How To Maintain Your Color Treated Hair?
Updated: Dec 19, 2019
You've been in the salon for hours and have the color of your dreams! But how do you maintain the color so it stays fresher for longer? If you follow these simple tips, chances are they will stop the color fading out too quickly whilst keeping it in great condition.
1) Don't wash your hair for at least 72 hours after you've had it done. During a coloring service, your cuticle is left open allowing the color to penetrate the hair shaft. If you wash your hair a day or two after your appointment, the cuticle may not have fully closed all the way and in some cases, you'll be washing the color straight out of your hair. This gives the color time to soak in properly giving you longer between visiting your stylist.
2) Use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically for colored hair. These are designed to enhance and make color last. Another great tip is if you have a vibrant color like a bright red or purple, adding a small amount of the color to your conditioner every once in a while will give it that extra oomph to make it last. (Click here to see some of the great shampoos and conditioners out there that will be great for this)
3) Wash your hair using lukewarm or nearly cold water. Hot water allows the cuticle to open up. This, in turn, will wash away the color in the same way as not leaving it enough time after your visit to your stylist. Try shampooing it with lukewarm water and rinsing the conditioner with cool water. This will not only give your color a fighting chance at lasting but will also give it a beautiful shine.
4) Try to avoid washing your hair too often. I have clients that wash their hair daily and as I've said before this isn't good for your hair. As stylists, we understand why people feel the need to do this. I get told 'my hair gets so greasy if I don't wash it every day' but in reality when you do, you're not only washing away the natural oils, but also a bit of the color every time you shampoo. Try reducing the number of times a week you wash it and on days that you feel its greasy, use a little dry shampoo to make it look fresher (Click here for to see some of the best dry shampoos on the market)
5) Use products suitable for colored hair when it comes to using heat. It does the same thing as colored shampoo and conditioner. Using too much heat can fade out color because again heat opens up your cuticles. Make sure you use a great heat protect spray. And finally.....
6) Avoid chlorine. Chlorine can make blondes have a green tinge and darker hair to become dull and dry. If you are deciding a vacation is in order and let's face it we have ALL been there, tie it up high, wear a cap or put a conditioning mask in your hair before you get in the pool. All of these will protect the color from the harshness of the chlorine.