Hey Today! I have been asked often about how I keep my hair color strong which I always find funny because I’m overall pretty laid back with my maintenance 😉 For some reason though it keeps coming up in conversation so I thought I’d go ahead and address it over here. All girls like to talk hair secrets right?
I’m naturally a light brown but I discovered in high school that I love highlights and so the addiction began… I also love that swedish blonde look so I forced every hair dresser to dye my poor hair super blonde for like ever and that led to a lot of damage and just not what I hoped for overall 😛
My best advice is listen to a smart stylist that tells you not what you want to hear, but what she or he is experienced in. Most good stylists will tell you to stick to a color long term and to also to stay in a tone range similar to your natural color. I learned this the hard way because I used to try for too blonde and it left my hair split and unable to grow.
As I mentioned before I’m very laid back so I also never paid attention to details very well, and when coloring your hair you need to be cautious and pay attention to the self care of your hair. I would hold the hair dryer way too close when blow drying and then if it wasn’t quiet dry, I would still try and curl or straighten it anyway and that would lead to frizz and breakage.
I also had three babies within about three years and that took it’s toll as well. I went through it growing super fast and being super healthy to it falling out and breaking off. I also went through those typical stages of doing a drastic color change to chopping it all off;) If anyone has been pregnant before you know what I mean!
Long story short, I went through lots of trials and errors with hard lessons learned before taking self care of the hair seriously.
These days I only get my hair colored once a season which means every 3 months. Yes, that’s 12 weeks!!! Crazy to a lot of people especially since I do highlights and roots grow out, but I’ve learned to stay within my tone range so when the roots show they are not that drastic and I use dry shampoo to help with the color difference (baby powder and OSIS are my 2 favs). One is a low price point the other is a higher…
I also only wash my hair once a week. I started with baby steps. I began with every other day, then 3 times a week, then 2, then 1. It sounds like a grandma I know, but it’s so much easier and saves a lot of time not blowing it out. I’ve got three kids remember so time is not much of an option for me. There are lots of reasons I do this though… less damage, less time, less product, less money… you get the idea.
This brings me to another good point. I started using a good color shampoo and conditioner after the last time I damaged my hair and noticed a big difference. My hair dresser recommended I use a sulfate free product and wowza, it was a life savor. Now I really don’t like using anything else. My choices are purology or oribe but there are tons to choose from… These are salon based products. However, they can be purchased at target, walmart, and amazon.
I hope these tips were helpful and let me know if you love these products too! xx