You’ve invested time and money to get the perfect color for your hair so it’s only natural you want to make the most of that investment. How can you make sure your color looks best for the maximum amount of time?
Start by seeking out a stylist who uses the very best professional color. CHI Infra colors, for example, have the ability to penetrate more deeply into the hair strand than many other brands, which means your hues last longer. At the same time, these ammonia-free formulas contain loads of silky conditioning ingredients to help eliminate damage and produce beautiful-looking, healthier hair.
Once your stylist is finished, it’s your turn to treat your color to plenty of TLC at home. Here are four essential steps for color protection:
Wait 48 hours before shampooing – this allows the hair’s cuticle to seal thoroughly, “trapping” the color molecules, which prevents premature fading. After 48 hours, shampoo daily with a gentle formula designed for color-treated hair. Work the shampoo into your scalp and rinse immediately with lukewarm, not hot, water – hot water causes color to fade faster.
Follow each shampoo with a rich conditioner, also designed for color-treated strands. Apply the majority of the conditioner to your ends, then work what’s left on your hands through the rest of your hair, avoiding the roots. Rinse thoroughly after three minutes with warm, not hot, water. Then, step away from the water – don’t let it continue to saturate your conditioned hair.
Once a week, after shampooing, apply a deep-conditioning mask to damp, not dripping, hair. If your hair is fine or very oily, concentrate the formula from mid-shaft to ends only, otherwise apply from roots to ends. Cover moisturized strands with a plastic cap and rinse after 10 minutes. For extra moisturizing, leave on overnight and rinse in the morning.
Before styling, protect strands with a heat-shielding spray. Look for a formula that also contains UV protectants, especially if you’re frequently outdoors. Use a wide-tooth comb to distribute the formula evenly from scalp to ends on damp, towel-dried hair.
Looking for great products to maintain your colored hair? Check out the Color Therapy line from BioSilk!