Color-treated hair is hair that has gone under any temporary or permanent color treatment. That includes all-over hair color, balayage, highlights, lowlights, gray coverage, etc. If your hair’s chemical state has been altered, this applies; and because it has been altered, it operates under a different set of rules than virgin hair.
The salon is the best place to get your tresses colored, and in maintaining the hair you need a few tips. Coloring your hair means allowing chemicals to penetrate your locks, leaving them prone to dryness, damage, and breakage. Also, your color-treated hair can easily become lifeless and dull without the right aftercare.
- Wait for Three Days Before You Wash Freshly Colored Hair
Do not wash your hair for at least 72 hours after coloring, otherwise, the color will wash off or fade easily. The chemical processing during hair coloring leaves the hair cuticles open and prone to damage. Hair dyes chemically alter the hair structure making hair more porous and susceptible to damage.
- Shampoo Your Color-Treated Hair Less Frequently
Washing your colored hair often will cause the dye to leach out and the color to fade. Frequent washing also strips your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry, dull, and lifeless. To prevent this, wash your hair less often. This will keep the hair color looking vibrant.
- Use A Color Protectant Shampoo
The type of shampoo you use plays a major role in keeping your hair color from losing its vibrancy. When you do wash your hair, use a specially formulated shampoo for color-treated hair. It will protect your hair as well as balance its natural pH. Color-safe shampoos maintain your hair color and ensure that it does not fade quickly. They also contain hydrating and nourishing ingredients that restore and repair your hair. Avoid shampoos with harsh ingredients such as sulfates and alcohol. They will strip color and moisture from your hair.
- Condition Your Colored Hair
Every time you shampoo your colored-treated hair, you must always use a very good conditioner. Ensure that the conditioner is also color-safe. These conditioners form a protective barrier on the hair strands. This helps in sealing the cuticles and locking in moisture which adds shine, volume, and luster to your hair. Thus, it leaves your hair soft, healthy, and glossy.
- Avoid High Temperatures
Try to opt for cool or lukewarm showers as hot water can damage and fade color-treated hair. This also stands true for heat styling tools such as curling irons, hair straighteners, and blow dryers. The outer protective covering of the hair is disrupted as the heat opens up the cuticle and the dye bleeds out easily. Use a thermal protectant hair serum or spray whenever you have to style your hair.
- Use Deep Conditioning Treatments To Smoothen And Add Luster To Colored Hair
For extra shine, pamper your color-treated hair locks once a week to a deep-conditioning treatment. Apply the treatment to damp hair and comb it through from tips to root. Pull your hair into a bun and pin it into place or wrap it up in a soft towel and leave the treatment in your hair for 30 minutes. When you rinse it out, you’ll be left with softer, shinier hair.
- Apply Leave-In Treatments To Protect Color-treated Hair
Leave-in conditioners contain silicones that form a protective layer over the hair shaft. This helps minimize sun damage and calms post-processing frizz. They also help protect your hair from the damage heat styling tools tend to cause. Using a leave-in conditioning treatment will also help detangle your hair and protect it from environmental aggressors. Look for leave-in conditioners that are specially formulated to protect color-treated hair. This is particularly important if you frequently use blow dryers, curling irons, or straightening irons, or if you spend a lot of time near a heater or in the sun.
- Apply A Hot Oil Treatment To Add Shine To Color-Treated Hair
Hot oil treatments are simple to do at home and help color-treated hair really shine. Apply the hot oil to clean, towel-dried hair and cover it with a shower cap. Apply heat by using a hot towel, a dryer, or even by sitting in the sun. Then, allow your hair to cool down to room temperature before rinsing off the oil with cool water. While hair packs can do a great deal to improve the health of your hair, regular oiling must also be an integral part of your hair care routine. Whether it is applying oil to your hair before bed and washing it off in the morning or a brief hot oil treatment, no hair care routine can be complete without oiling.
- Use Products That Offer UV Protection To Protect Your Hair From The Sun
Whatever the season, the suns rays can fade hair color. Try to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. When you are outside on a bright day, protect your color-treated hair by using products containing UV protectors. Many styling products, leave-in conditioners, and hairsprays have SPF in them. Some UV-protecting products even contain a mix of vitamins to help restore color-treated hair and prevent future damage. If you know you’ll be outside in the sun for an extended period of time, wear a hat to provide extra protection.
- Avoid Chlorine On Color-Treated Hair
The chlorine in swimming pools can discolor your hair and weaken it. This is why it is vital to take precautionary steps before you go in for a dip. For starters, always wear a swim cap that prevents the water from getting in contact with your hair. For added protection, apply a leave-in conditioner or coconut oil that will form a barrier between the chlorine water and your hair. If you spend a lot of time in a swimming pool, wet your dyed hair and apply a protective leave-in conditioner before you go into the pool
- Do not Color Your Hair Too Frequently
- Do not Double-Process Color-Treated Hair
- If Your Hair is Damaged, do not Skip Regular Trims
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