Are you in a new job, relationship, or exciting phase of your life? A fresh, new hair color will wipe your slate clean and prepare you to mindfully meet each day’s circumstances.
Ask your stylist to use a professional-grade color with conditioning properties. A color with natural oils will help retain your hair’s moisture. Allow the color to set thoroughly. Wait a minimum of 48 hours for the first hair washing. Then, follow these 5 smart beauty routine secrets for maintaining your color-treated hair.
1. Use cool or lukewarm water to wash your hair.
Adjust the water temperature to cool or lukewarm. According to professionals at Matrix, a leading haircare company, hot water damages color-treated hair as it opens the surface of the hair strand and causes the dye to escape.
2. Shampoo and condition your hair each time.
Appreciate the value of your new look by using shampoos and conditioners of high quality. These bottles will be labeled “color-protecting” or “for color-treated hair.” Conditioning is vital for retaining moisture and protecting your hair. Also, it adds a super shine factor.
To correctly shampoo your hair, squeeze a quarter-sized amount of shampoo into the palm of your hand. Massage this into all of your hair. Then, rinse well. Repeat these same steps of application with conditioner. Remember to condition the tips where the most damage occurs! Leave the conditioner in your hair for a few minutes. Rinse the conditioner.
Once a week consider a leave-in conditioning treatment for hair instead of rinsing it right away. After washing your hair, towel dry it, and then apply the treatment. Wrap your hair in a clean, dry towel and wait 30 minutes. Then, rinse your hair.
3. Only wash your hair two or three times per week.
According to Salon SO AVEDA, the natural oils in your hair offer protection. Your color will stay longer, and hair will look healthier if you are not constantly washing and stripping away these oils. On an off day, pin your hair up and put on a shower cap to keep it dry while you are bathing. If you would like your hair to look more vibrant for styling that day, flip it over and spray a “color-safe” dry shampoo on the roots and soak up some of the oil.
4. Use heat on your hair sparingly.
When styling, use a heat-protecting hair product on damp hair. When using a blow dryer, adjust to low setting or cool. Be sure your hair is completely dry before using a curling iron or hair straightener, or you will really damage the hair. Spray styled hair with a quality, heat-protecting spray.
5. Support good hair health with nutrition.
Vitamin supplements can help if you are nutritionally deficient in one area. Vitamin C is important. Our body uses vitamin C to make the protein called collagen that supports blood vessels. Women should keep their blood vessels in their scalp healthy to support hair follicles. Sources of vitamin C are fruits and vegetables like oranges, grapefruits, kiwi fruit, lemons, guavas, mandarins and red and green peppers.
The collagen protein made by Vitamin C strengthens your hair follicles. For protein, eat foods from plant sources such as dates, greens, lentils, spinach, soy, and beans. Fish, lean chicken and beef, turkey, Greek yogurt, low-fat cheeses, and egg whites also contain protein.
Biotin, or the renowned hair growth vitamin, is a B vitamin. Biotin works with amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins like collagen. For hair growth, try to eat eggs, salmon, yeast, cauliflower, raspberries, bananas, carrots, walnuts, almonds, and sardines.
Use conditioner for strong, healthy hair in between coloring appointments. Make maintenance easy with quick, regular trims from your stylist to control damaged split ends.
Right before your appointment for your next color with your stylist, prepare by using a clarifying shampoo to deeply clean and remove styling products. Healthy hair maintenance between visits will be simple, and you’ll look great with our 5 smart beauty routine secrets.