Getting your hair colored is a commitment which requires some at-home maintenance. Without the proper care and products, your color will fade more quickly or devolve into the dreaded brassy look. But with a couple simple steps, you can keep your color service fresh.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Start your maintenance with a salon-quality, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. (We love Sexy Hair Vibrant Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Color Lock Shampoo and Conditioner.) Treat your hair color as you would an expensive garment—remember that every time you wash your hair, you release some of the color vibrancy, so using an appropriate cleansing and conditioning treatment is like putting your washing machine on the delicate cycle. Sulfate-free shampoo will lightly cleanse your hair, add moisture, and enhance the color. Conditioning seals down the protective cuticle layer of the hair, locking in the moisture and shine. Ask your stylist which system is right for your hair, as blondes, brunettes, and redheads all need a specific regiment.
When styling color-treated hair, protect it from drying and damage by using a thermal-protectant spray, like Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray, before heat-styling your hair. You also want to look for styling products that offer UV protection, since over-exposure to the sun can make color fade quickly. Products like Kenra Shine Spray and Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Hairspray offer protection from the sun while adding some style to your hair.
Since every color treatment is unique, talk with your stylist about which shampoos, conditioners, and styling products will bring out the best in your hair and keep your color fresh.