Adelina is my hairstylist. I’ve blogged about her before, here and here. She is the owner/stylist of a well-known salon here in Sonoma County. What I like most about Adelina, besides the fact that she is a great person, is that she truly cares about her clients and takes the time to assess, consult and educate.
I took full advantage of Addie’s wealth of knowledge during my appointment last Wednesday. I interviewed her about how to make hair color last. What led me to stop coloring my hair about a year ago was the cost and inconvenience of frequent visits.
Here are a few tips, courtesy of Adelina, to help keep your color last longer:
(even if you don’t color your hair, these tips can still help you maintain healthy tresses)
1) Limit how often you wash your hair. I used to be a daily washer, but my hair became dry as a broom. Now I wash my hair every other day. Adelina says that is an improvement, but every three days would be better. With the hot summer months right around the corner, I told her I thought that might be too challenging.
At $24, it came with a free refill. It smells good – kind of fruity – and it goes on like your mineral powder makeup, only you dab it on your hair where it looks a bit oily. It’s small which makes it easy to bring along in your handbag or for travel. Is it the same as washing your hair? No. But it does make your hair look more fresh when it’s not.
2) Use a quality color protecting shampoo and conditioner from a salon. Although it may be more expensive than the type you buy at the drugstore, don’t worry: Adelina says it’s okay to rotate it with a brand from the drugstore to offset the cost (but don’t buy the super cheap, color-stripping $1.99 stuff. Find something better than your average shampoo).
Adelina recommended this travel pack of Shu Uemura shampoo, conditioner and hair masque for $40.00.
My “cheap” dugstore brand that I rotate is Root Awakening by John Freida, about $8.00
Don’t feel too badly about spending the cash on the salon products because if you follow the advice in #3, your shampoo will last much, much longer.
3) Stop using so much shampoo! I have very long and thick hair. I’ve always believed I needed lots of soap to get my hair clean. We have all seen the ads on TV with the woman in the shower, her hair lathered up in a soapy foam from root to end.
That is a total waste of product, according to Adelina. She’s says not to think of your hair as being “washed”, but as your scalp being “exfoliated”.
– First, concentrate your energy on your scalp. Don’t worry about the rest of your hair unless it’s dirty for a reason, like you went to an outdoor concert and partied in the dust and cigarette (or other) smoke. Or you rode around on your boyfriend’s motorcycle and you have bugs in your hair. Normal, day-to-day activities are not going to get your hair very dirty. Why waste your fancy shampoo?
– Second, get your hair very wet before you apply your shampoo. Saturate it.
– Third, pour a tiny amount of shampoo into your palm – I’m talking a dime-sized amount. Massage it into your scalp, paying close attention to your hairline. Add a tiny but more, smaller than a dime size, and a few drops of water (add with your hand, not the shower head). Continue to massage the shampoo onto your entire scalp. Don’t worry about the absence of lather and suds. Trust me. Your hair will be clean.
– Finally, rinse well, making sure you run the water through all of your hair to the ends.
4) I love hot showers. The hotter the better. But my hair and my skin, not so much. It dries them both, and it leeches color from my hair’s cuticle. Keep the temperature warm and finish with a good cool rinse on your hair. It will shut the cuticle down and make your hair shinier and softer.
5) Adelina used a relatively new type of color technology on my hair. It’s called INOA, made by L’Oreal.
It’s ammonia-free, oil-based and has no scent, which is a huge improvement over traditional hair coloring. My color will not only last longer, but it has made my hair shinier, softer and healthier than with the old ammonia-based color. I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in my hair since getting this new type of color.
The first time I washed my hair after getting color (which was three days later) I plugged up the tub so I could see how much color rinsed out. Usually, I can see the brown dye rushing down the drain. But not even the slightest tint of brown was seen in the water. The clear water is a good sign my color will last.
If you color your hair, ask your salon if they use INOA or another ammonia-free color.