How to care for color hair: the basics
When it comes to colored hair care, unfortunately, artificial pigments tend to disappear fairly quickly. This is true for hair tints, semi-permanent dye and some permanent colors. Hair tints only coat the hair with a thin color film that often last for only one wash, while permanent hair colors place pigments inside the hair shaft and naturally have more strength. However, caring for color-treated hair properly helps boosts this staying power.
By using a very gentle color-maintaining shampoo, like Gliss Color Guard, you give your hair a special wash that is an absolute necessity for color-treated hair care. Rinses like this help prevent fading, contain a UVA/UVB filter, and protect color for up to 12 weeks. The cuticles are kept smooth and the pigments are sealed inside the hair shaft. Another useful colored hair tip is to look out for hair care ingredients like proteins from the leaves of the Moringa tree, amaranth oil, apricot kernel and ultra-light micro-oils, which do not weigh the hair down.
Colored hair care advice for blondes
Hair that is dyed blonde certainly needs extra special hair care compared to other colors, particularly if your hair is bleached several shades lighter than your natural color. This kind of intense lightening means removing the darker natural pigments from the hair roots. The hair needs to be made permeable for pigments during this process. There are also special washes to help you amend any bleaching damage.
Using purple shampoo can also assist in combating yellow hues that sometimes appear after dyeing. Liquid hair components like keratin are often added to these shampoos and conditioners to replenish the processed hair structure, as well as repair the weak points in the hair after bleaching. Caring for color treated hair needs steps like these to prevent fading and unwanted colors. The result is silken blonde hair, rather than it being dull and brittle.
Using a great conditioner for all color-treated hair care
Hair conditioners come in many different formulations, all offering a solution for how to care for colored hair. Every conditioner serves a special hair care need, nurturing your strands in a different way. Classic conditioners are typically applied after shampooing, massaged into the hair and then rinsed out after a minute or two. Rinsing out these products is important because otherwise residual ingredients will weigh your hair down and give it a dull appearance. One of the best colored hair tips we can give is not to apply conditioner near the roots, but instead around an inch from the scalp, moving downwards toward the tips.
Another great option is the Gliss Color Guard Express Repair Conditioner, which comes in a handy spray form. This is ideal for anyone pressed for time but still wants to nourish and care for their colored hair. Shake the spray can well so that all ingredients mix together before spraying. Spray into towel-dried hair and work the repair application through your hair before styling your hair as usual.