So you’ve invested in a beautiful new salon colour, why watch it fade?
You’ve just splashed out on a beautiful, vibrant colour at your favourite salon – now to protect your investment! We all know salon colour doesn’t come cheap but the quality of a professional, tailor made colour simply can’t be matched. Follow our easy guide on how to care for your colour and make sure you get the most long lasting, healthy looking colour possible.
To begin with…
If you want to get the most out of your salon colour you need to begin with making sure that the type of colour is suitable for your hair. As a Matrix salon we offer semi-permanent and ammonia free colour as a more gentle method of colouring.
So, check the condition of your hair!
This is because IF you have very dry and porous hair then the colour will be prone to seeping out of the hair much quicker. This is one of the reasons that rich brunettes tend to fade to warm and red while blonde hair is prone to brassiness.
In order to asses your hair health take a few strands at the roots while pulling gently on the ends.
Does the hair stretch easily or does it break almost immediately?
Check for the porosity by running your fingers against the cuticle’s direction and see if hair ruffles up
Or try putting a sample of strands in water and watch if they absorb the water quickly and sink.
If your hair is not stretching then it is prone to breakage and if it ruffles or absorbs the water quickly and sinks then it is porous. With the extremity of the hairs reaction suggesting how advanced the problem is.
If your hair is prone to breakage from chemical damage & being over processed then it is in need of a prescriptive shampoo & conditioner rich in protein such as Matrix Keratindose Shampoo, Conditioner and leave in Spray.
These products will work to re-infuse the hair with keratin which is the hair’s primary protein, making it stronger. With formulas inspired by the strength and softness of silk and enhanced by Pro-Keratin to restore protein and moisture balance hair is left 90% more conditioned after 1 use.
So IF you have porous hair then remember to deep condition and moisturise with a hydrating shampoo, conditioner and follow with an oil or leave in spray. Once your hair condition has improved it will be in a much better position to hold the colour protection longer.
Next, choosing a hair colour closest to your natural shade adds to the staying power..
If you have lightened your hair a lot and then had it coloured a different shade then it’s need for colour protection is even higher and fading is a common problem.
In order to fight the fade you can also consider trying a semi-permanent colour. They do not last as long in the hair but they do fade off more gently and less dramatically so any roots will be less obvious.
If you prefer permanent hair colour then be sure to request a subtly tinted glaze or a shine treatment such as Matrix Prizm’s Pus as an add on to your colour service. This treatment will come at a small additional cost and make the world of difference to the the staying power of the colour’s depth and shine.
And BEWARE doubling up on chemical treatments…
Chemical treatments such as perms/relaxers/straightening can offer an incredible hair make-over but be careful as they make hair much dryer and more porous which will bring you back to the problem of the colour fade.
Finally, think ahead ….
If you’re in salon having your colour done then book ahead for 2 weeks for a deep conditioning treatment, to maintain your hair health is a worthy investment to get the most out of your colour. If you would like to make an appointment just visit our online bookings page www.anneveckhair.com/book_online.html
Brilliant red colours look stunning and create a very dramatic look but they do tend to fade faster than other colours so make sure to ask your stylist about the best solutions to the colour fading.
And if you can’t be swayed from your home hair colour ….
Summer can be a hard time for your hair with sun, hot water and harsh shampoo dulling your hair colour, to maximise it’s staying power follow these simple tips..
Always wait from 24-36 hours after a hair colour before shampooing & use tepid water to avoid over shampooing with every other day usually more than enough
Choose a sulfate-free shampoo such as Matrix Biolage Colourlast shampoo, which will also work to inhibit the colour fade
If your hair is a delicate blonde or vibrant red then try a pigment rich shampoo such as Total Results Silver shampoo as they will punch your hair colour into overtime
Making sure that your styling products have UV protector and moisturisers & avoiding alcohol based styling products.
Be careful of overusing products as product build up dulls the hair.
Favour lighter styling products unless you have very dense and heavy hair in which case just ensure that you don’t use more than you need
As time goes on, make certain you keep your hair well moisturised and hydrated. Deep-conditioning and moisturising treatments can be done at home, as well as in the hair salon. Treat yourself and try the Matrix Exquisite Oil shampoo, mask and oil for a luxurious step by step treatment you can do at home for professional results.
Finally, if your hair colour is starting to fade and your roots are showing, use a root re-touch product. ColourWOW is a revolutionary root touch up which is guaranteed to last until you next wash your hair, withstanding swimming sweat and heat. See the full product details here.