26 Tips for Colour-Treated Hair

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26 Tips for Colour-Treated Hair

With proper care and creative solutions, you can keep your colour-treated locks looking shiny and lustrous. Want to protect your hair colour and ensure you hair is healthy? Here are 26 tips for your colour-treated hair:

  1. Visit a Stylist Who Uses Only Quality Hair Dyes

First ask your hair colourist to use a quality, professional hair dye with conditioning properties that will nourish your hair as weeks go by.  Hair dyes with natural oil help retain moisture and leave it looking healthy and shiny.  Ammonia-free hair colour is also another great option for hair TLC.

  1. Red Dye Leads to Colour Loss

Red hair colours more often than not fade faster because they contain the larger molecules. Science right? The molecule size makes it harder for red dyes to penetrate deep into the hair follicle, therefore making it diminish faster.  When going red, ensure your stylist uses a hair dye that maximises high-definition colour.  This will lead to better results and a minimal amount of stress to your flowing tresses.

  1. Don’t Go Heavy On Shampoo

It’s simple: Wash your hair less.  Retain the natural oils that keep your hair healthy and vibrant by shampooing only two or three times per week. And don’t even wash every other day!  Your colour will last longer and your coloured hair will remain healthier.

  1. A Bit Of Dry Shampoo Is Your Friend

On some of those in-between days, when you feel it necessary, flip your hair over and apply dry shampoo to your roots to soak up the excess oil.

  1. Wait Two Days Before Shampooing

After you colour your hair, wait at least two days to wash and shampoo your hair.  It is recommended to wait longer, like three or four days, but in some case that may just not be possible.  Just make sure you allow the colour to set for as long as possible.

  1. Keep Your Hair Dry in the Shower

On the days when you’re not washing your hair, wear a shower cap to prevent your colour-treated hair from even getting wet.  Remember, water can diminish the dye or cause the colour to fade.

  1. Don’t Use Hot Water

When you shampoo, use lukewarm or a cool water temperature.  Crazy-hot water will enable the dye to seep out and strips the colour because it unlocks the surface of the hair follicle, which causes those molecules to escape.

  1. Skip the Shampoo, Use Conditioner

It’s okay to bypass the shampoo bottle occasionally and use conditioner instead on your colour-treated hair.  As we know, shampoo causes the dye to leak out.  Try using moisturising conditioner on those locks!

  1. Always Use Conditioner

Like the previous tip, conditioner helps keep colour-treated hair vibrant and healthy.  When you shampoo, be sure to slab on the conditioner as well.  If you have fine hair, just condition the tips, which have the most damage—start at the ears and work your way down.

  1. Use the Best of the Best

Invest in salon-grade products that are specially formulated for colour-treated hair. These types of shampoos will allow your colour to last longer and ensure healthy hair. It’s easy, the bottle will tell you “Colour Protection”, but if in doubt, ask your hairdresser.

  1. Avoid Sulphates

Sulphates can diminish colour from hair, so make sure you buy hair products that are sulphate-free.  Sulphates contain salt which take away moisture from your hair, eventually leading to faded colour.

  1. Clarify Before Colour

Only before you are going to colour your hair should you use a clarifying shampoo.  These shampoos contain a high level of detergent and chemicals that work to deeply cleanse and remove dirt and oil, so it’s best to avoid them unless right before your colour.  If you are covering grey hair, use clarifying shampoo that washes away hairspray resins, waxes and silicone.

  1. Use the Best Conditioner

Steer clear of non-specialised conditioners for colour-treated hair, or you won’t get amazing results.  This is because colour-treated hair has a unique chemistry that non-dyed hair, so you need to use specially formulated conditioners for colour-treated hair.

  1. Deep-Conditioning Treatments Are a Plus

While at home, pamper your colour-treated hair at least once a week with a deep-conditioning treatment.  Apply it to damp hair and comb it from the roots to tips.  Next, put your locks into a bun and pin it in place and leave the treatment work its “magic” for maximum 30 minutes.  After rinsing, your hair will be softer and shinier!

