What Not to do After Coloring Your Hair

After spending hours getting your hair to the just-perfect color, it’s time to keep it intact for as long as possible. Here are the expert answers to your most important questions about how to keep your color fresh, shiny, and vibrant. We are always here to get all your questions answered! Our goal is to enhance your beauty and increase your confidence 100-fold! 

Now that you’ve spent hours getting your hair to that just-perfect color, it’s time to keep it intact for as long as possible. “How you take care of your hair color affects how long it lasts,” confirms Laura Gibson, RUSK global artistic director. Truth be told, we’re all guilty of committing one (or all!) of the below hair-color sins. Ahead, an expert roadmap to keeping your color fresh for longer.

Use a Shampoo Substitute

When it comes to keeping color vibrant, celebrity colorist and dpHue cofounder Justin Anderson offers up a solid tip: “My number-one rule is definitely shampoo less,” says Anderson. “Over-shampooing not only strips your color but also the natural oils that your scalp produces, which are essential for the health of your hair and scalp.”

“I always say, think of your favorite T-shirt. If you were to wash it everyday, the color will fade, the same applies to your hair color. I recommend my clients opt for dpHUE’s ACV HairRinse as a shampoo substitute. This will give your hair a gentle cleanse, without stripping any essential oils and that beautiful vibrant color you just received at the salon,” he says.

Avoid Swimming

“Swimming is a big no-no,” says Emily Claire Sacco, colorist at Rob Peetoom Williamsburg, noting that both salt water and chlorine will strip or alter your color. Tina Outen, founder of Tina Did It Salon at Ricky’s NYC, compares the chlorine in swimming pools like Kryptonite to color. It’s a bleaching agent, meaning colored hair should stay far, far away.

“Blonde hair is susceptible to turning green [from chlorine] while darker hair becomes more dull and loses its shine,” adds New York City–based colorist Jackie Seabrooke. The reason: “Chlorine is attracted to the most porous parts of the hair, which would be your fresh highlights,” explains Ryan Trygstad, celebrity hairstylist and cofounder of Mark Ryan Salon.

To curb any damage to your hair during summer months and always, be sure to keep your hair protected whenever you’re outside with a good hat and sun-protecting hair products.

Trust At-Home Treatments

When it comes to sealing in hair color and getting as much longevity as possible, Sacco says professional-grade treatments may be your best bet. “Patented treatments such as Olaplex or K18 have been proven to seal the cuticle shut, locking the color molecules into the hair,” she says. As every hair type and need is different, Sacco suggests asking your stylist which they would recommend for your strands.

Don’t Wash Your Hair—at First

We all ask ourselves the same question a day or two after our color appointment: “How long do I have to wait before washing my hair?” Celebrity colorist Aura Friedman makes it simple: “Wait at least three days before shampooing your hair after color,” she says. Izquierdo agrees, explaining this three-day waiting period gives ample time “for the cuticle to close and the color to set.” If you have a workout scheduled a day or two after your color appointment, your best bet is to reschedule to avoid lifting the color right off of your hair.

Stick to Gentle Cleansers

Clarifying shampoos are definitely having a moment for their ability to deep-cleanse the scalp and strands of excess gunk and grime, but Trygstad says this type of shampoo is number-one thing those with fresh color should stay away from. “These shampoos can remove the fresh pigment and tone of your hair,” he says. Instead, Sacco says to opt for a sulfate-free or color-safe shampoo so you can cleanse without worry.

“Sulfates are fresh color’s worst enemy,” says Sacco. “They strip color molecules from the hair, leaving it dull and dry.” In addition, your colorist may suggest using a tinted shampoo or conditioner to up-keep your tonality in between services, she notes

Mix Up Your Shampoo

To keep color looking bright and salon-fresh, washing with a pigmented shampoo at least once a week is a must. To tone oxidized blond strands, purple shampoos like Moroccanoil Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo ($24) instantly reverse yellow, brassy tones. (Lavender-tinted products also work to brighten up gray and ashy hues.)

“We recommend maintaining our clients color with color-pigmented conditioners such as Christophe Robin Shade Variation Mask in Baby Blonde,” says Trygstad. “These conditioners help maintain that fresh right out of salon color and tone.”

If brunette strands are skewing a bit too copper, incorporate a blue-hued shampoo such as Redken Color Extend Brownlights Blue Toning Sulfate-Free Shampoo ($22.50) into your regular wash schedule to cool things off.

Avoid Hot Water

It may seem second nature to just hop in the shower and shampoo as usual post-color, but celebrity hairstylist Michelle Cleveland says freshly-colored strands should be sure to avoid hot water. Leo Izquierdo, cofounder and colorist at New York’s IGK Salon, agrees, adding that hot water will lift the outer layer of hair color and cause color to fade. “Instead, rinse with cold or lukewarm water, as it will help seal up the cuticle and lock in your fresh color,” says Cleveland.

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