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 Hair care tips for colored hair

Before you color your hair, make sure it’s in the best possible condition. If your hair is dry, or if you have a lot of split ends, you’re not going to get an even, natural looking result after coloring. You would be putting the health of your hair at risk by adding chemicals.

Do a deep conditioning treatment once a week for several weeks leading up to your coloring, and make sure to get those split ends snipped beforehand. This makes sure that your hair is healthy enough to take on the color.

Always seek a professional color technician for your hair coloring, this will improve the chances of getting the exact colors and tones you want. Hair coloring is considered the point-of-no-return. Even if you can dye it back to your natural color, it won’t feel the same. Attempting to lighten your hair too far will result in your hair becoming much dryer and coarser than you’re used to. You may need to change your hair care routine for the very best care and results for your hair.

Colored or treated hair needs special care. Don’t wash your hair for at least 48 hours. This is will ensure that you can keep you color for more than a week. You should wait as long as you can. If you’re only dying a small section of your hair (bangs, streaks on top, tips etc) avoid washing this area with shampoo as much as possible.

Avoid clarifying and dandruff shampoos, both are much too harsh and will strip your color quickly. Remember that any shampoo, no matter how gentle, will strip your hair of some of its color, so go as long as possible between washing. Shampoo gently with a shampoo specially created for colored or treated hair. Most shampoos bottles will state if they are designed for color treated hair. Rough shampooing can strip off the color or dry your locks. Wash your hair in the coldest water you can stand. You will need to do this every time you wash tour hair. Hot water dries out hair and skin, leaving it dull. Cold water will not only help you keep your color but also help you keep your hair healthy and shiny. Use a moisture-rich conditioner. Dyed hair can appear to be dry and straw-like. Avoid harsh soaps, chemicals (especially chlorine), and any shampoo that specializes in “clean” hair, they suck the life out of color.

Condition regularly to restore moisture making it lustrous. Use color enhancing conditioners as your hair grows. Do not wrap your hair in a towel after washing it. It can cause knots. Instead, carefully blot the extra water.

Glazes come in both color-boosting and clear formulas, and are a wonderful product for anyone who colors their hair. A glaze will add instant depth & shine to your hair without depending on chemicals to do so. You can have a glaze added to your color at the salon. A clear glaze won’t add color, but will add major shine.

If you have particularly vibrant and unnatural hues (bright reds, purples, blues, greens, pinks, etc) try and keep out of direct sunlight for extended periods and water. Sunlight has been known to act as a natural bleach, so be careful.

Re-dye consistently, but not too often. Your hair shaft is very delicate, and should only be dyed once a month or so. Any sooner than that and it will be prone to breaking, splitting, tangles and a straw-like texture.