It can be so fun to colour your hair. Most women love toying with the idea of having their hair colored. Nevertheless, they end up opting out more often than not, fearing the harm that color might do. It’s true, any kind of chemical treatment that changes the color or structure of your hair will likely cause damage.
But there are ways to maintain healthy hair when flaunting a beautiful colour. Following is a list of 9 important hair care tips you’ll need to keep your hair colored.
1. Prepare Your Hair Properly
If you want your hair to be safe after coloring it, you’ll need to start preparing your hair several months in advance for the damage. It involves maintaining well-nourished and hydrated hair. Step up your game of oiling and hair mask at least 2 months before you plan to dye the hair. Get regular trims, and avoid tools for heating. To receive the color you want, add cold-pressed coconut oil to your hair the night before you bleach it. This will minimize the hair shafts damage.
2. Follow The Instructions
It’s very important that you find a good stylist who knows what they do. If you’re coloring your hair at home, always take a patch test first. Carefully read the instructions to make sure you don’t leave the bleach or dye on beyond the recommended time. Finding someone to help you out would be a good idea too.
3. Trim Off The Damaged Parts
Trimming your hair right after it’s been through any kind of processing is always a good idea. Damage is unavoidable after coloring your hair, so trimming off the ends prevents this damage from spreading. Be prepared to shear off a considerable amount of length if you are transitioning from a dark brunette to a platinum blonde.
4. Cut Down Your Washes
Color bleeds when you wash your hair regularly, so cutting down on your wash is one of the best ways to make it last longer. If you were washing your hair 4 times a week, try to cut it down to 2-3 times. Not only will this help make the color last longer but it will also protect the natural oils that your scalp contains that nourish your hair.
5. Rinse With Cool Water
Washing your hair with hot water will cause the cuticles to rise up on your hair shaft’s outer layer. This leads to loss of moisture and frizz. It also makes your hair more susceptible to damage. Rinse your hair with cool water always is an easy way to avoid this.
In your hair shaft, cool water seals your cuticles, prevents frizz and seals the light. If you can’t handle a cold shower, after a warm shower, rinse your hair with some cool water.
6. Use A Dry Shampoo
While your hair can still be rinsed between showers, investing in a good dry shampoo is a smart way to stretch the time between washes.
7. Hydrate Your Hair
Loss of moisture and dryness are common side effects when coloring your hair. The only way to tackle this issue is through conditioning treatments to hydrate your hair. Incorporate packs of co-wash, oiling, and makeup into your hair care routine.
Ingredients such as banana, yogurt, olive oil, and honey have long been used as home-made remedies to improve hair health. A hair pack made of these ingredients can therefore help to soothe frizz, repair damage, and preserve moisture with its hydrating properties.
8. Nourish Your Hair With Protein
Another side effect that comes with the hair coloring is the protein damage that your hair is going through. You know that when it begins to stretch and fall off your hair is in desperate need of protein. When it’s wet it might also feel a bit mushy. The only way to fix that is by putting protein on your hair. Shop-bought protein treatments or DIY hair masks can be used.
Eggs are packed with proteins which help feed your hair. Anecdotal evidence also exists that mayonnaise helps to relieve frizz and smooth the hair. So daily use of this hair pack will help repair protein damage and improve your hair’s health.
9. Oil Your Hair
While hair packs can do much to improve your hair health, regular oiling also has to be an integral part of your hair care routine. No hair care routine can be complete without oiling, whether it is applying oil to your hair before bed and washing it off in the morning, or a brief hot oil treatment. Oils help you lock your hair in nourishment and moisture. It also forms a protective layer over your hair, shielding it against sun and heat damage.