Whether you’re a brunette looking to add some Jennifer Aniston-esque highlights, go darker for the fall, or jump the silver hair bandwagon, coloring your hair is a commitment with some damaging consequences. However, you can avoid damage from the dying process with these do’s and don’ts:
Do use sulfate-free shampoo. If you ever looked at the ingredients in your shampoo, you may have seen an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS. SLS is one of the many types of sulfates used in soaps and shampoos. Sulfates are harsh detergents responsible for the soapy bubbles you see when you lather your hair. Although sulfates are good at removing dirt and grime, they’re too good at cleaning your colored locks. Shampoos with sulfates strip your hair color and scalp’s natural moisture, which is the last thing you want for your already dry, colored hair. Sulfate-free shampoos use milder detergents that will clean your hair and keep some of your hair’s natural oils.
Don’t wash your hair often. For the same reason to use sulfate-free shampoos, don’t wash your hair often. Colored hair is dry and needs some extra help to restore your scalp’s natural oils. To combat the greasy feeling of unwashed locks, use your favorite dry shampoo.
Do use hair masks. On the note of dry hair, deep conditioning hair masks are a great way to replenish some of the moisture in your hair. Hair masks are different from your daily conditioner in that they are thicker and meant to be left on for a longer period of time. Some of our favorite hair masks for dry, colored hair are the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque($36) and the L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm ($6). Look for masks geared towards dry, damaged, colored-treated hair that have proteins in them. The protein in your hair is destroyed during the coloring process, so it doesn’t hurt to restore some of the protein in your hair while deep-conditioning.
Don’t heat style your hair. If it’s not already implanted in your brain, colored hair is DRY! Additional heat further dries out your hair, making it even harder for your hair to regain moisture. Try to avoid using heat tools. If you cannot be without your curling iron or flat iron, try not to use it every day or turn down the temperature of the tool, if possible. There are also many hairstyles you can do that don’t require heat or further damage your hair.
Do trim your hair regularly. Getting a haircut, even if it’s just a trim, is almost as bad as going to the dentist’s office. Unfortunately, both need to be done. Trimming your hair doesn’t make it grow any faster but it does promote healthy hair. Colored hair is compromised and prone to split ends and breakage, so regular trims keep the integrity and health of your hair.
Do you dye your hair often? What are your favorite ways to keep your colored hair vibrant and healthy?