Get your hair cut regularly. Double processes wherein the hair is bleached and toned can often lead to damage, so it's imperative that you get your hair trimmed regularly. A cut every six to eight weeks helps keep hair healthy and free of split ends, which can cause more damage.
Pastel hair has been on the rise for the past several years, and it's showing no signs of stopping. From pretty purples to bold blues to dramatic pinks, going with a milky bright shade in an unnatural hue is still totally on trend. There have even been a ton of sub-trends incorporating pastels, including underlights, opal hair, and colombre.
Of course, just as with so many beautiful trends, there's one big thing you should know before going pastel: It's a truly tough style to maintain. If you're a low-maintenance beauty lover, it may not be the best pick for you. That said, there are some pro-approved tips that can keep your locks looking their best for as long as possible.
Prep properly. Before you even head to the salon, there are steps you can take to ensure your locks stay pretty and pastel for as long as possible — and won't wind up unhealthy and dull. We recommend doing weekly deep conditioning treatments for a month prior to a double process color service. The healthier the hair, the better.
Go to a pro for your color. This may not be what you want to hear, but going to a pro is so wise when it comes to such a dramatic 'do. An experienced colorist is going to give you more professional-looking results that are less likely to damage your hair, simple as that.
Choose your shampoo & conditioner wisely - and with assistance. Proper aftercare is a must to maintain bright, shiny, vibrant hair. What constitutes proper haircare? First of all, it doesn't involve playing a guessing game — you need to know whether you hair is simply dry or actually damaged.
If you are using a shampoo for damaged hair, but your hair is just dry, you could be doing more harm than good. If the reparative shampoo you're using is protein-based and there is already enough protein in your hair, you end up over-depositing the protein, making your hair brittle and more likely to break. If your hair is simply dry, opt instead for moisturizing products. TIP: Rinse with cool or lukewarm water. Hot water forces the hair cuticle open, allowing the color to seep out. Cool water seals the cuticle and locks in your color, making it last longer.
Incorporate Dry Shampoo into your routine. We're big fans of dry shampoo: Not only does it keep your style from getting shiny, it prolongs your time between washes, meaning you can keep your color looking vibrant and beautiful for longer. Rather than scrubbing your scalp with shampoo each time it gets a little greasy, spritz on dry shampoo.