September 18, 2020
As the bright, sun-drenched days of summer come to an end and the calm, crisp nights of fall slowly begin, one thing is certain: your hair is probably ready for a pick-me-up! In the summer months, we expose our hair to many different environmental toxins as well as chlorine, saltwater, and possibly too much bleach. However, it’s never too late to hit the reset button.
In this Ask the Collective series, we sat down with our very own haircolor expert Kari to see what advice she gives to her clients about how to transition from summer hair to fall color.
“I always like to think of the fall season as an opportunity to nurture my hair and repair any damage that was caused while I soaked up every second of the warm summer months. So, in order to help you effectively transition your own ‘do between seasons, I’m breaking down two most common questions I receive from my clients this time of year.”
What can I do to treat my dry hair that is lacking all shine?
A natural way to manage dry and lackluster hair is to do a rice water treatment at home! This is a great way to strengthen your hair by increasing its elasticity, improving shine and infusing moisture back into the mid-lengths and ends of your hair.
Rice grains contain between 75-80% starches and are rich in vitamins and minerals, like:
- Amino Acids
- B Vitamins
- Vitamin E
Before you begin a rice water treatment, it’s always best to wash your hair with shampoo to ensure any buildup is removed. You always want a clean palette! Towel dry the hair as much as possible.
Now, let’s prepare your treatment:
- Rinse 1/2 cup of rice thoroughly, then place in a bowl with 2-3 cups of water.
- Let the rice soak in the water for 30 minutes.
- Strain the rice, then apply the rice-infused water from roots to ends, massaging at the scalp.
- Wrap in a towel or cover with a plastic cap. Leave on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. You may want to add a little conditioner from the mid-shaft to the ends and rinse again (especially if you love the smell of your conditioner as much as I do!)
Pro TipAlternate rice water treatments bi-weekly with Color&Co Infuse Replenishing Conditioner to keep hair moisturized, soft and supple.
How do I get rid of the brassiness?
Simple! If you’re ready to spruce up your color or just want to add a little depth, I would suggest a Demi-Permanent. This is a low maintenance, ammonia-free option that will add tons of shine. You can use this color a number of ways, but these are my top three:
Toner: A toner or gloss helps you to maintain your highlights while adjusting the tone. You can tone with a rose gold, copper, chestnut, or burgundy to cancel out any unwanted brassiness if a warmer finish is your desired look. Or, you could completely neutralize the brass by using a toner with a blue or violet base.
Root Shadow: A root shadow achieves a blended look while breaking up your old highlights. Once your root color is applied (using a wide-tooth or regular comb, depending on your desired level of depth), comb the root color 2-3 inches or more through the rest of the hair.
Pro TipAvoid pulling an ash toned demi-permanent color through on really blonde highlights.
Low Light: A low light is a great way to add dimension to old, faded color. Once your root color is applied take small sections of hair and pull the color through on select pieces only, leaving the remainder untouched.
Let’s face it, when your hair is at its healthiest, your color will not only look better, but it will last longer, too. Who wouldn’t want that outcome? I hope you find these tips and tricks useful, and are able to incorporate them into your fall hair care routines!
Thanks for inspiring us to hit our reset buttons, Kari. Now we’re ready for fall!