Top Five Tips for Maintaining Color-Treated Hair
[ like a pro! ]
This week we have our beautiful friend and our very own personal colorist,
Marinna from Salon Kroma joining us.
As you may know from our previous professional hair post
– or from just reading our blog –
we like to consider ourselves a semi-pro at everything in life.
Our little OCD-ish trait is the reason why we will never stop wanting to learn
and the reason we love sharing all of our new found tips and tricks with you.
Also, Stephanie at Salon Kroma was kind enough to throw in a sweet discount so make sure to check that out at the end of this post!
Okay, Let’s get professional:
Tip #1: Make sure you leave it to the professionals!
Please leave it to the pros! The amount of time and money it will take to correct any self-experimental ‘box’ treatments is not worth it! The process to undo any bad color jobs could take multiple appointments which in the end will cost you a lot of money. If you are considering dying your hair whether it is your first time or your seventeenth, go in for a consultation first. If money is an issue see if the salon is willing to work with you to stay within your budget. If they are, then maybe highlights will cost too much but a single color works for you. You never know so make sure you go and talk to the professionals before attempting to handle it on your own.
Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to show and tell
It is okay to do some research and know what you want! It actually makes it so much easier for the hairdresser or colorist if you have a solid idea or two. They may have some suggestions but at the end of the day, only you can know what you really want. A great place to find ideas for new hair colors and styles is Pinterest. Marinna says that even if you bring in several photos that it is better than nothing. The photos give stylists something to build off of so again don’t be shy when it comes to showing and telling them what you really want.
Tip #3: High-quality products are your friends
Yes, they tend to cost a little more but I promise the price tag is worth the splurge. Using products that are sulfate-free and color safe are key in maintaining color-treated locks. I personally have seen a tremendous difference in using shampoos and conditioners like Pantene [which was my forever favorite] vs using higher quality products like Redken. When I first started to dye my hair red, I went straight for the recommended Redken products and it made a world of difference. I didn’t want to throw my money away that I just spent on coloring my hair and so I splurged. When I ran out of my Redken conditioner [at one point] I started to use my old regular, Pantene, after two or three washes my hair turned bronzey-orange! So make sure you get the right products for your hair color. Stores like Ulta have great deals on high-quality hair products.
Tip #4: Don’t overdo it
Less is more you know what I’m saying? I was shocked to learn from Marinna that minimum heat on colored hair makes a huge difference. I don’t curl my hair as much as I used to but I didn’t realize that the heat really hurts the color treatment. Also, don’t overwash your hair. You shouldn’t wash your hair daily anyway – color treated or not – if you don’t have to. They also have so many products out there now to help combat hair that is looking a bit expired. My personal favorite is the Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam or the Kenra dry shampoo. Also, to help with heat protection, my favorite product is the Kenra Thermal Styling Spray.
Tip #5: Make sure to get your hair cut and colored regularly
Letting your hair go for months without treatment will just leave it looking ragged. If you do anything, make sure you go in for regular hair cuts. Your hair deserves some pampering and so do you. Also, once/if you get your hair colored, make sure to ask your stylist how often you have to come in for treatments. Everyone is different so some people may go every four weeks to get their hair colored and some may go every six weeks. If you can’t keep up with the cost of coloring, get a cut and well at least your hair will still look healthy and styled.
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