As a color enthusiast, it’s always good to learn how to care for colored hair. If you’re new to the wonderful world of styling, or, if you’re considering future applications, take a look at our comprehensive color care guide. With a little coordination, caring for your color can be fun, feasible and accessible.
How to Care for Colored Hair
Check the Red
Sure, red hair is fabulous. It’s also the most susceptible color to depigmentation. Red hair colors can fade quickly because red color molecules are large. Our color formula for red hair color avoids this issue because our color is made up of small micropigments that penetrates deeply and then oxidizes as it develops in your hair. Although ION reds do not have the issue of fading quickly, it is still imperative to use an after color treatment to lock in and maintain that brilliant red.
As always, no matter the color you choose, it is always important to start the entire hair coloring process with a pre-color treatment before applying hair color.
Wait Two Days Following Coloring
Once you’ve colored your hair, take a break. Shampoo ruins the setting process, and it can cost you big bucks in new supplies. Instead, rinse your hair color out until the water runs clear and leave it as is. In 48 hours, your hair will be set, and you can further your hair’s defense with color-protective shampoo. Trust us, it goes a long way. Applied like regular shampoo, color defense gently cleanses buildups without lifting important colors.
Reduce the Shower Temperature
Lukewarm water works. In fact, hot water is incredibly counterintuitive to color protection. Hot water leeches color from hair, and it strips your overall color. If you’re worried about hair strand color, prioritize the color molecules. Lukewarm—even cold—temperatures should be go-to resources when it’s time to shampoo. And when it’s time to condition, always rinse conditioner with cool, tepid water as well. A quick cold rinse at the end of the shower will help close the cuticle layer of the hair strand.
Condition a Lot
Conditioner helps. Where color-treated hair is considered, color-protecting conditioner works wonders. Conditioned hair also brings out shine. If your hair is thin, condition the tips. Protecting each strands ends heavily impacts color retention. If at all possible, target old, damaged ends first to prioritize areas susceptible to high color loss. Always begin conditioning at the ears. Slowly work your way down, keeping upper levels dry.
Sulfates strip color. While not an immediate issue with one-time use, shampoo sulfates, over time, can greatly restrict your hair’s color proportions. Salt, itself, reduces moisture. Dry hair is dull hair, and salty locks may reveal uncolored sections and ends. Always make sure that you use a sulfate-free shampoo to protect your color.
Stay Away from Chlorine
That’s right: The pool is now your enemy. Chlorine water won’t only tint blonde hair green. It also fades dark hair colors. Particularly when fermenting your new color scheme, try to avoid pool water. If you absolutely need to enter a pool, wet your hair with tap water. Then, rub in a little conditioner.
This process prevents chlorine water entry, protecting your color by holding it down tight. Protected hair shafts are considerably safe from chlorine molecules, so lock them down. Let the conditioner soak for about 20 minutes before hopping in. If you can, wrap the hair into a bun to further protect the locks.
When in Doubt, Reapply with a Semi or Demi Permanent
Sometimes, multiple treatments are needed. Don’t worry, it’s necessary for a lot of people. While brunettes have an easier time retaining color, others may find difficulty in holding rich colors. If your colors are fading right away, reapply with a semi or demi for a color refresh every week. Eventually, they’ll set, leaving you free to engage other protective measures.
Only Settle for High Quality Products
As your stylist discusses treatment options, let them know you prefer only high quality products. Don’t worry—they won’t take offense. High quality products are totally worth the price increase. Professional hair color, packed with conditioning properties, are highly recommended by stylists. Natural oils, moisture retention and other amenities exemplify quality products. Great professional applications hardly fade, they’ll offer many more days of enjoyment, and they can easily be found at your local Sally Beauty.
Hair color moisturizers are incredibly useful. They hold in the color, and they block out unwanted color-lifting molecules. Apply your moisturizer when possible, and protect your color with a simple application. Trust us: Moisturizer improves manageability, protecting each strand’s texture and color alike.