Tips to prolong the life of your color and go longer between salon visits.
We’ll be the first to admit, hair color is an investment! That’s why it’s so important to upgrade your home-care routine. Incorporate these five easy steps into your hair care routine to prolong the life of your color and help you go longer between salon visits.
1. After your salon appointment, wait as long as you can before your first wash!
It takes about 72 hours for the hair cuticle to fully close, so it’s best to wait as long as possible before your first wash. If you have red, pink, or purple hair, these colors fade the fastest, so you should prolong shampooing as long as possible. To prolong your hair, add StyleLink Mineral Playback Dry Shampoo to your care routine. It will absorb oil and freshen your strands without stripping color.
2. Steer clear of sulfates
Not all shampoos are created equal, especially those formulated with sulfates. What exactly are sulfates? They are the ingredients that strip your hair of oils, dirt, and any other grime that builds up throughout the day. While this sounds great, sulfates will also strip the color from your hair, resulting in premature fading and discoloration. Instead, opt for a formula that not only protects your color but also restores moisture and shine. Try: Biolage Colorlast Shampoo to enhance shine while protecting your color!
3. “Tone” at home
While you should definitely leave the coloring to the professional, you’ll want to pick up a toning shampoo, like Total Results Color Obsessed So Silver Shampoo before leaving the salon. Using a silver shampoo at least once a week will prevent your color from turning brassy. The purple-hued formula cools down warm or orange tones.
4. Make sure your products are “color-safe”
Just like it’s important to use a shampoo that won’t strip your color, using a conditioner specifically designed for colored hair is crucial as well. Look for a formula that not only prevents fading but also works to boost, shine, and smooth the cuticle to keep your strands looking fresh. For best results, apply conditioner to your entire head, concentrating most of the product on your ends. Massage the conditioner into your strands and leave it on for three to five minutes before rinsing.
Our Picks: Total Results Color Obsessed Conditioner and Miracle Treat 12 Multi-Perfecting Spray
5. Beat the heat
Nothing compromises your hair faster than sky-high temperatures. Whether it’s the constant use of hot tools or the blazing sun, heat is definitely not good for your hair color. To cut down on the heat, Wash hair only once or twice a week and use dry shampoo to prolong your style. Aim to rinse your strands with cool water in the shower. If you can’t forgo washing your hair, simply get into the routine of air-drying it instead – you’ll be surprised how long your color will last! Try out an air dry cream like StyleLink Air Dry Twisted BOHO that will help your styling transition.