Inside Tips to Make Your Hair Color Last ~ Interview with a Hairstylist

By: Jone't G Wooten

I do believe the grey hairs on my noggin have mounted a hostile takeover and have plans to completely eradicate my brunette locks. One look in the mirror and I knew, girl, you’ve got to cover those roots ~ again! It seemed like only yesterday I had my hair colored. Which got me thinking….. are there INSIDE SECRETS to make hair color last longer?

I was on a mission to find out and I knew just the expert to call. My Hairstylist and color guru, Kirsten Dingman, who has an artistic talent for blending color to create the perfect look for each client. Every time I leave her chair, my freshly coiffed brunette tresses look so healthy and shiny, I get compliments from strangers (seriously)! So, with fingers crossed, I asked Kirsten if she would be willing to share a little beauty industry confidential with us and she agreed, YEA! So, without further ado, here’s THE SCOOP on how to make your hair color last.

THE SCOOP: Are there any secrets you can share on making hair color last longer?

KD: Shampoo with a clarifying shampoo and skip conditioner the day of your appointment. Arrive with clean, completely dry hair, free of any styling or leave-in products. This insures even penetration and deposit of hair color.

Pureology Purify Shampoo for Color Treated Hair is a great product to clarify hair at home before your color appointment. (Pureology is Vegan, no animal testing)

THE SCOOP: How long should I wait to wash my hair after it’s been color-treated?

KD: 24 hours is an appropriate amount of time. Use warm, not hot water to avoid opening the hair cuticle and use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Also, use cool water to rinse the conditioner out as this will seal the hair cuticle and hold the color longer.

THE SCOOP: How often should I wash my hair?

KD: Less is more. Three times a week is ideal, but your hair type and thickness will be a factor on what’s appropriate for you. Try extending the time between washing and your oil production may eventually adjust to your new routine. Keep in mind that if you don’t blow-dry or use heat, then shampooing a bit more often is fine.

THE SCOOP: What color-safe products do you recommend?

KD: Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner is great as far as shampoos and conditioners and there are options for every hair type. (Pureology is Vegan, no animal testing)

Deva Curl No Poo is a nice color-safe choice for curly hair. It’s gentle, adds shine and smells great! (Devacurl is sulfate-free, paraben-free, silicone free, no animal testing and made in the U.S.A.)

For a mid-price range professional line, I recommend Verb Mild Color Safe Hydrating Shampoo and Verb Hydrating Conditioner and I like VERB Ghost Oil too (hydrating Argon and Moringa Oils). Verb products also have an extremely light, fresh scent for those who are sensitive to fragrance. (Verb is sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, vegan friendly and made in the U.S.A.)

For a wonderful drugstore product line, I highly recommend Andalou Naturals Argan & Sweet Orange Shampoo. It’s all natural, color-safe, loaded with beneficial ingredients and smells AMAZING! Both the shampoo and conditioner leave your hair shiny and soft. (Andalou is sulfate-free, paraben-free, no petrochemicals, gluten-free, vegan, cruelty free and made in the U.S.A.)

THE SCOOP: In your opinion, are color-depositing shampoos and conditioners beneficial?

KD: For blonde and grey/white hair, a shampoo that deposits a violet tone used every other week can be useful for avoiding brassiness.

I wouldn’t recommend using color-depositing shampoos or conditioners for anything besides blonde, grey or white hair, as they can be unpredictable. Too much color-buildup can leave hair dark and dull looking.

THE SCOOP: If washing my hair less often can extend the life of color, do you have any tips for skipping shampoo day?

KD: Use good quality lightweight styling products if possible when doing your hair. That will prevent product buildup and make the time between washing more tolerable.

Dry shampoo can help absorb oil on particularly greasy days. I recommend Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. It’s gentle, has a soft smell and comes in a handy travel-size as well as the full-size. (Klorane is sulfate-free, paraben-free, award-winning and no animal testing.)

I also highly recommend Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Powder. I love that Pronto goes on clear, gives hair more volume and has a yummy lemon verbena scent! (Oscar Blandi is sulfate-free, paraben-free, no petro-chemicals, no synthetic dyes, no animal testing and made in the U.S.A.)

