How To Care For Hair After Coloring

A guide to treating hair after it has been colored, and what steps to take to maintain beautiful, healthy color-treated hair.

Coloring your hair can be an invigorating experience, and can give you a brand-new look.It has become a very popular method of changing your hairstyle, but there are a lot of things you need to remember when caring for your hair after it has been colored.Colored hair is much more sensitive than hair that has not received color treatment.It is much more susceptible to dryness, coarseness, split ends, and fading.

The most important thing to remember when treating your colored hair is moisture.Hair dyes tend to dry the hair follicles out immensely, so be sure you purchase and use a shampoo and conditioner that is labeled specifically for color-treated hair.These products contain extra moisturizers that will add moisture and smooth down the hair.Most manufacturers today make these items especially for color-treated hair, all the way from Suave to Redken.Look in your local drugstore for products with this statement on the label, or your hair salon should carry several brands that are just right for your hair.Also, hair masks are growing in popularity.A mask involves applying the product to the hair, and waiting at least 5 to 10 minutes (you can leave it in up to 15 minutes if you desire) to allow the product to soak into the hair follicles.Rinse the mask like you would normal conditioner, and this should provide long lasting moisture for at least a full week.Applying one mask per week is recommended to maintain vivid color and moisture.

Another problem that can affect color-treated hair is the sun.The ultraviolet rays tend to "zap" 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 to cover your hair.Also look for products that contain sunscreens such as shampoos or spray and leave in products.This will help protect your hair greatly from any damage and keep your color looking radiant longer.


Colored hair needs to be treated with more intense care than hair that is natural and not colored.When you get out of the shower, be sure to use a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush, as colored hair tends to break more easily.A brush can be too harsh on your hair and cause it to fall out, or give you split ends.Also, wrap your head with a towel and allow your hair to air dry.Do not rub your hair with a towel because this can also cause breakage.You can blow dry your hair if you choose, or on some occasions when you're in a hurry, but overall color-treated hair should be air dried to prevent breakage and damage.It may sound strange, but washing the hair every other day instead of every day is another great tip, as washing tends to wear on the hair and cause fading.The natural oils produced by your scalp in between washings will keep your hair looking shiny.

As time goes on, your hair will grow and you'll notice your natural color growing through at the root.When this happens, it is usually time for a touch up.Using the same color you applied the first time is highly recommended, because if you use a different color you might end up with two-toned or brassy looking hair.When you touch up, apply the color to the roots only first.Allow the color to sit on the roots for about 15 minutes, then apply the remainder of the color to the rest of your hair.When you are finished, your hair should appear to be evenly colored and fresh.

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