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How To Care For Your Colored Hair

Taking care of color treated hair is a little more delicate than caring for naturally colored hair; the dyeing process involves harsh chemicals that disrupt the structure of the hair shaft to add color, so afterwards your hair is weaker and drier than before.

Be Gentle

Color treated hair is more fragile, so avoid rough treatment. Excessive brushing can cause split ends or breakage, so can brushing or combing when your hair is wet. Any kind of heat treatment, whether it’s blow drying, curling, or straightening, is likely to cause dryness and frizz rather than create an attractive style. To dry and comb your hair gently, blot it with a towel, finger-comb it, and allow to air dry. Then you can go back in with a comb or brush to work out tangles and style as needed. Allowing your hair to air dry will help lock in the moisture it needs to stay strong.

Use The Right Products

Color treated hair needs gentle products that don’t strip away your new color or your hair’s natural protective oils. Use shampoo formulated for colored hair, and wash your hair less often than you would normally. That will allow your scalp to create enough of the oils your hair needs. After you wash, use a leave-in conditioner for gloss and strength; apply it when it’s still wet, paying special attention to the ends of your hair where it’s driest and most beaten up.

Get A Trim

Colored hair is especially vulnerable to split ends and tangling, so if it’s possible, have your stylist dye your hair and trim it immediately afterwards to remove split ends. Check your ends regularly and trim if needed. It is especially important to do this if your hair is naturally fine or delicate, because the dye will make it more so.

When Recoloring

Unless you have a hair color disaster, don’t weaken your hair any further by coloring already colored hair. You are likely to get surprising results, and it damages the hair shaft, making it extra vulnerable to breakage. If you need to touch up your roots, use a root touch-up kit or have an experienced colorist do it to avoid the risk of over-coloring. Definitely see a stylist about correcting a problematic color; you need to know hair color chemistry to be able to correct color problems, and professional stylists have access to treatments that regular consumers don’t.

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