6 Things Your Hairstylist Believes You’d Do

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In order to bridge the gap, we spoke with hair colour professionals to learn what they genuinely want their clientele to be aware of.

Hair colour has the power to change your appearance, and the perfect dye job may bring out your better features. However, because it needs a lot more care, it is a high risk/high return alternative. Your hair colorist cares about how well your colour lasts after you leave the salon, so treat it with as much care as possible. Here’s what you need to quit doing right now.

1) Washing your hair too soon after you’ve had your hair dyed

“Wait at least 48-72 hours after colouring your hair before washing it again. The more time the colour pigment has to seep into the hair cuticle, the longer it will take to wash it out. As a result, your colour will stay longer between salon visits “Jean Claude Biguine Salon and Spa’s style director, Sonali Bhimani, agrees. She proposes

2) Using shampoos with sulphate ingredients

“After colouring, the main concern is that of dryness or moisture loss which makes the hair looks dull and frizzy. Sulphate-free shampoos are gentle formulations, and studies point that they don’t disturb the cuticles as much as the ordinary shampoos,” says Debabani Guha, national trainer— L’Occitane En Provence India. Sulphate-free are gentle formulations comparatively and don’t wash your colour away, and a bonus is that they help maintain the scalp’s pH balance. Guha suggests going a step further and choose a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner that’s also rich in prebiotics. “This soothes and re-balances the scalp equilibrium, which in return will help the hair to be softer and frizz-free,” she adds.

3) Skipping the conditioning step

Use a conditioner every time after you shampoo. To apply it the salon-way at home, detangle your damp hair with a wide-tooth comb and apply the conditioner from mid-lengths to ends. You can use the comb for even application of the product. This might seem time-consuming, but those additional ten minutes in the shower will go a long way in keeping your colour brighter. Guha suggests looking for hair masks with keratin and natural amino acids to help the hair shaft get stronger and less prone to breakage.

4) Having too many hot showers

A hot shower seems like a perfect way to unwind, but it’s not ideal for coloured hair. Hot water strips the hair of its natural oils and makes strands more brittle and prone to damage. With colour, your intention should be to lock the moisture back into the hair. “To prevent seeing all of your colours go down the drain, try shampooing with lukewarm water (instead of hot water) and then rinse with cold water after conditioning,” advises Bhimani. 

5) Not using heat protectants

High heat can cause dullness as it makes the hair cuticles rough in the long run—it can dry out your strands, cause split ends and breakage, and it can break down colour in the hair too. Guha suggests preventing damage by using the lowest heat setting and coating the hair with a heat protectant before straightening, blow-drying or curling. She suggests finding a serum or leave-in conditioner with UV protection to prevent harsh sunlight from fading your hair colour too.

6) Doing too much, too soon

Though you can schedule a chemical treatment after 72 hours of hair colour, experts advise keeping the gap longer, especially for those who have chosen a lighter colour. “My advice to clients is to avoid chemical straightening, especially when lighter shades are involved. Plus, I keep a minimum of a 15-day gap between root touchups,” says Bhimani. 

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