Experts Tell You How To Extend The Life Of Your Strands - Hair Care Tips
Hair color Experts Tell You How To
Extend The Life Of Your Strands.
1. Wait 24-48 Hours After Your Last
Shampoo BEFORE Adding Color
Hair color experts like Rita, Robert
and Barbara often will explain that when you allow your hair and scalp
to "age" slightly before applying color, the natural oils produced by
the scalp will help color adhere better and penetrate more deeply to the
In addition, waiting 24 to 48 hours
after your last shampoo, before you apply color protects your scalp from
becoming irritated. The longer you wait, the better shot you have of
extending the life of your gorgeous new shade.
2. Wait 24-48 hours AFTER the color
is applied to wash your hair.
While it is prudent to apply color to
hair that has “aged” 24-48 hours, it has been noted that waiting up to
48 hours AFTER a color service is beneficial.
Rita Hazan suggests “delaying your
shampoo as long as possible after color is applied to give your tresses
time to completely absorb the color”. The longer you procrastinate a
trip to the shampoo bowl, the less chance you have of inadvertently
rinsing away that expensive highlighting or color job.
3. Shampoo Only When Really Necessary
Barbara Lhotan pointed out “each time
colored hair is shampooed, the hair color fades slightly. Just applying
shampoo to recently color treated hair can impact the overall hue”.
Barbara suggests cleansing your hair on a regular basis, but only as
often as really necessary.
Robert Hallowell explained, “many
shampoos contain sulfates that can strip and fade color into total
oblivion. To add to the problem, typical conditioners and related
styling products will do virtually nothing to block the rays of the sun
that cause slow but steady color oxidation”.
4. Avoid Hot Oil Treatments That May
Hot oil treatments that have highly
acidic ingredients like extra virgin olive oil may also strip hair new
shades. If you are addicted to hot oil treatments, make sure that your
treatment of choice is specifically safe for colored hair.
5. Avoid Additional Chemical
Hair treatments such as perms, relaxers
or straighteners may damage the hair hue. In some cases the use of
chemical texturizers may cause color treated tresses to become brittle,
spongy or break off.
Perms may also affect hair color, and
re-coloring the hair after a perm, if appropriate may be necessary.
6. Have A Clear Color Glaze Or Gloss
Many hair colorists may offer to apply
a clear color gloss or foil over newly colored hair to extend the life
of the treatment. These glosses not only help to seal the newly colored
hair's cuticle, but also help stretch its life.
Glosses can be semi-permanent when
applied with heat or temporary without heat. They are considered a very
healthy way to extend hair color, tone down intense colors or help to
modify color on hair that is porous.
Vegetable glazes are semi-permanent
glazes that provide a slight change of color that lasts from two to six
weeks. They give hair shine and body and are usually activated by heat;
i.e., 5 to 10 minutes under a dryer produces a temporary color
reflection, 15 to 20 minutes offers semi-permanent color and 30 to 45
minutes makes color last six to eight weeks. Glazes or glosses are
generally safe to use after relaxing and perm treatments.
7. Have Hair Cut Right Before Not
After Color Service
How many times did you get glorious
highlights applied only to watch them be snipped off at your next trim?
With some careful planning you can have a color service or apply color
at home right after a cut so that your beautiful new hues do not land on
the salon floor.
8. Keep Hair Hydrated And Moist
Up the amount of water or liquid you
drink, right after your last color treatment. This will help keep the
roots moisturized and prevent strands from drying out. A side advantage
is that your skin will also benefit from the added hydration.