Hairstylist Sydney Ann Lopez Shares Her Step-by-Step Guide to Using L’Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox


By now we all know that hard water can put a serious damper on balayage, lightening, and color services. In fact, ask any stylist and they have more than likely dealt with their fair share of unexpected results and breakage while working on a client’s color, as a result of all of the harmful trace metals—like copper, iron, and aluminum— hiding in our water.

The good news? There’s a simple fix to all these pesky color concerns and it starts with L’Oreal Professionnel Paris’ Metal Detox. This breakthrough professional protocol works to neutralize metals and detoxify hair with the help of its key ingredient, glicoamine—a molecule small enough to penetrate and target metals inside the hair fiber. Consisting of just three products including a pre-treatment, a cleansing shampoo, and a conditioner/mask option, this innovative system leaves behind incredible results: 87 percent less breakage and 100 percent reliable color.

Trust us when we say that L’Oreal’s Metal Detox is a must-have for the salon. In fact, hairstylist Sydney Ann Lopez regularly uses the system prior, during, and after her color services. “It’s my new favorite secret weapon because I use it for every single person,” she says. 

Hairstylist Sydney Ann Lopez

If you’ve been stuck on how to best incorporate Metal Detox into your color services, you’re in luck! We asked Lopez to share with us how she uses the products during color processing. 

Ahead, a step-by-step guide to using L’Oreal’s Metal Detox.

1. Consult

“Make sure to talk through all of your client’s expectations and come up with a realistic goal for their appointment. 

2. Prep the hair with Metal Detox Metal Neutralizer Pre-Treatment

“You’re going to spray it in really well throughout the hair. Saturate it from mid-shaft to ends. Let it sit while you go and mix the color because that’s going to give it enough time to neutralize all the unwanted metal buildup in the hair.  It is going to give you the cleanest canvas. Why do you want a clean canvas? To get a good blend and even application!’

3. Detoxify the hair with the Metal Detox Anti-Metal Cleansing Cream Shampoo

“I use the shampoo after bleach and before creative color application. You’re going to go in and you’re going to suds the hair. Work the shampoo really well into the hair. It smells amazing and the great thing about it is, it’s going to basically reset your client’s hair. It’s not going to completely get every ounce of color out of it, but it’s going to neutralize any remaining metals that are in the hair and keep the hair really clean. I’ve noticed that my blondes are a lot cleaner, the canvas is a lot smoother, and it seems to be a lot more consistent in the colors that I have been able to create.”

4. Finish with Anti-Deposit Protector Mask

“You’re going to towel-dry the hair first and then use the Metal Detox mask. Put it on the hair and really let it sit because this is going to actually protect your client from future metal damage that can happen to their hair.”

If you’re ready to experience the magic of L’Oreal’s Metal Detox,  be sure to purchase the complete system at Saloncentric

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