So you’ve taken the plunge and decided on a new color, new cut, new something. You look awesome! You love it! You can’t stop looking at yourself in the mirror and taking selfies!
Anyway, it’s usually sometime in the next day or two that you might realize that you’ll need to take care of your hair differently, and possibly with new products. If you are slowly working your way to a completely new color you might need to do some at home prep work for your next visit. Here’re some tips for at-home care.
- Condition. Condition. Condition. And when I say that I mean a good deep conditioner. Something you can leave on for ten to twenty minutes and let soak in. When your hair is lightened, colored, permed, etc… your hair can become damaged as it loses moisture and protein. Heat, sunlight, and chlorine also damage your hair. The porosity of your hair matters (like really, really matters) when you are getting color or texture services. Using a deep conditioner once a week will help make sure that you maintain healthy hair.
- Make sure you are using the right shampoo and conditioner. I know this sounds stupid, but it really isn’t. Ask your stylist if they would recommend a thickening shampoo or a moisturizing shampoo. If you are curly should you be trying to find a good leave-in conditioner? If you swim regularly should you be using a clarifying shampoo and deep conditioner once a week? I am an everyday hair washer and alternate between several different types of shampoo and conditioner. I sometimes have my clients mix and match shampoos and conditioners, maybe a moisturizing shampoo paired with a strengthening conditioner.
- If you are a blonde try using a toning shampoo once a week to keep the brassiness away. Lighter blondes should try using a purple shampoo once a week to keep the yellow out of their hair. If you tend to run more orangey try using a blue based toning shampoo. It will help.
- Permanent color IS permanent. Meaning it doesn’t wash away gradually like a demi or semi-permanent color, but it will fade or lose its luster over time. There are reasons why this is that I won’t get into in this post, but there is a difference in types of hair colors. Finding a color safe shampoo and conditioner is key in keeping your new color vibrant and sexy.
- Use a heat protectant when using a curling or flat-iron. Heat does damage to the hair, using a spray on heat protectant will help guard the hair if you tend to pick up your flat or curling iron often.
- Before you leave the salon ask what products to use. Ask HOW to use those products. Ask how much. Ask how often. There are products for lift and volume. There are products for frizz control that will make your hair sleek and shiny (or maybe oily if you aren’t using it correctly). There are about a thousand different finishing and working sprays that are used for different things and in different ways. Off the top of my head, I can think of like twenty different texturizing sprays, creams, and clays. It can get confusing. The best way to find out exactly what you need, why you need it and how often you should use it is to ask. If your stylist doesn’t start the conversation, make sure you do.
I can’t think of any more right this minute so please ask me anything you think I’ve missed!