Did you just get a fresh color job? Of course you did, it is Summer time, well almost, so maybe color is still on your agenda for this year and you have not taken the plunge yet.
If you are still thinking about it or if you have already committed to your color then this post is a great one for you to read.
Once you head to the salon and get your color, the onus is now on you to keep your color as long as you can because if you got it professionally done, chances are you paid a pretty penny for it.
Here is what you need to do to maintain your Summer color once you get it:
1. Do not shampoo your hair too often
I have a serious problem with this because to be quite honest if you have a scalp that is prone to build up then shampooing your hair weekly or ‘often’ is a must.
What you have to do is focus on your scalp and shampoo your hair very quickly to avoid your color fading. There really is no getting around it though, shampoo will fade your color and that is just a fact.
2. Do not wash your hair right after you get your color done
We advise that when you finally get your color wait for the pigment to settle before washing your hair. The idea here is to allow your cuticles to lay flat sealing the pigment in. If you jump in the shower right after you get the color done you will end up losing a lot of dye. (wait 72 hours)
3. Washing your hair with hot water
Hot water of very warm water would open up the cuticles in your hair strand and release more dye into your shower than you probably want.
The best thing to do is rinse your hair in luke warm to cold water, this preserves the color and keeps it from fading.
4. Avoid hard water
Hard water should be avoided at all costs anyway, but if you live in an area that is known for hard water and you must use it to wash your hair your color will become dull over time.
5. Use sulfate free shampoo*’s
Sulfates strip your hair of moisture and it will also strip your color away as well. Using a sulfate free shampoo* will do the job of cleansing your scalp but you wont have to worry about your hair being stripped of its color and its moisture.