This is how you can help protect your hair color from fading in quarantine

Taylor Bell
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It’s no secret that color-treated hair takes a lot more maintenance than most styles. While half the battle is finding the right color, you also have to worry about over-processing your hair and keeping your color from fading.

And if you want your hair color to last — especially during this time of quarantine — there are a few things you can try. For one, it’s recommended to stay away from super hot water when rinsing. As pointed out by eSalon, hot water opens up the hair cuticle and allows color to “sneak out.” Thus, some hair industry experts suggest washing your hair with lukewarm water.

And two, you can try the highly-rated Amika Fadeblock Pre-Shampoo Color Seal, which is a solution you apply to the hair before washing it to help keep your color intact.

Shop: Amika Fadeblock Pre-Shampoo Color Seal, $25

According to the product description, this pre-shampoo treatment seals up the hair cuticle and “balances” the hair’s pH level “to protect your color from wash-related fading.”

It does so using three noteworthy ingredients: grape leaf extract, red wine extract and amino acid complex. The red wine extract, in particular, helps soften and condition the hair, while the amino acid complex smooths the cuticles and helps keep hair vibrant.

Not to mention, it’s sulfate-free and doesn’t contain any mineral oil. Additionally, it works as a shield against chlorine, salt water and rough water. It even has UV filters to protect your hair against the drying effects of the sun.

Recently launched, the Amika Fadeblock has already garnered a top rating at Sephora with reviewers calling it an “amazing” product to have as part of their haircare routine.

One buyer raved that it’s helping prolong their color as they await their next hair appointment.

“This pre shampoo color seal is amazing product,” they wrote. “I have black hair that I color on regular basis. This is definitely helping to maintain my color till I can get to the hair dresser.”

Another shopper echoed a similar sentiment: “I’ve been using Fadeblock twice a week for two weeks. In typical Amika fashion, it’s amazing. My hair smells amazing for days and my hair is super soft. I’m on week 6 of quarantine and my color looks amazing! I’m impressed and will for sure be buying another bottle when it launches.”

While reviewers have yet to point out any downsides about the product, the brand suggests pairing Fadeblock with the Amika Vault shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner to see some of the best results.

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