  1. Apply Leave-In Treatments

Try to use leave-in condition treatments at least once a week.  It will help de-tangle your hair and create a barrier against the elements, heat tools and other damaging factors.  Always look for specially formulated leave-in conditioners that are meant for colour-treated hair. This is especially important if you use blow dryers, straightening or curling irons or if you like to have fun in the sun.

  1. Hot Oil Treatments = Sheen

Don’t worry, hot oil treatments are easy to do at home and they gain add immense lustre to your hair.  Apply the oil to clean, towel-dried hair and cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap.  To apply the heat, use a hot towel or blow dryer or sit outside under the sun.  Once the oil is heated, allow your hair to cool back to room temperature and then rinse with cold water.

  1. Prepare with Clarifying Shampoo

As mentioned previously, clarifying shampoo should only be used prior to colouring your hair.  A couple weeks prior to your next hair colour treatment, use a combination of masks and deep-conditioning products so your hair is healthy and ready to receive the dye.  Then the night before your appointment use a clarifying shampoo.

  1. Use Heat-Protecting Products

If you use irons or blow dryers on your hair, ensure that your hair is 100% dry before using heat so it won’t fry!  Prepare your hair with a fortifying leave-in conditioner and end with a protective hairspray.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Diet

You are what you eat! And yes, it can impact how healthy your hair is. Nutrients from a healthy, well-balanced diet can provide energy to fuel hair growth and shine.  Iron-rich proteins feed your scalp and tresses by building keratin, improving texture, strengthening hair and stimulating growth.  Lean meats, fish, egg whites, spinach, and low-fat cheeses keep your colour-treated hair looking sharp!  Snack on fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains too!

  1. Add Supplements

Vitamins play a part in keeping coloured-treated hair shiny and strong.  Vitamin C retains healthy blood vessels in the scalp to support the hair follicles.  It also absorbs iron from plant proteins. Biotin strengthens weak hair and improvise texture.  You can find Biotin in salmon, egg yolks, sardines and carrots.

  1. Less (Heat) is More

Coloured hair is more vulnerable to damage, so minimise your use of blow dryers, straightening irons or curling irons. Let your dyed hair dry naturally.  If you use heat, apply a heat-protecting product.  When blow drying, keep it on the lowest temperature setting—try cool blasting instead if featured.

  1. UV Protection… for Your Hair

The sun can do damage to coloured hair causing it to fade. It’s best to avoid long exposure to the sun, but if you can’t avoid it, try to use UV protecting styling products.  Many do include SPF in them.  Some UV-protecting styling products even contain vitamins to help restore dyed hair and prevent future damage.  While out and about in the sun, try a moisturising spray to apply to your tresses throughout the day. And as mum always says, “Wear a hat!”

Also, read our 8 Great Care Tips for Damaged Hair for great tips on how to care for hair damaged by heat or sun.

  1. Chlorine Is Not Your Friend

Heading to the pool? Wet your coloured hair and apply a protective leave-in condition before jumping into the pool as the conditioner will prevent the chlorine from damaging your colour.  Chlorine has a tendency to build up and shift your hair colour to an unattractive green hue, especially lighter tones.  Or you can just wear a swim cap.

  1. Colour Frequency is Keymartin-crean-mode-hairdresser-coloured-hair-care-1

Even colouring your hair can be too much of a good thing!  Frequent hair colouring can cause damage, so only do it no more than every five to six weeks.  Roots will show, but there are products to carry you through to the next colouring. At-home touch-up products are available, like hair mascara and root concealers, and they can help with the “zipper” effect.

  1. No Double-Processing

Don’t overdo chemicals on your hair.  Avoid simultaneous processes like perming or relaxing when you colour.  If you want to do both, stagger treatments and request a low-ammonia, botanical formula that will condition your hair while processing.

  1. Don’t Skip Regular Trims

Frizzy locks?  Your hair is most likely damaged.  Ensure you get regular cuts or trims, keeping your hair healthy and durable. No need to cut more than just enough to keep the dead ends at bay.

Come see Martin or one of the team… we’ll help you with any hair-care questions you have! Give us a call on 01386 841123 to book your appointment at MODE.

Martin Crean, Hairdresser or the Year Wales and South West 2014 and 2015.

MODE, Hairdresser in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds.


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