Color treated hair can become dry or brittle over time due to repeated exposure to chemical processing. As a result, protein is being stripped from the hair which is essentially composed of protein. Coloring your hair can cause it to become dry, leading to damage such as hair loss & breakage. This is why it is always recommended to see a professional for color services so they can recommend the appropriate aftercare regimen for your hair type. They have been trained in the correct usage of the products in the intended manner of the manufacturer for the best results. However I understand salon visits can become a bit pricey so and there is a saturation of products on the market which make a laundry list of fantastical claims. It all gets a little confusing. As a licensed professional, allow me to share a few salon secrets for maintaining healthy color treated hair along with product recommendations.
After coloring your hair you are faced with finding a product that helps keep the color fresh while restoring the moisture. First how often you wash your hair is key. This will have an effect on how long the color lasts and can also dry out your hair. Every day is excessive between 1-2 weeks is reasonable. It is important to use a color shampoo that will help keep the color from fading. You can read about color shampoos here. Normally one shampoo with warm water will work fine. You won’t really need two as long as you are not using heavy styling products. Be sure to take the time to THOROUGHLY wet the hair before applying shampoo. If the hair is not sufficiently wet you won’t be able to work up a good lather.
Next, find a conditioner that is rich in protein, very thick and creamy which coats the hair shaft well and highly moisturizing. Read all about Conditioners here. I always like to use my fingertips to work the conditioner into the strands. Getting a weekly deep conditioning treatment or using a hair masque will help to revive those battered strands. Although it is recommended to wash hair in warm water to be sure that you have cleansed the dirt, residue and oils thoroughly, using cooler water to rinse your conditioner is advised to close the cuticle and add more shine to the hair.
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Apani Smith is a professional licensed cosmetologist, avid beauty junkie, also a revered Indie Hip Hop Icon, sleep deprived mom and foodie extraordinaire. Get social with @apaniclassic on Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest to see more original work and life imitating art.