• by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 10:51 am
  • April 19, 2011

Color Conditioners

Why, oh, why is it so darned hard to keep your reds red, your brunettes beautiful and your blonds goldenly gleaming? It seems in no time at all, your gorgeous salon hue is a drabby, washed out mess (heck, research even proves it).

Well, fret no more, ’cause it seems the newest color conditioners are ripe to provide a simple, effective way to perk up your hair color without the time (and, lets be honest, emotional) commitment of a visit to the salon or a permanent color wash in your shower. Here are some tips and tricks that stylists adhere to, to enhance your spring look with the perfect hue:

Remove the Reds: Are those red or golden tones in your luscious brunette not quite making the grade? Try using an ashy or coffee toned conditioner to neutralize the warmth.

Golden Goddess: Try a gold-toned conditioner to brighten color in every hair type – not to mention the glorious shine you’ll notice too!

Brassy-Business: If brassiness is bumming you out? A violet or blue conditioner is an excellent toner for highlights that are a tad too-warm. They’ll counteract the brassiness. 

Root Control: The facts of hair life are simple: the ends of the hair is generally more porous, which means that your tresses will grab the color there before it will hit the roots and can start to look a tad… um… opaque with each color conditioner application. To counteract this problem, apply color conditioner everywhere but the ends. About a minute or two before your rinse, simply run the rest of the product all the way down to the ends.

Easy Does It: If your heart is filled with fear at the thought of too strong a hue, just dilute the product down by mixing it with your regular conditioner.

Sock-It-To-Me: If the opposite is your issue, and you’re not afraid of a strong color punch, use a red conditioner to get a pretty non-permanent, copper-toned shade. (Do mix in a little regular conditioner to buffer the effect.)

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