Whether you want to color your hair for the first time or have color treated hair already, you need to know how to take care of your hair with this chemical so you can prevent damage such as dryness and, hair breakage.
In an earlier post, titled, How Olaplex Helps to Reduce Breakage, I discuss what happens to the hair when chemicals are applied. The hair becomes weaker each time you apply a chemical because the strong chemical bonds that give the hair it’s strength and elasticity break. These bonds are called disulphide bonds. Not all of the disulphide bonds naturally reform after chemical services. Because of this, your hair ends up in a weaker state after chemicals are applied. Here are a few tips on what you can do to have healthy color treated hair.
Go to a salon for permanent hair color services
I do not recommend coloring your own hair at home. Especially if you are going to use permanent color. Using any chemical on your hair without the proper knowledge and skill can cause major hair breakage. Go to a licensed cosmetologist that is well educated in color services. You can read reviews on line, follow social media pages or ask friends and family if they know a stylist that specializes in hair color.
Next, have a consultation prior to the color service so you can find out about pricing, length of time for the service and what you need to do at home to maintain the color and keep your hair healthy.
Ask the stylist for a bond multiplier treatment
Bond multipliers are very essential to preventing damage on chemically treated hair. We use Olaplex. There are other bond multipliers out on the market and they are mixed into chemicals and help re-link broken disulphide bonds in the hair so that the hair is in a stronger state after the chemical is rinsed out. Your stylist can discuss in detail which one is appropriate for your hair and service.
Other bond multipliers are:
Uberliss Bond Multiplier
Brazilian Blowout B3
Use a color safe shampoo
Color safe shampoos can help reduce artificial hair colors such as reds or browns from fading. Try shampoos such as Joico’s Color Infuse, which is formulated for red, brown or copper tones. These shampoos can help enhance your artificial hair color until you go into the salon for a retouch application.
If you want to stay clear from brassy or yellow tones that can show up with blonde shades, you can use Joico’s Color Balance Purple Shampoo to neutralize yellow tones and Joico’s Color Balance Blue Shampoo to get rid of orange tones.
Use a conditioner that has moisturizing and strengthening properties
Color treated hair needs a conditioner that softens, prevent dryness, and breakage. At home, you need to have Olaplex No.3 Bond Perfector. It will strengthen your hair and keep it moisturized. You can read more on how to use Olaplex take home treatment here. Joico’s Kpak Intense Hydrator is another product you need at home to condition your hair while strengthening it as well.
Keep heat styling to a minimum
Bond multipliers can help reduce hair breakage but you need to reduce the amount of heat you use on your hair. Excessive heat on color treated hair can cause your hair to lack luster, and feel brittle. Make sure to use a serum that will protect your hair from heat before you blow dry or use other hot tools. Learn more about serums that protect your hair from heat by reading this article.
Stay on schedule with trims
Trimming your hair on a two to three-month basis is important to prevent split ends and breakage. The health of your hair is already compromised by the artificial hair color. If you skip trims, you can cause split ends to move up the hair shaft which could result with you having to cut your hair a lot shorter than you planned. Regular trims prevent tangling and single strand knots.
Do not over process your hair
Make sure to space out the length of time you retouch your color. If you have natural hair, and you have a permanent dye in your hair, every four to six weeks is a normal amount of time to do a color retouch. Relaxed hair, on the other hand, needs to be re-touched a lot less. I recommend no more than two times for the year, especially on longer relaxed hair.
Coloring your hair does not mean you have to settle for hair breakage. Use these seven steps as a guideline and partner up with an educated colorist so you can have healthy beautiful color treated hair.
What are some ways you keep your hair healthy with color? Share your tips. We would love to know.