The Best Products for Color-Treated Hair
You might not be a natural blonde any more, but that doesn’t mean your hair needs to look like you’ve colored it to death. There are plenty of hair products designed specifically for color treated hair, but which ones do you need to use on brunette hair? What about red hair? We talked to Kelly Ann Snesrud of Albert Brown Salon in New Orleans to get advice on extending your color, keeping your strands healthy, and really standing out.
The Southern Redhead
Snesrud says that redheads can keep up their pretty roux hue by using a color-enhancing product that deposits a small amount of red with each use. You can consider this a mini color treatment every time you wash your hair. Redheads are often more susceptible to strong Southern rays, so using a UV- protectant spray can prevent the rich shades from fading and shield sensitive scalps from the sun.
Buy It: Not Your Mother’s Love For Hue Color Care UV Protectant, $5.24; amazon.com
Buy It: Biotera Sheer Illuminator Shiny Red Tinted Moisture Treatment, $8.79; sallybeauty.com
The Southern Brunette
With our heat and humidity, it can be hard to maintain a brunette’s smooth, shiny locks. But thermal-protectant products create a strong barrier so the Southern heat won’t penetrate the color easily. They also add much-needed moisture to the hair. Remember, it’s okay to skip shampoos sometimes—this helps maintain color. You can always spray in a dry shampoo.
Buy It: Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Color Guard, $4.99; target.com
Buy It: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo, $22; sephora.com
The Southern Silver
When hair goes gray, it loses pigment and can turn a shade of yellow due to environmental factors such as chemical residues in water (the South has its fair share of hard water), the hot Southern sun, or even certain styling products. Using a lavender-based shampoo just once a week will neutralize the yellow and brighten the tone. Gray hair also tends to be drier, so to avoid dullness, condition hair and use a shine spray that doesn’t contain alcohol.
Buy It: Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo Blonde & Silver, $10.79; sallybeauty.com
Buy It: Pantene Pro-V CC Shine Spray, $5.99; amazon.com
The Southern Blonde
The marriage of lightener and humidity is often a lethal combination, but with the right products, beautiful highlights can be maintained. Blondes often lose their luster, so it’s important to start with sulfate- and paraben-free shampoos and conditioners. Go big with a climate-protection hair spray that moisturizes locks while controlling frizz and guarding against humidity. Once a week, use a hair mask to mend the damage caused by lightening the hair. And when you hit the pool to combat hot Southern summers, keep your hair protected by slathering on a pre-dip conditioner.
Climate Protection Hair Spray
Buy It: TRESemmé Climate Protection Hair Spray, $4.92; walmart.com
Buy It: Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Deep Moisture Hair Mask, $4.98; walmart.com