We Were Asked:
I have medium to long length, colored hair. My hair was naturally dark blonde, but now it is colored to medium blonde with gray spots! I’ve never permed my hair and I’m looking to get it colored again.
Coloring already colored hair can be difficult when gray areas are present, but there are ways to make a coloring easier. Before you decide upon coloring your hair, you should ask your stylist if there is anything special you need to do to prepare your hair. The gray in your hair is going to be harder to color than the rest of your hair. There are a number of things your stylist can do to help with the gray. To begin with, you need to get the cuticles of the gray hair to open up. This helps for the color to deposit into the roots and last. To do this, you can use a strong sulfate shampoo prior to getting your hair colored. This can help remove chemicals and build up to make it easier for the color to penetrate the hair shaft.
An example of a strong sulfate shampoo is the Matrix Essentials Alternate Actions Clarifying Shampoo. This shampoo contains special chelating agents that help counteract mineral deposits in your hair. It helps your hair become a clean slate, enabling the color to deposit well.
After the color, it would be wise to use a sulfate free shampoo, such as Pureology. To be specific, the Pureology Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner would be a great choice. These products help to increase fullness, strength, and body. This formula is free of carcinogenic color stripping sulfates. This means it can help you avoid the dreaded gray areas of your hair for as long as possible.
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