Hair Color Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Hair
Color treated hair whether it’s color-covered gray, platinum bleach blonde, or has just a few sun-kissed highlights is more fragile than untreated hair.
For this reason alone, it demands more care. “You can pay top dollar and have a top colorist working on your hair, but the minute you start using subpar products at home, it all, literally and figuratively, can go down the drain,” says Kali Ferrara, senior colorist at Roy Teeluck Salon in New York City.
She recommends using a more moisturizing and nourishing shampoo,
that doesn’t contain sulfates in addition to an everyday conditioner that also treats the hair and leave it on for two to three minutes & A weekly hydrating mask is also a must
Not using purple shampoo
Those deep violet shampoos that are advertised for blonde locks are for more than just show. In the summertime I cannot keep them on my retail shelves!
I sell them to every client, whether they’re blonde and like to keep it icy or a brunette and worship the sun and hate the brassiness that comes with it, says Ferrara. These shampoos contain a purple (cool) pigment that will cancel out any warmth your hair may incur between services.
She recommends using them once a week to keep color bright. But do be wary not to use them more often than that, as they can dry out your hair and deposit a blueish violet tone.
Going darker than natural to cover up grays
It might make sense to drown out whispering white and gray strands with a darker hue, but hair experts say this is a huge mistake.
“This color can be so severe and harsh that it makes them appear to be older and witch-like,” explains Ferrara. On the other hand, many women who are 60 to 100 percent gray find the regrowth shows less when they go with a lighter color.
While this is fundamentally true, women often end up a drab looking dark blonde with zero dimension.
A good colorist will match your skin tone to the appropriate tone and depth, and often incorporate a few highlights to give movements and contrast. Here are other hairstyle mistakes that make you look older.
Highlighting like you’re still in the 90s
Chunky strips of highlighted hair might have looked great on Britney Spears back in the day, but they’re now heavily dated, experts say.
While heavy highlights were fashion-forward 20 years ago, the aesthetic as of late is a more natural, sun-kissed look achieved through balayage or baby lights, explains Ferrara.
In order to not look dated, she suggests opting for a more natural looking approach to highlights, as these techniques grow out more organically and require less maintenance.
Not protecting your hair in the summertime
Just like the warmer weather requires you to up your skin-care protection, the same goes for your strands in the summer. Would you go in the sun without sunblock? It is just as important to protect your color-treated tresses in the sun, chlorine, and salt water, warns Hack.
“This way your color won’t fade and your hair won’t become dry.” Prep your hair before you swim, and take care of it afterward. If you are exposed to chlorine or mineral springs, wet your hair before you go in the water, apply conditioner,
and consider a swim cap, suggests Christine Thompson, celebrity hairstylist.
She also recommends shampooing afterward with a special, sun-sensitive shampoo.
If you hair is really blonde, a swimming pool or Jacuzzi with lots of chlorine is your worst enemy, as the chemicals in the water can turn your hair green, yellow, or orange.
Not giving red hair extra care
Just as with blonde hair, red hair requires a little extra tender love and care. Hack admits that red hair is his favorite to color, but that she’s noticed many women don’t realize the extent of after-care that’s needed. Red is the hardest color to keep lustrous and the hardest color to remove, she adds.
“If red is your thing, less is more when it comes to shampooing.” Avoid washing your hair for a whole 48 hours after having your hair colored red, or she warns that you’ll risk losing that vibrancy.
”If your hair color fades but you’re not ready for a touch-up just yet, schedule a gloss with your colorist to bring back the depth and radiance.”