The coloring process involves the use of harsh chemicals that can seriously damage your hair if you use them too often. Alkali in your color mixture work to open the cuticle and deposit hair color. Frequent coloring can roughen the cuticle layer, which leaves hair dry and porous. Color fades more quickly on damaged hair because the color molecules are not protected within a sealed cuticle layer.
To ensure prolonged vibrancy and to avoid damage from frequent color processing, your colorist will use proper treatments to reseal the raised cuticles and prevent your beautiful color from fading.
Many after-color products have been developed to help lock in your color and keep your hair shiny and vibrant until your next salon visit. Some of these products should be used immediately after coloring to stop the oxidative process and restore the hair’s normal pH balance. Others are designed to keep the cuticles healthy and protect hair from environmental stressors that affect your color’s vibrancy.
Post-color sealers and treatments are intended for use immediately after coloring to complete the color service. Your stylist will apply the treatment to wet hair after rinsing out the dye.
Post-color sealers help close the cuticle to lock in color, untangle knots, and make hair soft and glossy. More versatile post-color treatments also prevent further oxidation by neutralizing residual dye agents in the hair. These after-color treatments restore the natural pH levels of the hair and skin and help retain color longer.
In addition to hydrolyzed proteins, silicones, and moisturizers, color lock products usually contain an acidic ingredient that contracts and closes hair cuticles. After-color treatments are especially beneficial for high-porosity hair and when using colors that tend to fade fast, like reds.
Products: Ion Color Defense After-Color Sealer, Ion Color Brilliance After-Color Treatment, Schwarzkopf Color Expert Color Sealer Treatment, Silk Elements After-Color Sealer Treatment, Vibrant Sexy Hair Color Guard Post-Color Sealer, Goldwell Elumen Lock Color Sealing Treatment, and CHI Ionic Color Lock Treatment.
The coloring process can leave your hair dry, porous, and prone to fading. Many salons offer their clients hair glaze treatments to seal the cuticle after coloring and reveal a deeper, more intense color. Hair glaze treatments coat the shaft to enhance the effects of permanent coloring, maximize glossy shine, and help extend the life of your color.
Most hair glazing products can easily be applied at home. Simply apply the product to wet hair, allow to penetrate for a few minutes, and rinse. The effects last up to two weeks and will give your hair a sleek look and a high-shine finish.
Products: Sebastian Cellophanes Color Revitalizer, John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Color Glaze, and Oscar Blandi Vivid Clear Shine Glaze
Hair glossing is a salon treatment that locks in color and adds intense shine to your tresses. This treatment coats your strands without penetrating the hair shaft. Glossing products contain acidic ingredients that help smooth and tighten cuticles that have been disturbed by the chemicals in permanent dyes. It creates a shiny barrier around the hair shaft to revive dull color and extend its longevity.
A hair gloss is a great way to maintain vibrancy and prolong the time between salon visits or at-home colorings. Gloss treatments gradually wash out every time you shampoo your hair, so the treatment needs to be re-done every 4-6 weeks if you want to continue to see effects.
There are also tinted hair glosses. They deposit color that will enhance and preserve your results and add translucent shine.
Products: Redken Shades EQ Color Gloss – Crystal Clear, John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss, and Clairol Natural Instincts Shine Happy Clear Hair Color Treatment.
Color Lock Hair Masks
Most hair masks offer a solution to a specific problem related to your hair. Masks formulated for colored hair repair damaged and weakened cuticles, which helps hold the color molecules inside the hair and prolongs color vibrancy. These hair masks also increase strength and elasticity and soften hair that has been damaged by the coloring process.
Products: Fanola After Colour Colour-Care Mask, Simply Smooth Xtend Color Lock Keratin Replenishing Mask, Rolland O Way ColorUp Color Protection Mask, and Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Masque
Color Lock Leave-In Products
Leave-in treatments designed for color-treated hair seal the cuticle to preserve color molecules inside the hair and prevent color from washing out. Leave-in products for colored hair use amino acids, nourishing oils, antioxidants, and sunscreens to keep the cuticles healthy and flexible. They also protect hair from damaging UV rays and other environmental factors that can cause fading. These products keep hair moisturized, help tame frizz and flyaways, and improve softness and manageability.
Products: Biosilk Color Therapy Lock and Protect Leave-In Treatment, Goldwell Dual Senses Color Lock Serum, Pravana Color Care Lock-in Leave-in Treatment, Sexy Hair Vibrant Color Guard Post Sealer, PAUL MITCHELL Color Care Color Protect Locking Spray, L’ANZA Healing Colorcare Color-Preserving Trauma Treatment, Joico Color Endurance Color Lock Leave-In Protectant, Amika Vault Color-lock Leave-in Conditioner, and Nuance Salma Hayek Blue Agave Curl Cream with Color Lock Technology.