Taking the plunge & trying out a funky color is something everybody should try at some point in their lives because it truly is so fun! When a client is seeking to get a punch of color in their hair one of the first questions they ask is always “How long do you think something like this will last?” As a stylist, this question opens the door to educate the client on proper upkeep. If you have been debating on receiving something as minimal as a pink peekaboo or a full head of sunset colors, the search is over!
Here is a list of ways to maintain your rainbow colors – it is encouraged that one follows ALL of these steps – no picking and choosing!
- Shampoo Less:
Most brands of VIVID color come in 3 forms: Temporary Stains, Semi Permanent, & Demi Permanent. These colors do not change your color from the inside out, but live in the cuticles outside of the hair shaft – so the more you wash it, the more color washes out. In this situation, Dry Shampoo is your friend. We recommend Death Valley from R&Co for great texture & volume between washes.
- Cold Water Cleansing:
Using cold water on freshly colored locks will help keep hair cuticles closed whereas warm water will open the cuticles and let all that expensive mermaid color swim out of your hair and down the drain. If you hate cold showers, you can wash your hair first in the sink and shower as usual.
- Invest in your Hair:
We always recommend Sulfate-Free shampoo & conditioners to our clients & especially those in need of color care! Some Fringe Favorites are the Strength Cure & Hydrate lines from Pureology as well as Gemstone from R&Co.
4. Use Protection:
Turn the heat DOWN! Try to keep your hair away from heat at all costs, but if you must use a tool, make sure to protect your hair! We recommend Redken Iron Shape for most hair types for protection and static control. As for the temperature on your irons, use this guide:
Fine, color-treated hair: no more than 250 deg
Medium, color-treated hair: no more than 325 deg
Coarse, color treated hair: no more than 400 deg
- Olaplex. Enough Said.
Olaplex #3 on its own can help repair hair and keep it sleek – ask your stylist to add some of your color to the mix for a color boost between salon visits.
- Careful of Chlorine! It is best to avoid contact with chlorine at all cost.
- Wear a Hat: Sunshine is not a friend of color.