You Colored Your Hair!!! Perfect Guide to Caring for Color Treated Tresses

RAINBOW INSPIRATION designed by Markeita Pruitt

In recent weeks, I've began to receive an influx of color appointments. I totally get it... It's that time of the year... SEASON CHANGE BRING HAIR COLOR CHANGE. I myself love hair color. Most of you who know me, know I like to keep my clients guessing when it comes to which color I'm going to pull out the hat. So with the change of colors, comes a lot of damage possibilities, which you have yet to see me endure. Why, because I work extra hard after receiving my color to ensure its as healthy as possible.

It is my life's goal to destroy as much misinformation out there as possible. I personally address matters amongst my clients, but rarely through my blog (which I hope to change). After educating my clients recently on the needs and care instructions of colored hair, I found it necessary to share 5 MUST HAVE PRODUCTS & PROCEDURES FOR COLOR TREATED HAIR.

In most cases, the damage caused to hair isn't necessarily the coloring process in itself. It is usually the lack of knowledge and maintenance that proceeds. At Touch of Heaven Salon, I require a consultation, a process that cannot be bypassed, for all coloring services. This is done for various reasons, such as:

1) I need to know your hair: a stylist should familiarize themselves with the client's hair prior to chemically treating it. This will allow stylist to properly assess condition of hair, and even determine whether or not the hair can withstand the coloring process.

2) I need to know the history of your hair: many people believe that because the color is no longer visible, that it isn't there. Not true. The chemical processing, though faded, still took place. So, in consulting I can learn what has been used, what has been done, and when. This contributes to the coloring process and helps me better gage which route and products to use to ensure healthiest process is taken.

So, now, we've gone through the consulting and coloring... NOW WHAT?

High Lift (Lightener used) Blonde Highlights paired with Chocolate Brown Base

1. Deep Condition Often

Developing an after care regimen is crucial to the health of a client's hair. What you were doing before, may no longer work because the hair has been chemically altered. Depending on the level of coloring, you may now require more moisture, more conditioning, more protein than required previously. In most cases, my #1 recommended DEEP CONDITIONER is Mielle Organics Babassu Mint Conditioner. Reason for this recommendation is because, though it is not a "protein treatment", it does contain protein. So, it delivers the perfect balance of protein and moisture necessary for dry, brittle or chemically altered hair.

2. Moisture, Moisture, Moisture

You want to be sure you have a quality moisturizer, which in my opinion will cost $16 or more. Great moisturizers work well with porosity of hair, causing one to not have to over use or over saturate. In most cases, your hair will become more porous after chemical treating, so you will also need to seal. My top rated moisturizers are Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream, TreLuxe Curl Supreme, and Uncle Funky's Daughter Extra Butter. Follow any of these three with your favorite oil or butter to seal, though I'm partial to Argan Oil, Almond Oil, Qhemet Biologics Aethiopika Hydrate and Twist Butter, or Jane Carter Solutions Nourish & Shine.

Vivid, Fashion Colors Achieved on Pre-Lightened Hair

3. Get Your Shampoo Game Up!

I know there is a lot of misinformation out there as it pertains to shampoos. But I'm here to tell you that shampooing your hair is not wrong, but is crucial to healthy hair and scalp. You must be sure and rid hair of excess product and oil buildup. Co-washing, if you must can be done, but is not to be your main source of cleansing. I explain co-washing to my clients like this: "Co-washing your hair and scalp is like showering in lotion. Your skin feels good, but isn't clean". So, I suggest getting a sulfate free, color friendly shampoo, and/or highly moisturizing shampoo such as Essations Intense Hydration Detangling Shampoo, Naked by Essations Moisture Repair Shampoo, or Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Moisturizing Sulfate Free Shampoo.

4. Trimming is Necessary

The fact of the matter is, color treating can cause dryness. Dryness causes knots, which causes snags, which causes rips, which results in bad ends. Keeping up with a proper trimming schedule will help maintain overall appearance of hair, as well as keep hair healthy and retaining length. I suggest for those who utilize low manipulative styling, schedule trimming once ever 4-5 months. While those who utilize high manipulative styling, should receive trimming once ever 2-3 months. In keeping a consistent schedule, you should avoid the need to trim excessive amounts of hair.

5. Refresher Sprays

While some opt for water as a refresher, investing in a good refresher gives a few added benefits to your hair. Most refreshers are formulated with humectants and oils that help give hair proper slip and extra moisture, not found in nor provided by water alone. Refreshers are great for mid-week re-twist, moisture added to protective styles, wash and go refreshing without complete submersion in water and to aid in the detangling process. Being a lazy natural, I've found that refreshers help keep up my wash and go styles and have become a staple in my regimen. I suggest investing in The Mane Choice Moringa Daily Restorative Spray, Uncle Funky's Daughter Midnight Train or Thirsty Curls, or Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Cocunut Water Curl Refresher.

By implementing these few products and steps into your regimen, you will have an increased chance of maintaining optimum health of hair after color treating. It also is crucial that you find a professional colorist who is knowledgeable in all hair types.

Have you colored your hair? What has been your experience? Was any knowledge shared here discussed between you and your colorist? Did you find this information helpful? I want to hear from you!!

No mentions in this blog are paid, but honest opinion of the writer.

Markeita Pruitt, owner/Master Stylist

Touch of Heaven Salon & Studio 29:11 Hair Gallery





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