Whether you have all over hair color or perhaps just a few highlights, you want your hair to keep its vibrant new hair color and healthy shine long after you leave the salon. Even the very best hair color will eventually fade, but there are steps that you can take to protect your hair color and increase its longevity. Our Round Rock hair salon suggests the following tips for preserving your hair color.
Limit the Use of Styling Products Using a multitude of styling products on your hair each day can weigh your hair down, creating the need for more frequent shampoos. And as a consequence, more frequent shampooing means that your hair color will fade more quickly. Finishing products like hair sprays, spritzes, mousses, and gels can also contain high amounts of alcohol. The alcohol helps your hair dry faster, but has the negative effect of causing hair color to fade more quickly. Limiting the use of styling products can help your hair color last longer and stay more vibrant.
Use a Color Safe Shampoo & Conditioner Shampooing your hair with products containing harsh lathering ingredients can also cause your hair color to fade. Choose a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner instead. Sulfate free shampoos are more gentle to the hair and will leave it soft and smooth without damage to the hair cuticle. Use Cool Water to Rinse Avoid washing and rinsing your hair in hot water. Hot water is drying to the hair whether it has been colored or otherwise. Hot water causes the hair cuticle to open, allowing color molecules to escape, while cold water helps close and seal the cuticles. Always shampoo and condition your color-treated hair in cool water when possible. After conditioning your hair, use the coldest water possible for a final rinse. This final rinse will seal the cuticle and give shine to your hair. Avoid Heat Damage and Overstyling One of the best tips for preserving your hair color is to avoid over-drying your hair with blow dryers and/or flat irons. These styling tools can damage the cuticle and can cause your hair color to become dull over time. The regular heat styling of colored hair reduces moisture levels and can lead to color damage and hair breakage. When you visit our Round Rock hair salon, we can recommend the best type of blow dryer to use for color treated hair.