1. During spring time, most of us like to wear a brighter color in our hair – even blondes may wish to go a bit lighter. Often times lighter coppery red or reddish tone is a lovely choice to add into the color during springtime. A color change such as adding red or lighter colors sometimes seems to fade more quickly than the regular blonde or brunette color that has already been done. As a general note, any kind of red color is the first to fade, because red contains the largest dye molecules. Whether you’re a redhead, blonde or brunette, if you are going even a bit lighter/redder, you should always ask your colorist what he/she could do to prevent hair from premature color fade. This may include leaving the color on a bit longer or mixing up separate formulas for the base, mid-shaft and ends. Be sure to ask if he/she is doing a typical “pull through” or using a fresh color formula. Ask if the formula will be on the mid-shaft and ends and for how long. Then you need to evaluate which haircare products you’re using at home and you need to make sure that your products are specifically formulated to repair and moisturize, as well as prevent hair from premature color fade. Lastly, as a general rule, you don’t need to shampoo as often which will help retain your haircolor for a longer period of time.
2. Along the same lines, when going lighter and/or redder during springtime, many of us have eyebrow tone or eyelash tone that needs to be adjusted to match the new color. It is definitely possible to tint either or both, and this is a procedure I recommend for a total look of beauty. Eyebrow and eyelash tinting is very easy to do but I do recommend going to a salon rather than doing it yourself to ensure that your color is in sync and to ensure safety. For eyebrows, it’s about a 15-20 minute process. For eyelashes, again, it’s an easy procedure that takes approximately 20 minutes. The color lasts between three and four weeks and fades gradually on-tone.
3. During spring, should we choose to lighten our previously color treated hair, we need to to prevent our hair from becoming dry, especially at the ends. The longer the hair is, the older the hair is, the more dimensions/levels of color/chemicals are on the hair, and longer hair doesn’t have the benefit of sebum or hair oils produced at the scalp that keep the hair shaft healthy and shiny. It is a matter of using really good restorative products – shampoo is for the scalp and conditioning is for the ends. When you condition, you need to allow time with the conditioner on the ends of your hair. The concept is just like moisturizing your skin. It’s important to not over shampoo the hair because it dries out the hair shaft. All you really need to do is shampoo your scalp and let the shampoo rinse down the ends.