Now that the weather is changing, I’m thinking about coloring my hair. The autumn is the perfect time to plump up your hair color with hues of rich chestnuts, coppers and reds. One of the downsides of coloring is cost. Professional hair coloring can be expensive, especially if you plan on being faithful to regular touch-up treatments. But there are some things you can do to help your hair color last longer…as well as your money.
Here are some tips:
Choose a hair color close to your natural shade to extend time between treatments. Also, allow two to three days before washing after a color treatment to allow color pigment to bind and the hair’s outer layer (cuticle) to calm down from the damaging chemical process. Use tepid water with a cool final rinse and set your 450-degree flat iron down to 200 degrees for healthier hair and less cuticle-damaging heat.
Protect color-treated hair from pigment-fading, discoloring UV rays with a hat and leave-in conditioner with sunscreen.
Use haircare products formulated specifically for color-treated hair, which do not contain the harsh, cuticle-damaging cleansing agent sodium lauryl sulfate (or similar derivatives) or drying alcohol.
Also, save more than 50 percent on salon coloring by finding “student” coloring days at your favorite salon or local beauty school. Just be sure the instructor or master colorist is supervising. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for the student with the most experience (best in the class).
Also, do-it-yourself hair color products sold at the grocery or drug store cost around $10, much less than the price of an average beauty salon color treatment. Some of the brands are just as good (if not better) than the more expensive brands.
You can also consider using henna…which is much less costly than salon hair color. I’ve used henna for years and I get compliments on my hair color from my personal stylist all the time. For more information on henna here’s a great site: http://www.hennaforhair.com.
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