Do you ever wonder if your hair color routine is too much of a good thing? Here is a basic guide to hair coloring that will help you decide when to say when.
5 Tips for Healthier Hair Coloring
Just the Roots
Permanent hair color works by opening your hair cuticle, lifting out the current color, and depositing a new one. If you repeat this process over and over on the same hair, it will begin to lose protein and become more porous, which compromises your hair’s ability to hold in moisture. The more porous your hair is, the more it will affect how future color applications turn out.
This is why you should apply just to the roots after your initial application of a new color or shade. That way you can avoid reprocessing the old hair and get your new hair growth colored – a process that usually only needs to be done every 3 to 4 weeks.
Wait until you can see a clear band of outgrowth for a more accurate application. Overlapping when touching up can cause variations in color.
Pull the hair color through your entire head of hair every fourth or fifth time you color to refresh your color en total.
Use it Or Lose It!
You can’t use old color to touch up your hair once the color itself has been mixed with the developer.
If the two chemical agents are mixed together, they are only effective for about an hour. Instead, mix only the amount you need at the time you are going to color your hair.
Unmixed, both developer and color have a shelf life of years!
You can also use tinted semi-permanent Color Reviving Gloss to brighten faded color and add shine, tone, and dimension between root touch-ups and total touch-ups. Gloss comes in a variety of complimentary shades and can make your “in-between” times absolutely gorgeous!
Less Harsh Chemicals
A healthy hair color product, like Madison Reed, makes all of the difference when frequently coloring. Color that is free of ammonia, resorcinol, and PPD’s is much easier on your scalp and cuticle, and leaves your hair soft, shiny, and bouncy rather than stripped, dry, brittle and dull. It’s a matter of science. Our hair does not respond well to harsh chemicals. Avoid them completely if you are a regular colorer.
Choose excellent companion products like our nourishing, color-safe shampoo and conditioner. There is no question that products designed to extend the life of your color are gentler and healthier for your hair. Seek out these products and use them exclusively.
If you follow these simple guidelines, you can color safely and beautifully to your heart’s and hair’s content!