San Diego Top Hair Colorist Tips

 

brunette hair salon modelTIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR HAIR COLOR



Whether you have all over hair color or perhaps just a few highlights, you want your hair to keep its vibrant new hair color and healthy shine long after you leave the salon.  Even the very best hair color will eventually fade, but there are steps that you can take to protect your hair color and increase its longevity.  Here are 7 helpful tips that we recommend at Atelier Hair Salon in San Diego for protecting and preserving your hair color.

1.    Limit the Use of Styling Products
Using an arsenal of styling products can weigh your hair down, creating the need for more frequent shampoos.  And as a consequence, more frequent shampooing means that your hair color will fade more quickly.  Finishing products like hair sprays, spritzes, mousses, and gels can also contain high amounts of alcohol.  The alcohol helps your hair dry faster, but has the negative effect of causing hair color to fade more quickly.   Limiting the use of styling products can help your hair color last longer and stay more vibrant.


2.     Avoid Using  Chlorinated or Hard Water

Shampooing your hair in hard water or chlorinated water can cause your hair color to fade. If your water is hard, or if you are a regular swimmer, you can use a chelating shampoo for regular color maintenance. Installing a good water filter on your shower head may also help to prolong your hair color. If you swim, thoroughly saturating your hair in regular water or a good conditioner prior to hitting the pool to keep chlorine molecules from being absorbed.  Then after swimming, shampoo and deep condition your hair as soon as possible.

3.     Use Cool Water to Rinse

Avoid washing and rinsing your hair in hot water. Hot water is drying to the hair whether it has been colored or otherwise.  Hot water causes the hair cuticle to open, allowing color molecules to escape, while cold water helps close and seal the cuticles. Always shampoo and condition your color-treated hair in cool water when possible. After conditioning your hair, use the coldest water possible for a final rinse.  This final rinse will seal the cuticle and give shine to your hair.


4.     Avoid Heat Damage and Overstyling

One of the best tips for preserving your hair color is to avoid over-drying your hair with blow dryers and/or flat irons. These styling tools can damage the cuticle and can cause your hair color to become dull over time. The regular heat styling of colored hair reduces moisture levels and can lead to color damage and hair breakage.  When you visit our San Diego hair salon, we can recommend the best type of blow dryer to use for color treated hair.

 

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