Breaking news—you’re probably shampooing your hair wrong. You might think that’s crazy. You’ve been shampooing and conditioning your hair since before you can remember—how could you be doing it wrong?!
Well, many hair care professionals agree that most people wash their hair badly. And this can really affect the health of your hair, especially if you have color-treated hair. Read on to find out how to fix your mistakes and get healthy, beautiful, long-lasting color.
Step 1: Rinse
Getting your hair wet when you step into the shower seems like a no-brainer. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it!
The Colder, The Better
When you get your hair wet before shampoo, it’s especially important to use luke-warm or cold water. This simple step will help your hair color last much, much longer.
This is because warm or hot water opens up the hair cuticle. This might seem good, especially if you’re trying to get all the dirt and oil out. But it also allows your hair color to escape! And if you have multiple colors in your hair, like a pastel dip dye, then cold water reduces the chance that the colors will bleed into each other.
So whenever you are washing or conditioning your hair, make sure to use cool water.
Step 2: Shampoo
Choose The Right One
Shampooing right starts with the right shampoo. The most important thing, especially when working with color treated hair, is to use a sulfate-free shampoo.
Sulfates and alcohol strip the hair of moisture, which is one of the main causes of faded color. Unhealthy, dry hair doesn’t retain color well.
So make sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo when you wash. Luckily, they’re becoming more and more popular and are easier to find than ever. Your favorite brand probably makes one! Be sure to check out the professional products The Hair Studio has after your appointment to see what your stylist recommends.
You might think that the more vigorously you scrub your hair, the better you can get out all the dirt and grime. But hair, especially wet hair, is delicate! It’s important to be gentle when washing your scalp. Don’t use your nails to scrape your hair or scalp. Instead, use the tips of your fingers to gentle massage in the shampoo. This will prevent breakage.
Shampoo The Scalp
When you shampoo, you probably wash from your roots to the ends, but this is a big no-no, especially if you have dip-dyed hair. You should only shampoo the roots of your hair to around the nape of your neck. This is where all the oil is produced, so it’s the only place that really needs it. The ends of your hair are dryer and weaker, so any extra damage from shampoo will only hurt them more. And if you have dip-dyed hair, you won’t get as much shampoo on the dyed part, meaning your color will last longer!
Step 3: Condition
After you rinse out all the shampoo, it’s time to condition. This is when your hair gets the moisture and vitamins that it needs, so it’s a super important step.
Squeeze It Out
After you rinse the shampoo out of your hair, make sure to squeeze any excess water out as well before you put conditioner in. Extra water will dilute the conditioner’s power, giving you less of a result. Conditioned hair is healthy hair, and healthy hair looks better colored!
Give It Some Time
You have to be patient with your conditioner. You need to let it sit in your hair for as long as possible to get the best results.
Apply the conditioner from your ears down, focusing on the tips, which are the most damaged, fragile parts of your hair. Then, clip your hair up and go about the rest of your shower. After about 5 to 10 minutes, you can rinse it out, and you’ll have healthy, soft hair!
Use The Right One!!
Like shampoos, it’s important to use the best conditioner for color-treated hair. Most brands have conditioners that are specially formulated for this, but be sure to keep an eye out for things like “moisturizing” and “fade-resistant”.
Ingredients like Argan oil or Monoi oil are also great to conditioner dryer, damaged colored hair. Again, ask your Hair Studio stylist what they recommend for your particular needs.
Step 4: Final Rinse
Finish just like you started, with a cold rinse. This will seal the cuticles and make your hair nice and shiny!
When you dye or bleach your hair, it becomes especially important to do everything you can to keep it healthy. Healthy, colored hair looks shinier, bouncier, and stays dyed for longer, allowing you to go longer between coloring appointments. This all starts with your shower. So follow these simple tips to help your hair color looking fresher, longer!