One thing that I never have a problem admitting is that I color my hair. It is actually very close to it’s natural color. You can tell that when it is growing out. The difference is now there are silver sparkles here and there amongst the natural color. I have been coloring my fine color treated hair for years and manage to keep it healthy and natural looking.
I grew up in my mother’s “beauty shop” in rural Illinois. So my love and appreciation for keeping my hair looking it’s best goes way back. I have a few things that I do to keep my hair healthy between professional salon colorings. Not only do I make sure that my fine hair is colored on a regular basis, but I also get it cut at the same time. Yes, it is every seven to eight weeks like clockwork.
So before I talk all things about keeping my fine color treated hair healthy you might want to check out some other posts I have written that relate to hair.
- Hair Over 50: How to Stop Your Hair From Aging You
- Best Sun Hats to Protect Your Face from the Rays (and your hair too)
- Easy Ways to Maintain a Youthful Appearance
How I Keep My Fine Color Treated Hair Healthy and Shiny
Our hair is something that we wear EVERY day so we want it to look as good as possible. The texture of our hair is something that we just have to learn how to work with. My hair is fine, but luckily I have quite a bit of it. The cut, the way my hair is colored, the products that I use, and this southern woman’s love of hair spray all play a role in my good hair days. I’m sharing my favorite shampoos and how I use them on my fine color treated hair.
Hair Cycling: Why I Do It
First of all, I usually wash my hair every other day. Believe it or not I try to time it around my sweaty workout sessions. It doesn’t always work out that way and I may have to wash it more frequently. The other factor that comes into play is the heat and humidity of living in Atlanta, Georgia. There are just some summer days that my hair feels so yucky after sweating that I have to get it cleaned up.
That being said, I have cycled the products that I use on my fine color treated hair for years. I used to go by the rule that every quarter I would change up the shampoo and conditioner in my shower. A stylist I used to go to taught me that it was healthy to change up my products so that my hair didn’t get too used to the same thing all of the time.
Now, I must admit that I not only change up my volumizing shampoo and conditioner of choice every quarter, but I also add in other treatments throughout the week just to keep my hair looking it’s best. So here’s some of my favorites.
My Favorite Shampoos for Fine Color Treated Hair
Ok, I have to admit that I am a matchy matchy person when it comes to my shampoo and conditioner. When I purchase a brand of shampoo I also get the coordinating daily conditioner. My theory behind this is that there has obviously been a lot of research put into their formula and the two are made to go together. For some reason I always run out of shampoo before conditioner. Does that happen to you too? At least it doesn’t go bad so I just save it for the next time I rotate the shampoo in.
Here are my go to shampoos for my fine color treated hair. I rotate these in and out every quarter and the last one, Water Colors, stays in the shower year round. All of them are safe for color treated hair and I try to use as many clean beauty products on my hair as possible. Just like my beauty products, I have been trying to clean this category up as well. I’m not 100% of the way there, but I am doing better.
Living Proof shampoo and conditioner has been in my rotation for years. I love the fresh scent and the way that my hair feels so clean after using it. Another plus is that it is a cruelty free brand and they do use sustainable packaging. You can also get the products in multiple sizes which is nice if more than one person in your household is using the product. You can find the full shampoo at Ulta, Sephora, or Amazon. The conditioner can also be found at Ulta, Sephora ,or Amazon if you want to be matchy matchy like me.
Briogeo is a new prodcut line to my hair cycling rotation. It is a clean beauty company that you can feel good about using on your hair. Made with zero sulfates and 93 percent natural ingredients. The gensing helps it smell good. It takes a little more effort to get a really good lather with this than some other shampoos, but it does leave my hair feeling quite clean and healthy. You can find Briogeo shampoo at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Amazon. The coordinating conditioner is availabe at the sample plases….Sephora, Nordstrom, and Amazon.
Who doesn’t love the smell of Moroccan Oil hair care products. There is just something about it. I find this shampoo and conditioner to be so gentle on my hair and very hydrating. It is sulfate and paraben free and infused with argan oil. Also it gives a great lather. You can find the Extra Volume Shampoo at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Amazon. Don’t fotget the coordinating conditioner at the same places Sephora, Nordstrom, and Amazon.
Olaplex products are the ones that I reach to when I feel like my hair needs a little extra TLC. This brand checks all of the boxes. It is vegan, cruelty free, is made with clean ingredients and uses sustainable packaging. Talk about lather too. Oh my, the Olaplex No. 4 shampoo lathers up so so good. This formula is so moisturizing and helps with any damage that you may have. Another thing that it is good for is strenthening the hair. So if for some reason you have damaged hair from heat or other treatments then this is a great brand to put in your rotation.
You can find Olaplex No. 4 shampoom at Ulta, Sephora, and Amazon. The No. 5 conditioner is also at Ulta, Sephora, and Amazon. If you have very damaged hair, I have heard that the No.3 Hair Perfector really helps.
