Whether you have highlights, lowlights, all-over color, or a full-dimensional shade, your color-treated hair needs special care if you’re wanting that amazing new color to last very long. Because we love to help, we’ve made a list of our top tips to keep your color looking vibrant and your hair looking healthy, especially during this winter season.
Don’t wash too often. When your hair is colored, the outer layer of the cuticle is opened so that the color can penetrate the hair shaft. If your hair is washed too soon after your coloring treatment, this layer might still be open which will lead to that gorgeous new shade being washed straight down the shower drain. Because it can take up to three days for the cuticle layer to fully close, we suggest you wait at least that long to shampoo for the first time after your treatment. In addition to this initial waiting period, limiting how often you wash will help you avoid stripping the natural oils from your scalp and keep that vibrant color around longer. We recommend using a good dry shampoo in between washes to help accomplish this.
Utilize high-quality products. Your stylist is an expert in hair care and should be your first source of information in regards to quality products specific to your hair’s needs. We have a full range of professional haircare systems specifically formulated for color maintenance, and we are happy to make recommendations based on your hair type and needs.
Turn down the heat. While hot showers can feel amazing, especially when it’s cold out, it is not good for your hair color. To prevent stripping your color, try shampooing with warm water and rinsing your conditioner out with cold water. The warm water will allow the shampoo to penetrate the hair shaft just enough to cleanse it, and the cool rinse afterward will help seal in the moisture from your conditioner. We also recommend reducing your use of heat styling tools as much as possible, and when you do use heat to style begin with a heat protectant, which will prevent damage and soften the hair.
Keep up with regular trims. Dead ends don’t hold color and will fade faster than healthy hair, so be sure to keep up with regular trims (we recommend every 6-8 weeks) to keep your color looking fresh from root to tips.
Is your color-treated hair in need of a little extra love? Come see us at TRU Salon + Spa, where we have the tools and expertise to help you address all your hair care concerns. Give us a call at one of our two locations- Branchburg, NJ (908) 218-9878 or Warren, NJ (908) 753-9878, book online, or download the app from free from iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon.