Colored Hair? Try These Tips to Keep ‘Em Shiny & Healthy

Daireds customer receiving hair coloring services with shiny and healthy hair.

As you read this article, you’ll learn ways to keep colored hair healthy and vibrant:

  • Only wash with shampoo a few times a week
  • Use a heat protectant when blow-drying
  • Avoid contact with chlorine

So you’ve just left the Daireds Salon & Spa Pangea, and your newly colored hair looks phenomenal. Of course, color fades over time, creating a washed-out look until you can get your hair treated again. How can you make your color last as long as possible?

Fortunately, there are a few tricks and products you can use to keep color vibrant longer. To stay gorgeous between your trips to the premier salon in Arlington, TX, follow these tips.

Tips for Taking Care of Colored Hair!

One of the most important things you can do to keep your colored hair looking great is to develop healthy habits. Just like your body needs certain things to stay healthy, your hair requires specific care to remain strong after chemical treatments. Various factors can damage already-fragile strands or break down pigments, so we’ll review both “do’s” and “don’ts” for color-treated hair.

Stick To Cold Water

Did you know your hair responds to temperature changes? Heat opens the cuticles, which means pigment is more likely to wash out when you shower in hot water. Instead, stick to cold water when you shampoo. If the chill is too much (After all, who wants to take a cold shower in the winter?), lukewarm water will do, though it won’t give you the same shine once your hair dries.

Avoid Chlorine

Chlorine turning bleached hair green isn’t an urban myth — if you’re bottle-blonde, exposure to chlorine can give your locks a greenish tinge. However, just because you don’t have blonde hair doesn’t mean you’re off the hook — chlorine can damage color-treated hair no matter what hue you chose.

Protect From Heat

There are several types of heated styling:

  • Blow-drying
  • Straightening
  • Curling

All of them use a heated tool to shape hair. While it’s fine to use a heated styling tool now and then, doing so every day can significantly damage hair. If your hair is already fragile from chemical treatments, it’s even more vulnerable to structural damage.

So, you should try to avoid heated styling as much as possible. For example, instead of blow-drying your hair, try adding products for smooth tresses and letting it air dry.

Avoid UV Rays

You probably already know that UV radiation is bad for your skin, but did you know it can also damage your hair? UV rays can break down strand structure and cause pigment to fade.

So, what should you do when it’s a sunny day in Arlington, TX? If you can, stay in the shade. If that’s not possible, you can get a UV-resistant hat. There are plenty of cute styles, and they protect your tresses just like sunglasses protect your eyes.

Wash Every Other Day

It’s a well-known fact that when you wash color-treated hair, you strip away color, even if the dye is permanent. As a result, you want to wash your hair as little as possible.

If you have naturally dry locks, this may actually help keep your hair healthy, as shampoos strip the natural oils that keep it hydrated. You can probably get away with shampooing your hair two or three times a week.

If you have oily or fine hair, you may find this a little more difficult. You can try washing every other day or co-washing to prevent oil buildup.

Refresh Your Color

As you get closer to your next salon appointment, your color will look more faded. However, there’s a nifty trick to refresh your color between salon visits: Put dye in your conditioner. The conditioner will protect your hair from the chemicals, while the dye will give your tresses a nice wash of color.

Products That Can Revitalize Colored Hair

When you visit the hair care aisle, there are literally scores of options. How can you find the right product?

The most important thing to remember is that different products are formulated for different types of hair. Since you’ve colored your lock, you should look for options marked “safe for color-treated hair” in addition to items that work for your hair type (fine, coarse, oily, etc.).

Additionally, since dyed hair is typically dry or damaged, you may benefit from ultra-hydrating products. Here we’ll go over all the products you need to not only nourish your locks but keep the chemical pigments locked in.

Use a Hair Mask

Using a hair mask is Colored Hair 101. According to professionals, you should apply a hair mask weekly to ensure your locks stay hydrated. This deep conditioning treatment doesn’t just reduce brittleness and split ends but can preserve color by encouraging the cuticle to lie flat, sealing moisture and pigment inside strands.

Choose the Right Type of Shampoo

As part of color care, you’ll have to contend with brassy tones, and having the right shampoo can make all the difference. Purple shampoo is recommended for platinum blondes who want to keep their hair from yellowing, but it’s also effective for brunettes who want to neutralize orange tones.

Skip the Sulfates

Sulfates are a common ingredient in shampoo because they strip away dirt. However, they can also strip moisture and color, making them terrible for color-treated hair. The good news is, there are plenty of brands that eschew sulfates to keep their customers’ hair silky and soft. When buying shampoos, make sure to check the ingredients to ensure the one you choose is sulfate-free.

Invest in a Dry Shampoo

If you’re going one or more days without shampooing, oil is bound to build up, especially if you have fine hair. To avoid feeling greasy, you should invest in dry shampoo. It’s exactly what it sounds like — this product absorbs oil and keeps your hair clean without having to wet and rinse.

There are a wide variety of dry shampoos on the market, so finding the one that works for you is a matter of research and experimentation. Just note that dry shampoos are powders and white-colored options are more visible against dark hair.

Use a Heat Protectant

If you can’t get around heat styling, you need to prep your tresses with a heat protectant. This styling product insulates strands and protects them from heat damage without interfering with the styling process. Many of these products offer additional benefits:

  • Increased volume
  • Added texture
  • All-day hold

Nourish Hair With Leave-In Products

Leave-in conditioner is a powerful tool to revitalize color-treated hair, especially if it’s been a while since you went natural. It can also protect your hair from chlorine, so if you plan to spend some time in the pool, apply a leave-in conditioner first.

Daireds Salon & Spa Pangea is proud to help residents of Arlington, TX, look and feel their best. We offer a variety of services, including hair coloring and styling. To find out more or schedule an appointment, give us a call at (817) 465-9797 or contact us online.

 

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