Have you been browsing on Instagram and ended up looking at the carousel of photos of beautifully colored hair? Dyeing the hair with a vibrant and liberating color is part of every woman’s bucket list. However, not everyone is brave enough to accept the post-process.
Your hair might end up dry, your hair will surely get brittle, the color might not fit you, you might not get the actual color that you want. These are exactly how the hesitations sound like but for those who are spontaneous enough to bring more colors into their life, here are some colored hair aftecare tips to keep your crown shining with colors.
Shampoo your hair 3 days after the color treatment
When our hair undergoes a dyeing process, the hair cuticles open up to absorb the hair color that is being applied. These cuticles may still be open even hours after the process. You don’t want your money to go down the drain so the first step in making your hair color last long is to not shampoo it until its third day.
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Switch to Color Safe and Sulfate Free Shampoo
Since you changed your hair color, you should also adapt your hair care routine to it. Permanent hair dyes stay on the hair for 4 to 6 weeks (until your roots start to grow out). But it’s not just the roots that we don’t want to see, we want to maintain our hair in its original vibrancy the same when we just stepped out of the salon.
The best way to avoid unwanted shades is to switch to a color-safe professional hair care like the Kenra Color Charge. Kenra Color Charge Shampoo regains hair brilliance and vibrancy up to 50 washes! It has anti-fade technology that locks color pigment inside the hair cuticle for a maximum color retention. Its Sulfate-Free formulation is made for all hair types.
Wash your hair less often
Everyday washing can shorten the lifespan of your hair color. As much as possible, limit it to 3 to 4 times a week to prevent the color from stripping off your hair. For those who cannot sleep without washing their hair, there are shampoos that are specially made for color-treated hair that can protect hair vibrance up to multiple washes!
Stay Away From the Sun
When our skin is exposed to the sun, we become darker because our skin produces more melanin to protect us from the harmful heat but this is opposite to our hair. Sadly, our hair doesn’t have the same defense mechanism. When the hair absorbs UV radiation from the sun, its color becomes lighter.
Have you observed a plastic being burnt by direct sunlight? The harsh UV radiation burns things by oxidizing them. When our hair is directly heated by the sun, it oxidizes the hair, causing it to become lighter. There is a chemical bond in our hair called Thiol that when oxidized, tends to stick together causing the hair to become tangled and less manageable.
Our hair also undergoes an oxidation process when being bleached. Therefore, being unable to protect your hair from the sun feels like doubling your bleaching process.
Include a colored hair heat protectant in your hair care system. Biolage Colorlast Shampoo and Conditioner gently cleanses and conditions the hair while maintaining the depth and tone of your color. It can effectively protect the hair from environmental damage, keeping the hair strong and hydrated.
Don’t Dive in the Pool
You might be thinking that skipping the beach will save your dyed hair from its
destruction but did you know that the pool isn’t a safe place either? The chlorine used in swimming pools is harsh for salon treated hair and can easily strip off the hair color.
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Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate!
Keeping your hair hydrate is how you can keep your colored hair healthy. Color-treated hair is prone to dryness and breakage so make sure you include a color-safe conditioner in your new hair care routine.
Pureology has Hydrate Conditioner with a thirst quenching formula that can provide superior moisture while protecting the hair color. It is best for thick yet dry color-treated hair.
Mix your hair dye with your conditioner
Okay, conditioner is cool but mixing your dye with the conditioner is a level up hack! Some who are too afraid to damage their hair also do this as part of the actual dying process. They use their conditioner in lieu of their dye developer. This also works when maintaining your hair vibrance to replace all the color that are being washed away
If you hair is delicately fine and dry, the Pureology Hydrate Sheer Conditioner is for you. You can mix your dry with the conditioner if you want to make your color last long.
Protect your hair but with style!
Caring for your dyed hair requires protection from washing to styling! Prepare your hair from the heat and dust outdoors with the help of Matrix Color Obsessed Miracle Treat. Apply it after shampooing and conditioning to deeply conditioned, instantly silky, and and tamed hair. Style your hair with confidence while being protected.