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Is your hair pink, purple, blue, or any other vibrant color? Chances are you had to bleach your natural hair to deposit the funky color, right? After a couple of weeks you’ve probably experienced some color fading. Since there is no way to stop it from fading, here are a few things you can do to slow down the process on both your natural hair and Clip In Hair extensions.

Wash less. As you know, wearing Clip In Hair extensions means washing your hair only once a week—and twice at the most. The formula in shampoos throws off your hair’s pH balance, which makes it hard to preserve the integrity of the hair (both natural and extensions). If you simply cannot go without washing, use a dry shampoo. Dry shampoos are intended to soak up the excess oil from your scalp, leaving your hair feeling fresh and smelling clean. Using pH balanced shampoos will allow the cuticle to lay flat and preserve the color inside the hair shaft.

Cold water. It’s kind of a pain, but washing your hair with straight cold water helps preserve the color. When washing your hair with hot water, the cuticles of your hair open up, allowing the color to leak. Cold water will help keep the cuticles closed and delay your color from fading, giving you more time before you go into your next touch-up appointment.

Cellophane. A clear cellophane gloss will help coat the hair after depositing color. Because it’s semi-permanent, it will wash out after about 8 washes. Touching up your hair and hair extensions with cellophane will keep the color and hair looking restored and shiny. The best thing about this product is that you can do it yourself. Just follow the instructions on the bottle.

Follow best practices. When coloring hair or touching up a past color job, it’s important that your stylist follow best coloring practices to ensure a lasting look. This is especially true when coloring hair extensions. Clip In hair extensions—including the Funky colors—go through a special color process during manufacturing to achieve our wide range of shades and this process ensures that Clip In hair colors will not bleed or fade with extended wear. When a custom color is applied to Clip In extensions, it reacts with the existing color in the extensions to produce a new one that may or may not last. The solution for this is simple, though. With our new Color Takeover Portal, stylists and clients alike can read up on all the hair extension coloring info they need to create and maintain beautifully vivid hair. This educational outreach program includes tutorial videos, articles, a downloadable guide, and more, and exists in collaboration with color giants like Joico Color Intensities and Framar International. Help yourself to all the gems of wisdom today—materials are available right now at the Color Takeover Portal.