So you have just left the salon and you are loving your new hair color, but now what? If you want your color to last longer you are going to need to give your hair a little special attention. Here are a few tips to keep that red ravishing, that brunette beautiful, and that blonde breathtaking for as long as possible.
Wash Less Often
In order for the color to penetrate the hair shaft, the cuticle of the hair must be opened. It can take up to three days for the cuticle to fully close again, and if you wash too soon after your appointment you risk some of the color being washed right out. So wait at least 72 hours after your appointment before you shampoo for the first time to ensure you retain as much color as possible. Following this initial waiting period, allowing more time between regular shampoos will help maintain a more vibrant color by not stripping all of the natural oils from your hair and the color along with it. If your hair tends to get oily too quickly you can try a dry shampoo between washes to freshen up.
Use Only Salon Quality Color-safe Products
You don’t trust the boxes on drugstore shelves with your color, so don’t trust them with maintaining it either. Consult with your stylist for recommendations of products that will best suit your unique needs. They are the experts on hair care after all. A professional haircare system formulated for color-treated hair will not only keep your hair healthier but help the color last much longer. Our expert stylists will be happy to help you choose from our selection of salon-quality products.
Keep Heat to a Minimum
When it’s cold outside a hot shower feels especially nice on aching joints and muscles, but it’s not so great for your hair. The hotter the water the more natural oils, and color, are stripped from your hair. Instead, shampoo with warm water to open the cuticle just enough to cleanse it, and then follow with a cool rinse to seal the cuticle and lock in the moisture from your conditioner as well as the color. Heat styling also takes a toll on your color, so avoid heated styling tools as much as possible and use a thermal protectant when you do use them.
Schedule Trims Regularly
Damaged split ends do not hold onto color well and fade much faster than healthy hair. A trim every 6-8 weeks will keep those dead ends under control and keep your color looking brighter longer. Not to mention that it will improve the overall look and feel of your hair.
Are you ready for a new color or just need help keeping the color you have looking great? Give us a call at Voga Salon at 913.685.1832. Our talented team of stylists are ready to help. Stop by and see us at 13357 West 135th in Overland Park, or download our free mobile app on iTunes or Google Play, to reserve your appointment today.