You’ve just walked out of the salon with the color that you love. So, the question now is: how do you maintain the hair color and shine after you’ve left the salon?
Brianna Colette, hair expert and stylist at Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood, says the key to softer hair is being knowledgeable about what products you use and making sure you use hair masks. Brianna, whose celebrity clients include Lea Michelle, Michelle Monaghan, Katie Aselton, and Katy Perry, shared exclusively with Style Salute, “I’ve noticed that clients have the best intentions when it comes to taking care of their color and they use masks but not always the right ones for color-treated hair.” She continued, “Ideally you want to use a deep conditioning hair mask only once a week–and for maximum results, you should be using a clarifying shampoo first to make sure you are cleansing the hair of any residue or waxes or product buildup which can inhibit the mask.”
You need to use a clarifying shampoo because some of your favorite hair masks and even conditioners — might actually be causing your hair color to fade because of the ingredients in them. “Silicone, for example, is a key ingredient in many hair masks that can damage your hair cuticle to the core — and what’s frightening is it isn’t always listed as “silicone” on the ingredients list.” Brianna continues, “Common names for silicones are Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Dimethiconol and Cyclomethicone so if you see any of these ingredients, beware.”
“Your hair cuticles are like a shield,” says Brianna. “When your hair is healthy, all the scales close and create a nice strand of hair. Color molecules are trapped in the cortex of the hair, and when your hair is healthy and shiny, and not scaly, you are less likely to lose color molecules,” explains Brianna. “When your hair is dry and getting beat up by blow dryers, the scale of your cuticle opens, and you’re damaging your hair cuticles. A conditioning mask is PH balanced to not only close the scales of the cuticle but also keep it naturally healthy because the scales want to stay closed.”
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