THE SCOOP: How often should I deep condition my hair?

KD: It depends on your hair type and styling routines.

For damaged or dry hair ~ once weekly with a product meant to reconstruct and once weekly with a product to add moisture. I recommend Joico K Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. It’s gentle, leaves hair shiny and the smell is lovely. (Joico is not tested on animals, has eco-friendly packaging and is made in the U.S.A.)

I also recommend Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy Color Care Moisture Masque – Deep Hydrating Formula for a super hydrating, strengthening treatment at home. (Keratin is sulfate-free, paraben-free and Made in the U.S.A.)

For normal, healthy or fine hair, clarifying treatments once a month followed by a reconstructing conditioner can be very beneficial. The Joico K Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor and Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy Color Care Moisture Masque – Deep Hydrating Formula are great products for normal, healthy or fine hair too.

 What is color-treated hair’s worst enemy?

KD: Sun exposure, over-washing, heat styling too often (which damages the cuticle and may cause the pigment to be released faster) are the top reasons that hair color fades too fast.

THE SCOOP: Do you have any DIY Hair Mask recipes you can share?

KD: I’m a big fan of using natural ingredients I have on hand to baby my hair and skin. Some of my favorites are yogurt, eggs, avocado, bananas, coconut oil and honey. Here are two hair masks that can give you bouncy, lustrous hair.

Do It Yourself Hair Masks ~ The Recipes


Go Bananas Hair Mask

Rich in potassium, vitamins and natural oils, bananas can help protect the hair’s natural elasticity and strengthen hair.

What You’ll Need

1 banana, over-ripe is best
1 tablespoon raw honey
3 drops essential oil
fork or masher
paint brush to apply mask (optional)
Shower Cap


Mash 1 over-ripe banana in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 3 drops essential oil of your choice (I love the combination of either orange or lemon oil with banana).

Apply to scalp and hair (you can use a new, inexpensive paint brush) and cover with a shower cap. Leave on for 20 minutes, then use a gentle shampoo followed by conditioner. Rinse hair with cool water.

Green with Envy Avocado Hair Mask/

Loaded with Vitamin B and Vitamin E, avocados protect and strengthen hair and may prevent hair loss while promoting hair growth.

What You’ll Need

1 avocado, ripe
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 drops essential oil
fork or masher
paint brush to apply mask (optional)
shower cap


Mash 1 ripe avocado in a bowl with a fork or masher. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 3 drops of your favorite essential oil (eucalyptus, peppermint or tea tree oil are nice with avocado).

Apply to scalp and hair (you can use a new, inexpensive paint brush) and cover with a shower cap. Leave on for 20 minutes, then use a gentle shampoo followed by conditioner. Rinse hair with cool water.

Shine On Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar helps to restore and maintain hair’s natural PH balance, remove product buildup and can help with hair loss. It also leaves hair shiny, soft and beautiful.

What You’ll Need

¼ cup apple cider vinegar, organic raw and unfiltered (Bragg’s)
½ cup filtered water
5 drops essential oil
airtight jar or container


Mix ¼ cup organic, raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (I like Bragg’s) with ½ cup filtered water. Add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender or eucalyptus are nice together). Keep in an airtight container or jar.

Apply to wet hair after shampoo, from scalp to ends of hair. Then apply conditioner on top of ACV (apple cider vinegar). Leave on 3 – 5 minutes, then, rinse with cool water.

- Purity does make a difference when choosing Essential Oils. Look for pure, therapeutic quality. 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Gift Set- 6 (Garden Essential Oils are certified organic, no pesticides or fertilizers. 100% natural and pure)

 About Kirsten Dingman: Kirstin has been a Hairstylist and Esthetician for almost six years. It is her passion and creative outlet. When asked to describe a typical day at “the office”, Kirsten replies, “I compare it to meditating, that’s the only way I can really explain the joy, calm, and buzzy high that I feel when I’m doing hair.” When she’s not helping her loyal clients look and feel their best at Jet Salon in Beaverton Oregon, Kirsten enjoys reading, hanging out with her family and new puppy Parker.


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