Over the past few months, people have been forced to make all kinds of adjustments in their life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From large adjustments such at transitioning to working remotely from home or even being laid off, to simple changes like shopping online more often instead of going into stores in-person, people are being forced to find a new normal. Among the changes was the lockdown of hair salons across the country during the height of the pandemic. While many are opening up now, appointments can be hard to come by, and you may still feel a bit uncomfortable going into a salon.

So, how can you prolong your current hairstyle and color and in fact limit the trips to the salon moving forward? Here are some tips you can use.

Avoid Washing Your Hair Too Often

Washing your hair too often is not only unnecessary but will strip the color out of your hair. Typically, all that’s needed is a couple of washes a week. If you feel your hair is getting greasy and dirty too fast between washes, use a dry shampoo to get you through those days. These will work to absorb excess oil, refresh your hair, and leave it smelling great.

Use Color Safe Hair Products

It’s also important to always use color-safe hair products – meaning the shampoo, conditioner, leave in treatments, and so forth. They will help to protect the color and actually prolong it. Read the bottle closely before purchasing and if you’re in doubt, choose another product.

Skip the Hot Tools

Hot tools can do a real number on your hair, drying and damaging it over time. This can result in color fading, split ends, dry and frizzy looking hair, and likely the opposite of what you want to achieve. Even if you can just cut back on the amount of times you use them per week, you’ll notice a huge difference.

Use Hair Protector at the Beach and Pool

Now that we are in the thick of summer it's normal to be outdoors as much as possible. But keep in mind those UV rays can be very damaging to your hair and scalp. Wearing a hatoffers great protection, but at the very least try an SPF hair protector.

When You Can’t Put Off the Salon Visit

Eventually it’s going to get to the point where try as you might, you just can’t rescue your hair any longer and a trip to the salon is necessary. When you do reach that point, a couple of things you can keep in mind to ensure a safe visit are the following:

  • Look for a salon with strict safety protocols such as masks worn by customers and staff, something like a Sneeze Guard Plexiglas shield installed at the cash register, and hand washing/sanitizing stations
  • Pick a salon that is open by bookings only and doesn’t have a waiting area
  • Make sure all the chairs/stylists are safely spread out

Extending the Lifespan of Your Hairstyle

By using these tips, you’ll be able to extend the lifespan of your cut and color as long as possible, and help you to cut down on the trips to the salon.

(Last Updated On: July 8, 2020)

A licensed hair practitioner, Catalina Johnson has worked in hair care for more than 25 years, spending the last decade focusing on trichology, which is the study of hair and scalp disorders.She is an accomplished author and educator as well, and she credits God for drawing her to the hair industry.

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