What the Hair Pros Know: Keeping Color Wonderful
Jun 28, 2017 02:00PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
“Dyeing is akin to fabric processes, whereas coloring is the process a professional cosmetologist/barber follows.”
—Owner Donna Brown, Sadona Salon + Spa in Annapolis
One of the biggest misconceptions about switching up your color, particularly on the more drastic end—for example, from black to blonde—is time. “We have to explain that the transition can require several visits to achieve the color,” says Wendy Moore, Split Ends Salon in Severna Park. “It’s important to do this process in stages to protect the integrity of the hair.”
On a similar note, another misconception is that coloring hair damages strands. “Coloring can actually improve the hair, especially when you go to a colorist that knows what he or she is doing with the chemicals,” says Master Stylist Mina Hanna, David Alexander Salon and Spa in Annapolis.
That’s not to say frequent bleaching is harmless to your hair, particuarly the cuticle. Hair color works by lifting the cuticle, via ammonia, once its applied to strands, which enables the peroxide to permeate hair’s natural pigment. Damage occurs when the cuticle is open for a prolonged period of time, as in repeated lightening treatments, causing dry, brittle hair that’s prone to breaking.
“Coloring and bleaching aren’t the only culprits in damaging hair. UV rays and heated styling tools, such as blow dryers and flat irons, can wreak havoc, too!”
—Master Stylist, Mina Hanna, David Alexander Salon and Spa in Annapolis
“Color has advanced through the years, so keeping damage to a minimum is a bit more realistic now.”
—Matt and Luc, Hudson & Fouquet in Annapolis
And what about touch-ups? Typically, you should revist the salon every three to five weeks. For gray coverage, retouching applications fall closer to every three to four weeks; for highlights, it can often be extended six to eight weeks. However, a longer wait between visits often leads to a higher price tag. “If the color has grown out a significant amount, it could require more service,” Moore explains.
“Clients often think that their hair color has faded at the roots, but really it’s just new growth.”
—Stylist Meghan Harrington, Flow Salonspa in Chestertown
Fun in the Sun?
Treat your hair as you do your skin—keep it out of the sun during summer days or, at the very least, use products formulated with UV protectants to guard against those harmful UV rays. “Also, wear a hat! They’re super fashionable and fun,” adds Kaiser. And it’s not just the sun that can damange and dull hair, but chlorine too. Before taking a dip in the pool, rinse hair with regular water to prevent it from absorbing the chlorine. “And rinse with regular water once pool-time is over,” says Harrington.
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