If you ever decide to dye your hair a different color, here are a few precautions before you make that decision. First off, the chemicals contained in dye strip the hair of its natural oils and can lead to damaged and brittle hair if not taken care of properly. A lighter dye can be most damaging to your hair than if you dyed it dark. Lastly, you have to take into consideration that if you don’t take necessary care of your color treated hair, the color will fade or your hair may change colors. Overall, dying your hair can cause more problems for your hair unless you are willing to make the extra effort to maintain it.
But fret not. This is a guide to help you learn of the dos and don’ts when dying your hair. This way your hair won’t suffer from the dye, and you can still have the healthy, great looking hair you want.
Choose the Dye you Want Wisely
First off you want to make sure that you choose the right color for your hair and stick with it. Think long and hard on this. Once your color your hair, you can’t just easily decide to use a different color. This can lead to serious consequences for your hair. Make sure you choose a permanent color instead of a temp color.
You want to keep the amount of times you dye your hair to a minimum, at about every 6 weeks or two times every 6 months. If you plan to go lighter, make sure that the color is a few shades lighter than your hair. Make sure you take into consideration of the undertones of your hair, so that you can use the right type of color that won’t show off too much brightness of like, for example, red hair. Before coloring, wash your hair 24 hours beforehand in order for color to lock in hair, and wait 24 hours after coloring to wash your hair again.
Leave the Heat Alone
Keep usage to hair styling equipment like curling irons and flat irons to a minimum. This can further damage color treated hair. If you feel the desire to use hair styling equipment on your hair, set the heat to a lower temperature than normal, run a flat iron through your hair with less strokes, and keep blow dryers several inches from your hair. If possible, let hair air dry often as you can.
Use hair accessories like seamless combs, boar bristle brushes, satin scrunchies and snag-free elastics to style your hair, which are less likely cause hair breakage.
Washing and Conditioning Treatment
With your hair dyed, you can’t use just any shampoo and conditioner. Most shampoos and conditioners have chemicals and fragrances that can strip the hair of its natural oils, as well as strip the color off your hair as well. You need a shampoo and conditioner that does two things. One, you need a shampoo and conditioner that’s good for naturally moisturizing and rejuvenating your hair after dyeing your hair. Second, it should be formulated for color treated hair. That way the color of you hair will remain intact. Deep condition your hair at least once a week, but be sure to condition your hair daily. A protein treatment is also best to do at least twice a month to restore the proteins in your hair are restored and prevent hair loss.
Care For Your Hair While You Sleep
You can try applying olive oil into your hair and wrapping your hair up before going to sleep. The nutrients in the olive oil lock in moisture into your hair to promote healthy hair even as you sleep. Or try to rest your head on a cotton free, silk pillowcase when sleeping. Cotton usually tends to absorb oils out of your hair. The silk will instead help you hair to remain manageable in the morning when you wake up in the morning.