Whether you have highlights, lowlights, or a full-dimensional shade, your color treated hair needs a little extra care if you’re wanting that amazing new color to last. Because we’re here to help, we’ve made a list of a few of our top tips to keep your color looking vibrant and your hair looking healthy as we head further into spring.
Wash less. When you color your hair, the outer layer of the cuticle is opened so that the color can penetrate the hair shaft. If you wash your hair too soon after you color, this layer might still be open which will lead to that new color being washed straight down the 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 to maintain that vibrant color. We recommend using a good dry shampoo in between washes to help accomplish this.
Use high-quality products. Your stylist is an expert in hair care and should be your first stop when it comes to finding quality products specific to your needs. We have a full range of professional hair care 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 steamy hot showers definitely feel amazing, 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. 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 will soften the hair.
Keep up with trims. Dead ends won’t hold color and 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 attention? Come see us at Studio M Salon & Spa, where we have the tools and expertise to help you address all your hair care concerns. Come on into our location at 2465 E Palm Canyon Drive, #1025, in Palm Springs, or give us a call at 760-327-9000 to schedule your appointment today. You can also download our free app from iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon and schedule at your convenience.