We love playing with our hair, from trying new, trendy haircuts to adding new colors. But color can be stressful for hair, and unprepared locks can prevent you from having the lush shade of your dreams. Get gorgeous, longer-lasting results by giving your hair some serious TLC before you get to the salon.
Oil is a must.
Color strips natural oils and moisture from hair, so it helps to give your mane a little boost before you take the plunge. Add a dime-size drop of oil (we like Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil) to your hair a few times a week as a treatment to prep your hair for your next color appointment, or daily for an extra boost, says celebrity colorist Justin Anderson of Chris McMillan Salon.
Wash hair less.
Unless you have an overly oily scalp,avoid washing up every day. This dries out hair and strips shine — the last thing you want before a color treatment. Remember, the healthier your hair is before you color it, the longer your color will last.