Gone are the days when cotton candy pink hair will earn you the ridicule of many or trigger dreams of Frankie Avalon singing “Beauty School Dropout” (‘Don’t know what this reference is all about? Watch “Grease”). These days, unnatural hair colors are “in.”
Multicolored, rainbow, or unicorn hair is all the rage, especially among stylish millennials. Older folks blame it on the popularity of K-Pop and anime but no one will say that the unnatural hues are not creative or pretty, especially when a professional hair colorist has done it.
The lovely appearance of rainbow hair requires special maintenance, though. You cannot simply go about it with your typical hair care routine of shampooing and conditioning. To maintain the vibrancy of the different colors of your tresses, you need to exert extra effort and spend a bit more money.
Don’t think too much about the cost, though, because it will all be worth it in the long run. To take care really good care of your beautiful rainbow-colored hair, here are the pros’ tips you need to follow.
1. Use a high-quality heat protectant before any sort of heat treatment
Nothing can morph color intensity faster than heat.
In fact, if you turn your blow-dryer up to high and blow-dry one section of your hair first, you can immediately see with your own eyes how the heat alters the color vibrancy.
To prevent color from becoming dull, invest in a high-quality heat protectant for your hair. Also, as much as possible, do not subject your mane to high heat not only to prevent color morphing but also to protect your hair.
Additional Tip: Don’t wash your hair with hot water. It’s best to wash your colored hair with tepid water to maintain color and shine.
2. Use a low sulfate shampoo or co-wash to preserve the rainbow
To keep your rainbow-colored hair for longer, use a low sulfate shampoo which is color-friendly and won’t strip or dull hair color. A good example of this is Schwarzkopf color protect. Or, you may opt to co-wash instead.
Also known as conditioner-only washing, conditioner rinsing and co-shampooing, co-washing helps moisturize and cleanse the hair and scalp as well as detangles it without stripping the hair of vibrant color.
3. Get a hair hydration treatment
A hair hydration treatment is a must in maintaining the healthy luster of hair despite the coloring treatment. Since bleaching, which can be a harsh process, is necessary as a preparation treatment for coloring in order to get the truest color, it is important to nourish the hair and scalp afterwards for health restoration.
A hair hydration treatment will not only make your locks shiny and vibrant, it will also make your hair soft and silky to the touch. Likewise, it will ease any itchiness you may be occasionally experiencing after having your hair colored; your mane will feel quite refreshed!
4. Get a root touch-up after four to eight weeks
Hair normally grows at a rate of 1.25 centimeters a month, and when your original hair color starts showing above your multicolored hair, it’s not a pretty look. Set an appointment with your colorist for a touch-up if you have no intention of changing your hair concept just yet.
A touch-up can be tricky for rainbow-colored hair, so make sure to have it done with the colorist who previously worked on yours.
5. Don’t shampoo too often
It’s better to do without shampooing unless your hair has already gotten really dirty and your scalp has become too oily. Frequent hair washing can diminish color intensity as well as make your hair quite dry.
But if you want your hair to have a lot of body, which you can achieve with shampooing, use a dry shampoo instead.
Spray dry shampoo or sprinkle baby powder on your head to absorb extra oils that can make you hair feel limp and heavy.
Afterward, flip your hair over, and work your fingers from the roots to the ends. This will get rid of any excess product while giving bounce and body to your mane.
Follow these tips from the hair experts and you can be sure that your trendy multicolored hair will look really good until you find yourself finally ready for a change.
Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.