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 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 be washed out of the hair more. 2. Reduce Water Temperature When Washing I love a scorching shower. It is relaxing after a long day, but hot water can quickly dull your hair color. Hot water opens up the hair cuticle and allows some paint to wash out. I recommend using Luke's 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 it can easily be forgotten. Go for all the hot water you want in the shower; 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, 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 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 also wash away some of the color and the natural oils that help moisturize it. Determining the correct shampooing frequency that balances cleanliness and maintaining your paint can be challenging. 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 would keep your hair fresh in between shampoos if you were used to washing it every day. The best-kept secret is Dry Shampoo, which is a trick to refreshing your hair without causing damage. You 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. Be inspired. Be you.