So, you've just spent two hours and $100 to have your hair professionally colored. Now what?
Sadly, many people go home, jump right into their normal hair care routine, mistreating their newly colored locks, and then blame their stylist when the color fades or the ends feel like straw. Below are some tips that will save you and your stylist from feelings of frustration.
Never wash your hair in hot water! This is probably the most important thing to remember. Hot water opens up the outer layer of your hair and allows those precious color molecules to escape down your drain. And, unless you rinse in cool water, that layer stays open, especially when you apply heat through use of a hair dryer or iron, causing frizzy ends that will soon become damaged and split. Always use lukewarm/tepid water; basically the cooler the better.
Always use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color treated hair that has been recommended by your stylist. Many shampoos contain harsh chemicals that can strip color from your hair and leave it feeling dry. Remember, you've just spent at least 2 hours and $100 (or more) on that gorgeous color. Protect that investment! Spend a little extra cash to get some good shampoo and conditioner that will make your color last and keep your friends jealous. We recommend Malibu Color Wellness or CHI Infra.
Always use a heat/thermal protector! Before you blow dry, flat iron, or use a curling iron/wand, spray the hair with a good heat protector. There are many different ones available and they all pretty much do the same thing...the key is to use one. If your ends feel especially dry you will want to use a leave in conditioner before the heat protector. We recommend Malibu Leave-In Treatment and CHI Set the Stage Blowdry Spray.
Always protect your hair from UV rays. UV rays are very damaging to the hair, just as they are for the skin. They will dry it out and fade your color very quickly. If you plan to be outdoors on a sunny day for a long period of time, or if you plan to visit your local indoor tanning facility, protect your hair. Many leave-in conditioners and even some styling products have an SPF. If you don't have a sunscreen for your hair, use a towel, hat, hood, or umbrella...anything to shade your locks. You will be glad you did.
To sum it up....protect your investment. Follow these tips and you will have hair that shines and be the envy of all your friends.
For more haircare tips or questions, contact your hairstylist. If you don't have one, we are happy to serve you :)