The Importance Of Routine Hair Color Maintenance- Don't Let Your Roots Show!

It can be so much fun to play around with bright hair colors, especially in the spring and summer when the world around us is constantly bursting forth in vivid colorful blooms. There is no faster way to transform your image without cutting your hair than to change its color. No matter what color you choose making it look like it grew that way is of top priority to most people, and the key to keeping any hair color looking natural is routine hair color maintenance. It’s the only way to keep your roots from showing and ensure that your beauty secrets are kept safe.

Options For Hair Color

When it comes to options for coloring your hair, they are limited only by your imagination. There are so many hair color options available today from temporary colors that wash out after a few shampoos, to highlights that server to enhance your hair color, to permanent colors that last for months (with root touchups of course.) So no matter how long you want your new color to last or how fully you want to commit to it there is an option to meet your needs.

Root Touchups Are Vital

Everyone’s hair grows at a slightly different rate, so there is no schedule set in stone to tell you how often you need a root touchup. The general rule is to see your stylist every 6-8 weeks to have new growth dyed to match the rest of your mane. You can observe your own natural growth patterns and adjust this schedule as needed to keep your color looking perfect, bright, and natural, but be sure to get a touchup before your new growth reaches one inch long. You see, the heat radiated from your scalp helps the color from the dye to develop faster near your scalp than the rest of your hair, but this benefit only extends about one inch. Waiting until your roots are an inch or more will make your touchup more difficult and you could end up with your roots still being darker than you’d like, and perhaps even a noticeable line where the new growth ends that is difficult to blend in.

Maintaining A Natural Look Between Salon Visits

Quite often your roots will begin to be somewhat visible a couple of weeks before your next touchup is scheduled, but do not despair. You can still maintain a natural look while you wait for your next appointment. If your roots are darker than the rest of your hair you can usually camouflage them with some dry shampoo. Just sprinkle it on your roots and work it in, but don’t brush it out. You can look for a tinted version that matches your dyed hair to help make it even more unnoticeable. Parting your hair differently will affect how your hair lays and can also help to draw attention away from dark roots. You can also try an invisible part to keep those pesky roots hidden.

Prevent Fading To Maintain Vibrant Color

When you find a hair color that you love you want to keep it bright and vibrant for as long as possible. No one wants their gorgeous mane to end up dull and faded. Home hair care can go a long way toward extending the life of your favorite hair color. The first thing to consider is what kind of hair care products you are using. Regular shampoos and conditioners are too harsh for color-treated hair and will cause rapid fading. Your dyed locks need specially formulated products such as the Kerastase Chroma Absolu line that we carry here at 209 Salon. These products are formulated to cleanse and condition your hair to keep it soft, strong, and healthy while protecting your color to make it last longer. You can further protect your pigment by shampooing less often, using cool water in the shower, and wearing no-heat hairstyles whenever possible. Apply a thermal protectant and use the lowest heat setting when you must heat style. Ask your stylist to recommend the perfect products to keep your color from fading prematurely.

The professional hair colorists here at 209 Salon would love to help you not only find a gorgeous new hair color that you love but keep it looking fabulous all season long with professional hair color maintenance. If your color could use a reboot or refresh, give us a call at 972.548.2815 to schedule your hair color appointment today. You can also book an appointment online or download our free mobile app from iTunes or Google Play to book your appointments, get appointment reminders, specials, and more. You can find us at 5801 Virginia Parkway, Suite #204 in McKinney.


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