As we move from summer to fall and fall to winter, we tend to feel like it’s time for a change – and what better way to turnaround your look than adding some highlights or going for a whole new hair color?
Before we begin, lets say this: Leave it to a professional. If you’re going to invest in a new look that will take a toll on your hair, it’s best to choose the salon over the drugstore. With beauty comes a price… Follow these tips to make sure you’re taking care of your new do properly.
1. Pre-treat your hair. If you know you’re going to color it soon, make sure you’re incorporating hair masks, oils and protein treatments into your regimen to get your hair nice and healthy before you make a permanent change.
2. Avoid exposing your hair to direct and excessive sunlight. It can dry and damage your hair – which is already weakened by color. If you can’t avoid it, look out for hair products with UV filters.
3. Wash your hair at the right temperature. We suggest beginning with hot or warm water to open the hair cuticles, and finishing up with cold water to give it some shine.
4. Minimize your heat exposure. Use protection on your hair before blow drying, straightening or curling your hair – using a thermal protector or leave-in treatment will do the trick.
5. Use the right products. Using a shampoo and conditioner tailored for colored hair is absolutely essential if you want your color to last as long as possible, and you should try to deep condition once a week as well. Look for products with low sulfates (they cleanse your hair of dirt) and high moisturizing elements, and try not to wash your hair more than 2-3 times a week.
Lastly, if you want to refresh your look, try not to do it too often. If you’re on a budget, 5-8 weeks is good amount of time between your visits to the salon – it really depends how far you strayed from your natural color.
P.S. Be sure to ask your stylist to use a toning gloss on your hair, so that the color lasts longer and remains sealed in!