In my 60 plus years, I have had brown hair, black hair, blond hair, bleached highlights, highlights that last six weeks and naturally brown and gray hair.
Right now I have colored-treated hair, and with the 90 to 100 degree weather in Florida, it is hard to keep it looking good. The sun can make it look yellow and brassy, and that is not a stylish look.
We have several beauty supplies stores and professional hairdressers that get their products at a special rate, but they usually will not sell them to the general public at a low cost. Here are some tips you can use to brighten up your color-treated hair without paying too much for hair-care products:
1. Purchase a well-known brand of shampoo that is a blue tint shampoo. This is for color-treated hair. It is suggested that you use it every time you wash your hair. It takes out the brassy color and helps protect your hair. If the beauty supplies stores are too expensive, then go to a discount or wholesale shopping mart and look for other brands that have the blue color shampoo. If you can’t find these shampoos, since it is sometimes difficult to obtain them, purchase conditioners that are for color-treated hair, with the same blue color.
2. Always use the color-treated conditioning tube that comes with your hair color. This tube generally lasts for about six weeks.
3. Sometimes I just feel that my hair needs extra brightening. This is when I go to my hairdressers. I tell her that I want my hair looking the best it can. I ask her for just a few highlights, almost the same color as my hair. Your hair dresser may do several highlights for you at a much reduced price, which is more economical than paying for a full set of highlights. This brings out the light color in your hair. It looks natural and gives it a glow and a shine. This may be the best tip of all, but it is also the most expensive. I do not recommend coloring your hair and then adding the highlights yourself. Your hair could turn green, or some other undesirable color.
4. Hair does not have to be dull and lifeless. If yours is, then it may be that you are using a cheap shampoo or conditioner. To ensure that your hair retains its brightness, you should use moderately priced or better quality products to give your hair the shine and moisture it needs. Many manufacturers have color-treated shampoos and conditioners that are for artificially blond, brunette or redhead women. Many of the higher-end hair products that you find in the store are as good as the professional brands and are around half the price.
5. If you wash your hair every day, then try to switch to washing it only two or three times a week. If you wash it every three days, then try to leave it for five. The more you wash your hair, the more it will loose color and brightness.
6. If you are in the sun a good deal of the time, wear a hat to protect your color treated hair.
7. There are hair-protecting products available that are like a mask, and these usually have UV filters and Vitamin E, as well as other ingredients that help to brighten color-treated hair.
8. Try lemon juice. It’s not just an old wive’s tale. Squeeze a lemon and put the juice on your hair, and leave it on for a few minutes. Rinse off, shampoo and condition. Many women have found that this helps to brighten their hair and restore its shine.
9. Know your own hair. Some women need to color their hair every six weeks, while others can wait for three months. If you do wait for a longer period of time, your hair will loose some color and brightness. Before this happens, take steps to prevent it from getting brassy and dull. After all, you are worth it.