Use the Best Shampoo on Color_Treated Hair : When you wash color_treated hair, be sure to use a color_protecting shampoo. Using a good shampoo will help your color last longer and help maintain the health of your processed hair. Avoid Sulfates on Color_Treated Hair : Sulfates can strip color from hair, so look for a sulfate_free shampoo. Sulfates contain salt, which strip away moisture, and moisture loss is one of the main causes of color fading. Use Clarifying Shampoos on Color_Treated Hair Only Before Coloring : Clarifying shampoos can strip hair color because contain a high level of detergent in order to deep cleanse and remove build_up of dirt and hairstyling products, so avoid using them unless it’s right before you are going to have your hair colored. If you have gray hair you are covering, look for a clarifying shampoo that removes hairspray resins, silicones and waxes.
Pretend you're in the OR and lay out all of your tools like you're ready to operate. You won't have to stop and scramble mid_process, which could lead to accidents (as in leaving the dye on too long!). Read through the box's instructions beforehand, too, "to get your bearings," Hill suggests. Invest in a color brush. Squirting the dye out and spreading it all over your hair may be easy (and fun!), but this method can be messy and imprecise. Instead, play salon colorist : Mix color in a bowl and paint on with a color brush for the most even, professional finish, testers say.