Hairstylists - Product Choice
There are many factors that can influence hairstylists who want to choose products for color-treated hair. Important factors can include (but are not limited to): protecting and maintaining hair color, extra moisturizing or hydrating, smell, types of ingredients, and the type of hair their clients have.
Color-treated, bleached, and heat exposed hair is put under a significant amount of stress. One of the most important things for people with color-treated hair is to use products that will continue to protect and lock in their color. Many hair products can pull the dye from color-treated hair, such as regular shampoo. Many experts recommend products that are free of sulfates, which can have a negative effect on those with color-treated hair.
Other ingredients to avoid include salts, alcohol, detergents, and parabens. A lot of over-the-counter hair products contain these ingredients because they are inexpensive. However, according to JB Shelton, "an educator for Bosley Professional Strength haircare," these ingredients are responsible for stripping the color out of hair. By avoiding haircare products with these ingredients, color-treated hair can maintain its color longer. Products without these ingredients are also "gentle enough to use on fragile, color-treated" hair that is regularly exposed to heat via flat-irons, curlers, and blow dryers.
MOISTURE AND HYDRATION
A couple of crucial elements for dyed locks are hydration and moisture. Just as it is important to keep your body hydrated by drinking water throughout the day, it is also important to keep your hair hydrated, so many professionals seek out products that have extra moisturizing properties. Hair guru and personal stylist for celebs, Rita Hazan, says that anyone who colors their hair will need a little extra hydration, and especially those who use lightening or bleaching treatments.
Whenever a chemical process is applied it reduces the "elasticity (stretchability) of your hairs" and increases the chance of breakage. This chance is increased further if the instructions for home application are not strictly followed. Not properly hydrating or caring for color-treated hair after it is processed can also cause harm. It is important to choose a conditioner that suits "your hair type to keep your hair both feeling and looking great after coloring." It is advised that those who color their hair should also use a "pre-shampoo conditioning treatment at least once a week, depending on the condition of your hair."
Sometimes the make or break decision can be based on smaller factors of the product, such as the scent. It is also important to keep in mind the type of hair that is being treated; for example, blonde clients might want to use shampoo and conditioner with purple-blue undertones to prevent brassiness. Additionally, if a client wants their hair colored more often, they may need to space out days between shampooing.
Many factors have the potential to influence hairstylists for which products they would recommend or use on their color-treated clients. Common and important factors definitely include color protection, color retention, moisturization, and hydration. Additionally, many stylists will want to keep in mind the color and type of hair their clients have, the ingredients in the products, and how the product looks and smells.