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Three prep steps for vibrant and long lasting hair color

When it comes to hair color; the difference between a magnificent head turning color and a boring, dull looking one, can be these quick and easy at-home prep steps. Before your next hair dye job, give these steps a try and let us know how it worked for you? (You’ll thank me!)

Remove all product or mineral buildup on your hair

Product buildup on your hair happens easier and more often than most people think. Even if you’re not heavy handed with hair sprays, gels or mousse, the conditioners, serums, and oils used can leave a coating on the hair that will interfere with hair color processing. Using a clarifying shampoo before coloring your hair will remove residues and impurities that cling to the hair shaft.

If you’re shampooing in hard water, or even semi-hard water, you most likely have a mineral buildup on the hair that will interfere with the process of hair coloring. In worst cases, your hair can have a coppery, orange discoloration and feel brittle, unmanageable and dull.  Remove this buildup by treating your hair with a hard water demineralizer. Malibu Demineralization Treatment ($2 at beauty supply stores) is quick and easy to use at home. The same treatment will cost you a lot more in a salon. You may use the treatment as often as needed. For best results, cover hair with a shower cap and wrap in a towel or heat with a hair dryer for 15 to 20 minutes. That’s it!

Follow With a Deep Conditioning Treatment

If you’re a hair junkie, you’ve read (many times) about the mega benefits of using a deep conditioner regularly. Yeah, but now, before your next hair color appointment and after your clarifying treatment or demineralization . . . it’s really, really important to do a deep conditioning treatment!  But, make the best use of whatever deep conditioner you choose, by using heat to drive the conditioner deep into the hair shaft. The hair will be strengthened and more deeply moisturized, so it’s prepared to take on a color treatment more evenly. Your hair color will also stay vibrant longer, not fading as quickly as with dry hair.

After Care

You will protect your color as well as the integrity of your hair, by investing in a good sulfate free shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair. Every time you shampoo, you will be removing some color, so less is more! Your hair can still use moisturizing so try a no-poo shampoo! Wet hair in the shower and massage your scalp. Follow with a conditioner from mid shaft to ends. The no-poo shampoo, will cleanse the scalp and hair (to a lesser degree) while extending the time between regular shampoos. Another way to beat the regular routine of shampooing is to try a dry shampoo. Dry shampoos are trending now and you can find plenty of good ones to choose from. They add texture to the hair for a new look and come in purse sizes so you can refresh your style whenever you need!

Before your next hair color appointment try these tips for the best coverage, best shine and longest lasting hair color possible!  We would love to hear how it worked for you!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing