Hey Fam! It’s your favorite Jane here again! 😉 Hope you’ve been WELL!
And by WELL, I mean like you’ve been reading and having picnics at the park – going on fun hikes – planned a fun summer trip in the forseeable future (even if it’s just for the weekend) – and have been enjoying some crisp orange wine after work on those Summer Fridays “type of WELL.”
Anyway, now that summer’s in full swing, let’s be completely honest with ourselves…The only thing that’s on our minds right now are: our future summer tans, the beach, what kind of cute swimsuits we’ll be wearing, our potential summer fling(s) (if we’re single), and our soon to be sun-kissed hair.
I may be biased, but summertime is THE BEST TIME of the year (Christmas is a close second if I’m being frank here) and the perfect time switch up your look. Hair color included.
Whenever people see my hair IRL, they without fail, always ask me these 4 questions in no particular order:
- How is your hair so thick and healthy?
- What hair care products do you use?
- How do you maintain your color?
- How does your hair not get brassy?
And since I have the lighest hair color on our team (next to a newly blonded Drew), I wanted to share some tips I’ve picked up in the last 15 years I’ve been dying my hair (sorry to my hair, my grandma, my mom, and my dad who are all not on the internet because they’ve always wanted my hair color to be natural but I’ve always loved coloring it.)
If you’re wondering what makes me so credible, it’s because I have maintained healthy, shiny, color treated locks for over a decade and a half. While I’m generally a greyish/blonde, I’ve also had my wild days in the past as a blue-haired gal once before and it was really fun.
If you have black or really dark hair like I do, actually having and maintaining light colored hair that’s NOT brassy or orange is not an easy feat as our hair color is the hardest to bleach and lift. Maintaining the same hair color weeks after you leave the salon is also a whole different THING, so I wanted to share everything that’s worked for me. Thank you Gregga, for keeping my hair on point these last few years and sharing your tips with me.
Make sure to use a moisturizing hair mask like this one before you go in to get your hair colored. If you can mask your hair once a week for at least a month prior to getting your hair treated, your hair will be ready to be colored. This will ensure that your hair is the healthiest it can possibly be before you bleach, color and dry it out.
Use color safe, sulfate free shampoos and conditioners depending on your hair color/type/hair goals. I have naturally thick black hair so in order to keep my blonde locks bright, I make sure to use Fanola once a week accompanied by a color safe shampoo and conditioner. All my friends say I’m bougie for using nice hair products but what can I say – I appreciate a good hair product. It also makes taking a shower seem more fun when everything smells nice.
After I shower and my hair’s still damp, I dry my hair with a microfiber towel. If you have a lot of hair like I do, this is a total game changer. It dries my hair in under 5 minutes and I don’t have to use a blow dryer. While my hair is still damp, I, without fail, always make sure to add hair oil to the ends my hair and massage it in. Using a good hair oil helps to keep your hair conditioned all day long while fighting frizz and flyaways without feeling greasy. Rub any leftovers on your elbows or knees.
The more days you can go without washing your hair, the more the color will stay. Use a dry shampoo in-between showers to soak up oil and keep your hair fresh and smelling great.
Make sure to get your hair toned 12 weeks or so after you get your hair colored. This will be a lot cheaper than getting your hair colored again and it helps maintain the longevity of your hair color.
If you can stand it, rinse out your shampoo and conditioner with cold water when you shower. This will help maintain your hair color for the longest possible time as hot water will lift your hair color making it fade a lot quicker.
Limit using heat when styling your hair as those tend to dry and damage your hair. If you like to use a curler or flat iron, make sure to use a heat protectant spray first.
That’s all I’ve got so I hope you picked up something you didn’t know before! Do you have any color safe hair tips that you want to share? Drop me a comment down below and let me know.
For those of you that live in the U.S., wishing you all a very happy and safe Independence Day.
If you missed my other recent stories, you can read What to do if Your Skin Freaks Out here, How to Achieve the Perfect Winged Liner here and Comfort is a Privilege here.
Photography by: Karla Ticas | Location: La Peer Hotel