How to Keep Colored Hair Healthy

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Whether you visit a professional colorist or bought a hair color kit from you local store, you need to know how to maximize your color results to keep if fresh and brilliant looking as long as possible. Although it is inevitable that colored hair will fade, there are several ways you can extend the life of hair color or highlights.

Dying your hair is an important process and the way to maintain vibrant, long lasting color begins before dying. Deep condition your hair a few days before you intend to dye it. This will help it get in its best, moisturized condition and prevent post-dying hair breakage. The hair must be dyed on unwashed hair so the dye will take to hair better Wait 24-48 hours after your last shampoo before the color is applied. The natural buildup of hair oils will help the color grab better for a deeper and longer lasting hue concentration.

Wait before you wash your hair after the color is applied and washed out by at least 48 hours before you resume your normal shampooing ritual. Note that regular shampoos and conditioners are often too harsh for your colored hair. That is why products specifically for hair that has been colored are in shops. These are developed to minimize fading color, extra conditioning additives added and will keep hair shiny, and minimize the damage that may be caused from the harsh chemicals of dyes. An important factor to look for in a protecting color shampoo is pH. The lower the pH of a shampoo the better it will be at retaining color. A pH of over 5.5 will lift the cuticle of the hair allowing color molecules to escape. Acquire a shampoo with a pH of 5.5 or under as this will help maintain.

Avoid shampooing colored or highlighted hair in hot water. Cold water does not allow the cuticle to rise so the scrubbing action of shampooing will not help the color molecules escape. Minimize the use of blow dryers to avoid heat damage to your new color. When possible let your colored tresses air dry and shampoo only when needed and not necessarily every day. Therefore, the less frequently you shampoo your hair, the longer the color will last.

Color-treated hair can be damaged from the sun. The ultraviolet rays will remove the color right out of your hair and leave it dull and lifeless. Make sure if you are going to be in the sun for an extended period of time to wear a wide-brimmed hat or covering to your hair. Also look for products that contain sunscreens such as spray or leave in products. This will help protect your hair greatly from any damage and keep your color looking radiant longer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Invest in a high quality and salon recommended shampoo and conditioner formulated for color treated hair.
  • If you swim and do not wear a bathing cap, rinse hair immediately before and after entering the water with distilled water.
  • Avoid application of other chemical treatments like perms or straighteners which may damage or cause hair to become weakened and can cause breakage.
  • Stay out of salt water and chlorinated pools that can quickly fade your tresses unless you use a bathing cap.

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