Millions of women dye their hair. Coloring your hair can make you look younger, but if it is not cared for properly, dyed hair can fade or become damaged. Here are some tips to protect your color and keep your hair healthy.
Keep Your Hair Moisturized
Dyeing your hair can make it more porous, which can make it absorb and release more moisture. That can cause your hair to slowly lose color every time it gets wet, which is why it is essential to maintain moisture in color-treated hair. Make sure your stylist uses a professional hair dye that will condition your hair for several weeks after it is colored. Choose a hair color with natural oils and no ammonia.
Red Dye Is Most Likely to Fade
Hair that is dyed red is most likely to fade because red dye has the largest molecules. This makes it harder for the dye to penetrate deeply into the hair. If you want to dye your hair red, have your stylist use a dye that will give high definition without stressing the cuticle.
Washing and Conditioning Your Hair
One simple way to prevent your colored hair from fading is to shampoo it less often. After you get your hair dyed, wait two or more days before you shampoo. Wash your hair two or three times a week, and never more than once every other day. This will help your hair color last longer and keep your hair healthy. Wash your hair with lukewarm or cool water. Hot water can strip hair of color.
It is important to use the right products on your color-treated hair. Use color-protecting shampoo and conditioner. Avoid products with sulfates because they can strip away moisture and make your color fade. Only use a clarifying shampoo before you color your hair.
On days that you don’t shampoo your hair, keep your hair dry when you shower. You can use dry shampoo to soak up oil. On some days you can skip shampoo and use only moisturizing conditioner.
Special Treatments to Keep Your Hair Healthy
Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Apply it to your damp hair and comb it from the roots to the tips. Put your hair in a bun or wrap it in a towel. Leave the treatment in for 30 minutes and then rinse it out.
You can use a leave-in conditioner to prevent tangles and protect your hair from heat styling tools. Choose a leave-in conditioner that is made for color-treated hair.
A hot oil treatment can make your hair shiny. Wash and towel-dry your hair, apply the treatment, and cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Apply heat with a hot towel, hair dryer, or by sitting in the sun. Let your hair cool to room temperature and then rinse it with cool water.
Two weeks before you are going to have your hair dyed again, use a mask and deep conditioning treatment to prepare it to receive color. Use a clarifying shampoo right before your appointment.
How to Prevent Heat Damage
Avoid using heat as much as possible because dyed hair is more likely to become damaged. If you use heat to style your hair, use a fortifying leave-in conditioner and make sure your hair is completely dry before you straighten or curl it. Use a protective hairspray to finish your look.
If you are going to be out in the sun, use products with SPF to protect your hair. If you go in a pool, wet your hair first and apply a leave-in conditioner or cover it with a swim cap.
A Healthy Diet Can Give You Healthy Hair
A healthy diet can keep your hair shiny and healthy. Lean meat, fish, low-fat cheese, egg whites, spinach, soy, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and grains can keep your hair healthy. If you don’t get enough vitamins from food, you can take supplements.
When to Dye Your Hair
Coloring your hair too often can cause it to become damaged. You should only dye your hair every five to six weeks at most. You can touch up the roots in between colorings. Don’t get other chemical treatments at the same time you color your hair. If your hair is damaged, you should get it cut or trimmed regularly.
Make an Appointment at The Beauty Bar
If you are thinking about changing your hair color, come to The Beauty Bar in Southington, Connecticut. We can help you choose the right color and give you tips on how to take care of your hair to keep it shiny and healthy. Schedule an appointment today.