How to Wash and Condition Color-Treated Hair?
We know what you’re thinking: Is there really that much of a difference between washing non-colored hair and color-treated hair? We’re here to tell you like it is: there’s a big difference.
When you don’t have colored hair, there’s much less to worry about. For the most part, it’s wash, rinse, condition, rinse, and go. With color-treated hair, it’s a bit more involved. Here are five critical things you should always do when it comes to washing and conditioning your color-treated hair:
1.TRY ANY OF OUR OUR HYDRATE SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONERS. THEY WORKS FOR ALL HAIR TYPES.
First things first. If your hair is colored, you have to get a shampoo and conditioner that is safe for color-treated hair. There are lots of cleansers out there that claim to be color safe, but the best way to know is by looking at the ingredients and finding out if the product in question contains sulfate. Shameless plug: all of our shampoos and conditioners care for your color. Beyond being color-conscious, also be sure that your “S&C” fits your hair needs. Is you hair on the flatter side? Get a shampoo that is volumizing. Struggle with dryness? Get something that is moisturizing. And don’t be afraid to mix and match them! With solid, color-safe products, you don’t need to compromise your hair color for your hair type.
2. ONLY WASH WHEN YOUR HAIR IS ACTUALLY DIRTY.
We’ve all been there. It’s not technically time to wash, but you’re in the shower and your shampoo bottle is squeaking “Use me!” in a tiny voice. (No? Just us?) We advise you resist the urge to wash your hair until it’s absolutely time to do it, because over-washing can lead to color fade and unhealthy hair. The best way to know if it’s truly time to cleanse the grime is by looking at your scalp. As natural oil builds up, your hair can look matted down, greasy, or shiny-but-not-in-a-good-way shiny. Finer hair types will experience this 2-4 days after shampooing, whereas thicker hair types will see oil build-up between 5-10 days, or even longer. Try delaying your wash frequency. It takes some experimentation, but the longer you can delay using shampoo, the longer your color will ultimately last and the healthier your hair will be.
3. WHEN SHAMPOOING, MASSAGE, MASSAGE, MASSAGE.
We’d say it more times but, we think you get the point. Massaging your scalp with your finger pads (not nails) helps break away oil and remove product build-up—an underestimated culprit for causing color fade. Massaging with shampoo helps to spread the stuff around, so you can get away with only using a little bit. Don’t worry if while you’re massaging with your color-safe shampoo, you’re not getting big bubbles—you’re still getting an equally effective cleanse.
4. RINSE AND CONDITION, DON’T RINSE AND REPEAT.
A lot of folks believe the term “rinse and repeat” was a marketing tool that got you to buy shampoo twice as often as you really need to. (Tricksters.) We believe if used correctly, most shampoos should be effective enough to get the job done on the first try. So after shampooing, rinse with lukewarm-to-cool water and jump straight to your conditioner. Why not hot water? Hot water tends to cause fast color fade since heat opens up the hair’s cuticle. Simply turn the temp down a few notches when rinsing, so you won’t have to shiver through the whole shower.
When conditioning color-treated hair, try and keep your conditioner off your roots and focus applying it on your ends (the opposite of where we advise you massage your shampoo.) Because of our amazing ingredients, we want you to focus on getting our conditioner from scalp to ends. Leave it on for 2-10 minutes, or 20 if you’re in need of extra hydration. And just like your shampoo, rinse with lukewarm-to-cool water.
Four simple rules, your hair color will go the distance.