Got bored of your old hair at home and decided to spruce it up a bit by dying it neel? Or do you love to colour your hair to express yourself? Koi bhi wajah ho, your hair is bound to suffer from all the chemicals and treatment. But that doesn’t mean you have to permanently damage your hair in the process.
You can retain your hair’s natural shine and make the colour last long. Dying the hair exposes it to heat and chemicals that can make it dull and hurt your natural hair. But with a proper hair routine and little care, you can prevent all that.
In this article, we’ll show you 15 ways you can take care of your coloured hair at home and save extra kharcha.
1. The 72 Hour Rule
If you don’t wait at least 72 hours for wetting your tresses after colouring your hair, the colour will wash off in a snap. Because of the chemical procedure used in hair colouring, the hair cuticles are left unprotected and vulnerable to damage. Hair colours change the structure of the hair chemically. This type of hair is more porous and prone to damage.
2. Shampoo Care
The type of shampoo you use has a bada impact on the brilliance and shine of your hair colour. When you do wash your hair, make sure to use a shampoo designed specifically for colour-treated hair. It will not only protect your hair from damage but also regulate the pH of your hair. Colour-safe shampoos keep your hair colour intact and prevent it from fading too rapidly. They also include moisturising and nourishing substances that help to rebuild and repair hair. Shampoos with harsh chemicals like sulphates and alcohol should be a big no-no. They’ll take away your hair’s colour and hydration.
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3. Condition. Condition. Condition.
You HAVE to use a conditioner every time you shampoo your colored-treated hair. Make sure the conditioner is colour-safe as well, just like your shampoo. On the hair strands, these conditioners set a protective layer. This layer helps to seal the cuticles and trap in moisture, giving your hair more gloss, volume, and lustre. As a result, your hair will be soft and healthy.
4. Say NO To Humidity
Your two biggest enemies? Long showers and humidity. They are one of the major causes of early colour fading. When bathing, wear a shower cap and avoid getting your hair wet too often. There are so many anti-humidity serums available in the market that will help you protect your hair, especially during the barish season.
5. High Temperature? Bilkul Nahi
Showering in cool or lukewarm water is better than taking hot water, which can damage and bleach colour-treated hair. Curling irons, hair straighteners, and blow dryers may be your hairstyling besties, but they can cause more harm than you think. As the heat opens up the cuticles, the outer protective layer of the hair is damaged, and thus the colour fades out quickly. Whenever you need to style your hair using heat appliances (which should be minimum), use a thermal protectant hair serum or spray.
6. Consider Hair Conditioning Treatment
Give your colour-treated hair a deep-conditioning treatment at least once a week for added lustre. Apply the treatment to damp hair and comb it through, starting at the roots and working your way up to the tips. Make a bun with your hair and pin it in place, or cover it in a soft towel and leave the treatment in for 30 minutes. You’ll have softer, shinier hair after rinsing it off.
Another disadvantage of dyeing your hair is the protein damage it suffers. When your hair begins to stretch and snap, you know it’s in desperate need of protein. You can do this by making a DIY protein mask.
DIY Protein Mask
Eggs are high in protein (as we all know), which helps in nourishing your hair. Mayonnaise tames frizz and smoothes your hair (or some people say). As a result, weekly usage of this hair pack may help in the repair of protein damage and the restoration of your hair’s health. Here’s a quick and easy protein mask recipe to try.
- Whip a whole egg and two tablespoons of mayonnaise together in a mixing bowl until creamy.
- Begin to comb the mixture through your hair. Pay special attention to the tips of your hair.
- Leave the egg-mayo pack on for around 45 minutes once you’ve covered all of your hair.
- Wash your hair with lukewarm water and a light sulphate-free shampoo.
- Repeat it once a week.
7. Leave-In Treatment
Why do that, you ask? Silicones present in leave-in conditioners produce a protective coating around the hair shaft. This reduces sun damage and soothes post-processing frizz. They also protect your hair from the damage caused by heat styling appliances. A leave-in conditioner can also help you untangle your hair while also protecting it from environmental aggressors. Look for leave-in conditioners that are made specifically for colour-treated hair. If you frequently use blow dryers, curling irons, or straightening irons, or if you spend a lot of time near a heater or in the sun, you cannot miss this out.
8. Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil treatments are easy to replicate at the comfort of your home. They nourish your hair and improve the lustre. After you’ve massaged your hair, simply cover your hair with a shower cap to protect it. Use a heated towel, a blowdryer, or even sit in the sun to give it warmth. After that, let your hair cool at room temperature before rinsing the oil out with cold water.
While hair packs can help to increase the health of your hair, frequent oiling should also be part of your hair care regime.
9. Supplement Your Hair
Vitamins are also very crucial for maintaining the health and lustre of colour-treated hair. Vitamin C helps to maintain the blood vessels in your scalp area. While Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron from plant proteins, biotin, a vital B vitamin, strengthens and enhances the texture of poor hair.
However, there is little study done to back this up. Salmon, carrots, egg yolks, and sardines are all high in biotin. Vitamin supplements not only strengthen your hair but also your body and keep you healthy.
10. Healthy Diet Hai Zaroori
Health se yaad aya, healthy diet. Yes. As the old adage goes, you are what you eat. It significantly impacts the health and appearance of your hair. The energy that stimulates hair growth and lustre comes from the minerals found in a healthy diet. Iron and protein-rich foods nourish your scalp and hair by promoting the formation of strong keratin, a protein that strengthens your hair, enhances its texture, and promotes hair development. To keep your colour-treated hair looking its best, consume foods like lean meat, fish, low-fat cheeses, egg whites, spinach, and soy. Between meals, snack on fruits, nuts, and veggies.
Being hesitant about colouring or dying your hair is natural (and recommended). But there’s no need to fear it when you’re equipped with the right knowledge. Just #BeALittleMore careful and loving towards your coloured tresses, and shiny gorgeous coloured hair is only one salon visit away.
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