Vibrant, vivid hair colors are some of my favorite things to create. They're fun and allow me to let all of my creativity out. They are also pretty pricey, and if not taken care of properly can fade faster than me after 8pm- moms got jokes too- and ain't nobody trying to spend all that money just to watch it literally wash down the drain.
Luckily, I've got tips and tricks to help keep your color (vivid or not) bright, your hair healthy, and your investment safe.
Let's start with what to do after your appointment,
DON'T: Wash your hair right after your color service.
DO: Wait at least 72 hours to wash your hair after having it colored.
I'm going to be completely honest with you, I originally did not know this. I thought you just had to wait 24- 48 hours after a color service to wash your hair. When I went to double check myself I found out that, nope, it's actually 72 hours. Three days. It takes 3 days after a color service for the cuticle to close completely and lock in color. So, wait 3 days after a color service to wash your hair.
If you need something to tide you over until wash day...
DO: Use dry shampoo between washes. It should be your new best friend.
DON'T: Over wash your hair.
Not washing all the time can be a bit of a struggle if you're not use to it. Dry shampoo is a game changer. Just spray some on your regrowth, comb through, and there you are. Fresh hair with little to no effort. You see, washing your hair everyday is really a no-no, color treated or not. The best thing for your hair, and maintaining your hair's natural oils, is to wash at least every other day, although I would suggest going 2-3, possibly 4 days between washes. Over washing your hair also fades your color. Especially when you have vivid colors which are typically stains, and wash out a little with every shampoo.
When wash day finally does arrive...
DON'T: Use any shampoo that you purchase from a drugstore or Amazon.
DO: Wash hair with sulfate free shampoos and conditioners purchased from a salon.
Purchasing your product from a drugstore or Amazon is iffy at best. There is no way to tell if what you're purchasing is the real deal. I work with someone whose client decided to buy her R+Co from Amazon and when she got it it smelled like smoke. Gross. And guess, what? There isn't anything you can do about it. Products purchased this way are not guaranteed. However, purchasing your shampoos and other products from your stylist IS guaranteed. I literally don't know one stylist who doesn't guarantee the products they sell.
Plus, buy local, ya know?
Once you've finally got your sulfate free shampoo and conditioner make sure you...
DO: Use cold / cool water when rinsing your hair.
DON'T: Use HOT water when shampooing and rinsing your hair.
Hot water opens up the cuticle allowing the color molecules to just slip right out. Plus, it makes your hair a dry, frizzy mess. Using cool water lays the cuticle down and locks in your color longer. It also leaves your hair smoother and shinier adding to the overall health of your hair.
When the time comes to dry and style your hair:
DON'T: Turn your hot tools on full blast, and don't use products purchased form a drugstore or Amazon.
DO: Turn your heat tool down and use professional products purchased from your stylist that are color safe, and offer protection against heat and UV rays.
Hot tools that are too hot can cause damage, or worse breakage, and can cause your color to fade. Using styling products with heat and UV protection help prevent damage and keep your color safe. When it comes to the products you use to style your hair quality is the name of the game.
I prefer R+Co because they are paraben and sulphate free, GF, vegan, protect against heat and UV rays, and they're cruelty free. Plus, they smell amazing and the packaging is the coolest. Oh, and THEY WORK.
Clean sustainable hair care products that actual perform? Sign me up.
Obviously, there are many different product lines out there, R +CO is what I prefer and what I recommend to my guests*. What your stylist suggests to you is at their discretion. As long as it protects against heat and leaves your hair feeling healthy, and your color still in tact that's all that matters.
And, BUY FROM YOUR STYLIST. If you trust them enough to let them color and cut your hair trust that they are recommending what's best for YOU. Just remember, anyone can give advice online about hair and how to take care of it but who does your hair actually knows YOU and your hair history. Trust them, and if you don't I would suggest finding a new hairdresser.
That's it. My top tips and tricks for preserving your color (vivd or not) at home.
Do you do some of these things already? All of these? Learn something new? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!
*All R+Co products can be purchsed through me at The Loft in Skyline.