Color Lock Hair Treatments and Products

The coloring process involves the use of harsh chemicals, which can seriously damage your hair if used too often. Alkaline substances in the color mixture damage your hair by opening the cuticles and depositing hair color. For this reason, frequent coloring can roughen the cuticle layer, leaving hair dry and porous. Not to mention the fact that color fades quickly on damaged hair since the color molecules are no longer protected within a sealed cuticle layer.

To ensure prolonged vibrancy, as well as to avoid damage from frequent color processing, your colorist should use the proper treatments to reseal raised cuticles and prevent your beautiful color from fading.

Luckily, there are a bunch of after-color products formulated to help lock in your color and keep your hair shiny and vibrant until your next salon visit.  While 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 maintain healthy cuticles and protect hair from other environmental stressors that can affect your color’s vibrancy.

hairdresser looking at the color chart in the salon

Post-Color Hair Treatments

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.

Related 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.

Hair Glazes

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 dye, 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 it 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.

Related products: Sebastian Cellophanes Color Revitalizer, John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Color Glaze, and Oscar Blandi Vivid Clear Shine Glaze

Hair Glosses

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.

Related products: Redken Shades EQ Color Gloss – Crystal Clear, John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss, and Clairol Natural Instincts Shine Happy Clear Hair Color Treatment.

A woman with long blonde hair in the salon

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 help to hold the color molecules inside the hair and prolong color vibrancy. These hair masks also increase strength and elasticity and soften hair that has been damaged by the coloring process.

Related 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.

Related products: Pureology Strength Cure Miracle Filler (also works as a heat protectant), 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 MATRIX Total Results Keep Me Vivid Color Lamination Spray.

a young woman with salon colored hair

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. It would be best if you didn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Last Updated on August 29, 2022 by Gaga

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Gaga is a blogger and founder of the Softer Hair website. She often says that insomnia is to blame for her first blogging attempts. Being the night owl, she hated the morning alarm. She left her office job and returned to what she loved most - writing.


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