How to Maintain Your At-Home Haircolor
Last week we gave you an inside look at how our co-founder and resident at-home hair color expert Elizabeth Scherle gets salon-quality color in her own bathroom. So many of you responded with your thoughts on at-home dyeing—both in favor and not—that now, we're back with tips on how to keep your color vibrant and make it last.
Elizabeth used L'Oreal® Paris Feria® Smokey Pastels P1 Smokey Blue Hair Color and L'Oréal Paris Feria Midnight Collection M31 Cool Soft Black to get that rich and shiny color.
To maintain the color, Elizabeth recommends washing newly colored hair with Joico Color Balance Blue Shampoo and Conditioner in cold water. If you've gone too dark or want to remove some of the deposited color, hot water will cause the dye to fade faster.
+ Avoid heated hair tools as much as possible–we know this is difficult, but if you must blow dry or straighten your hair, use heat protectant spray. Influensters love Nexxus Heat Protexx Heat Protection Styling Spray.
+ Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun–just like your skin, the sun isn’t ideal for your hair.
+ Maintain a healthy diet to fuel hair growth and luster. What you eat has everything to do with the health of your hair. Consume lean meats, eggs, low-fat cheeses spinach, and soy.
+ Wait at least 24 hours before washing your freshly dyed hair again (not counting the wash you did to remove the dye)
+ Cleanse before you color. Use a clarifying shampoo such as Number 4 Lumiere d'Hiver Clarifying Shampoo to remove product buildup a few days before you dye.
Elizabeth followed these tips and here's a peek at her color eight weeks later…
How do you maintain color treated hair? We’re curious to know! Tell us in the comments below.