There is nothing worse than spending hard earned money on a luxurious hair color treatment only to have it fade just as quickly as it appeared. Here are five easy ways to take care of your hair after you leave the salon.

Wait 72 Hours Before You Shampoo

Colored hair has had the cuticle layer opened to allow the color treatment to effectively penetrate the hair shaft and it takes about 3 days for hair cuticles for fully close, so make sure to wait before shampooing those luscious locks.

Use a Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner

Sulfates—the ingredients in your shampoo that create the foaming effect we all love so much—have a downside. They can strip your hair of its natural oils and moisture! To keep your hair color lasting as long as possible, make sure to check the ingredients listed on your shampoo and conditioner.

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Turn Down the Temperature

Yes, hot showers are nice, but hot water also causes the outer layer of the hair cuticle to rise, resulting in moisture loss, frizz, and making your hair more susceptible to damage. Try rinsing your hair in cool water after a lukewarm shower.

Go Natural

Regular use of heat styling tools can be very damaging to hair. Get creative and try some different hair styles or cut down on your use of these styling tools to preserve your color. If you do need to use them, always use a heat-protectant spray first!

Use a Good Leave-In Conditioner When Styling

Hair that is colored and chemically-treated is much more susceptible to moisture loss and sun damage. Using a leave-in conditioner will keep your hair smooth and lock in moisture. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that the product is doing miracles for your hair all day without you having to lift a finger! Look for a product that has UV protection to prevent the sun from fading your hair color.

The team at Salon Velluto wants your visit with us to be pleasant from the moment you walk in the door! If you ever need help with any of the services and products we offer, our devoted and qualified staff members are thrilled to help you.