Coloring your hair is a fun and easy way to switch things up if you find yourself bored with your current look. Adding highlights or going from black to a honey blonde is subtle enough that it won’t cause panic with your friends, family and co-workers, but it will still give you that boost you need to fall back in love with your cut or your style.
Whether you take the DIY route and color your hair at home, or if you go to a professional colorist, maintaining colored hair on an everyday basis is something that will fall on you to do.
Understanding what the coloring process does to your hair will help you determine what you’ll need to incorporate into your hair routine to ensure the health of your hair is maintained while you rock your new color. This new care you will take needs to start right away. Learning what a new color will require of you is best examined before you take the leap and apply color to your locks.
Below are some tips for caring for color treated hair.
What coloring does to your hair
As mentioned above, knowing what coloring does to the hair will help you make decisions about what your hair needs more or less of.
In a very basic sense, when hair is colored, the protein bonds that make up the strands are broken down. This process allows the color molecules to attach to the hair. Because those protein bonds have been compromised, you will want to do all you can to add substances that will fill those gaps.
You can’t repair broken protein bonds. Once the damage is done, it’s done. This doesn’t mean that your hair is irreparably damaged. You can still have a healthy head of hair after a coloring process. There are many levels of protection built into each strand. You would have to do a lot of damage in order to destroy all those protective layers at one time.
If your color is applied correctly, you will be fine with simply adjusting your routine to give your hair the extra love and care it needs to perform the way you want it to.
How to counter the negatives
The easiest way to begin to give your colored hair what it needs is conditioning. Deep conditioning, to be specific. Conditioners are designed to bond to and fill the ‘holes’ in the hair strand. The broken protein bonds created during the color application process can be filled to a great extent, when you properly condition and deep condition your hair.
Regular conditioners will fill those holes on a superficial level, while a deep conditioner will penetrate and do the same thing at the deeper levels of the hair strand. So, first things first, begin a regular and frequent deep conditioning routine on your newly colored hair.
The next thing you can do to combat the possible negatives of colored hair, is to begin using a sulfate free shampoo. Sulfates are drying. They can also be harsh as they are designed to be abrasive and lift dirt from your hair strands and scalp.
Non-sulfate shampoos cleanse the hair in a much gentler way. Because they don’t contain sulfates, these alternative shampoos do not dry the hair out as much as their counterparts. If you have colored hair or are considering colored hair, look into investing in a quality sulfate free shampoo.
Moisturizing your hair more often when it’s colored is an excellent idea. The coloring process is drying as it strips the hair of its natural oils. Adding that moisture back in manually will help your hair maintain the level of moisture it needs to avoid becoming brittle. Brittle hair breaks and you don’t want that.
You might not see this option on a list of tips for coloring your hair but because the process of coloring can be damaging to your hair you need to ensure that your hair remains strong.
Taking a hair vitamin will vitalize your strands, make them resistant to damage and adds natural luster to your hair and color. We recommend either taking a general vitamin or taking Biotin which is known to revitalize the strands.
The only negative if you can call it that, is you will see tons of growth so you might grow out your color pretty quickly but it will be worth it in the end
Coloring your hair is not a bad thing. It’s another way to use your hair to express your personality. When you are ready to color your hair, just be sure to prepare yourself and use all the tips we have recommended in this post.