A Roundup of Hair Care Essentials for Color-Treated Hair

Thursday, April 19, 2018

I'm sure you've all noticed that my hairstyle and color have changed since the new year began. I traded in my long curls for an effortless lob (long bob) and worked in some balayage to soften my complexion. For those that have known me for years, I have always sported a highlighted look, thanks to the sunny beach vibes of growing up in California. It was a look that suited me well, especially for my light to medium skin tone.

Just two years ago, I finally decided to give my hair a break and went back to my natural dark brown hair color. It looked and felt incredible, shiny and healthy ... which left me wondering why I ever changed my hair in the first place! I often think that a new hairstyle represents change we want in our lives. Something to kick off a new journey or chapter we're about to embark on. Or it could simply be because we're bored of the same hair routine, day after day. Whatever the reason may be, I think it's a positive thing to incorporate change every so often, to keep our souls inspired and constantly evolving. I was feeling in a rut at the end of 2017 and switching up my look was a way for me to take that first step into becoming a better version of myself, physically and mentally. Can anyone  else relate?

Madewell Floral Top
Madwell Button Down Denim Skirt - Old (Similar herehere & here)

I was very happy with the new "me," but my hair unfortunately took a toll from the balayage process. It took two color sessions and an added glaze of mocha brown to get the ashy blonde/brown highlights that I wanted. My hair was left very dry and brittle, with split ends up the wazoo! Luckily, through a few hair care recommendations from my colorist and doing a little research of my own, I was able to restore my hair to a much healthier state! Cutting my hair even shorter didn't have to be an option because I finally had products that came to the rescue. 

These are the hair care products that I've been using these past few months that have made a huge difference in the look, feel, and condition of my hair:

Shampoo & Conditioner:
L' Oreal Paris Elvive Color Intensive Protective Shampoo: This shampoo really helps to repair and hydrate color damaged hair, while doing an excellent job at maintaining your color. For a drugstore brand, this shampoo is quite impressive. 
UNITE Hair Blonda Purple Shampoo: I use this purple shampoo every 5-7 days to preserve the ashy tones in my blonde hair and to prevent brassiness to the highlighted strands. If you have blonde highlights, you will most definitely want to add this in your line-up. 
QUAI Repair Conditioner: To increase the intensity of hydration, I decided to try this conditioner, which I'm pleasantly enjoying right now. It has a lovely scent that makes your hair smell amazing! I feel it has helped to mend the damage at my ends, without leaving my hair feeling weighty or oily.

Leave-In Conditioner and Hair Protectant:
It's a 10 - Miracle Leave-In Product: This might as well be the BEST product for repairing damaged hair.  My hairstylist in Las Vegas highly recommended this product as the answer to my split-end problem. She told me it would work wonders and it absolutely did! If there is one product that made the most impact on my hair, it is this leave-in product! It conditions, repairs, is a heat protectant, and does so much more!  I use this every other day after washing my hair and it's truly the best!
MorrocanOil Treatment Oil: Once my hair has been dried and styled with a flat iron or a 1 inch curling iron, I smooth out my ends and any fly-aways with this amazing hair oil! The whole MorrocanOil line smells incredible, but their hair oil has been one of the best I've tried. It finishes off my hair beautifully without weighing it down. Another product I highly recommend!

Products that Keep my Hair in Check:
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo: Since I love the volume I already have with shorter hair, I just add a light mist of this dry shampoo to my roots onto second day hair as an instant refresher. I've tried my share of dry shampoo's and this has been my favorite thus far! 
UNITE Texturizing Spray: To maintain volume at the crown of my head for half-up do's or the occasional top knot bun, I like to spray this texturizing spray for just the right amount of volume and hold needed to get the hairdo I want. It provides a light hold that doesn't leave a residue behind, which I really like.

I want to give hair masks a try in the future to help keep my hair looking it's best.  So, if you have any recommends, please share them in the comments below. I hope you give these products a try and have a beautiful week!

Warmly ~


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