Color treated hair needs a little extra attention if you want it to maintain its bold color. This is true whether you have brunette, black, platinum blonde or even purple hair. It is best to have a hair care plan before you leave the salon. There may be different steps that I will recommend for different hair types and colors, these are some basic steps everyone should take. 1. Wait 72 Hours Before Shampooing When you get your hair colored, the cuticle layer is opened, allowing the color to penetrate the hair shaft. Depending on your hair type and its current health, it may take up to 72 hours for it to close back up. Shampooing your hair too soon will allow the color to more easily be washed out of the hair. 2. Reduce Water Temperature When Washing I love a very hot shower. It is so relaxing after a long day, but hot water can quickly dull your hair color. Hot water opens up the hair cuticle and allows some of the color to wash out. I recommend using Luke warm water to allow the shampoo and conditioner to work and then rinse with cold water to seal in the moisture from the conditioner and prevent color fade. This is one of the most important ways to keep your hair bold and vibrant but can easily be forgotten. Go for all the hot water you want in the shower, just keep it out of your lovely locks. 3. Use Shampoo and Conditioner with Low amounts of Sulfate Sodium laureate sulfate is used in many hair products to produce a foaming effect. Sulfates break down dirt and grime and make the hair clean. The problem is when you use a product heavy in sulfates is it will strip the natural oils and moisture out of your hair, causing damage and fading. Sulfates can also irritate your skin and cause dryness, flaking and itching. I have noticed with myself and with my clients that hair color will last much longer, once switched to a low sulfate shampoo and condition. 4. Wash Hair Less Often Every time you wash your hair you are also washing away some of the color and the natural oils that helps keep it moisturized. It can be hard to determine the correct frequency of shampooing that balances cleanliness and maintaining your color. If you have colored hair, try washing it only two to three times a week. 5. Use Dry Shampoo on Off Days I’m sure you were wondering, how you were going to keep your hair fresh in between shampoos if you were used to washing everyday. The best kept secret is Dry Shampoo. This is a trick to refreshing your hair without causing damage. You do need to be careful in your selection because some products use cheap chemicals. I prefer organic products, because I don’t want to allow any toxic chemicals into my body.
If you follow these steps your hair color will remain bold, vibrant and stunning until your next visit. Many of my clients in Parrish, FL and Bradenton, FL have followed these exact steps and were thrilled with their results. Be Beautiful!