CARING FOR COLOR AT HOME
Color lasts longer in the hair when the hair is HEALTHY. Getting to your goal color should be taken with time, and care. Treat repair masks and creams like your best friend! If your hair is healthy and happy, your color will fade beautifully.
Rinse your hair with cool water. Hot water allows the cuticle of the hair to open, which will cause your color to fade faster. Cold water will also help prevent the color from bleeding, which is helpful if you have many colors in your hair.
Do not swim in chlorine when you have vivid color in your hair. It will fade color faster, and dry out your hair.
Avoid shampoos with sulfates. The products I carry in my salon are all safe to be used on colored hair.
DO NOT shampoo everyday! This tip is HUGE. This does not mean that you cannot shower everyday, it simply means that you shouldn't get it wet everyday, and avoid washing too frequently. It is actually healthier for your scalp if you only wash once a week. It may seem tough at the beginning, but with a little patience and some help from my personal favorite dry shampoo (EVO Water Killer), you can get through it. Trust me, it is worth it.
Take home a colored shampoo or conditioner that is customizable to your color upon request.
Avoid heat styling. Like hot water, hot tools can cause your color to fade, damage, and banding in your color if not used carefully.
- Avoid direct sun exposure. The sun plays a key factor in faded color. If you lay out for hours, or you enjoy hiking, wear a hat or a cute scarf to hide your hair. UVA/UVB protection sprays help, too, but should not be relied on.