It’s amazing how a new hair color can change your entire look. A lighter pigment, for example, can illuminate cheekbones and highlight a delicate jawline. A darker hue will pull focus to mysterious, sparkling eyes and a prominent brow. But how do you keep your new color looking vibrant after you leave the hair salon? The following guide offers maintenance tips. 

How to Care for Colored Hair

1. Stick to Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are two common chemicals used as cleaning agents in shampoo. The sudsy lather dissolves dirt and oily residue, but it can also be abrasive. The friction from scrubbing it into your scalp can cause hair cuticles to open and the color to seep out. To prevent fading, use sulfate-free shampoos specifically formulated for color-treated locks. Antioxidants and amino acids should be on the list of active ingredients. 

2. Rinse Conditioner Out in Cool Water

hair salonWhen shampooing and conditioning, don’t use hot water to rinse. The extreme heat forces the cuticle layer to open, which will cause the artificial color to bleed from the cortex. Instead, use warm water to enhance the cleaning properties of the shampoo. Then, wash out the product with cold water to encourage the cuticles to close again.

3. Apply a Protective Serum Before Using Styling Tools

If you use flat irons, curling wands, and other heated styling tools, remember to turn down the temperature. Otherwise, the extreme heat will alter the artificial pigment. Dark hues will fade, while blonde tones will become brassy. In addition to adjusting temperature settings on tools, spritz your hair with a heat-protectant serum before styling. 


If you want to try a new hair color, the stylists at Elle.B Salon West are eager to help you pick a flattering shade. The Lakewood, CO-based hair salon has gained a loyal following of clients wanting to transform their manes with highlights, balayage, and other coloring services. Check out the full treatment menu online and call (720) 485-3056 to book an appointment. For ideas to inspire your transformation, follow the hair salon on Facebook to see client photos.