Prep Your Hair Before Your Appointment Everyone stresses the importance of post-color hair care, but you can help your hair absorb and hold onto color better before you even walk through the door of the salon. "The week before your appointment, prep your hair with a deep conditioning protein treatment," says Matrix Celebrity Hairstylist George Papanikolas. Because healthier hair holds onto color longer by sealing it in, switch your usual shampoo/conditioner out for a system like Biolage's Advanced Keratindose, $19. Keratin shields the outer cuticle from damage and rebuilds damaged proteins from the inside out.
In the days before your salon visit, if you're going for a single process color treatment, Papanikolas (who recently took Kim Kardashian from black to blonde) recommends skipping shampoo. "One to two days of natural oils on the hair can help protect your scalp," he says. However, if you're going in for highlights or ombré, "clean hair is best because it back-combs better than oily or dirty hair," Papanikolas explains.
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