If this is your first time, or your 117th time having your hair professionally colored, chances are you don’t properly know how to maintain your color-treated hair. Don’t worry I’m not trying to be mean, I am here to help you save money! We all know that a salon visit can be an investment, or as our husbands like to say “expensive”; so do yourself a favor and learn how to protect that investment!
Proper maintenance will not only keep your hair color vibrant, as your salon hairstylist intended, but also extend the life of your hair color. Below I have outlined five of the absolute best suggestions you’ll need to keep your hair looking fabulous weeks after your hair appointment.
1. Wait at least 72 hours after coloring to shampoo your hair. For those of us that aren’t too keen on math that’s 3 days! The reason for this, without boring you with a bunch of hair science, is that your hair cuticle is open during color treatment (to accept the color) and can take up to three days to close. If you shower too soon after your appointment, you are quite literally flushing money down the drain!
2. Wash your hair less often and rinse with cooler water. Okay, I get it, a cold shower doesn’t sound relaxing. Believe me I love a hot shower as much as you do but it isn’t good for your color-treated hair. Don’t kill the messenger here but your hair cuticles open in hot water and release that precious color you invested in. Remember what I said about flushing money down the drain? If your taking a hot shower every night, we will see you back in the salon sooner than you think 😉 My advice, wash with warm (not hot) water and rinse with cooler water.
3. Use a salon quality shampoo and conditioner. I know what you are thinking, “of course she is going to try and sell me expensive salon products.” The reason your hair stylist suggest buying salon quality products (like EVO!) is because they are guaranteed free of sulfates, parabens, dea, tea and proplyene glycol. These harmful chemicals are foaming detergents found in most mass produced shampoos and conditioners to “clean your hair”. The problem is these chemicals strip your hair of it’s essential natural oils, moisture and color. Leaving your ends dry and brittle and your scalp greasy as a result of the body over producing additional oil to compensate for the loss.
4. Limit sun exposure and avoid chlorine. Wow, first cold showers and now no summertime dips in the pool! I know this suggestion is going to be one of the hardest ones to follow but it is just as important. UV exposure coupled with heat can cause your hair color to lighten and fade. My advice, wear a really cute hat or use a heat protectant leave-in treatment if your hats aren’t that cute 😉 As far as the pool goes, chlorine is a bleaching agent that will strip your hair color; turning a platinum blonde into a mint green and a dimensional brunette into a dull brown. If your love for the water is too strong to avoid, lather conditioner into your wet hair before hitting the pool. This will create a much needed barrier to the harmful effects of the chlorine.
5. Trim your hair regularly. Yes in fact a haircut can actually help you maintain your color. The truth is dead ends don’t hold color, so why are you waiting so long to have them removed. I highly recommend that you schedule to have those colorless ends trimmed every 6 – 8 weeks with your hairstylist.
Well I hope these five suggestions will help you protect your color treated hair, or at the very least get you thinking about wearing a hat at the pool haha. If you read this article completely, first of all, thank you. I’m currently spending my Saturday writing this article in the brief amount of time my two girls are napping! Instead of binge watching “Dead To Me” on Netflix, like I really want to, I’m sharing how you can save money at the salon! If your looking for more professional hairstylist tips make an appointment with your Veil Of Grace Hairstylist today.
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