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28 Feb '17

Dying Your Hair: Before and After Care

Proper Care for Dyed Hair

Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a while now. Maybe you’ve been struck by a heady whim and can’t wait another second. However you got here, you just know: you’re ready to dye your hair. You’re armed with photos of Evan Rachel Wood’s chic grey-blonde or a gorgeous pastel pink color melt or one of NaturallyTash’s latest stunning color combinations. You’ve made an appointment with a colorist, and you’re counting down the days.



So all that’s left is waiting for the appointment, right? Well, yes and no. We’ve got a few tips to prep your hair for the big day. Grab a chair, and take notes, everyone: welcome to Dying 101.  

Keep Your Hair Healthy 

One of the biggest keys to a great color application is to have healthy hair. (Also a good rule in general, let’s be honest. Treat your hair like the crown it is, folks!) Use quality cleansing and styling products that are gentle with your hair. Make sure to use your heat styling tools correctly, and protect your hair before using them. You should also indulge in a moisturizing hair treatment about once a month.

We’ve got many great pieces on how to keep your hair healthy here on our blog, so you don’t have to look far for more great advice. Just scroll back and keep reading! To get you started, here’s how to get healthy hair with 3 oils.  

Don't Wash Before You Go 

Pink Hair | ISA Professional

Do not wash your hair right before you go to the salon - preferably, wash it at least two days before your appointment. Doing this helps ensure your hair’s natural oils haven’t been washed away, and the even distribution of oil in your hair should give you the best chance for evenly-colored hair.  

This break also gives your scalp a chance to heal from any scratches it might have picked up during a vigorous hairwashing. Crying in salons is very serious business, and you don’t want to suffer because the chemical treatment is burning on broken skin.  

When you do wash your hair for the last time before seeing your colorist, use a clarifying shampoo to remove any product build-up in your hair. If your hair is healthy enough, or has low porosity, you may want to skip the conditioner at this point. For natural hair with high porosity, you should deep clean and deep condition; check out NaturallyCurly’s guide, “How to Prime Your Hair for Color (No Matter Your Porosity).”  

Try not to use any styling products in the last 48 hours before you’re parked in your colorist’s chair.  

After Care for Dyed Hair

The day has arrived! The dye has been applied! You look fabulous! Now - how do you keep it that way? 

We’ve got tips for that! And they’re mostly common sense, and a snap to follow.  

First things first: wait as long as you can to wash your hair after having it dyed. While waiting 24 hours is generally enough to ensure the color’s been absorbed, some colorists are firm on suggesting 48 hours - or as long as you can go.  

While you’re not washing your hair, it’s time for a shopping trip: stock up on shampoo and conditioner formulated to protect color-treated hair. You should be able to find these easily within your favorite brand; some product lines even get really specific and protect certain colors.  

You may also want to wash your hair less often, to keep your hair’s natural oils going strong. Coloring your hair can damage the hair cuticle, making your hair more porous and prone to moisture loss - which means prone to color loss as well. You’ll also want to avoid super hot water, which can strip your hair’s moisture. Be sure to condition with every wash, and regularly deep condition as well.

Make sure to protect your hair from the elements as well: the sun can fade your fab coloring job, and chlorine from pools can do nasty things to it. Try to use hair products that include UV protection, and wear a hat or head covering while outside with no shade. You can protect your hair from pool water by covering it with conditioner before jumping in.  

Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed Dying 101 - instead of a degree, you get an awesome new hair color! Best class ever, am I right? And if you don’t like the color, you can simply change it again. Now hit the comments and share your advanced tips with the class!

25 Jul '15

Want Your Hair Color To Last Longer And Not Get Brassy? Choose Purple Shampoo


Purple Shampoo for Longer Lasting, Brighter Blonde

Blonde Woman Getting Her Hair Color Treated At Beauty Salon | ISA Professional

Anyone who has color treated hair knows that your hair never looks better than when you just step out of the salon. There's just something so calming in letting a professional do their job by making your hair look and feel fabulous. What if I told you the hair pampering doesn't have to stop there? While some women have the skills to color their hair at home, this doesn't mean you have to be a hair guru to know how to protect that color you love so much.


Whether your color is blond, highlighted, silver, red, brown or black; purple shampoo can help you. You just have to remember that not all color specific shampoos are the same and while purple shampoo works best for those with lightly colored hair, darker shades can also benefit.


Lighter Tones: Blond, Silver, White or Highlighted Hair


Silver Long Haired Woman With Luxurious Jewelry | ISA Professional


I've been coloring my hair blond for longer than I care to admit. Even though I've tried on every color, blond just works best for my face and skin. In the beginning, I didn't think so far ahead in terms of keeping my color from fading. Later on, I realized that those beautiful blond colors can actually turn brassy, making my color look completely different, in a bad way. My hairstylist then told me to start using purple shampoo to combat the brassiness and fading. The dark purple color freaked me out at first but when I saw the results, I was a true believer. Purple shampoos help even out your color tone and fight the brassiness that occurs with regular washing. By using purple shampoo, you eliminate that orange-like undertone that happens to the best of us.


Darker Tones: Red, Brown, Black


Short Wavy Haired Redhead Woman Touching Her Cheek | ISA Professional


Purple shampoo also has benefits for those with darker colors like reds, browns or blacks. Since the brassiness is less apparent in those with darker colors, they may think they don't need it. There are many women who swear purple shampoos helps them even out their color tone and keeps their hair looking better for longer periods of time. This is especially true for redheads because they are the second color that benefits the most from using purple shampoos. If you notice that your color needs to look more evened out and you don't want to go to the salon every two weeks, purple shampoo is for you.


Don't Overdo it


Long, Silky, Straight Haired Brunette Woman Looking Into The Distance | ISA Professional


While purple shampoos have great benefits, you have to remember not to overdo it. This is especially true if you have platinum hair; since it's the color that requires the most bleach, it is also the most prone to getting a purple hue from overuse of purple shampoos. Platinum hair should stick to using it as little as possible (only when you clearly see brass tones), by leaving it in for 1 minute and then quickly rinsing it out.


For those that don't have such porous hair from over bleaching; you should use it once a week (or once every two weeks, depending on your needs), leaving it on for 2-3 minutes and rinsing it out before applying a deep conditioner. Purple shampoo acts like a toner so it dries your hair; you need to make sure you give it hydration every time you use it. I just love using Rusk Sensories Bright Shampoo but there are plenty to choose from, just do your research before buying.


No matter what color you're rocking right now, you have to make sure you use heat styling tools that don't harm your color or hair. I love my Victorya flat iron from ISA Professional because its plates are 100% ceramic tourmaline and it makes my hair color shine beautifully.


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