color refreshed a week or two before the wedding so you're not overwhelmed with so many other details. But what happens between the day you redo your color and the end of your honeymoon? A lot of fading, if you're not careful. And we know that you want your hair looking just as good for the honeymoon. We talked to the pros and rounded up our favorite at-home hair color products that promise to extend the life of your vibrant locks for at least a few extra weeks. It's one less thing you'll have to worry about, so you can focus on the important stuff like your undying love (and cake).
Stay Platinum Blonde Longer
Cool hair tones like platinum, white, silver, ash, and highlighted blondes are hotter than ever. Several factors including hard water, exposure to the elements, and over-washing can cause these super-light hair colors to turn yellow or brassy. Keune Haircosmetics's new Design Silver Reflex Conditioner comes to the rescue for a quick an easy hair color refresher for pale blondes. It works to tone down brassiness by infusing violet pigments to counterbalance yellow tonalities while infusing panthenol and conditioning proteins. You'll be the platinum blonde with strong hair, and it won't be an oxymoron.
Keune Design Silver Reflex Conditioner, find it at a salon nearby.
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Seal Your Color—With Pomegranates!
The Punica granatum L. tree is a specific variety of pomegranate grown in Morocco, and it's exceptionally rich in tannins which apparently have the near-magical ability to lock color pigments into hair strands, help maintain color intensity, and infuse your locks with polyphenols and vitamins. Aside from smelling really great, this one is ideal for bold, bright shades (think reds, auburns, chestnut browns, and anything with a deeply exciting hue). The Klorane Pomegranate line also offers a no-muss leave-in hair color refresher that requires little more than a comb.
Klorane Anti-Fade Shampoo with Pomegranate, $20, kloraneusa.com.
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Stop Using Your Dandruff Shampoo
"Whatever you do, stop using so much of your dandruff shampoo," warns Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. "Dandruff shampoos clarify the hair and remove pigment and can affect hair color." Yikes! Instead, opt for a sulfate-free shampoo that will retain moisture.
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Sulfate Free Moisture Retention Shampoo, $9, target.com.
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Spray Your Color Back to Life
The secret behind the L'ANZA Color Illuminator spray is a cutting-edge innovation called Optical Refraction Technology, which apparently boosts color intensity by up to 36% for possibly the quickest hair color refresher of your life. It's nothing more than a quick spritz, tousle, and a glance in the mirror to admire how radiant your strands look. The formula is loaded with white gardenia, rose, cornflower, and other natural ingredients allowing color pigments within the inner cortex to shine through with more intensity. Works on both damp or dry hair, and adds crazy levels of shine as a bonus.
L'ANZA Healing Colorcare Color Illumitor, $34, at salons.
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Put Your Dryer Down, Quick!
"Try not to blow dry right after getting color," explains Doris Day, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. "Let it sit for a day or so. Just do a good shampoo to wash out and then let air dry. The heat right after color is not good for the color." It may seem like a waste of a salon visit, but letting your locks air dry after your last pre-wedding coloring may just be the boost you need to seal all those rich pigments in. And if you're freaking out about wearing your hair natural, use a lightweight hair product. This It's A 10 leave-in product will cut down drying time, leave your hair silky, strengthen hair, and protect color. You only have to use a small amount of this product, but it goes a long way.
It's A 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk Leave In, $21.96, ulta.com.
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Keep Your Highlights Bright—With Kale
Who knew? This kale-enhanced shampoo by Leonor Greyl was designed specifically to soothe sensitive scalps while also acting as an instant hair color refresher for highlighted hair. Each gentle shampoo covers strands in real sea kale, quinoa proteins, and amaranth for radiance and prolonged shine. The entire Leonor Greyl line is known for infusing moisture back into tired tresses, so you can avoid the crunchy texture often associated with over-processed hair.
Leonor Greyl Sublime Meches Shampoo, $51, leonorgreyl-usa.com.
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Find the Right Dry Shampoo
Not all dry shampoos are created equally, especially when it comes to color-treated hair. Using a dry shampoo formula specifically designed for colored hair is one of the easiest ways to avoid excess fading, because the other dry shampoos out there can literally suck the pigment right out without you even noticing till your next real shampoo. You can extend the life of hair color and style by removing excess oil and eliminating odors in between shampoos and adding lift, texture, and UV protection.
CHI Color Nurture Rose Hip Oil Dry Shampoo, $18, ulta.com.
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Get Glossy (At Home)
Fear not, there's a DIY gloss solution you can even pack in your honeymoon luggage to give you the ultimate beachside hair color refresher. Use it before shampooing on damp hair. Simply cover all your hair, starting with the lengths and working to the roots, with the gloss color most closely matching your shade, and leave on for 3-5 minutes to seal in shine and pigment. It can be used weekly, and it's one of the most affordable haircolor refreshers.
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Seal Your Color With a Mask
Keeping tresses in top condition is half the battle when it comes to home hair color refreshers, which is exactly why investing in a good, restorative mask is well worth it (and goes beyond the confines of Sunday spa night). This 5-7-minute treatment infuses proteins back into stressed, overworked hair and is rich in natural argan oil and shea butter to lock moisture in (perfect for bleached hair), and trap added pigments.
Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask, $79.50, moroccanoil.com.
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Color the Right Way to Begin With
Bleaching, no matter how great the salon may be or how subtle your highlights are, always strips down the outer layers of hair, leaving it porous and weaker than its natural state. Matrix is launching a new product to help strengthen strands as they're being colored and stop the sad, porous strand effect most locks are left with after bleaching. The treatment is literally injected into your haircolor mixture at the salon, left to sit on your hair, and then rinsed off, allowing hair to be better protected during the coloring process itself, and helping you avoid fading, pesky breakage, and that weird crunchy feeling we all know so well. Bond Ultim8 will be available in Matrix salons this fall.
Matrix Bond Ultim8 Protecting System, at salons.