Sunday, April 19, 2009

Keeping Colored Hair Healthy

Having beautiful haircolor doesn't matter if the condition of your hair is not healthy. Too often, hair that is colored, especially bleached hair, is dry, damaged, and dull. To avoid this common problem or to repair it if the damage is already done:

Find a knowledgeable and experienced haircolorist. A good source is

Use the home-care products your colorist recommends: color-friendly shampoos and conditioners, products that contain UV protective ingredients.

Use a conditioner every time you shampoo, comb it through the hair, and leave it on for 3 minutes before rinsing. Rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and lock in the conditioner and the color. Ask your colorist for a salon "treatment" each time you color.

Keep blowdrying and the use of flat irons and curling irons to a minimum, and always us styling products with thermal protective ingredients. Ionic appliances are best.

Avoid excessive sun exposure. Wear a hat, use one of the new spray-on sunscreens for the hair
which protects your hair and scalp.

Before going to the beach or pool, thoroughly wet your hair and generously apply a good conditioner. Leave it in. After swimming, rinse and reapply.