Many girls today stop using hair dyes and tint products in an effort to regain their natural color. But the overwhelming majority still regularly dye their hair, at the roots or along the entire length, refreshing the color. Yes, modern paints are quite gentle, but we cannot say that they do not harm your curls at all. Therefore, care for dyed hair should be appropriate. How to prevent hair from splitting, breaking and fading, and making the color always bright?
Top 5 “NOTs” for colored hair from experts
Here are the very first and most important “commandments” that must be observed if your hair is dyed. It does not matter whether they are dyed along the entire length or only at the ends, whether the effect of burnt-out strands is made, or you are using light toning agents: for everyone who uses any coloring agent, these “commandments” are the same.
1. DO NOT overdo it with cleansing
Dyed hair is sponge-like in structure. They become quite fluffy, the cuticle opens up, and the curls easily absorb water. Bleached hair loses its natural pigment, but it becomes very brittle and brittle. And exposure to moisture further aggravates their condition. Dark colored hair, on the contrary, is filled with pigment. But even they, due to the “spongy” structure after staining, will easily absorb water and just as easily give off the paint pigment along with it.
Therefore, regardless of what color your curls are painted in, you need to clean them especially carefully. Rinse the strands carefully, do not rub them in your hands, as when washing clothes. Otherwise, you just wash the dye, and the hair itself will become even more brittle and split.
2. DO NOT wash your hair with hot water
Use only warm or even slightly cool water for washing. Exposure to high temperatures (and the very effect of moisture, as we said above) can further harm the hair. And hot water, moreover, can wash pigment out of curls faster. Washing your hair with hot water will fade not only the color, but the curls themselves will lose their shine.
3. DO NOT paint roots and lengths often
You need to dye curls on time, but this does not mean as often as possible. On the contrary, try to avoid frequent root coloring. If the natural shade differs greatly from the staining, paint the roots when they have grown by 0.5 centimeters or when it already becomes visible. As a rule, this is an interval of 3-4 weeks. If the natural tone is not too different, you can renew the color of the roots every 6-7 weeks.
4. DO NOT forget to trim the ends regularly
No matter how natural the color of the colored curls may seem, it is the tips that give them away. From dyeing, the hair becomes thinner, depleted, begins to break and split at the ends. And it is here that the color is washed out and faded the fastest, it becomes faded. Therefore, it is recommended to cut the ends of the hair by 2-3 centimeters once every 2-3 months (if necessary and more often). Then the curls will always look well-groomed, filled with color and strength.
5. DO NOT forget about sun protection
Strands fade in the sun – everyone knows that. This applies not only to natural undyed hair. UV rays have the property of “picking up” the pigment of even artificial colors. Therefore, in the summer, the saturation of the coloring fades away, the hair becomes dull and faded. In summer, remember to thoroughly moisturize your hair and apply masks. Also, wear a hat as often as possible and be sure to use special UV protection for your hair with high SPF filters.
Caring for colored hair step by step
And now let’s tell you in more detail how to care for dyed hair in stages.
To care for colored hair, you need to use the most moisturizing shampoos. That is, ideally, they should not contain sulfates, should not foam much and wash out the curls “to a squeak.” Make sure that the composition of the hair cleanser contains proteins, keratin and ceramides – they can tighten the structure of the curls and smooth their surface, making them less fluffy.
It is best to choose professional tools for this, and even better to consult with your master, who is engaged in painting curls. He will accurately select the right care for you in accordance with the staining you do regularly. Professional shampoos for colored hair do not wash out the color and keep it as long as possible due to their mild and gentle effect.
Before washing, comb your hair gently, and during washing, massage only the area at the roots. For the length of the hair, it will be enough to slightly dab it with the foam from the shampoo, rub the length and especially the ends, otherwise they will become even more tangled, stretch while wet, and break when dry.
Along with moisturizing shampoos, it is imperative to use conditioners, balms and masks. Ideally, it is a good idea to purchase a full range of professional colored hair care products. It usually includes shampoo, conditioner after each wash, a mask that you will use 1-2 times a week, a spray to protect hair during heat styling and some other products (optional). All these products complement each other, enhancing the effect of hair restoration.
If the shampoo, no matter how soft and gentle it may be, only copes with the task of cleansing the curls, then balms and masks can really improve the structure of the hair. They are composed of protein compounds and lipids (fats), which penetrate deep into the curls and contribute to their filling, restoration, compaction, elimination of fragility, deep hydration. Additional ingredients in professional products for colored hair also help preserve color.
A light textured and fairly liquid conditioner or balm, use after each wash, paying special attention to the ends. Pamper your curls with restorative masks 1-2 times a week, applying them for at least 10-15 minutes. After rinsing, gently pat the curls with a towel, avoiding chafing.
Regular styling with a hairdryer and other thermal devices exposes the hair to severe stress. And this applies even to natural hair without dyeing, not to mention dyed or bleached. Therefore, with such types of styling, you should be careful and do not use thermal devices often. Dry your curls with the cool air of a hair dryer, and use an iron or curling iron as little as possible and at low temperatures.
If you have to style your hair after each wash, be sure to use thermal protection products. These are all kinds of sprays and leave-in masks, balms and serums that are applied to wet hair after washing. Choose, again, professional cosmetics especially with a high temperature protection effect. And never apply oily products to curls before blow-drying or ironing – the oil will burn on your hair. It is best to apply a drop of oil to the ends when the hair is completely dry and styled.
Author: Tatiana Maltseva