You’ve asked yourself all the important questions and took the plunge. Succumbing to the endless inspiration, you’ve dyed your hair lavender or maybe fiery siren red. Perhaps you went for a classic — maybe luscious auburn, or the dreamiest shade of blonde. So, now what?

You don’t want to spend all that time (and money!) on dyeing your hair just to watch it literally wash down the drain. We went to stylist Katie Thibault to get some tips on how to keep your locks looking as bright and shiny as when you left the salon. Add this info to your haircare arsenal!

Keep it in the family

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We love to buy everything at Target too, but this is good time to peruse the product shelves at your salon. Katie says you should always use shampoo and conditioner from the same product line as your hair dye. She adds, “If you drive a Lexus, you aren’t going to fix your car with Chevy parts.” (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Stay Dirty

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Don’t wash your hair. We aren’t kidding, Katie recommends waiting 24-48 hours before you wash it again. Can’t handle it dirty? Go for some dry shampoo to hold you over. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Chill Out

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While we all love a hot, steamy bubble bath — preferably complete with luscious bath bombs — it’s not the best thing for your hair, or your skin for that matter. Take the temperature down; cooler water helps the color last. Plus, a cold shower will definitely wake you up in the morning. It’s a win-win! (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Wet Your Hair Before Diving In

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Nobody wants green hair, unless they want green hair. That is to say, if you just spent hours going platinum blonde, this tip’s for you. It sounds redundant, but there’s a very good reason to wet your hair with water before you jump in the pool. Katie says, “The best way to make [your hair] not turn green is to wet your hair first with either water [from a] bottle or hose. If your hair is dry and you jump in the pool, the chlorine will attach to your hair while the water makes a wall and holds it in. If your hair is already wet, the water wall is already there and chlorine can’t get in.” Guess those “Shower First” signs at the local pool are really looking out for you! (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

Ask for a Cuticle Sealer


A what? Think of it like a superhero for your hair dye. Katie says cuticle sealers are especially important to use immediately after your hair has been rinsed. “Your body knows that color is foreign and wants to release it, and that’s the reason color fades.” If you haven’t dyed your hair yet, ask your stylist about it before you go in. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images)

Take Care Before You Dye

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For extra credit, make sure you take care of your hair before you get to the salon. Katie says, “Unhealthy hair is porous and will suck in the dark tones of the color, then fade really quickly.” (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for EEM World)

If you’re between dye jobs or still poring over Pinterest boards to decide what hair adventure you’re going on next, remember these tips so that all your hard work doesn’t wash away.

Do you have a favorite post-dye-job ritual you follow to keep your color bright?

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