- Get a moisturizing treatment to bring back the natural protection of your hair.
- Get color-safe shampoo. It’s one thing to have hair colored it’s another thing to have to maintain it. Understanding that even water will draw out color from your hair, use color-safe shampoos to make colored hair last longer.
- Cold showers are also advised so that your cuticle remains closed and the moisture and color of your hair stays put.
- In Salon, treatment is a great way to jump-start the “healing” process for your hair after coloring. Keratin and Olaplex treatments are great additions to a color treatment because they’ll ensure your hair will still have strength and luster long after you had your visit from the salon.
- We advice coloring within three shades of your current hair color and work your way up the levels gradually. If you want to go higher on the scale, consider putting gap of a few weeks between colors with treatments in between so that your hair has time to recuperate.
- Get a hair treatment. Bleach does not just strip away pigments, its strips your hair of natural oils and keratin as well. You can use shampoos and masks to add nourishment back into those locks, but a good in salon treatment really helps to move things along quicker.
- And while you’re at it, enjoy the color you’re in as you move up the levels. Who knows maybe the perfect hair wasn’t blonde after all, but the shade between here and there.
- Stay out of the Sun. UV damages all hair types but more particularly bleached hair. Get a UV protection spray and apply generously to your hair especially on the top of your head, where the sun hits it most.
- Stay away from chlorine and saltwater as well, as these tend to cause hair discoloration (a nasty green tinge) and dryness. If swimming is unavoidable, then wetting your hair before and thoroughly rinsing your hair after, can lessen the negative chemical reactions that occur with bleached hair.
- Apply heat protection products thoroughly before styling to prevent split ends. If it involves a wait time, be patient enough to let the product work its magic.
- Use styling tools that efficiently manage heat and that have graduated heat settings. Use the lowest setting especially for irons and curlers.
- When blow-drying, remember to keep some distance between your hair and the dryer. Around six inches should do. When possible use the air-dry setting so as not to cook your wet hair.
- Never iron or curl your hair while it is still wet.
- Brush up on the proper safety techniques when using heat styling tools. For more on this check out “How to use your heat styling tools like a Pro.”
- Hydrating hair masks are amazing. If you haven’t started using one now is the best time.
- Like bleaching or hair color, these are some serious chemicals so we advise that you go to a professional. We’ve heard one too many horror stories of people doing it on themselves and getting less than great results.
- Tell your stylist how long ago you’ve had your last perm, relax or rebond, so they can determine what course of action to take moving forward. If your hair is still too raw to move forward with any treatment, take a breath, accept and reschedule at a time when your hair can handle it.
- Clean hair sets better so use clarifying shampoos. Avoid conditioners, masks, and styling products before the chemical application, and make sure you remove all residue from your hair before you begin.
- Sit still and pretty. The way to lasting beauty takes time. So be prepared to sit for a few hours. Take your stylist's advice and try not to move around too much either. These setting chemicals work effectively and in the process of you moving about could leave your hair set in the wrong way.
- Space out your perms etc. at least six months apart and always journal when you had your last perm. A post on social media helps. In that way, you have a digital reminder of sorts. So when the urge to change starts bubbling up, you know if you’ve had enough time in between treatments to give your locks some rest.
- Solve frizzy hair with treatment not rebonding. Sometimes we think the solution to frizzy hair is to nuke it with rebonding chemicals. If that is the case for you, check out our article on hair treatments and what problems they’re meant to solve.
- Be mindful of the tips of your hair. Always have some hydration product available especially for the tips which tend to dry out after its been permed. Also if by chance a lock or two of hair didn’t set properly, circle back to your stylist to see if there’s something you can do to fix it.