Water colors is a sulfate free shampoo that is good for anyone who colors their hair. I have been using this product for years. My retired hairdresser introduced me to it and told me which colors to get and they have been in my shower ever since.
This shampoo formulation is basically a color enhancer. It just deposits small amount of color onto your hair between salon visits. The other bonus is that it gives your hair so much shine.
Every time I was my hair I basically wash it twice. The first time I wash with a hydrating, volume formula and the second round is with either the Cocoa or the Steel. Ok, I know you are wondering why on earth I use the Steel color. Years ago she told me to use it in the summer to help keep my brunette locks from getting brassy. Between the shampoo, using this heat protectant, and a sun hat if I am out for an extended period of time it does the trick.
My Weekly Treats to My Hair
I now add in weekly treats to my hair as part of my hair cycling. If you have fine color treated hair like me, then you know that you use a quite a bit of product on in to make sure you have great hair days. Honestly, I do not use much heat on my hair. I blow it dry when I wash it and then I use velcro rollers the next day to get the blow out to looking good again. However, I do use heat treatment/protectant, mousse, hair thickeners, and hair spray on the regular. That being said I just like to give my hair a little TLC. Those treatment are usually on Wednesday and Sunday (the same days that I use moisturizing masks on my face). Easy to remember.
Amika products started coming into my house a few years back. Again, my previous hairdresser really liked and recommended their products. I started with the hair spray (works wonders in humidity) and then their mousse. Then decided that I really needed to start doing a weekly mask. Just something to give my hair extra moisture this winter. Enter the Soulfood Nourishing mask. This mask combined with the Amika 3D Volume and Thickening Shampoo makes my hair so soft and healthy looking. All of their products are vegan, cruelty free, sulfate and paraben free, and the packagin is eco friendly. The name Amika means friend and I will say that my hair considers all of their products that I have used a friend.
This brand, Christophe Robin, is rather new to me. Somewhere I read about their wonderful luxury hair care line that is from Europe. The brand is known for its highly concentrated yet gentle formulas. All products are powered by natural ingredients and are about the health of your hair and scalp. Every week I use the Cleansing Purifying Scrub on my hair. It makes my scalp feel so good. The product is thick like a mask and rough, but boy oh boy does it lather up beautifully. I know that all of the products that I put at the roots of my hair get into my scalp. Thus, this is like a little clean up to keep my scalp healthy and happy.
Again, I like to be matchy matchy with my products so I follow up with the Purifying Gelee conditioner. This conditioner is made with sea minerals and leaves my hair soft and shiny.
Now that you know all about my favorite shampoos and conditioners for my fine color treated hair I want to introduce you to the hair salon that is responsible for the beautiful color of my hair. The owner of Brash Hairdressers, Brian Walters, is the man behind the beautiful color on my hair.
Brash Hairdressers: A Q& A With Brian Walters, Owner/Colorist
Tell me a little history bit about Brash Hairdressers and the owners.
BRASH HAIRDRESSERS was started in June of 2019 by me and my wife Ashley. Before that, we were the owners of Toni&Guy at North Point mall. That original location opened in 2000. The mall once brought clientele looking for quality, turned into more of a fast/casual space which is not what our brand is about. So we moved to our current Webb Bridge location in 2018 and became known as BRASH HAIRDRESSERS.
Ashley my wife, or as I call her Ash, is my right hand in the running of BRASH and the name is a combination of our names and a playful admission of HAIRDRESSERS being a bit BRASH. Our new location offers a boutique vibe that showcases our very talented staff. Half of our team has been with us since the early 2000’s.
Brash is a teaching salon. What is a teaching salon and why is it good to go to one?
Education is everything in our culture. We offer weekly classes on basic and advanced techniques to our newer hairdressers. Without continuing education you become stale and outdated. Styles that are new today are old tomorrow. Our educators are going to London this fall to keep up with the latest trends. It’s a big investment in our time and money, but it gives us an edge when our clients are looking for something classic or on trend.
If someone is looking for a new hairdresser what are the top Two or Three things they should look for when choosing a new salon.
If you’re looking for a new hairdresser I would do research online and if the images and style look like it might be a match go for a consultation. You should feel comfortable with your stylist, it’s a relationship that should build over time and get better. Bring your likes/dislikes and then ask for their suggestions. This should creatively challenge your future stylists in a good way. If you don’t feel comfortable, then keep looking.
What Two questions should they ask before booking an appointment with someone new?
I would ask what products are used. If they are using the best products available, then they should be excited to introduce them to you. The products should always be high quality, smell amazing, and work for your hair type.
Everything needs to click. You should feel comfortable in the salon when you walk in. You should be treated incredibly well. When leaving the Salon you should be excited to come back and should be receiving compliments on your hair between visits.
You can visit BRASH HAIRDRESSERS online to learn even more about the salon and all of the staff.