As someone who has color treated hair, I can tell you first hand that it’s not always a simple task when it comes to taking care of my locks, but with lots of research, I have found many ways to help keep my hair healthy and stay vibrant for a longer period of time. These five tips will work if you have colored your hair a temporary hair dye or if you have bleached your hair. But, just know that these might not work for everyone, only because we’re all different. So without further ado, let’s begin!
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1. Shampoo Less and when you do, use Sulfate-Free Shampoo.
When you dye or bleach your hair, taking showers less frequently will help the color last longer. Every time you wash your hair, a little bit of the dye will come out, so taking fewer showers will give your hair more life. Another way to help sustain the color and keep your hair healthy is to use sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfate is a danger to your hair because it makes it dry, as well as strips out the dye. Sulfate-free formulas are milder and will not strip out your hairs natural oils as much.
2. When you shampoo your hair, use lukewarm or cooler water temperatures.
The first thing my stylist told me after she was finished dying my hair, was to wash my hair with only lukewarm or cooler water temperatures. When you use scorching hot water, it strips the color out of your hair faster because the heat causes the surface of the hair strands to open. This, in the end, causes the dye’s molecules to escape, leaving your hair faded more and more each time. Again, you don’t have to stop taking hot showers, this just helps prevent a lot of dye from being stripped out, which can help you save money.
3. Do Deep-Conditioning Treatments, like masks, on your hair at least once a week.
After bleaching your hair, you will notice that there will be some damage that was done. The severity of this damage will depend on a few different things such as the condition your hair was in before you got it bleached, your hair type, the amount of color change, among many other things. This damage could include split ends, dry or brittle hair, and breakage. The more you bleach your hair the more damage it will cause your hair. A way to nurse your hair back to health is to do deep conditioning treatments, such as masks, at least once a week.
Although these masking treatments cannot fully cure split-ends, they can prevent any more damage from occurring. How they do this is by helping to nourish and moisturize your hair, leaving it to feel thicker and stronger. If you have hair that is already really oily, hair masks are not recommended, only because it could make it even more oily, which isn’t the best look. Some good hair masks that you can buy will include ingredients such as almond oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, wheat proteins, keravis, coconut oil, and many others that help bring moisture back to your hair.
4. Use Heat-Protecting Products when using Hot Tools.
After bleaching or dying your hair an unnatural color, there is bound to be some damage that was done during the process. In order to not further that damage or strip the color off, use heat-protecting products before you use hot tools. If you’re not sure what types of products to use, some good ones would be a heat protecting hairspray. You can also use a leave-in conditioner. One more thing you should remember, it’s best to have completely dry hair before you use a heating tool. If it’s wet, the heat can damage it easier.
5. Try not to go in the pool as much and avoid allowing direct sunlight to hit your hair.
If you are someone who loves to go out into the pool during summer vacation, I hate to say it, but chlorine is actually a person with colored hairs enemy. The chemicals inside of the chlorine can really damage your hair and can also strip the hair off giving your hair a green hue. In order to help prevent that from happening, wet your hair before you go in and apply a leave-in conditioner. This will help protect your hair, as well as help it stay vibrant for longer. As for the sun, it’s best not to allow direct rays of light to hit your hair. To help with that, you can simply wear a hat, preferably one that covers a good amount of hair.
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Although all of these tips have helped me, they may not be applicable to all. We all have different types of hair, which means that not every tip will work but they are definitely worth trying. I hope I have helped some people out!
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