If you’ve recently spent big bucks on a vibrant new hair color, the last thing you want is for it to fade. Whether you’re rocking bright blue hair or a beautiful balayage look, you can make your hair color last. It’s all about proper maintenance between salon visits. That’s why the Boise hair salon stylists at unDONE would like to provide you with the following tips to make your bright hair color last longer.
Start with Healthy Hair
While bleach is sometimes necessary to lighten your hair, it’s important to know that unhealthy, damaged hair won’t hold color well. This means that if you take your black hair to a vibrant pink, it may not hold because your hair isn’t in good shape. That’s why it’s important to be patient with your hair color journey if you’re going from a dark to lighter shade and nurture your hair in the process with repairing hair masks and salon-grade products.
Get a Professional Hair Color Service
A box of DIY hair color may seem tempting when it comes to saving money, but booking a professional service is the best way to go. Why? First of all, your stylist at unDONE has access to all the professional hair color products, which are formulated to be vibrant, gentle, and long-lasting. More importantly, they have the professional training necessary to create a customized color just for you. Last but not least, you’ll end up with the exact color you want. You simply never know how your color will turn out with a box of hair dye you purchase at the grocery store.
Shampoo the Right Way
When you get a vibrant, new hair color, it’s essential to stay away from any shampoos that contain sulfates as it will strip your hair of its natural moisture, thus fading your color in the process. Sulfate-free shampoos are formulated without any harsh ingredients, so they are perfect for cleansing bright, beautiful hues. Even better, some formulas like Davines MINU Shampoo are formulated to gently cleanse your hair while protecting its color and keeping it shiny longer.
Rinse with Cool Water
This is actually the number one tip to protecting bright hair color. Hot water opens the cuticle of your hair, allowing color to escape. While you don’t have to rinse with ice-cold water, the cooler the better. Cold water also prevents bleeding if you have more than one color in your hair. If you end up rinsing with hot water, your hair can turn into a different colored mess.
Use Dry Shampoo
Scared of your hair color going down the drain? Skip the daily wash and only lather every other day. On the days you don’t wash, use a dry shampoo to maintain fresh, clean hair. The best part? Dry shampoo helps to lock texture, making it perfect for styling twists and braids that showcase your beautiful hair color.
Use a Heat Protectant Spray
Can’t live without your favorite styling tools? At unDONE, we don’t judge. However, to protect your bright, beautiful hair color, it’s essential to use a heat protectant spray to prevent it from fading. We recommend Davines MELU Hair Shield that’s ideal for protecting all types of hair from stress caused by straightening or blow-drying.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Everyone knows the sun’s UV rays can be damaging to your skin. The same goes for your hair color too. UV rays can oxidize and break down the color pigment in your hair, causing it to fade faster. That’s why it’s important to avoid excessive sun exposure and wear a hat or scarf when you’re out and about.
Wear a Shower Cap
If you’re in between washes, wearing a shower cap when you bathe will prevent your hair from getting wet. This will not only prevent fading, but it allows you to turn up the temperature without your hair color going down the drain.
And there you have it! Our best tips and tricks for maintaining bright hair color while keeping it healthy and beautiful in the process. Contact our Boise hair salon stylists for more information by scheduling an appointment online or give unDONE a call at (208) 287-2010 today.