Caring for newly colored hair is crucial to maintaining the vibrancy and health of your hair. Whether you’ve recently added some highlights or dyed your hair a completely different color, the following tips will help you keep your newly colored locks looking their best.
WAIT BEFORE WASHING YOUR HAIR
After getting your hair colored, it’s important to wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair. This is because the hair cuticle needs time to close and seal in the new color. If you wash your hair too soon after coloring, the cuticle may still be open, causing the color to fade quickly.
USE A COLOR-SAFE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
When you do start washing your hair again, it’s important to use a shampoo and conditioner that are specifically formulated for color-treated hair. These products will help to maintain the vibrancy of your new color and prevent it from fading too quickly. We recommend the Redken Color Extend Magnetics made with no sulfates and formulated to keep your new hair color lasting as long as possible.
WASHING YOUR HAIR IN COLD WATER AND DON’T WASH TOO MUCH
Washing your hair too much or using hot water can strip the hair of its natural oils and cause the color to fade quickly. To prevent this from happening, try washing your hair in cold or lukewarm water and wash your hair every other day or every three days.
USE A DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT
Hair color can be damaging to the hair, especially if you have to bleach it before coloring. To help prevent damage and keep your hair healthy, use a deep conditioning treatment once a week. We prefer the Redken Acidic Bonding leave-in treatment that reinforces damaged bonds for all hair types, this will help to nourish and hydrate the hair, leaving it soft and shiny.
PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM THE SUN
The sun can be damaging to hair color, causing it to fade and become dull. To protect your hair from the sun’s harmful rays, wear a hat or use a hair product that contains UV protection.
AVOID HEAT STYLING
Heat styling tools such as flat irons, curling irons, and hair dryers can be damaging to newly colored hair. Try to avoid using them as much as possible, or use them sparingly. If you do need to use heat styling tools, be sure to use a heat protectant spray to help prevent damage from the heat.
BE GENTLE WHEN BRUSHING YOUR HAIR
Color-treated hair can be more fragile than natural hair, so it’s important to be gentle when brushing or combing it. Use a wide-toothed comb or a brush with soft bristles, and be sure to start at the ends and work your way up to the roots.
Chlorine can be extremely damaging to hair color, causing it to fade and become dull. If you’re planning on swimming, be sure to wear a swim cap or rinse your hair thoroughly with fresh water before and after swimming.
SCHEDULE REGULAR TOUCH-UPS
Hair color fades over time, especially if you’re exposed to sunlight, chlorine, or other damaging elements. To maintain the vibrancy of your hair color, schedule regular touch-ups with your hairstylist.