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July 23, 2020 3 min read

Go ahead and embrace your hair color - after all, ANTIDOTE is color safe.

If you color your hair, you are not alone. 75% of women and nearly 10% of men enhance their hair color. Given this, it is no surprise that the #1 question that we get is whether ANTIDOTE products are color safe. Yes! ANTIDOTE 1848 shampoos, conditioners, and styling products are all color safe. 

Whether you do your own color or use a professional stylist (which we highly recommend), you want your hair to look amazing for as long as possible.

The #1 way to keep your color as fresh as the day it was colored is to not touch it. That is, don’t wash it, don’t style it, and don’t go outside.  But that's not practical, so, what's one to do?

We talked to professional stylists for their advice on how to take care of color treated hair.  We heard that to minimize shampooing, avoid excessive sun exposure, limit heat treatments, and use cooler water. 

 In terms of product use, they all agreed on 3 steps:

  1. minimize your shampoo usage and use shampoos with gentle cleansers (sulfate-free)
  2. be sure to close the hair cuticle with a quality conditioner (and rinse with cool water)
  3. use styling products that protect, especially from UV rays (look for natural oils like shea butter and jojoba, and vitamins like provitamin B5 and vitamin E)

To understand this advice, it helps to understand how hair color worksHowStuffWorks explains that hair color involves 3 steps:

  • opening the hair cuticle
  • changing the color
  • closing the hair cuticle to lock in the new color.

Each strand of hair is made up of an outer cuticle, a middle cortex, and sometimes an inner medulla. The cuticle provides protection via a shingle like structure. The cortex - the thickest part of the hair - holds the hair’s color, shape, and texture. The first step in coloring involves opening up the cuticle so that the color or melanin in the cortex can be lifted out or lightened and the new color can be deposited in. The final critical step in color involves closing the cuticle to seal in the new color. 

In general, water and soaps open the cuticle and conditioning oils close the cuticle. 

Professionals recommend avoiding harsh detergents like Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (which unfortunately are used in most traditional shampoos). These ingredients were originally developed to de-grease industrial pipes and strip all dirt and oil from the hair. In addition to leaving a squeaky clean feeling, they expose the cortex which accelerates the loss of hair color.

Natural shampoos that don’t use SLS as their cleanser gently remove dirt and oil. Non-SLS shampoos expose less of the cortex, therefore less color is lost. Note that washing with water alone also opens the cuticle, too.

The use of a quality conditioner with healthful oils like coconut, jojoba, castor, and sunflower oil close the cuticle and protect the middle cortex.

Styling products that contain Vitamin B5 and Eprovide protection from oxidation.

Considering hair coloring? Beauty expert Julyne Derrick from Birdie says, "We always recommend getting a hair color consult with a professional... Bring pictures along of hair you like or want to achieve. .. be sure to mention any other hair processing you've had done."

Go ahead, color away. ANTIDOTE’s got your back with gentle coconut cleansers, nourishing conditioning oils, and anti-oxidant rich stylers.

Looking for a one stop shop?  Try ANTIDOTE's Color Treated Bundle.



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