Caring for Color-Treated Hair
You’ve just stepped out of the salon, and you’re loving your new color! Nothing beats the feeling of freshly colored and styled hair, and you want to make that feeling last as long as possible. Color-treated hair requires special care, but it’s easy to keep that look for a long time if you follow just a few simple tips.
Wait before shampooing. After your hair is professionally colored, it can take up to three days for the outer layer, the cuticle, to seal in that color. That’s why it’s important not to wash color-treated hair for several days after coloring. Ask your stylist how long you should wait. Most professionals recommend waiting a full 72 hours before your next shampoo.
Shampoo less often. When you do resume shampooing, avoid doing so every day. Most stylists recommend washing only two or three times per week, and never more often than every other day if possible. This keeps your color from washing out and makes it look salon fresh for much longer. You can use a color-safe dry shampoo in between washings if needed.
Use the right products. When you do shampoo, use only sulfate-free products that have been recommended by your stylist. It’s important to use shampoos, conditioners, and styling products that are specifically formulated for your hair type and your color treatment.
Condition. Always condition your hair, even on the days you skip shampooing. Use a color-safe product and pay particular attention to the ends. Good, regular conditioning is crucial for all hair types, but especially important for color-treated hair. Ask your stylist if you need a professional deep conditioning, both before and after your coloring.
Avoid the heat. When showering, use lukewarm water rather than hot water to wash or rinse your hair. Avoid hot styling tools when possible and use a color-safe heat protectant before styling.
Ready for a new color? Make an appointment today at The Full Spectrum Hair Salon. Our well-trained, professional colorists are committed to helping you look and feel your best every day! You can find us at 305 E Farm to Market Rd 544, #911 in Murphy, or give us a call at 972.509.1565. To instantly schedule your own appointment, download our free mobile app on iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon.