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When you’ve finally dyed your hair to the perfect shade, it’s hard not to get upset over the thought that it will eventually fade away over time. (Seriously, you have your salon on speed dial!) But did you know that colored hair requires extra care? Well, it does! Want to keep your new hue looking gorgeous? Consider taking the following five steps in your color-treated hair care routine, from how to pick the right at-home hair color kit to finding the best shampoo for colored hair to tips on styling your color-treated strands.
If you’re dyeing your hair at home, it’s important to choose the right at-home hair color kit for your preferences and follow the instructions on the packaging for best results. Here are a few at-home hair color kits to consider.
If you want to go ombré…try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach Ombré. Ombré—when your hair is lighter from the mid-length to the ends—is still popular for a reason! This beachy look can really perk up your hair and make it look sun-kissed.
If you want to experiment with a rainbow shade…try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color. (It’s available in two versions: one for bleached, light blondes, and highlighted hair and one for brunettes). Paint your hair like a rainbow!
If you want all-over color…try the L’Oréal Paris Féria. This could be the perfect time to become a redhead—just saying!
Just like you choose specific skin care products to address your complexion’s needs, you might want to think about treating your colored hair the same way. That means using products formulated especially for color-treated hair. Swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner and use a system formulated for color-treated hair. Our best shampoo for color-treated hair is the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, paired with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner. After massaging the shampoo into wet strands and rinsing, apply the conditioner and leave it on for one to three minutes before washing out. Gorgeous hair, here you come!
Nourish your color-treated strands by adding a hair mask, such as the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask. to your weekly beauty routine. After shampooing with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, skip conditioner and apply the hair mask to your locks for three to five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Use it once or twice a week.
Ditch the heat tools in favor of something so much easier—air drying! Give in to your natural texture—whether you have straight hair, curly hair, or wavy hair—and let your pretty new hair color be the star of the show. The following three products can help you air dry to perfection.
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse: This strong-hold hair mousse doesn’t feel sticky or greasy upon application. To use, shake the can well, turn it upside down, and dispense an egg-sized blob of mousse into your hand. Evenly dispense the mousse through your strands from roots to ends.
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream: This hair cream has flexible hold and provides long-lasting shape and control. Apply it to clean, damp hair from roots to ends. You can also use a tiny bit on dry ends.
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray: Who doesn’t want to be a surfer girl? You don’t have to be anywhere near the ocean to master the beachy trend. This lightweight hair spray gives hair a textured, wavy look. Spray it through towel-dried hair, then scrunch. Got straight hair? Amp up the waves by putting your hair in a braid after you’ve sprayed on the product.
Eventually your new color will be no more, at least on your roots. Instead of letting new growth show, which isn’t always the most flattering look, keep your roots covered until you have the chance to refresh your dye job. The simplest solution? A root cover spray. Spritz the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up directly onto hair, and your roots will be hidden through your next shampoo.
Our next lesson: How to Prep for an At-Home Hair Color Session.