Taking Care of Colored Hair

Tips to protect Hair after Coloring treatments

Whether you have blonde, brunette, platinum, black, red, brown or even blue hair, color treated hair need added care if you want your color to last long. Nothing is worse than spending big bucks at your hair salon for the trending color or look and then having it fade after a week, simply due to not taking care of your locks. We intend to give you tips through this blog on how to treat your hair after dying them. It is important to know how to be taking care of colored hair.

Firstly, step up your oiling and hair mask game at least 2 months prior to dyeing your hair. If you need to bleach your hair to get the color you want, apply cold-pressed coconut oil to your hair the night before you bleach it. This will minimize the damage to your hair shafts.

Choosing the right color and developer

When coloring your hair, it is imperative to get a good dye and bleach so your hair does not get too damaged. If you are lifting color with bleach, ensure you get the right developer for your hair color. For instance, using a 40 volume developer for blonde hair can end up frying it. If your hair is light, to begin with, pick a 20 or 30 volume developer.

Wait until 72 hours before your first shampoo wash

During the hair color process, the cuticle layer of your hair is opened, making it easy for color to penetrate the hair shaft. When you wash your hair too soon after your appointment, the cuticle layer could still be open. This might lead to your color being washed down the drain. It takes up to three days for the cuticle layer to fully close, so the longer you wait to shampoo your hair after you color your hair, the more time the color pigment will have to soak into the hair cuticle – which will help your color last longer in between salon visits.

Use shampoos with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

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Sodium lauryl Sulfate is a type of anionic detergent that is found in many personal care products. This ingredient is used to help produce a foaming effect to your shampoos, soaps and conditioners. By using shampoos with just sulfates, your hair is at risk of losing their natural oils and moisture, which can then lead to stripping your beautiful color treated hair. Try using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair color from fading.

Don’t wash hair with hot water

Though you may be dying to get that hot shower when you come back home, it is important to know that it’s not beneficial for your hair. When washing hair with hot water, your hair’s cuticle is opened, allowing your color to wash out while shampooing and conditioning.
It is only at the time of your first wash, that in order to prevent seeing all of your color go down the drain, try shampooing with slightly warm water and then rinse with cold water after conditioning. The warm water will allow the shampoo and conditioner to penetrate and cleanse, while the cold water will help seal in the moisture from your conditioner while preventing color from fading by sealing the hair’s cuticle.

Don’t shampoo daily

It is not recommended to shampoo on a daily basis for just anybody. Especially with colored hair, shampoo them twice or thrice a week. On your off days of not washing your hair, try using color-safe dry shampoos. These will refresh your hair and make it look like you just got a blow dry without even having to wash your hair! You can also try color-tinted dry shampoos to revamp your color.
An additional tip is that if you have had a brighter hair color such as pink, purple, or blue, by adding a little bit of your dye to your conditioner, your hair will be slightly re-dyed every time you wash to keep it looking fresh until your roots grow out.

Use leave-in treatments

Colored and chemically treated hair needs extra hydration and protection from the sun to prevent damage and loss of nutrients to the hair. Leave-in treatments will help keep your hair smooth and hydrated.
Dry your hair naturally: Allow your hair to dry naturally whenever possible. If you must use a hairdryer, apply a heat protectant and focus the heat on the roots. If you have curly hair, consider drying your hair using the plopping method instead.

Use heat protectant sprays

Heat protectant sprays will help reduce moisture loss from inside the hair, smooth the outside of the hair, and protect your hair from humidity after heat styling which, in all, will help maintain your color. This is highly recommended before styling or blow drying your hair.

Your hair needs protein

Another side effect that comes with coloring your hair is the protein damage your hair goes through. You know your hair is in dire need of protein when it starts to stretch and snap off. It might also feel a bit mushy when it is wet. The only way to fix this is by nourishing your hair with protein. You can use store-bought protein treatments or DIY hair masks.

Do not sleep with wet hair

Going to sleep with wet hair can lead to damage and breakage, so plan ahead when you wash your hair. Make sure that you give your hair enough time to dry before bedtime. Additionally, don’t pull your hair into a bun or ponytail before going to sleep, even when it is dry. This will damage your hair further.

Consume Vitamins

Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits which will keep your scalp healthy. Biotin is found in carrots, eggs (yolks), and salmon. It helps make your hair strong and glossy. If you cannot eat the foods that contain these 2 vitamins, then supplements are always an option.

Trim those splits

Dead ends won’t hold color and will fade even faster. Make sure you are cutting off those dead/split ends every 6-8 weeks so your color looks fresh from root to tips!

Steer Clear of Chlorine

Make sure to keep your hair protected whenever you’re outside with a good hat and sun-protecting hair products. Especially when you have to take a swim, make sure the pool is chlorine free and the water is clean.

Thanks for reading.

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