For those of us with a colored mane, it’s essential to know the basics when caring for hair that is dyed. Here are some of the fundamentals that will help you keep your beautiful, bold color lasting longer. This week on “Flair Yourself Friday,” we will be focusing on colored hair care.
For starters, it’s important to understand that one of the worst things you could do with color-treated hair is to straighten or perm it immediately after dying it. If you want to perm or straighten your hair in addition to dying it, wait at least two weeks before coloring it. Applying two chemical processes in rapid succession is going to badly damage your hair.
It’s important to make sure that every four to six weeks you remove split ends by getting your hair trimmed. An excellent haircut not only rids your locks of split ends, but it helps your hair to grow better. Removing damaged ends keeps your hair from splitting and breaking off. It further prevents you from having to use more heat or products to get your hair to do what you’d like it to do.
When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, make sure you use products that are formulated for color treated hair. If you wash your hair daily, only shampoo once. Avoid tugging at your hair while shampooing, and wash it gently, thoroughly rinsing out all the shampoo when finished. After you have shampooed your hair, be sure to condition it, applying extra conditioner to the ends of your hair. Rinse thoroughly with cool water to seal in the moisture from the conditioner.
Apply a deep conditioner to your lovely locks at least once a month.
When hair is wet it’s important to use a microfiber hair drying towel. Not only will it absorb more moisture than regular towels, but it will dry your hair more thoroughly. You won’t have to use more heat when drying your hair, preventing further damage to your beautiful tresses. Also allowing your hair to air dry keeps it healthier and more youthful longer.
When touching up the color of your hair, it isn’t necessary to color your entire head. Even though it may seem simple to color all of your hair, repeatedly coloring the ends inflicts more damage and encourages breakage. Only apply color to the roots and then pull the color through with the wide-toothed comb at the end. Color your entire head of hair no more than twice a year to prevent further damage to your lovely locks. You can also use temporary rinse in between colorings to extend the life of each permanent or even semi-permanent color application.
If you already damaged your hair beyond repair through multiple chemical applications, unfortunately the only recourse for action is a short haircut. From there you can allow your hair to grow healthy and start all over. I must admit there is nothing cuter than a pixie cut.
So, to all you lovely ladies out there, make sure to take care of your amazing manes and own them with flair!