"Color processing changes the structure of the hair shaft, which weakens the integrity of your strands," says L.A. colorist Tracey Cunningham. While conditioners help conceal damage, they won't reverse it. One single process after the next leaves hair dull and prone to major splitting and breaking.
Scroll down to start recovering with our 3-step program.3-STEP REHAB
STEP 1: MINIMIZE THE FADE FACTOR
Fact: Anytime you wash your hair, pigment seeps out and rinses down the drain. To get the most mileage from a dye job, "shampoo no more than three times a week," says colorist Sharon Dorram. "Use a dry shampoo on off days."
STEP 2: GET A COLOR BOOST
A shampoo that deposits color back onto the hair shaft is ideal. Choose a non-stripping, sulfate-free formula like Tigi's Violet shampoo for blondes ($17; ulta.com); Clairol's Shimmer Lights shampoo for brunettes and redheads ($10; sallybeauty.com) enriches tones with the help of color-balancing pigments.
STEP 3: GO THE TOUCH-UP ROUTE
If you're rocking a hue that's drastically different from your base shade, Cunningham advises making an appointment every six weeks (every two weeks for grays). And if the tiniest bit of regrowth makes you wary, extend the time between dates with an at-home kit, like Clairol's Nice'n Easy ($7; pgestore.com.)Read MoreLess