One of the biggest mistakes people make with color-treated hair is trying to care for it using products that aren’t made specifically to suit the needs of dyed hair. Hair color is designed to gradually fade away, but by using the right products, you can prevent premature fading and keep your brilliant color longer. Plus, you can avoid many of the issues that come from hair dye such as dry, brittle strands.
Avoid other chemical treatments
Most hair dyes are chemical based. When you start treating your hair with other chemical treatments, such as straightening treatments or perms, you can actually damage the chemicals that hold the color to your strands. Also, mixing multiple treatments can cause your hair a world of heartache. For best results, color your hair at least one week after any other chemical based treatment. You should also try to avoid chemicals around you such as chlorine and excess mineral deposits that cause hard water. Both strip away hair color quickly.
Always look for color-safe products
As you know, you should always purchase hair products for your specific hair type. If you’ve dyed your hair, you need products that state they are safe for color-treated hair. These products are specially formulated to help your color last longer while treating some of the problems that hair color can cause, such as frizz and dryness. You can find numerous shampoos, conditioners and leave-in treatments that are easy on colored hair. Try to avoid any deep cleansing, dandruff or clarifying formulas as they can strip away color faster than other types of hair care products.
Don’t wash every day
If you tend to wash your hair every day, stop. The more often you wash your colored hair, the quicker the color will fade. Most hair dye has an average number of washes that your color will last. If your product states a certain number of weeks, this is based on only washing your hair every two to three days. If you do have naturally oily locks, wash your hair every other day. It’s easier on your hair and your color. You can also use dry shampoo in between washing to soak up the oils and add volume to your hair.
Easy on the heat
Heat styling should be used sparingly as it can dull your color. Heat dries out your hair and makes your strands rough, causing your color to break down and lose its shine. Tourmaline or ceramic tools are best as they aren’t quite as harsh on your hair.
Deep conditioning is a must
Using a deep conditioning treatment at least once a month is a good rule of thumb for everyone, but hair color can be sealed in and last longer with regular deep conditioning. As with other hair products, look for a conditioning formula made for color-treated hair. Use a hair masque weekly. Look for masques with ingredients like Quaternium-91, Myristyl Myristate, Behentrimonium Chloride and Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein to reduce the signs of external damage and return hair to its lustrous soft state.
By using the right products for color-treated hair, going easy on heat styling, washing less frequently and deep conditioning your hair when you do wash, your color will last longer.