At 14, I dyed my hair purple for the first time. In the almost 2 decades that I’ve had full-time mermaid locks, I’ve learned alot of tricks (the hard way) to keeping my color vibrant.
I’ve dedicated this post to anyone out there searching for more in-depth maintenance. Some of the tricks on this list will feel like no-brainers, but we’ve all made mistakes along this rainbow-haired journey.
1 Wait at least 48 hours before getting your hair wet or using hot tools after your mermaid color service. This will help give the color time to settle in.
2 Wash your hair in the kitchen sink. THIS is a great way to help you keep from pissing off everyone else you live with by staining the shower, and you’ll also be able to with-stand the coldest water possible, because none of it will be touching the rest of your body.
3 Stay the hell away from chlorine and sea water. You will have barely any color left if you dive in. Sorry swimmers, grab yourself a cap or tie up your hair and keep your head above water. There are a handful of recommended methods and products I could talk about here that may help if you were thinking about going under, but honestly, nothing will truly help enough to keep you from feeling like you paid ALOT of money for a color that didnt fade nicely.
4 Use sulfate-free and color-safe shampoos and conditioners. I’m really sorry, but pantene ain’t gonna cut it. I also highly recommend a tinted treatment. You can find one here.
5 Keep up with your appointments. The color WILL fade, but regular touch-ups (every 4-8 weeks depending on how you hair fades) can maintain the vibrancy. Over time, layering some shades will help.
6 Dry shampoo and upstyling (ponytails, buns, braids, pigtails) will be your saving grace. Different braids and buns look amazing on mermaid-haired gals and dry shampoo will help you go as long as possible between washing.
Could you think of anything to add to this list?