Despite #pinkhairdontcare, having rainbow hair requires a bit of effort. If you’re anything like me, chances are your stylist had to lighten your hair to get the brightest, most saturated results possible. Plus, we all know that the brighter the shade, the faster it fades. Such a bummer. Now that I am recently in possession of some very awesome pink hair, I decided to offer a few of my tips on making your color last, preventing further damage, as well as my favorite products that help me corral my textural, wavy hair. It may seem like a lot, but here are all the products I use and how I use them. (Yes, these are my actual bottles, which is why one is covered in red lipstick. Oops!)
- Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo – a little goes a long way, so I use a tiny bit and keep it only on my roots.
- Sebastian Penetraitt Masque – my hair has always needed more conditioning than most conditioners offer, but mostly especially now. I use this masque every time I wash. Be sure to use a wide tooth comb to work the masque through the ends and avoid getting it on your roots.
- Josie Maran Argan Hot Oil Self-Heating Hair Treatment – I use this maybe once a month because I don’t wash my hair very often. It really helps keep my ends smooth and happy.
- Johnson’s No More Tangles Detangler Spray – yes, I am 29, but I swear, nothing works as well as this, especially for such an affordable price. Comb through with a wide tooth comb.
- Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light – I have a lot of hair, but it’s very thin and gets weighed down very easily. This formula is hydrating while still being lightweight. Smooth it on detangled, towel-dried hair focusing on your ends.
- Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Creme – I use a dime-sized dollop of this on my ends to weight down my waves and make them a bit more manageable. As I apply, I twist large sections of my hair to encourage my natural waves.
- Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist – Despite the argan oil in this, I use a verrry small misting because it can dry out my hair very easily. I mostly use it to lock in my natural texture once my hair is 75-100% dry.
- One Love Organics Healthy Locks – I want my hair about once a week, so dry shampoo is a MUST. This one smells awesome and works very well. I sprinkle mine only at the roots right before I go to bed. As I’m sleeping, the powder absorbs oil.
- Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil – I braid my hair into one large, loose braid every night before bed to keep the waves from frizzing. Once it’s braided, I smooth a tiny bit of this oil onto the ends to keep them hydrated and smooth.
- psssst! Instant Spray Shampoo – While this is technically a dry shampoo, I use it to help get a bit more texture in my hair as needed.
- Use cold water when washing your hair – I know it sucks, but it really, really does help.
- Wash your hair as infrequently as possible – I’ve washed my hair 3 times since I dyed it and every time the color has changed. Dry shampoo is your friend! Also, invest in an awesome shower cap. Mine is covered in hideous flowers and has an awesomely terrible lace trim.
- Embrace your natural hair texture – It’s taken me a long time to embrace my hair’s craziness, but I am so happy I did. It’s fun to have hair with personality.
- Take your vitamins – I opt for pre-natal vitamins for all those extra vitamins. It’s even great for your skin and nails.
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I’d love to hear any other tips you brightly-hued beauties have — be sure to share in the comments section below!
photography by Jojotastic