When you get your hair colored you expose your locks to a chemical process. Changing the color from chestnut brown to strawberry blonde may turn out beautifully but what it actually does is it leaves the hair dull and dry. Along with other stressors, too much coloring can eventually cause hair loss.
Although it is safe to use, hair dyes contain chemicals that creates some degree of damage to your hair. The part that is most affected is the hair cuticle or the outer covering of each hair strand. The cuticle covers the cortex of the hair. Since the cuticle is porous the chemicals that you put on can eventually reach the inner portion which can lead to the demise of the hair.
When you have color-treated hair you have to be more sensitive with your hair and you have to follow a particular regimen to take care of it.
One of the mortal sins of hair care especially when it underwent coloring is chemical straightening or perming it afterwards. If you do this, you might as well fry your hair because it basically creates the same effect. But this effect only happens when there is a cumulative effect of major treatments done in a short span of time.
If you want to get both, it is best to space your hair color treatment at least two weeks after perming or rebonding. Without proper spacing it causes your hair to break easily, which can also affect your styling options.
Once you’ve finally gotten your hair dyed, make sure that you use only lukewarm to cool water when rinsing your locks. Subjecting it to hot showers can cause the hair color to fade faster. It can also aggravate hair drying as warm water saps the moisture out of a hair strand.
You can care for you color-treated hair by using color-protecting shampoos. A lot of these are already available in stores and they are especially formulated to be gentler to such hair types. The chemicals are also gentler to the hair color leading it to stick much longer while maintaining the hue at the same time.
Moisturizing with a conditioner for color-treated hair is also one of the best ways to take care of your hair. It helps keep the hair strong because it restores and seals in moisture. You just have to remember that you should wait at least 24 hours after you have colored your hair before doing this in order to give the chemicals enough time to be absorbed. A good amount of moisture also protects the hair from eventual hair loss.
You can also try glazes if you want to add more depth and shine to your newly treated hair. It keeps the color of your hair richer while it also protects it from fading fast.
Trimming your hair also keeps split ends at bay. When you apply chemicals to your hair there is always that chance that you get split ends since this is a stress to your hair as well. In order to keep your hair healthy and strong, snip of those nasty ends and you’ll get more manageable and radiantly colored hair at the same time.