Ten Tips for Keeping Your Look Fresh Between Colors
If there’s one thing you can’t help but love, it’s the feeling you get with a great salon color. It just makes you feel so good! Those luscious locks just seem to fall into place, and the shade is always just perfect.
Now if only you could make it last!
We hear this a lot, and while we can’t make it last forever, we can provide you with some expert tips to help keep that luxurious look fresh between colors.
In fact, we’ve put together a list of our top ten professional tips for nourishing your hair between appointments, so you can feel great about your gorgeous look all the time! Also if your someone trying to decide if becoming a stylist is for you check out our post Careers in Cosmetology
Shampoo Less- Right After Coloring…
Most people are aware that washing less right after your color is so important-it’s recommended you wait at least two days to shampoo if possible to avoid leaching color.
…And Between Colors
But what many people don’t know is that it’s good to shampoo less overall. For example, if your usual shampoo schedule is three or four times per week, try cutting it back to around two or three.
This helps your scalp preserve its natural oils, which are important for keeping your hair nourished and healthy.
Try a Dry Shampoo
Not comfortable increasing your time between washes? Try a good dry shampoo to help keep that clean feeling!
Avoid Harsh Shampoos
Above all, avoid clarifying shampoos, which are often harsh enough to strip oils and leave hair feeling dry and brittle. Be sure to use only gentle cleaning products.
Commit to Conditioning in the Salon…
Talk to your stylist to ensure that you’re both on the same page as far as using the best conditioning color.
…And After the Color
Be sure to use a high-quality conditioner on your hair every time you shampoo and remember to talk to your hair care expert when choosing the best conditioner for your hair. Coloring your hair changes its chemical makeup, which means that color-protecting conditioners are the way to go. And remember, everyone’s hair is different and there are so many conditioning products out there, a little professional advice can go a long way.
Along with regular conditioning, deep conditioning is often important to maintain the integrity of the hair between colors- again, your stylist will know the best products for your hair type.
Apply Leave-In Treatments
After a color, your stylist may recommend using a leave-in conditioner to protect your hair from a variety of potentially fading factors, from heat damage caused by blow dryers, flat irons and even the sun.
Set Reasonable Expectations
Unfortunately, not all colors are created equal- for example, red tends to fade faster than other colors, and understanding this can ensure you’re not disappointed with your results over time.
Talk to your stylist before your color about what you can expect as far as fading between colors and whether he or she has any special advice for your particular shade.
And above all, it’s vital to stick to a regular color schedule, preferably the one recommended by your stylist. By visiting regularly for touchups, trims and conditions, you’ll keep both your hair and your color in tip-top shape, which means you’ll always look your amazing best.
Here at Summit Salon Academy of Portland, it’s important to us that you look and feel your best every day, and by applying these simple tips, you’re guaranteed to keep your look fresh for as long as possible!