Dye your hair? These tips will help keep your color vibrant and hair healthy

Posted on 13 July 2015
Author:Emilia Obiekea


Hair color fades very quickly and dries the hair out a lot if it is not properly cared for. Only dye your hair if it is in healthy condition. If you are having issues with your hair or scalp, do not dye it. The dye will only exasperate the problem. Colors in the red and blonde families fade the quickest. Here are a few things you can do to achieve longevity of your color and maintain proper moisture:

Cool water rinse. When washing the hair, I've found it best to use slightly warm temperature water. It doesn't remove much hair color. Prior to cleansing my hair I let the water run over it for a few minutes. Once full saturated smooth the hair in a downward motion with my hands. This will remove majority of the water soluble products I've been using. Then it is a simple and quick process to cleanse. Always make sure the last rinse is with cool or cold water. This closes the cuticle of the hair. It also aids in maintaining moisture, color longevity and overall sheen.

Using products labeled as 'for color treated  hair'. They are usually very moisturizing and don't strip your color.

Sulfate free shampoos. Clarifying shampoos are made to remove product buildup. They can cause your hair to dry out. This is especially prevalent for those that bleach or use high level color. Using a sulfate free shampoo usually helps to avoid the most drying ingredients in most general cleansers such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate aka SLS.

Cowashing. If you wash your hair more frequently than once a week, it is best to cowash (washing the hair with a cleansing conditioner). It helps to mildly cleanse the hair and remove water soluble and some other surfecants that have been applied to your hair during the week.

Deep conditioning weekly. It is important to maintain proper moisture and protein balance for all hair. This is even more necessary with color treated hair because it has been chemically altered. Alternating deep conditioners and incorporating protein conditioners or protein treatments greatly aid in reducing chances of breakage.

Use a color lock conditioner every wash day, once a week, for a month after dying your hair with a demi-permanent or permanent dye. It aids to temporarily restore the hair's pH. Dying the hair raises the pH so it is important to restore this to maintain your hair's natural balance. Color lock conditioners smooth the cuticle of the hair, locking moisture and elevating shine. When the cuticle of the hair is smooth light reflects off of it much better and this increases the visibility of its shine. Winning combination!

Products with UV protection are wonderful. The sun is damaging to the hair, when over exposed. Using hair serums, oils, and leave in conditioners with UV protection.

Always use heat protection. When applying heat to your hair directly (ex: flat iron) or indirectly (ex: hooded dryer) it is very important to use a heat protectant. 

Water softener. If you have hard water, it is good to use a water softener in your shower. It can make hair look dull and the color turn very brassy. This is due to built up mineral deposits on the hair. Using a water softener resolves this issue.


Having an issues with maintaining your color treated hair? Feel free to submit question/concerns to 'Ask Emilia' or comment below.

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