After months of thinking about it, you’ve finally gotten that dye job you’ve always wanted—and you love it. Now, you have the task of prolonging the vibrant color for as long as possible, and you may not realize it, but the little things you do definitely factor into your hair color’s lifespan. A lot of our habits and routines, like tanning for too long or keeping your hair in a ponytail for hours, can contribute to fading, so we listed a few ways you can maintain that bright and brilliant color:

Rinse your hair in cold water.

A hot shower might be just what you need after a long and tiring day, but this can do more harm than good when it comes to your hair. Warm temperatures open up the hair’s cuticle and this makes it easier for the dye to be rinsed away. Plus, the temperature can also dry out your chemically treated hair.

Keep your interactions with hot water to a minimum and shower with cold water instead. It helps seal your hair cuticle so that the color stays intact for longer.

Soak your hair in fresh water before swimming.

When you swim, your hair soaks up chlorine from pools and salt from seawater, which have a tendency to dry out your hair and tint the color. Before you take your morning swim, rinse your hair thoroughly with fresh water. This will make sure that your hair won’t absorb chemicals and minerals that could ruin your dye job.

Use a conditioner for color-treated hair.

Colored hair needs a special kind of TLC you just can’t get through regular products. Use a product formulated without sulfates, since these can strip the dye from your hair. Try a moisturizing conditioner like Cream Silk’s Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Color Revive Conditioner. It’s sulfate-free and uses three forms of keratin to make sure your hair will look smooth, shiny, and vibrant. Coloring your hair can actually cause a lot of damage to it as well, so this conditioner can help hydrate your hair and keep looking damage-free.

Small changes can make a huge difference when it comes to your hair’s health. With these switches and with the use of the right products, you can achieve bright, fresh hair without the hassle of overhauling your whole routine.

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This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with CREAM SILK.