Tips for Color-Treated Hair

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Choose the best shampoo

All shampoos are not created equal! Boy oh boy, are there some harsh shampoos out there. A harsh shampoo can strip the color right of your hair before your rinse the suds from your eyes. Look for shampoos and conditioners that are gentle, color-safe and sulfate free. Sulfates will make your shampoo lather but they can also strip the color from your hair. They just aren’t worth it. So read your labels carefully and look for gentle, color safe and sulfate free. Ask Arleta about that.

​Protect your hair from heat

Using so many different heating devices on your hair I’m surprised you haven’t caught fire. Between the blow dryer, the flat iron, the curling iron and hot rollers, your hair doesn’t have a chance. But here’s the thing, we have a protective cuticle layer that surrounds each one of our individual strands of hair. When we color our hair that protective layer gets stripped away so the dye has the ability to penetrate into the hair and deposit color. Because this protective cuticle is stripped away during the color process, our hair is much more vulnerable to drying out when we use heating devices. Dry hair can look very flat and it’s important to keep our tresses hydrated at all times. Because not using these hair styling devices is not an option for me personally, I do use a heat protective spray on my hair prior to blow drying and styling. There are all kinds of protective sprays on the market and they work great. I find it best to spray my hair in sections when styling. They not only keep your hair protected, they impart a nice shine as well.