Reader Q&A: Your Questions About Color Treated Hair -- Answered!
See an expert answer your most pressing hair color questions
Question: "I touched up my gray roots a week and a half ago and within a week they were already lighter than the rest of my hair. I already use color-treated shampoo and conditioner." -- Meghan L.Answer: It sounds like "you're using the wrong color when doing the roots," says Johns. "Hair color should last three to six weeks or until the roots start to grow out. The ashier the color, the less gray coverage. The warmer the color, the better for covering grays," he advises. Also, be sure that you're using a permanent color that's intended for covering gray because semi-permanent color simply can't offer the same coverage. And, Johns says to continue using color-treated hair products in the shower because they will help keep color truer longer.
Ones to try: AVEENO® LIVING COLOR™ Color-Preserving Shampoo, $6 and AVEENO® LIVING COLOR™ Color-Preserving Conditioner, $6, which come in two variants -- one for fine and one for medium to thick hair.
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