A lot of people buy over the counter hair coloring kits every year, millions in fact and they are causing lots of damage. If you are thinking about changing your hair color, just need to cover some of the grays or you just want a change you came to the right place for advice.
Whether it is to brighten, lighten or darken. Some of us just get bored or want the latest trend. Men and women are always going to color their hair. Its not a bad thing, sometimes we just need to do something exciting. We all have our reasons. There are as many reasons as there are hair colors. When deciding on a change always consult a professional hair stylist that is knowledgeable about color. You don’t want to spend good money on hair color that fades right out. So someone that is knowledgeable in color and hair color products is key.
It is very important to use a good quality professional shampoo. I prefer a color shampoo that does not have sulfates. Sulfates tend to wash out the color more quickly. Also you need to maintain the shine and moisture in your hair. A good moisturizing conditioner used once or twice a week is recommended for maintaining a healthy shiny hair color. On the day of your color I recommend not shampooing your hair as you can scratch your scalp and the color can irritate or burn the scalp. The natural oils are good for the color and scalp. Also leave out products such as pastes and pomades as they will coat the hair and you can get uneven results.
After your color you should wait a least 24 to 48 hours before shampooing to let the color absorb. This way you will have a more consistent and longer lasting hair color. Some people insist on washing their hair on a daily basis. If you only wash your hair every other day those brunettes and red heads will be much more vibrant and last so much longer. It is not as important for blonde’s unless you are adding color to the ends. Then it will make a difference. Also using a leave in conditioner will help your color stay in longer.
For people that swim besides wearing a swim cap. I suggest that you wet your hair before you go into the water. The theory is, when it’s wet it cannot absorb more. Same theory as the wet sponge cannot absorb more water.
Sun is another enemy for color treated hair. When you can you should wear a hat or a bandanna. You can also look into hair products now available with UV protection. You can also try and part your hair in different places so it doesn’t fade in just one section.
It is very important for you to consult a professional Hair Stylist before coloring your hair. Simple tips like the ones listed in this article can save you lots of heartache later. You will feel so much better about yourself when you color looks great and it will show to others.