Everybody needs a change every now and then. Change can be a wonderful thing, particularly when it comes to a switch of your hair color. After all, a simple switch of your shade can completely transform your appearance and make you feel fresh and new. That said, if you don't take care of your tresses after you leave the salon chair, your positive change can lead to great remorse.
Check out these truths and myths to help keep your new hair color happy on your tresses:
- Keep the Watery Enemy at Bay. You may be surprised to find out that over-washing can actually be one of the great enemies of good hair color. Constant washing puts stresses on the color that coats your tresses, making even permanent color wear off more quickly than it otherwise would. To avoid this war, arm yourself with dry shampoos. These skip-a-day ingredients absorb excess oil from your strands so your hair stays fresh without the facet. Back in the day, dry shampoos left an unpleasant white film that negated the process, but you can trust that they have since come a long way.
- Focus on Your Own Follicles. Today's marketplace is filled with branding buzzwords that are meant to make you pay attention. But just because they're able to grab your eye (and a few more bucks out of your wallet if you're not careful), it doesn't meant they're actually higher in quality. In fact, almost every shampoo and conditioner in your salon and on your grocery store shelves probably contains pretty similar (if not identical) ingredients. Rather than seeking out shampoos that boast of being sulfate-free, focus on ingredients that are specific to your hair type. If your hair is dry, coarse, thick, or damaged, aim for shampoos and conditioners that are loaded with fatty acids and oils and come as thick, cream-based products. Conversely, if your hair is thinning, fine, or oily, you'll want to wander to the opposite side of the shelf and avoid because thick creams will cause adverse effects on lighter hair.
Be mindful that "color-preserving," "color-safe," and "safe for color-treated hair" are those buzzwords we talked about in the beginning of this article. Almost any shampoo and conditioner on the market will be formulated to be perfectly safe for color-treated tresses.
- Sunscreen Your Strands. Sun can also upset your hair's hues. When hair is exposed to UV light, the dye molecules begin to oxidize and fade. This is the same process that turns blondes brassy. A hat is the best protection, especially if you will be spending long afternoons out under the hot sun.
SPF ratings on hair products are irrelevant, but you can try a true sunscreen; the amount of protection sunscreen offers your strands isn't exactly known, but the effort certainly can't hurt.
Before you let your new hair color go awry, take a seat with one of our expert stylists at Shaggin Salon, and let us help you make the perfect hair plan!