Busy moms often don’t have the time to go to the hairstylist a few times a month to have their hair washed and styled. Forget time, let’s talk about the coins involved in those bi weekly visits to the salon that some of us can’t reasonably part with when there are piano, swimming, dance and a host of other lessons and clubs to pay for.
I recommend going once every few months to get the major services done such as coloring, relaxers etc. and properly maintain through a healthy home hair regimen to hold you over between visits. Speaking of major services I desperately need to get my wayward, and roguish grays covered up, I’ll be heading back to the Louis Quarterman salon here in Atlanta to get my color refreshed, and I’m promising myself to take better care of my hair between visits using these awesome hair tips provided by Louis Quarterman on maintaining vibrant hair color between salon visits.
Pick the proper products
Many shampoos and conditioners contain color-protecting ingredients tailored to your color and shade. Avoid any styling products that contain sulfate or alcohol listed in the top five ingredients. These ingredients tend to leave hair dry, brittle and dull causing the hair to prematurely fade and doesn’t retain color as long as healthy hair. Use Bumble and Bumble Color Minded Shampoo and Conditioner (these products are sulfate free, ultra-mild cleansers that protect color’s integrity and prolongs vibrancy and brilliance with our very own Color Preserving Complex, designed to prevent fading and eliminate color washout).
Using good quality hair color
Use hair color that is gel based and does not contain harsh chemicals. When choosing hair color look for products that have a reputation for achieving maximum results. For example we use recommend Wella color because you are able to achieve the look in one to two applications.
Chemicals in hair dyes tend to dry out your hair. Treating yourself to a hydration treatment once a week will keep your hair silky and smooth. In a hydration treatment, the steam and heat cause the hair shaft to expand, thereby allowing the conditioner to truly seep in and do what it is designed to do. The steam will drive the conditioner deep into the hair, leaving it smooth and shiny. A hydration treatment is also a great treatment for dandruff and itchy scalp. The steam will infuse moisture into the scalp and the heat kills any fungus or bacteria causing the itching. The steam, in conjunction with the conditioner, is able to seal the moisture in and protect the hair from damage. This produces hair that is moisturized and in return the hair is able to hold styles longer.
Turn down the heat
Limit your use of curling irons, styling irons and blowing dryers as it is extremely important to protect your hair. Before you start using any of these styling tools always coat the hair in heat protectant product. By using this approach the hair is able to guard itself from heat damage. Though we suggest limiting the use of heat, if you must use heat for your desired style simply turn the heat half way down (your hair will thank you). We recommend using Bumble and Bumble Styling balm to protect the hair from heat/heat damage. This nourishing balm gives natural movement, control and luster. Heat and humidity protection and UV filters protect from the elements while our very own color preserving complex keeps tones true.
Protect your color/hair from the sun by using products that contain UV protection. One of the products we recommend is Bumble and Bumble Color Minded UV protective polish. Rub a pea sized amount across your finished tresses. This protective polish provides definition and illuminates hair color. UV filters, heat protection and our very own Color Preserving Complex protect and keep tones true.
While these tips are geared towards maintaining vibrant hair color they will also assist in keeping your hair healthy and protected.