Tips on Maintaining the Quality of Your Clients Color Treated Hair

Preserve and Protect

It takes hours to achieve that perfect color, but it doesn’t take much to ruin it. Everything from poor-quality shampoo to sun exposure can wreak havoc on color-treated hair. Celebrity colorist Marco Pelusi of Marco Pelusi Hair Studio explains how to remedy the major haircolor issues clients deal with.

“The biggest issue facing anyone who is color-treating their hair is the shampoo they use at home,” he points out. Pelusi recommends to clients a shampoo that helps to maintain the hair’s natural pH of 4.5 to 5.5. He also reminds them not to shampoo their hair for 24 to 48 hours after a color service because this time frame gives the color a chance to hold longer.

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Another big issue for those with color-treated hair is maintaining the quality and integrity of the hair. Because colored hair can get quite dry, Pelusi stresses the importance of deep conditioning. He suggests treating clients to a strengthening treatment with a vegetable-based protein that mimics the hair’s own protein structure. Protein is extremely important for very damaged, color-treated hair and the ideal treatment process consists of a shampoo, rinse, a towel blot and an application of the protein treatment to the damaged areas followed by a final rinse.

To protect hair from the damaging effects of the sun, remind clients to wear a hat or stylish cover-up when outdoors, or at the very least tell them to apply products containing benzophenone, which will act as a sunscreen for the hair and prevent it from turning brassy, he says. Lastly, Pelusi points out that when coloring gray hair, which tends to be coarser and drier, a leave-in conditioner is essential. “When you add color to the gray it can dry hair out even more,” he explains. “Adding a leave-in conditioner to a client's regimen is a great idea even if she never used a leave-in before grays, because her texture has changed.” —Kamala Kirk, west coast editor

photography: ROBERT LYNDEN