Wish your hair color could stay as brilliant as Day 1? Try these hair color tips from the Color Experts.
1 / Get down and dirty
Wash your hair a day or two before you color, but not the day of. That way your hair’s natural oils create a buffer to protect your scalp. Then wait 24 to 48 hours to wash after you color.
2 / Powder before bedtime
Okay, so now that you’re skipping washes, you’ll want to invest in a dry shampoo (or baby powder!). Divide hair into sections, and dust a bit of powder onto a boar bristle brush. Brush the powder through the hair instead of applying it directly onto the scalp. Really brush it through and then hit the sack! The next morning, the powder will have soaked up the excess oil and will look more natural than freshly-powdered hair.For a quick fix use Pantene Dry Shampoo.
3 / Giddy up
You’ve heard the tip about washing your hair only once a week, right? Well, for some women this is nearly impossible. Try this instead.
Day 1: Wear your hair in a ponytail to keep it clean and skip serums and styling products (only at the ends if needed).
Day 2: Touch up your roots with baby powder and try a new updo.
Day 3: Oddly enough, you’ll notice that your hair has a new pep-in-its-step. Apply baby powder and style. If your hair is thick, you may even be able to wear it down!
We recommend only going three days max without washing to maintain a healthy scalp and remove build-up.
4 / Don’t let the sun be a beach on your color
UV rays aren’t just harmful to skin. They can deplete color-treated hair of its brilliance if strands are left unprotected. Keep hair protected with a head-scarf, floppy hat or sit under
a palm tree (a girl can dream!).
5 / Rinse first
Before you go swimming, rinse your hair with fresh water. Once your hair is filled, the cuticle can’t absorb any more water. For extra luxe, treat your ends with Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair Split End Fuser and let it work its magic while you play in the sun.
6 / Be real
The more dramatic your color, the more your roots will show. Picking a shade that’s no more than 2 shades lighter than your natural color will give you a little more wiggle room between touch-ups. As an alternative, pick a demi-permanent shade that gradually fades over time. Try this: Natural Instincts.
7 / GET TO THE Root OF IT
After 4 weeks, your roots will start making a comeback. As a quick fix, try Root Touch-Up. It only takes 10 minutes! Plus, it’s available in 21 shades specially designed to match even salon color. Pretty brilliant if we do say so ourselves!
8 / Back away from the flat iron
…And the curling iron and blow-dryer, too. Your hair can’t take the heat and neither can your color. Bonus: Working with the natural curve of your hair actually makes styling easier and cuts back on frizz. Ever try flat ironing your hair on a humid day? After a few hours hair is in a tizzy. If you must, use the blow dryer on the coolest setting and aim the nozzle down the hair shaft. This creates the illusion of richer color because the smooth surface reflects light!
9 / Get into a routine
After a few weeks, color starts loosing its radiance. To quickly restore that just-stepped-out-of-the-salon look, use a color gloss twice a month.
Natural Instincts is gentle enough to work as a color gloss, too!
10 / Chop! Chop!
When ends start looking a little rough around the edges, your color can appear lighter at the ends. Snip off any excess baggage to give your color an instant boost of shine from root to tip.